MORPHING II – