Singer-songwriter, musician and author Katja Maria Werker is now on Stockfisch with her album, "mitten im sturm" ("In the Midst of the Storm"). This woman with the sensitive, elfin-like features makes an appearance wherever she goes; on the stage of her dreams at the time when she was still collecting one refusal after another from the record labels frequented by her artistic role models. In her life as on the stage, storms have not been in short supply; as in the title: "Aus dem Beton" ("Out of Concrete"), it is revealed: the moon is inhabited. And a rough landing can still be followed by a smooth arrival in this case by art.
"Mitten im sturm" is a richly facetted album squally periods followed by intermittent calm, the rise and swell of the waves: Katja Werker's own compositions; fresh, energy-laden pop songs ("Crossfire"), some English and German folk; notably a Peter Gabriel classic from the Seventies ("Here comes the Flood") not to mention an awe-inspiring rendition of the German hit pop song "Über sieben Brücken musst du gehn". Arrangements are the artist's own.
Each of the album's tracks is unique, and all are highly authentic; personal in the literal sense of the word: human experience, a biography, strife, endeavor and triumph in life and art, heard and felt through the music ("Tief im Innern"). The eye of the storm is the place where pain and healing are neighbors, where "live or die" is the imperative, and hope is the tender but determined plant which pushes its way up out of concrete.
Music and a voice that goes straight to the heart and remains there long after the last song has ended.
All songs are beautifully performed in Katja's native German language except for "Crossfire" & "Here Comes The Flood" which are both performed in English.
Mastering Monitors: B&W Bowers & Wilkins 801 D
CD Pre-mastering: Hans-Jorg Maucksch at Pauler Acoustics
Produced and recorded by Gunter Pauler
Katja Maria Werker, vocal, guitar
Ian Melrose, guitars, whistle
Lutz Möller, Fender Rhodes, Mellotron
Alessandro Gulino, bass
Hans-Jörg Maucksch, bass
Martin Großkurth, Hammond B3
Peter Funk, Dobro
Lucille Chaubard, violoncello
Beo Brockhausen, Hang, udu, saxophone, hulusi
Lea Morris, backing vocals
1. Tief im innern
2. Aus dem beton
3. Crossfire (Vocals Performed In English)
4. Mitten im sturm
6. Vom selben stern
7. Here comes the flood (Vocals Performed In English)
8. Die zeit mit dir
10. Uber sieben brucken musst du gehn
11. Dreh den spiess um
12. Worauf wartest du
Total playing time, 48:19