MORPHING – Yes, we did it!

Here it is:
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So, this is a very special production for me. For the first time  in my career, a record featuring only my compositions is being released. I have to thank the wonderful Jazzorchester Vorarlberg for giving me that chance and putting so much work in performing and recording my music.
I´m really satisfied with the musical performance and mix and master of the CD and would love to get some feedback from you. Please listen, there are over 2 years of work in that recording, from composition process to scoring and arranging, rehearsals, concerts, recording, mixing, editing, graphic design,…
CD RELEASE concerts will be April 21 at Theater Kosmos, Bregenz and April 22 at Porgy&Bess, Vienna.
Listen to 2 tracks on Soundcloud:

 

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WEISSES RAUSCHEN

We, JazzWerkstatt Wien, organized a little flash-mob in front of the Austrian parliament. We played 18.000.000.000 notes in 10 minutes to protest against opacity. This is a little documentary by “Rosa Atom”. Enjoy!

On special occasions..

Das haben wir mit 5/8erl in Ehr´n im Wohnzimmer aufgenommen….zum Akandemikerball 2014, hier mehr Info wer sich nicht auskennt:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiener_Akademikerball

Sympathy for the Devil

Hi everybody!
As 2013 is coming to an end, I finally enjoy some time at home in Vienna to do some studio and composing work again. The last two months were incredibely intensive and I toured a lot in Austria and Germany.
But now all my attention belongs to the “MORPHING” project I am doing with the fantastical Jazzorchester Vorarlberg. As I mentioned here before, I wrote 90 minutes of electroacoustival music for big band and live electronics. The program was premiered in 2012 and we subsequently played some shows. This summer we began recording the music and we had our last recording session in October. Right now I´m editing the audio material and adding electronics. In January I´m going to mix the files with my longtime fellow Werner Angerer and the album will be released in April. Although it´s still a long way to go, I´m already very happy with the recordings and the material I´ve got from the great musicians. Here´s the band, photoraphed by Rania Moslam:

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Believe it or not – this will be the first album release featuring only my music and I´m really excited about finishing this record!

Another record I was working on in the last year was finally released: Valérie Sajdik´s “Les Nuits Blanches”. And here it is:
valerie_les-nuits-blanches_vinyl-visualIt´s been released on CD, Vinyl and Digital – listen on iTunes and buy/ order it at Valerie´s office: valerie@bertolini.cc , + 43 1 440 56 71
With 5/8erl in Ehr´n we´ve produced a live Vinyl, that will be released soon! You´ll be able to buy it at our online shop, along with our brandnew shopping bags!
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Another thing: The unfamous ensemble nee. will play a live show again! Save the date: January 9th  2014 at brut – indispensable!Bye for now!

Emotional Rescue

Hello again!
Too many things were going on lately to keep track here. But now I´m trying to give you a short overview of my past view weeks.
Once again, Jazzseminar Schönbach was a highlight of the year so far. The spirit among the students and the teachers is exciting and I always recharge my batteries during the workshop. My piano students were super and again my favourite thing was coaching my ensemble. We had an amazing instrumentation: 2 live electronic players, drums, electric bass, electric guitar, 2 keyboard players, violin, 2 flute players + facebass, trumpet, 2 singers  + ukulele. Our slogan was “Electro Jazz” and we were inspired by Jimi Hendrix´”The Wind cries Mary”, one of my all time favourite songs. The ensemble composed new pieces and we played an exciting 15min opus at the final concert. Thanks everybody at Jazzseminar Schönbach! Here some snapshots of my ensemble:
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Then we played a fantastic concert at sold out Arena in Vienna with 5/8erl in Ehr´n. 1100 people were there and the crowd was amazing – our fans are the greatest:
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From September 5-8 our JazzWerkstatt Wien festival “VIENNA ROOMSERVICE” took place at Porgy&Bess. Many people attended the festival and the artists played incredible concerts. My favourite evening was Friday, Andreas Harrer aka antiehdas heated up the audience with a fantastic 10min performance “Kreation und Depression”. Then my long-time companions Maja Osojnik and Matija Schellander teamed up with Raumschiff Englmayr and Daniel Lercher to present their audio-visual performace “W.I.L.D”, which was very “trance” and an archaic experience. Afterwards Mira Lu Kovacs took the center stage and played with her trio “Schmied´s Puls”. They presented their new record “Play Dead”, which in my opinion is a masterpiece. I was very touched by their concert and I highly recommend listening to Mira and her music – on record or live. Here´s the new CD, available HERE:
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Last week I went to Nice in France to participate in “Jeux de la Francophonie” with singer Valérie Sajdik. We played a preselection concert and advanced to the finals. The finals took place at the opera in Nice. Five participants were selected to perform a 15min live set. What I didn´t know before – it was broadcasted on French television and over 50 million people tuned in! We also performed a composition of mine called “Les Nuits Blanches”, which is also the title song of Valérie´s upcoming album, to be released on October 7.
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Ruby Tuesday

