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, 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.

Mon, 21.10.2013 - 10:47

This year the Vienna-based Vegetable Orchestra is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Currently the orchestra comprises ten people, in alphabetical order these are: Jürgen Berlakovich, Nikolaus Gansterer, Susanna Gansterer, Barbara Kaiser, Matthias Meinharter, Jörg Piringer, Ernst Reitermaier, Richard Repey, Ingrid Schlögl, Ulrich Troyer, Tamara Wilhelm und Martina Winkler.

Fri, 02.08.2013 - 12:08

To receive a reasonably representative overview of the various productions of improvised, experimental or otherwise advanced music of the past decade, it seems useful to the author to refer to the variety of mainly small labels that put a lot of heart and soul into releasing this kind of music.

Mon, 08.07.2013 - 16:02

Is the village of Ottensheim an island of the holy? It certainly has the allure of such, considering the noticeable amount of outstanding musicians that hail from this small hamlet in the upper region of Austria in close proximity to Linz. Once a year the small community takes center stage while it hosts the open air festival, which is a cooperation between the local workshops Kapu and the organization, “KomA”(Culture without momentary Homebase). The festival is the bundling together of the most impressive talents in the region of Ottensheim, starting with the local Youth Community Center (JO). At the center of it all, and the promulgator for many activites is the renowned guitarist, bassist, trumpeter and composer, Christian Gatt, more well known as Gigi.

Mon, 08.07.2013 - 15:59

From the very begging of Ángela Tröndle’s life, it was clear that she would find her love and profession in music. As the daughter of two musically active parents (mother a cellist and the father a violinst and bratsch) the singer, pianist and composer, born in 1983, seemed to have a path predestined. In her formative years she began studies of the violin and piano, largely in a classical musical vein, but all that changed as soon as she discovered Jazz for herself. The fire was started within her, as in most successful projects is the case, has continued to burn steadily until now.

Mon, 08.07.2013 - 15:55

Josef Novotny (b.1963) is a composer, sound designer, keyboardist, organist and pianist, and is one of the most revered multi-disciplinary musical personalities in Austria.

Tue, 28.05.2013 - 08:56

Christian Muthspiel has already involved Renaissance music in various projects on numerous occasions. In a quartet, together with trumpeter Matthieu Michel, vibraphone player Franck Tortiller and bassist Steve Swallow, the trombonist now takes on the work of the Renaissance composer John Dowland, the master of melancholy tones, for his new CD "Seaven Teares" (ACT). Starting with the instrumental cycle "Lachrimae Or Seaven Teares" by the more than 400 year old composer, Christian Muthspiel builds a musical bridge from the past to the present and translates the chamber music of the old form to contemporary jazz. With soft, gentle and refreshingly light-footed sounds, the sonic time travel by the trombonist and his fellow musicians reveals a very varied and multifaceted rollercoaster ride through various musical moods, which resonates in every moment with the very distinctive and creative touch of Christian Muthspiel.

Mon, 13.05.2013 - 13:21

If you’re looking for the most influential and important jazz-musician within the Austrian music world, then at the top of the list you would find the name, Georg Breinschmid. A glance over the résumé of projects with which the compose and contrabassist has been involved makes it clear: here is a musician who is not afraid to push his own limits and one who generates his own playing field of musical expression.