Straight from the screen onto the stage, the original “Babylon
Berlin” orchestra performs the songs from the famous tv series
live in concert.
1929 the world is different place. Berlin is a wild and dirty
city, glamourous and party crazy all the same.
The MOKA EFTI ORCHESTRA, a 14 piece ensemble put together by
composers Nikko Weidemann and Mario Kamien with saxophonist/
arranger Sebastian Borkowski, brings back the music and the vibe
of the 20´s, literally inviting the concertgoer into the Moka
Efti, one of the entertainment palaces in 1920s Berlin and a
prominent set location for the “Babylon Berlin” series.
Nikko Weidemann and Mario Kamien are not new to the music
business. Still, the assignment to look after the on screen
music for “Babylon Berlin” - the most ambitious tv series in
German film history - presents a new challenge. They earn the
trust of directors Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloetgen and Achim von
Borries to compose in styles encompassing Blues and Ragtime,
Chanson and Big Band Charleston. Especially with the title track
“Zu Asche, Zu Staub”, their task is to define a vivid
contemporary emotion rather than to achieve 100% historical
Weidemann, a man been rooted for decades in the international
musical subculture and Kamien, who made a name for himself as
part of the 90s duo dZihan&Kamien take on the task to not only
produce the music but to cast real musicians for the film
shootings. Teaming up with saxophonist/arranger Sebastian
Borkowski they assemble the MOKA EFTI ORCHESTRA.
May 2018 sees the roaring debut of the MOKA EFTI ORCHESTRA at
Berlin´s XJazz Festival. In the autumn of the same year the
orchestra´s performance at Hamburg´s Reeperbahn Festival is met
with equal enthusiasm. Next follows a special concert in front
of 200.000 visitors gathered at Brandenburg Gate to commemorate
October 3, the national day of German Unity. Early in November
MEO performs at the 2018 GQ awards and finally, later that
month, the orchestra plays two sold out shows at the famous
Ballhaus Berlin. Spring and summer 2019 will see the orchestra
touring all across Germany´s clubs and concert halls, including
the Munich Philharmonie and Kassel´s opera house as well as
various festivals.