Soap for Dirty Girls
Meike Koester has made a national and international name for herself as both a soloist and with her band, performing her own compositions, texts and arrangements. Her musical talents run the gamut from melodious ballads to groovy rock. She traces her roots to the American singer-songwriter tradition. Meike Koester's powerful and expressive voice and her command of the acoustic guitar fuse together in solo songs that go straight to the heart. With her band - bass, keyboard, guitar, accordion and drums - she has thrilled critics and audiences with her dynamic performances. But there's also a lot going on at meike's solo concerts. The audience is encouraged to "sigh collectively," might have to "headbang" when koester puts a distortion effect on one of her acoustic guitars, and is sooner or later drawn into the spell of koester's intimate concert realm. There the Little Prince, Cinderella and pink bubbles, as well as grumpy Sunday afternoons and deserted casinos have their place. Still, caution is advised, as one newspaper reporter writes after one of meike's concerts: "because koester can be cheeky too, if necessary"! In addition to her own solo concerts, Meike Koester has performed as a warm-up act with Marc Cohn ("Walking In Memphis"), Alannah Myles ("Black Velvet"), Dakota Moon and Toto, (all in Germany) and in 2001 was awarded the Young Artists' Prize of Lower Saxony, Germany for her musical talent. This prize honors the artistic abilities of young musicians, painters, writers and performers. In June 2000 she performed as one of 21 participants (from LA, Chicago, NY, Boston, etc.) in the semi-annual singer-songwriter contest at Eddie's Attic in Decatur/Atlanta, Georgia. Eddie's is an acoustic club known for being the place where musicians like Shawn Mullins and the Indigo Girls got their start; Meike Koester was awarded Second Prize. In April 2004 meike played the "Atlanta Dogwood Festival" with her trio. As a solo performer she opened concerts for Eric Taylor, Caroline Aiken and Pierce Pettis during her 2004 U.S. tour. "She's got what it takes to be a star!" raved the ORF (Austrian Public Broadcasting Service) about Meike Koester's Austria debut. That Meike Koester has a charismatic stage presence, writes excellent songs and gives great concerts is now becoming known in further corners of the world. In addition to being on the road for solo concerts in the USA again in fall and winter of 2005, meike included on that journey concerts in Italy and, for the first time, in Austria. Discography: 'angel' (1998), 'soap for dirty girls' (2002), 'live love travel free' (2006), 'Meike Koester live i'm Lutterbeker' (DVD, 2009). All CDs and DVDs published on meike's own label eve's apple music production.