My Perfect Day
The Carrington–Brown Duo British performing duo shares tips for music lovers and favorite Kiez hangouts.
Where did you two meet? Rebecca: We met in 2004. I was doing a onewoman show with my cello in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Colin was singing in an a cappella group. Within half an hour we were talking about doing something together, but it took us nearly three and a half years to actually become a duo. Our show, Dream a Little Dream, is 80% about our lives and experiences, but also about our dreams.
What made you leave London and move to Berlin in 2007? Colin: Work! In England, the performing arts are very compartmentalized, whereas Germany has a long tradition of Kleinkunst, mixing music and comedy, which is what we do. Also, in Berlin you don’t have to be famous to make a living with your show. Audiences trust their favorite venues, and if you are performing there, the show will sell. When our show is on, our posters are all over the city, and that would not happen in England. But of course we also moved here because we love the city.
What is your favorite Kiez? R: The Viktoriapark/Bergmannkiez, which is where we live. It is a 10-minute bike ride from the city center but still maintains a very local flavor, with no large chains and lots of small businesses. We made friends with most of them, so now the bakery by our house has our poster in its window.
Where do you take your friends when they visit? C: The city is huge, and packed with cultural and historic sites, so I always recommend a tour on a double-decker bus to get a first feel for what’s where. Or you can hire Rebecca, who is an unbelievable tour guide! (Laughs.)
R: I recently took guests to the Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg, and to the Berlin Wall memorial nearby. It’s the best way to see what the Wall used to look like. And then there’s Tempelhofer Park. Walking (or cycling, or skating) on the old airport's runways is just great.
Any recommendations for a good breakfast? R: We usually go to Tomasa (Kreuzbergstr 62). It’s cozy, they serve the best breakfasts in town, and it’s in our Kiez!
And for dinner? C: Borchardt (in Mitte). In such a casual city, I rarely find occasions to dress up, and Borchardt is one of them. It’s classy but relaxed, and the food is just perfect. I also really like Käfer on the Reichstag rooftop, and for a good pizza, +39 on Möckernstraße 73.
Who's your ideal dinner partner? C: Rebecca, of course! If she's unavailable though, I'd be happy to have dinner with Joni Mitchell or Morgan Freeman. R: Yes, Colin and I really enjoy eating out... but otherwise for me it would have to be Sting!
Tips for music lovers? R: The Berlin Philharmonie, of course. It is in my mind one of the best, if not the best, orchestras in the world! To experience them live in their own concert hall is something not to be missed! And music fans should also visit Dussmann on Friedrichstrasse. It has an incredible choice of CDs, DVDs, and books
for all genres of music.
If Joe (your cello) could talk, what would you ask him? R: Joe has seen a lot. He's 233 years old, so I would love to ask him what life was like at the time of the French Revolution, or during WWII. Before I inherited him from my grandmother, he was a classical cello, but now he plays all kinds of music. So another question I would ask him is how he feels about the change of career.
The Berlin Philharmonie