My Per­fect Day

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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.

Tem­pel­hofer Park

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

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