Many musical recipes that go down in the annals of pop history spring from a simple, but in hindsight most brilliant idea. Including CHILI CON CELLO.
"Madame Chili" alias Ruth Kirchner, a whole blood Rhythm and Blues singer who was already with Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker on stage, always loved to play with the cliches of the various genres of music. The cellists of the formation Cello Mafia, whose members come from various renowned classical ensembles, made it to their mission to bridge the gap between entertainment and classical music.
It was only a matter of time until the two main ingredients complement to CHILI CON CELLO.
The common enthusiasm for such contrasting styles of music brought them the idea to record some of their favorite songs of the pop and rock history in an unprecedented form - arranged for five celli and and a singer.
At first, the musical codes of cellists and a rock singer had to be broken up. For every person involved a great challenge
"Madame" had to learn to communicate in language and number of cycles and grades to distinguish five celli. The classical cellists studied for the first time the most important things of the rock and pop slang, finally they can already differentiate between a chorus and a bridge and have also learned that "groove" is not a question of notation.
So finally wonderful versions of Billy Idol's "White Wedding", Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" or the tango version of the 80s Scorpions hit "Still Loving You " emerged, up to a congenial mix of Indian mantra singing and Appenzeller Yodel. And its slow-swing version of the Beatles classic "A Hard Days Night" was promoted during a competition to the favorite song of the whole Bayern 1 Radio Crew ...
Classical music and Rock have never met so hot and so spicy
In their live shows the 5 CHILLISTS and the front singer Madame CHILI throw all classical and rock cliches in the crossfire and serve their Chili Con Cello with a generous pinch of irony. In this way they let their musical mixture simmer for two hours on high heat until the air gets on fire.