Wed, 26.03.2014 - 08:20

Federspiel is a band on a mission to liberate Austrian folk music from its dusty image and give it a modern edge and a fresh start which appeals to all ages.

In 2004 seven young musicians from Vienna and the Lower Austrian area got together to revitalise and bring to a new audience local folk music incorporating their own unique musical interpretation. Tearing down borders people think exist in using folk music, they developed and began to write their own compositions which now form a large part of their repertoire. Here their in depth study of original folk music scores proved to be really useful in creating a contemporary new sound using this source material, but we'll come back to that later. These guys knew exactly what they were doing when they discovered and created their own interpretations for this preserved traditional music, since their own roots are also in classical music studies.

Fri, 14.03.2014 - 15:57

“The performances of the STUDIO PERCUSSION Graz are conceived of and made in a way which is like the signature of art on a holy place, like the Pieta in the Petersdom in Rome: room-filling, awe-inspiring, and immovable, although the room has been exited already. I want to hammer acoustic sculptures out of the air, which the listener takes with them, even after they leave the room, the last instrument is packed in its case, and the room is locked behind the last visitor. The next day the visitor should be nagged by the question: What was it exactly that I heard and saw last night?”.

Wed, 12.03.2014 - 12:01

Tyrol is slowly but surely turning into one of the first addresses for rock music in Austria. Now that the band Mother’s Cake has made a name for itself on the international stage (the three musicians from Innsbruck have just recently completed an extensive Australian tour), the next formation White Miles is already on the rise. And the omens of success are favorable for Medina Rekic (guitar, vocals) and Hansjörg “Lofi” Loferer (drums), the two heads behind this duo. Even before the official release (February 2014) of the debut album “From Madagascar to the Universe”, the duo was invited to support the internationally hyped Swedish stoner-rock-band Truckfighters on their European tour. To keep up the momentum, the next highlight of White Miles’ young career, which started in 2011, has already been confirmed. In May this year the duo will be supporting none other than the legendary American grunge icon Courtney Love on tour through Britain.

Sat, 01.03.2014 - 15:59

The compositions of Bernhard Lang go beyond the acoustic sound experience, since the meaning of his creative work is just as important as the musical result. In addition to music-related studies such as piano and composition, Bernhard Lang also studied philosophy. In this sense, philosophical deliberations often form the foundation of his musical compositions.

Wed, 11.12.2013 - 16:53

There are things that grow ever larger and the eventually break out of their confines and reach a point where a new perspective is necessary. It is exactly at this point that the composer and flutist Angelica Castello has found herself, with the release of her first solo, as well as fully self-composed album, “Bestiario”. Until now, she has found herself alongside a host of different musicians and formations, such as Billy Roisz or with Thomas Grill in duo, or with Maja Osojnik, Matija Schellander in the “Low Frequency Orchestra”. She has not only provided her services with the flute, but also recorder and other devices, and has, until now never given fruition to a fully self-composed and realized album, simply because she never found a good reason to do so. A Mexican native and having found a permanent home in Vienna, she explains, “On the one hand, because I thought, no one would be interested in my own music, but on the other hand it was also a very conscious decision that I took.” In any case, opinions can be changed, and that it was with the release of the first “Low Frequency Orchestra” album, and she became aware of the impact the making of an album had on her. Following her participation and experience with ever more recording sessions and album productions it became clear that there would come a time for her own recording of an album, for her own personal art and to capture a certain moment in time; a document which could encapsulate a certain phase in her life.

Thu, 21.11.2013 - 11:10

Michael Bruckner-Weinhuber is the perfect example of a musician that does not want to limit himself to making music. For some weeks now a few photo cards have been floating around, with motifs of ants on the front and texts of his favorite writers on the back. "I have been dealing with macro photography for some time now", he explains in an interview with Alois Sonnleitner, and talks about how he spends hours lying on a meadow at the Hernals cementery to observe the surrounding activities of ants. The view through the magnifying glass, combined with the desire to transform nature into art, has been his inspiration and motivation for many years. “Rückgratlose HeldInnen” (spineless heroes) is the title of his photo, video and installation exhibition that focuses on invertebrates and is hosted at the Viennese venue Porgy & Bess.

Fri, 15.11.2013 - 07:40

With several million clicks on their Youtube clips, Klangkarussell are no longer just an insiders' tip. However, it is rather baffling that this band comes from a small town in Austria. With the track "Sonnentanz", the Salzburg-based duo has managed to achieve something that many other local acts desperately strive for, namely to score an internationally celebrated club hit.

Tue, 12.11.2013 - 13:21

With their folk-inspired, melancholic indie-pop, Sweet Sweet Moon is a unique musical species that should be protected in this country. Despite fellow peers, the Lower Austrian musician Matthias Frey is claimed to be the sole mastermind behind this project and has brought this profound American-induced discipline across the Atlantic with all the necessary realness and authenticity. He immerses himself in the romantic ideals of the introspective singer/songwriter existence, as well as the noble restraint, which is commonly displayed by musicians that can reflect on the pure quality of their song treasures. From the debut album “Pompidou”, which was still marked by the lo-fi aesthetic of a solo maverick, up to the more recent exhibits such as the mini album “Candy Floss”, with songs that evidently drift to broad orchestral sounds and are reminiscent of opulent forerunners such as Bright Eyes – the always surprising and intuitive musical feel of Matthias seems to work in all ensembles and formats.

Wed, 06.11.2013 - 09:58

Is music successful when it is appreciated by as many people as possible? Or when it conveys a certain standpoint? How is success measured in different genres (number of listeners, awards, competitions, charts)? Should music be brought to a specific audience or should an audience be picked up where it is? No matter what genre or intention – the presence on stage has become just as important as in the digital world.

Mon, 04.11.2013 - 17:49

Think all together, what can be ruled out: This question sets apart every unctuous band aspiring for the rise to the top. It is often overlooked that the idea “anything goes” is already a commonplace contemporary musical practice, therefore any band who wants to set themself apart, and not be pigeonholed, actually heaves themselves into the most spacious pigeonhole of all. How refreshing then that the band Sex Jams sees nothing defamatory in a noble reservation to brand themselves with something meaningful, without cutting the umbilical cord to their creative force and free-spirit. Noise Pop is a genre that reminds us of the 1980s and early 90s, and the taste stays fresh thanks to the Sex Jams’ branding applied to it.