SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
I Am Oak, Schokoladen, 8pm
Singer-songwriter, Thijs Kuijken, the man behind folk project I am Oak, took his name from his hometown, Bergeijk, which loosely means “oak mountain” in his native Dutch.
In a similarly themed play on words, Kuijken released his third album,Nowhere or Tammensaari earlier this year. Tammensaari points to a Finnish town which, translated, means “oak island.” He is oak, indeed.
What’s more is that Kuijken, a regular on the German tour circuit, kicked off a tour of the country this week to do a little promotion of the new album.
From Duisberg to Leipzig, from Göttingen to Offenbach, 10 cities will be privy to his earnest and melodic vocals, his quiet acoustic guitar, and a parade of extras like samples, beats, and other unique instruments. Natalye Childress
Schokoladen, Ackerstraße 169, 10115 Berlin; 030 28 26 527; U: Rosenthaler Platz; admission €8.