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Releases:

Herzwäsche     (04.11.2016)
Reykjavik     (22.01.2016)
Anticool     (20.06.2014)
feat. The Refugees - Freiheit ist ein Paradies     (20.09.2013)
featuring THE REFUGEES     (18.05.2012)
Mondpunk     (07.01.2011)
Emotionsdesign     (22.05.2009)
Live in Rudolstadt     (28.11.2008)
Farbengeil     (16.11.2007)
Gossenhauer     (03.03.2006)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Web: http://www.strom-wasser.de
MySpace: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Strom-Wasser/229288950417541?fref=ts
E-Mail: heinz@strom-wasser.de
Booking: http://www.strom-wasser.de/

Strom & Wasser featuring THE REFUGEES

This project is truly one of a kind: During the spring of 2011 Heinz Ratz and his band Strom und Wasser visited almost 80 refugee camps throughout Germany. Appalled by the refugees? hopeless situation, by a jurisdiction seemingly at odds with democratic principles and human rights, by the intellectual stasis forced upon the refugees, by paternalism, by unacceptable sanitary conditions and insufficient medical attention, Heinz Ratz and his band looked for a way to turn all of that misery into something beautiful after all. Among the hundreds of refugees they met inside the camps were also numerous musicians, some of them of world-class calibre and famous artists in their home countries. As refugees, these musicians are not permitted to travel or to work, oftentimes they cannot even afford an instrument and are forced into a life of silence and inadequacy. Ratz invited these musicians to Hamburg and recorded their music. The result is a strikingly modern, fresh and bold record featuring almost 30 musicians from Gambia, Iran, Afghanistan, Kenia, Russia, Ivory Coast, Germany, Kosovo, Somalia, Ethopia, Macedonia, Greece and many other nations. Music that was caught inside the refugee camps, at risk of being unheard and forgotten. With this project this music will now hopefully find its way into the hearts of many people: Strom & Wasser featuring The Refugees.





Events

Date Country, City, Venue
11.01.2018 DE-Fulda, Kulturkeller
13.01.2018 DE-Geislingen a.d.Steige, Rätschenmühle
15.01.2018 DE-Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz Kulturcafé (KuKaff)
20.01.2018 DE-Wuppertal, tba
23.01.2018 DE-Lutterbek, Lutterbeker : / DUO
24.02.2018 DE-Berlin, Festival Musik und Politik


News

21.01.2016    

Out now:

Strom & Wasser

Reykjavik
CD 4618
file under: singer/songwriter
VÖ 22.01.2016
order from amazon.de

In the past years Strom & Wasser [Power & Water], lead by their singer, songwriter, bass player and producer Heinz Ratz, have concerned themselves primarily with German realities. In 2011 Ratz visited many local refugee camps on his Tour of a Thousand Bridges. He thereafter put together the award-winning project The Refugees with musicians and vocalists that he had met there on his tour. Prior to this, Ratz, born in 1968, called attention to homelessness and pollution with spectacular campaigns; three of his productions received the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ [German Record Critics' Award]. With the double album Reykjavík,a new cycle begins. It is the first of a planned series, in which Strom & Wasser work together with musicians from different European cultural metropolises. To Ratz this project is also about unforeseen encounters, fresh impressions and lively exchange.

Why turn the attention towards Europe now? While the whole world is discussing the debts of Greece and other southern countries, Heinz Ratz is irritated that the originally humanistic European idea is increasingly being drowned in financial discussions. . . . read more



20.06.2014    

Out now:

Strom & Wasser

Anticool
CD 4607
file under: singer/songwriter
release June 20,014
amazon.de



05.05.2012    

Strom & Wasser featuring The Refugees

This project is truly one of a kind: During the spring of 2011 Heinz Ratz and his band Strom und Wasser visited almost 80 refugee camps throughout Germany. Appalled by the refugees? hopeless situation, by a jurisdiction seemingly at odds with democratic principles and human rights, by the intellectual stasis forced upon the refugees, by paternalism, by unacceptable sanitary conditions and insufficient medical attention, Heinz Ratz and his band looked for a way to turn all of that misery into something beautiful after all. Among the hundreds of refugees they met inside the camps were also numerous musicians, some of them of world-class calibre and famous artists in their home countries. As refugees, these musicians are not permitted to travel or to work, oftentimes they cannot even afford an instrument and are forced into a life of silence and inadequacy. Ratz invited these musicians to Hamburg and recorded their music. The result is a strikingly modern, fresh and bold record featuring almost 30 musicians from Gambia, Iran, Afghanistan, Kenia, Russia, Ivory Coast, Germany, Kosovo, Somalia, Ethopia, Macedonia, Greece and many other nations. Music that was caught inside the refugee camps, at risk of being unheard and forgotten. With this project this music will now hopefully find its way into the hearts of many people: Strom & Wasser featuring The Refugees.

CD release May 18, 2012

live:

05.05.2012 DE-Schwäbisch-Hall, Club Alpha
06.05.2012 DE-Augsburg, Ballonfabrik
11.05.2012 DE-Kiel, Lessingbad
12.05.2012 DK-Graasten, Folk Baltica, 12 Uhr
13.05.2012 DE-Flensburg, Flensborghus, 15 Uhr
17.05.2012 DE-Koblenz, Stattstrand
18.05.2012 DE-Trier, Exhaus
31.05.2012 DE-Bad Kreuznach, Mühle
01.06.2012 DE-Darmstadt, Centralstation
02.06.2012 DE-Kassel, Frühlingsfest
03.06.2012 DE-Göttingen, UNI-Mensa/Foyer
15.06.2012 DE-Hannover, festival contre le racisme UNI
16.06.2012 DE-Marburg, Bildungsfest
21.06.2012 DE-Berlin, Fête de la Musique - Wedding ca.19 Uhr
21.06.2012 DE-Berlin, Fête de la Musique - Lichtenberg ca.21 Uhr
07.07.2012 DE-Rudolstadt, TFF
08.07.2012 DE-Rudolstadt, TFF
13.07.2012 DE-Aschaffenburg, African Festval
14.07.2012 DE-Lindau, Stadtfest
21.07.2012 DE-Herzberg, Festival
27.07.2012 DE-Nürnberg, Bardentreffen



15.08.2009    

German Record Critics' Award / Quarterly Critics' Choice 3/2009
goes to Strom & Wasser - Emotionsdesign

Strom & Wasser: Emotionsdesign

With its Quarterly Critics' Choice ("Bestenliste") the German Record Critics' Award recommends new releases which merit special attention either for the quality of interpretation or creativity, or for their value to the repertoire. These lists provide a candid picture of new releases which, in the jury's opinion, are of outstanding importance when judged on purely artistic grounds.

Congratulations to Strom & Wasser and smiles and thanks to the jury for recognizing what we've been believing in for quite while now!



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