11 Mar 2011

An Emerald City - The Fourth

Auckland-bred instrumental band 'An Emerald City' has spent the best part of a couple of years living in the creative hub of Berlin. Since we last spoke to them, they've had a line-up shuffle. Long necked lutist Ede Gieson and drummer Reyhan Leng chose to stay in New Zealand to raise their young families. The rest of the band returned to Berlin following a 2010 NZ summer tour, and recruited Kansas native Jessica Roth on bass, and Israeli drummer Dann Katz, who by all accounts has added not only a dazzling array of jazz-trained beats, but a sense of discipline and professionalism to the band. Mid-way through a 26-date homecoming and album release tour Reuben, Sam and Felix stopped by to tell us about recording their second album 'The Fourth' in the imposing Funkhaus studios - 'Funk' being the German word for radio.