Beauty and the Bs

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Cassis B, Greta Brinkman, Alexander Dorenberg, Olaf Arndt

German born Cassis B has studied music at the Hamburg State University and Juilliard. Her NYC band b-blush released several albums. Producing for Jim Jarmusch brought her to New York. Today, Cassis B mainly writes film music. She had the idea for the Oscar -nominated film Ferry Tales and wrote the theme song. For the feature Die Boxerin, Cassis B founded a band with the legendary bass player Herbie Flowers. One of her sound sculptures was installed at the Denver International Airport. Cassis B’s first film music symphony was performed live by an orchestra in Berlin. She was part of Michael Gira’s Band Angels of Light.

Self-taught career bassist Greta Brinkman has spent her whole adult life playing in bands ranging from Punk Rock to Doom Metal. Along the way she spent 14 years as a session musician in NYC and toured with Moby and Debbie Harry, appearing on TV shows like SNL and Jools Holland and playing live at Glastonbury, Pink Pop, and opening for U2 at Slane Castle. She has recorded on over 15 albums including L7's last major label release, "The Beauty Process". She is endorsed by, and has appeared in print ads for, Gallien-Kreuger, Carvin Guitars, and GHS strings. She lives in Berlin and enjoys eating chocolate and petting cats.

Alexander Dorenberg is a singer/songwriter and owner of the Audio Branding Company Audio Pics.

Olaf Arndt is a drummer and songwriter. He played drums for Bielefeld (GER) located post-punk / indie rockers Hip Young Things.  The band toured all over Europe and released records on Glitterhouse (Europe) and Enemy and Flydaddy in the USA. In 2000 Olaf moved to Berlin. Since then he played live shows with Pre(e)Julia HummerJens FriebeKings Of ConvenienceSupercheap, and Mondo Fumatore. He also played on recordings for Julia Hummer (some were recorded and produced by Moses Schneider, some by Nikolai Potthoff) and on a remix Erlend Oye did for Kompakt-Artist Ada.

Olaf met Cassis by accident on a missed flight and it immediately became clear that they HAD to start a band together. 

Olaf likes cats,  ice cream and Caribbean Beaches.

Beauty and the Bs by Cassis Birgit Staudt

Band based in Berlin with Cassis B, Greta Brinkman, Alexander Dorenberg and Olaf Arndt. We are covering songs from Cassis & the sympathies. We are: beautyandthebs.com

4 Cassis B’s former band projects:

  • b-blush is a New York trio with the German singer Cassis, whose voice at times is heavily reminiscent of chanteuses Debbie Harry and Nico. The music of the unusual band swings somewhere between pop, chanson and electronics. Instruments like saxophone, vibraphone or accordion take equal place with sequencers and different computerworks, without being embarrassing. How b-blush pulls this off is unexplainable. Maybe it is due to the cosmopolitan big apple atmosphere, or the determined will of these three musicians to create something new. Keep an eye on b-blush in the future. This band is taking pop to new places.
  • Analog Love - Cassis and the Sympathies:Benign, serene coming down from the clouds wilfully we slow dive into Analog Love, a neon lit lounge, default setting on sultry, though soon enough we allow the lady to take our hand and dance us into a wide open cinema land.
  • This is new wave old romantic, ambient, impulsive, addictive, a darker Julee Cruise, a content Nico, still slightly dangerous, a sweetly lethal bubblegum, deep blue tripping over the rhythm disguised as sighs.
  • There is that skewed perspective that Lydia Lunch gave on Queen of Siam, though this time the chanteuse is backed by a mixture of Yello and seemingly old time wicked Jazz musicians playing for their souls.
  • In these songs disturbing desire is just, always JUST, a finger click away. These are invitations to a languid version of Hell, an acceptably edgy version of Heaven. Piano and Accordion entice and bewitch in the guise of slick warped ballads, tears and escape, they urge us to close our eyes and
  • Sink.
  • A cool journey away from the modern normal.
  • She became what not many Germans have accomplished in New York: talk of the (Down) Town.
  • One of the most unusual discoveries of Euro-Pop is called b-blush. You won't be able to put them in a drawer ...
  • You are resting on a meadow, in the midst of rich grass. The sun is shining and so is the world. You open your eyes and you find yourself back on a couch, at home on a cold Septmeber-day. In this case you probably have 'heartcore' from b-blush in your cd player, spheric, loungy and floating. On the 6th of October the New York band performs in Berlin and promises a trip hop electronic performance that 'llshoot straight into your heart.
  • b-blush are presenting disturbing pleasant music and are drawing you in big time. - Whoever wanders through the ir sound landscape s reminded of Portishead or Bjoerk - or of the music that would be in a jukebox on Mars.

"the surprise of the month - b-blush from New York. Not only the instrumentation of the quartett surrounding the singer Cassis is unusual. Their style is looking for idols like Portishead, some Jazz and many new ideas. The artistic of Cassis with the cult director Jim Jarmusch has influenced their music.

