Live in Nürnberg 84

Bitter Funeral Beer Band

By 1984 the Bitter Funeral Beer Band had further improved their handling of the combination of the west african, nordic and improvisational elements in Bengt Berger’s music.

The band had been joined by Liselotte Norelius on percussion, Kalle Eriksson on trumpet, Thomas Gustafsson on saxophones and Thomas Huhn on electric bass and percussion.

This is a live concert recorded by Bayerischer Rundfunk for radio and TV in Nürnberg.



  1. Darafo (6:16)
  2. Funeral Dance - part 1 (17:03)
  3. Bitter Funeral Beer (9:41)
  4. Funeral Dance - part 2 (14:47)
  5. Gahu (7:41)
  6. Blekete (4:25)


Bengt Berger, Ko-Gyil (Lo-Birifor funeral xylophone), Atsimevu (Ewe master drum);
Anita Livstrand, Ko-Gyil, voice, percussion;
Liselotte Norelius, percussion;
Thomas Mera Gartz,percussion, tenor sax;
Sigge Krantz, acoustic and electric bass, guitar, percussion;
Thomas Huhn, electric bass, percussion
Matthias Helldén, cello, percussion;
Tord Bengtsson, violin, guitar, percussion;
Thomas Gustafsson, soprano sax, tenor sax, percussion;
Björn Hellström, bass clarinet, flute, percussion;
Ulf Wallander, soprano sax, tenor sax, percussion;
Jörgen Adolfsson, soprano sax, alto sax, percussion;
Tommy Adolfsson, trumpet, percussion;
Kalle Ericsson, trumpet, percussion

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Nürnberg 84 – soloists:
1 Kalle Eriksson, Thomas Gustafsson
2. Ulf Wallander, Sigge Krantz, Jörgen Adolfsson, Björn Hellström, Kalle Eriksson,
3. Anita Livstrand, Thomas Mera Gartz, Matthias Helldén
4. Matthias Helldén, Tommy Adolfsson, Tord Bengtsson, Thomas Gustafsson, Thomas Mera Gartz & Liselotte Norelius
5. Bengt Berger & Thomas Huhn, Atsimevu
6. Bengt Berger &  Liselotte Norelius, Blekete master Drum

Country & Eastern is releasing two live concerts by the band on october 16, 2007:
CE 09 Live in Frankfurt 82, was recorded by Hessischer Rundfunk at 18 Deutsches Jazzfestival at Alte Oper in Frankfurt with Don Cherry and the indian sarod maestro K. Sridhar as guests, and
CEX09 Live in Nürnberg 84 was recorded by Bayerischer rundfunk and is released with their permission.

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Press release: C&E News october 2007

Three video clips from the concert.