Vienna is hot! I´m enjoying summer in my hood, although there´s plenty of work to do. Lately, we were touring a lot with 5/8erl in Ehr´n. It was very attractive playing huge concerts as support act for big German acts like Sportfreunde Stiller or La BrassBands. For an acoustic band like us it´s very unusual playing big stages with thousands of people waiting to be animated to dance and scream. I think we did a good job staying cool but focused and people really enjoyed our laid-back approach. Here some impressions:
Yo! Sportfreunde Stiller Support in PAssau whats stays Oberammergau Festival

One thing I can´t conceal:

I´M THE VERTIKALLBALL WORLD CHAMP 2013!!!!!

The fight took place in Hamburg, Germany, August 28. It was a hot day and the best players from all over the world came together to play unfamous but brilliant Vertikallball nearby the Alster. We had 5 qualification games and the best 5 players advanced to the ultimate final. The last two players standing were my colleague from the Viennese-Vertikalball-League Michael Bruckner-Weinhuber and me. Michael is also co-inventor of this sport and a true master. I lost to him in the finals 2011 in Berlin. Last year he was Vice World Champ. After last years champ Sven P. Pohl (Germany) was eliminated, I knew Michael was the man to beat. I was a little nervous before going into the last game. I played pretty solid in the qualification but I couldn´t win one single game, not even did I come in second. I tried not to analyze what I could do better to excel, instead I focused on my strenghts, believing in myself and my dream to become one of the world´s greates athletes (like I´ve always read in sportsman biographies – thank you Michael Jordan). From a distance, I´d say it was a walk to the championship. I can´t remember one single mistake. I didn´t think, I just played Vertikalball. A thing of beauty!the plate the best players of the world IMG_6456

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I thought about it a lot recently, but I´m staying with music. I´ll not leave my bandmates and colleagues all over the world alone. Vertikallball is nice, but my profession is composer and musician.
So, the next thing I do is Jazzseminar Schönbach. I´m loving it and I will report afterwards. HAVE A LOOK at my dates, September is HUGE!
Love, Clemens

Miss You (sung in falsetto)

clemens wenger, clemenswenger.com. media composer voyag, voyage 100I was lucky to spend a one-week vacation in New York, while weather in Vienna was  November-like again. It was beautiful and exhilarant. I had tickets for game 7 of the NY Knicks – Indiana Pacers series, but unfornately the Knicks lost in Game 6 and bowed out. Drat! At least it saved me a lot of money because of the high ticket prices. A dream of mine came true as I went playing basketball in Manhattan. Needless to say, it was pretty unspectacular and not much different from here in Brigittenau, Vienna (although the courts and baskets are really nice and high quality in NY). My goal for the next five years is to become a solid outside shooter. I have to work on my jump shot, so it´s becoming more stable. I know, this is probably uninteresting for you… BUT, I´m currently working on combinig my love for the game of basketball with my profession as musician and composer. For the VIENNA ROOMSERVICE festival in September, I´m writing a piece for Double-Bass and electronics/tape called “BassBalls”. We´ll premiere it in Vienna´s famous club Porgy&Bess, and I´ll use 8 speakers to beam the audience right onto the basketball court. Here´s a wonderful photo by Rania Moslam, shot while I´m preparing some sounds for the composition:
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What else?Visit our new 5/8erl in Ehr´n shop -> HERE you can order our CD`s there and very soon also merchandise. By the way, here´s a snapshot from our last tour in May, relaxing in Poland:
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With a heavy heart I´m selling a lot of stuff at the moment, because I have to clear space at home. My workspace is jam-packed and I need some emptiness for new ideas. So take a look at my willhaben.at list, there´s a lot of cool stuff, f.e. my mikroKORG Special Edition, Novation X-Station, TC Electronics Analog Chorus/Flanger, iMac, … HERE ->
So, that´s it for now, see you soon and bye!!!