  • Cassis succeeded in something that others only dream about: as a German to conquer New York. Cosmopilitan dance grooves, europop, electronics. There is no name yet for b-blush's style.
  • b-blush takes the best of New York and Berlin. With European pop-trips they are cooling the hectic New York downtown-puls. The chanson voice as well as the accordion and vibraphone are lending the human touch to the electronic ambience. Aesthetically following the 4AD-Light-Acts, they urge you to dance or fly.
  • Blushing? Oh no! Showing emotions? Uhhh! One doesn't do that? b-blush does it with style. They not only have fun with it but also success. The singer, Cassis, shows how you can sink heavily into couch pillows weighed down by trembling thoughts. Or how you can dance in the spring rain with a melancholic yearning heart....
  • Dare to live. Cassis is always on the move like the beats that dance in her midi-accordion, bonbon-pop with a slide taste of sweet-saltylicorice...
  • Cassis, the focus of the band. with her red dress, her big gestures and her cool yet erotic voice. 'Take it Easy' - that's what the music reflects as well, passionately playful. ... a band with the flair of the New York Boheme... ressembles Velvet Underground and Nico. But b-blush is unique and it will be interesting to follow their future.
  • Get there early for trippy, ethereal pop act b-blush. German chanteuse and accordionist Cassis leads the swirly, playful group, which also features David Cossin - a member of the wacky Blue Man Group. The band's lovely album 'heart- core' would be much treasured by fans of the Cocteau Twins. Live, it incorporates an ambient slide show, and it will make you feel glamorously transcontinental.
  • Sweeping and majestic ethereal pop built from the foundation of an alluring accordion. b-blush winks it way into your heart courtesy of bi's sexy vocals and an unconventional bass/drums/vibraphone rhythm section.
  • The new buzz in New York: b-blush. The popband with unusual instrumentation (sax, accordeon, vibraphone,...), intelligent lyrics and a charming german singer is creating a visceral vibe.
  • b-blush is the area's premier oompahcore outfit. b-blush will appeal to fans who crave a more Teutonic version of Congo Norvell. We recommend this show highly." - "b-blush purveys ’continental' pop, which shouldn't put you in the mind of the East Village hard-rock strong hold. Think accordion-driven chansons given a downtown spin." - "You feel like you're sitting near the Seine drinking wine during springtime when you hear blush's accordion driven stylings." - "Wistful, accordion-festooned lounge act b-blush...
  • Bi and her band forge beyond the lounge scene with their lush, ironic neo-cabaret music. They build their tunes in languid, sometimes trippy washes of accordion sighs and echoing vibes, the tempo as measured as Enya's pulse. Bi sings studiously offhand deadpan - cf. Nico, Deborah Harry, Karen Akers - nicely undercut by winking, off-kilter lyrics ('You stood me up / No exception, no rule / It's what it is / Don't trigger me'). Cool yet warm and likable.
  • With her loungy accordion and the irony implicit in her unruffled vocal delivery, Bi leads her bass-drums-vibraphone combo in slouching and winking its way through a smart futuro-cabaret act. A warm heart pumps just beneath the cool surface of this statuesque pose and makes it, uh, Blush.
  • Their first CD reveals their passion...
  • Pressestimmen: Pop der Zukunft - cosmopolitscher Tanzbeat. Die B-Blush sind ein New Yorker Trio mit einer deutschen Sängerin namens Cassis, deren Stimme zuweilen recht kräftig an Chanteusen wie Debbie Harry oder Nico erinert. Die Musik der ungewöhnlichen Band schwingt irgendwo zwischen Pop, Chanson und Elektronik. Instrumente wie Saxofon, Vibrafon oder Akkordeon nehmen neben Sequenzern und allerlei Computerkram gleichberechtigt Platz, ohne dass dabei der gewohnt-peinliche Effekt der Bemühtheit entsteht. Wie sie es machen, ist unklar. Vielleicht liegt es aber an dem weltoffenen Big-Apple Ambiente, oder auch nur am beherzten Willen dieser drei Musiker, etwas Neues zu schaffen. Sollte man sich für die kommenden Jahre vormerken. Hier hat Pop eine Zukunft.(Song ’Big Red Riding Hood auf dem Heft beiliegender CD)
  • Der Knoten im NetzEin bewährtes Small-Talk-Thema besagt, dass es ein jeder jeden anderen Menschen über höchstens sechs Mittelsleute kennt. In der Musikbranche dürften es weit weniger Stationen sein, zumal hier bands wie b-blush als internationale Kontaktbörse fungieren: Viele von Rang und Namen haben mit dem New Yorker Trio gearbeitet - und das, obwohl es erst eine 5 Titel CD vorgelegt hat: der Gitarrist Marc Ribot, der Münchner Trommler Falk Willis und sein Kollege Andre Rattay von Blumfeld, Christian Schantz aus dem Notwist-Kreis und etliche viele mehr. B-blush- Percussionist David Cossin hat bei der Oscar-prämierten Filmmusik für Ang Lees 'Tiger and Dragon' getrommelt; Cassis - Sängerin und Akkordeonistin aus Berlin - hat an Videos von Jim Jarmusch mitgewirkt. B-blush sind begehrt, weil sie gut sind. Ihre elektronisch angereicherten Chansons, die sich nicht für Dur oder Moll entscheiden möchten, spielen die drei in München im Club 2.

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