about

Mellowtown is a site for music. A meadow for the urban experience of music and a space where you can honor those who perform and live it. With a passion for live music, mellowtown focuses on experimental, improvisational and jazz music. Because we are physically located in Berlin, our musical journeys take place on international ground.

 

Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.

Rain Music (excerpt)

On the dusty earth-drum
Beats the falling rain;
Now a whispered murmur,
Now a louder strain.

Slender, silvery drumsticks,
On an ancient drum,
Beat the mellow music
Bidding life to come.

James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938). The Book of American Negro Poetry. 1922.

Mellow (adj.) —all right, fine. Ex., „That’s mellow, Jack.“
Cab Calloway, Hepsters Dictionary 1939

He wears high draped pants
Stripes are really yellow
He wears high draped pants
Stripes are really yellow

But when he starts in to love me
He’s so fine and mellow

Billie Holiday, Fine And Mellow

mellow
adjective
mel·low·er, mel·low·est

1. a. Soft, sweet, juicy, and full-flavored because of ripeness: a mellow fruit.
b. Suggesting softness or sweetness: “The mellow air brought in the feel of imminent autumn” (Thomas Hardy).
2. a. Flavorful and mild or smooth, as from being properly matured: a mellow wine.
b. Soft and pleasant; not harsh: a mellow voice; mellow light.
3. Gentle and understanding, especially from being mature or experienced: “She had seen him as a survival of a leisurely and tolerant age, a mellow man” (Elisabeth Ogilvie).
4. Relaxed and unhurried; easygoing: a mellow friend; a mellow conversation.
5. Slang Slightly and pleasantly intoxicated.
6. Moist, rich, soft, and loamy. Used of soil.

tr. & intr.v.
mel·lowed, mel·low·ing, mel·lows
To make or become mellow.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition Copyright © 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Franziska Buhre personally experienced 171 concerts in 2016.  Educated in contemporary dance and journalism, she has been reporting on music since 2007. She teaches Lindy Hop and Yoga, is still proud of owning a functioning discman and rarely lingers in the infamous German Jazzkeller. She’s worked for the German radio stations Deutschlandfunk, Kulturradio vom RBB, NDR Kultur and the Swiss SRF.
You can find Franziska’s latest radio broadcasts on SWR2 at:
swr2.de

You can find several articles written by her at:
taz.de

Mask: Anubis, the Jackal God of ancient Egypt. This mask was made in the likeness of the original handcrafted version, worn by Liz Kosack in the band The Liz. Liz Kosack personally helped Franziska to make her mask. Explore more incredible masks at http://www.zardkom.com/masks

Share