A German vocalist – a baritone, leader of the Palast Orchester group. He specializes in the German repertoire of the 1920s and 1930s.
The arrangements of the pieces include famous film songs, couplets, tangos, foxtrots, rumbas and salsas evoking the atmosphere of Havana casinos, the first Hollywood productions, Berlin cabaret or old musicals and dances. The group’s repertoire includes pieces by Walter Jurmann, Friedrich Hollaender, Willy Rosen, Theo Mackeben and Werner Richard Heymann. Interpretations of Fred Astaire or Frank Sinatra songs are accompanied by a characteristic irony and melancholy, emphasised by acting and smart arrangements.
Apart from pieces from the period between the wars (e.g. from the repertoire of the Comedian Harmonists), the group successfully performs re-arrangements of modern hits in an old style which, due to the connection of grotesque and humour in Raabe’s performance, shows those pieces in a different light, sometimes bordering on parody. His discography includes re-arrangements of such hits as: Oops, I did it again (Britney Spears), Around the world (la la la) (ATC), Angel (Shaggy), Blue (da ba dee) (Eiffel 65), Kiss (Prince), Let's talk about sex (Salt'n'pepa), Mambo No. 5 (Lou Bega), Sex Bomb (Tom Jones), We will rock you (Queen) and many others.
In 1999 Max Raabe performed together with Nina Hagen in The Threepenny Opera by Bertold Brecht. Max Raabe’s group gives concerts worldwide and always gets an enthusiastic response. Every show is accompanied by a special set design and programme concept including choreography, costumes and convention. Raabe himself seems to be an outdated relic of a departed époque with his characteristically combed blond fringe and old-fashioned tailored dinner jacket. The vocal scale of the artist is interesting: a baritone who can smoothly transform into a tenor belcanto with the characteristic sharp French "r". Especially for the inauguration of the 2nd Film Music Festival the artist will prepare an exclusive repertoire consisting of famous film and musical songs among others: Cheek to Cheek (Fred Astaire), Cosi Cosa (A Night at the Opera), Mein Bruder macht beim Tonfilm die Geräusche, Wenn ich Sonntags in mein Kino geh' (Ich bei Tag und du bei Nacht), All God's Children (A Day at the Races - Marx Brothers), Ninon (Ein Lied für dich), Speak low (One Touch of Venus), Vivere oder Parla mi d'amore (Italian film music), Night and Day (The Man who Came to Dinner) and others.