BELLS on Kalk Entertainment #1 “Jeff Özdemir & Strobocop”

Thorsten von Karaoke Kalk und Jeff Özdemir haben ein “Mixtape” für PhonanzaFM
aufgenommen… Dieser Mix ist jetzt on MixCloud.

Kalk Entertainment #1 “Jeff Özdemir & Strobocop” Featuring BELLS by Elyas Khan on Mix Cloud:

Kalk Entertainment #1 – Jeff Özdemir & Strobocop by Karaoke Kalk on Mixcloud

Mishka Shubaly #Recommended

Break In Violence by Nervous Cabaret. Elyas Khan has this voice steeped in sadness and glee and mourning and lust… he could sing me my tax return and I’d love it”

New York musician and writer Mishka Shubaly celebrate his newest release Cowards Path by telling So So Gay UK what makes him Smile, Contemplate, Dance, Reminisce, Chill, Motivate, & Cry…

Read the article here:

And here is the song to accompany you while you read:

New photos by Vincent Gilot and Vincent Allain

I’m really pleased to add some great new photos to my Live and Back Stage galleries on my website, that were taken by rock music photographers VINCENT GILOT and VINCENT ALLAIN at the TOUR DE CHAUFFE Festival in Villeneuve d’Ascq in November. Click the picture below to see the rest of them!

Confettis for fantasy



Memory Monday – Brawl In Hamburg

As those of you who follow these posts regularly will know, I am performing in LIMBO at the TOLLWOOD FESTIVAL in Munich, stepping in as the bandleader over the Christmas period until the SILVESTER GALA on New Year’s Eve while SXIP SHIREY takes a well earned break. This time of year is supposed to be about families and friends enjoying each other’s company and being thankful for what they have. Yet, all too often, the television shows us fights in department stores as normally civilised people resort to violence in order to buy a gift that will somehow prove how loving and generous they are…

My current album, BRAWL IN PARADISE, touches upon this ironic juxtaposition in the larger context of the world and Mother Nature. Here’s a video of Sxip and I, joined by our GENTLEMEN & ASSASSINS bandmate BRIAN VIGLIONE at the ZENTRALE / THALIA THEATER in Hamburg, 6th November 2011. Check out our “Bossa Nova Metal Bubbling” in the first few minutes of the video!

Limbo tickets selling fast!

Great news! LIMBO tickets are selling like hotcakes and the TOLLWOOD FESTIVAL organisers have decided that they would like to add another matinee show on 21st December 2014.

Act FAST to book your ticket before they run out! (Click the image below.)
Elyas Limbo Stage 1

Memory Monday – The Adventures Of Charcoal Boy

Right there back then in 2006, at the HERE theatre in New York, a little Charcoal Boy was born to the theatre world by the minds of Designer ERIC NOVAK (click his name to see the puppets he made for this play), Director SARAH PROVOST and myself. His adventures, acted out by the fantastic puppetry team, were set to music I composed and performed live with my band NERVOUS CABARET.

THE ADVENTURES OF CHARCOAL BOY, which received support from the JIM HENSON FOUNDATION, The MacDowell ColonySt Ann’s Warehouse LabapaloozaMeet The Composer (now called New Music USA), and PS 122‘s Mabou Mines, portrays the story of an unlikely hero – a charred stick!

One of the featured songs, TREES ARE STUBBORN, describes how his fall from a tree that was struck by lightning led to his awakening to a strange world and how his journey of self-discovery and revolution began. Central characters in the play, such as CATHEAD, a world-weary side show impresario and FLAME GIRL an enigmatic dancer in the cabaret, are also depicted in song.

Watch the video, below, to see me sing FLAME GIRL with 17 HIPPIES four years ago at the KESSELHAUS in Berlin.

Memory Monday – Babbel Drones

In my recent Newsletter, I talked about the theatre company I set up in the mid 90s in New York City, The Dean Street Field Of Operation, otherwise known as THE DEAN ST FOO, when our group of performance artists from Dean Street Brooklyn realised we needed an outlet for our craft. CORINNA HILLER, JEPH GURECKA, JOHN MCCORMICK, KEVIN MCCORMICK, THOMAS THORPE and myself became regular residents at PS122 with our theatrical shows incorporating dance, music, film and mime.

The video, below, is the 16mm black and white filmed version of BABBEL DRONES, directed by Thomas Thorpe and starring John McCormick and myself. It incorporates Mime, COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE, and Slapstick to tell a story loosely based on The Old Testament’s psalm THE TOWER OF BABEL, here symbolised by a found 16mm loop of the NAGASAKI nuclear explosion. (During the original theatrical productions, the film loop would be projected above the stage onto a cloud made by Jeph Gurecka.)

BABBEL DRONES was just one chapter in the larger story “I WAS A RECORD PLAYER“, a live theatre play performed by THE DEAN ST FOO in OFF BROADWAY productions in NYC between the years 1995-2000.

LIMBO – Love At First Night!

“The Greatest Party between Heaven & Hell…”

After an enormously successful run at LONDON WONDERGROUND, circus cabaret LIMBO has evolved to the next generation – much like DR WHO – with Band Leader SXIP SHIREY passing the baton to ELYAS KHAN.

Click the photo below for performance dates and times, including the grand finale on 31st December. Why not treat yourself and your family to a New Year Celebration Extravaganza at the SILVESTER GALA performance?


First reports in from production company STRUT N FRET is that Elyas played a blinding first night, opening the show at Munich’s TOLLWOOD FESTIVAL yesterday, with his New York band NERVOUS CABARET‘s track, SLEEPWALKERS:

Memory Monday – Guitar Heroes

My recent festival performance at TOUR DE CHAUFFE with one-time NERVOUS CABARET band mate SAM KULIK made me think back to when the whole band was together. We’d do shows with some awesome artists such as JIL IS LUCKY at LA CIGALE in Paris and AMANDA PALMER of THE DRESDEN DOLLS at MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG in New York.

One of the things I love about performing with people like this is the fabulous range of musical instruments and found objects that make weird and wonderful noises. My GENTLEMEN & ASSASSINS bandmate and LIMBO showman SXIP SHIREY is great at finding these, as you can see in our performance of THE TING TINGS‘ song That’s Not My Name with Amanda Palmer HERE. Incidentally, it was also Sxip who invented the SXIPENSPIEL which was made as a gift for Amanda’s husband, writer NEIL GAIMAN, and was sampled on my single BELLS.

This week’s video starts with all the members of NERVOUS CABARET and AMANDA PALMER playing the THEREMIN as an introduction to her song GUITAR HERO.

Rebecca goes to Düsseldorf Film Festival 2014

Those of you who regularly read my news posts will already know that my single BELLS featured in ANNA KOHLSCHÜTTER‘s film REBECCA, which premiered in Berlin this summer, and that my drummer ROMAIN VICENTE composed the soundtrack. The film was well received at this year’s MESSAGE TO MAN FILM FESTIVAL in St Petersburg, Russia, and was featured as part of the “KURZ UND GUT” programme on German TV channel WDR in September.


REBECCA has been selected to be screened at the DÜSSELDORF FILM FESTIVAL 2014 on Wednesday 19th November, at 6:30 pm. Click HERE to see the festival timetable.

Even more excitingly, REBECCA has also won 3rd place at the DEKALOG FILM AWARDS and this will be presented on 30th November 2014 at 8 pm at the VILLA ELISABETH in Berlin-Mitte.