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:

 

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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