The ChessBase Christmas Party – part 2

1/4/2011 – Last week we told you about the ChessBase Christmas party – but left one part of the report pending: the special guest we had invited to give the our staff, friends and business partners a seasonally heart-warming musical experience. The guest was an actress, singer, composer and book author, who gave us a preview of songs from her next album. Vaile at ChessBase.

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The ChessBase Christmas Party – part 2

Pictorial report by Frederic Friedel and Nadja Wittmann

Every year in the week before Christmas the ChessBase staff and business partners gather together for a company dinner. We showed you some pictures in a previous report, but left the special event for part two, which we are now pleased to present.


A special guest at the Christmas party was Vaile, a well-known actress, singer and composer, who is a big chess fan – she plays at least one game a day, usually independent of her work schedule.


Vaile is quite well-known to our readers – her are some stories which feature her:


If you go to the second article listed above you will see that Vaile is also interested in chess boxing. In fact the actress keeps fit by attending training sessions for chess boxing (we kid you not) three times a week.


Vaile has also helped ChessBase to promote our music composition program Ludwig


At the ChessBase Christmas party Vaile gave us a concert, on a little stage we had
constructed in our entry and storage department


She sang songs from her latest album, due for release in February this year


The ChessBase staff and visitors listened in fascination to the musical presentation


Naturally we recorded the concert and have posted a short clip of it on YouTube

Video of Vaile at the Christmas party


Vaile sang some of the songs from her new album, and then bravely went on to sing
"White Christmas", doing this for the very first time, in English, from sheet music.
The section begins at around two minutes into the above video clip.

Finding freedom

This astonishing young lady is not just a singer and actress (and chess boxer and deep sea diver, and a number of other things). Once a year Vaile sets out with two horses on a trip into the Scandinavian forests, to spend six weeks alone, meeting no human soul, surviving essentially on what she can dig up, pluck or catch. She has done this for ten years now, ever since she was a teenager. When one of Germany's top publishing houses, Knauer, heard about this they commissioned her to write a book, Frei Sein, which was published as an illustrated top title last November.

The book is in German, but will probably soon be available in other languages (an English language publisher is being sought). At the same time Vaile has the new album which contains songs that are closely connected to the horseback trips and finding freedom in the forests of the north.

Incidentally Vaile and her music production company will be distributing this album directly and are still looking for investors. If you are interested you will find the conditions for the potentially lucrative investors' agreement here. The page contains sample songs, media links and contacts.


Finding freedom – Vaile in concert and in the forest

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