Götz Bürki guitars

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to play a nylon string by Götz Bürki which I liked a lot.
A few weeks ago I payed him a visit at his home and workshop, located in the beautiful area of the Rur – Eifel south of Cologne.
While he was busy preparing a delicious meal I spent time with his No. 14 which corroborated my first impression.

These are high quality instruments, built with passion and skill. Well balanced – tight low end and smooth, yet crisp top end and a pleasure to lay your hands on.

Götz Bürki No. 14

Götz Bürki No. 14

Götz Bürki No. 14

Götz Bürki No. 14

Leonard Cohen

Not a good week, not at all.
R.I.P. Leonard Cohen.

I met him in 2012 while staying at a hotel in Dortmund.
We had a short chat and he was warm-hearted and humorous with a refreshingly normal-sized ego.

Markus: So how was the show last night?
Leonard: I think it was ok, nobody asked their money back.

When we said goodbye he saluted with his right fist over his heart.

Musicant Party Frankenthal

Those beautiful, fleeting moments.
Playing with these blokes at the Musicant party was one of them.

But we decided this was too good to leave it at that.
And next time it will be just as fleeting, but we will stretch the hell out of it.

Achim Degen, Michael Herzer, Jürgen Friesenhahn, Markus, Thomas Karb,  Michael Koschorreck

Achim Degen, Michael Herzer, Jürgen Friesenhahn, Markus, Thomas Karb, Michael Koschorreck

On tour

The Ebertbad Club in Oberhausen. Renowned for its  history  in the music and cabaret genre.
And they do know what it’s all about there.

Willkommen im PottThe catering is exquisite.

Catering Ebertbad

 

The next morning I grabbed my  camera and stumbled upon the impressive town hall.

Rathaus Oberhausen

 

While public servants performed their paper waving, number crunching tasks, I took a small tour inside the building.

A cosy corner with an unusual design.

Sitzecke Rath. OberhA rare sight these days, a paternoster.

Paternoster Rathaus Oberh

 

No muzak, no mirrors showing  infinite reflections of your unkempt self.

Im Paternoster