Mike Novak, grew up near the New York City music scene and was a Washington D.C.-based musician before relocating to Hamburg in January 2022. He composed and recorded several albums while performing at venues as a solo artist, as well as in various ensembles. Mike hosted a monthly musical residency at the Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan, coined the last funky neighborhood in Washington D.C.. Several collaborations were born during these years, including the rock group Novakaine. They produced the album “Waves” that D.C. music critic David Hintz described as “…engaging, agreeable rock music with some creative flourish…along with a lot of clever songwriting shifts and just enough power pop”. Mike and his German wife Christine Hopp are now residing in Hamburg and performing under the name HoppNova. Christine, a classically trained violin and piano player, contributes unique melodic riffs to the original compositions. Full of improvisational interludes, their performances are fresh and captivating.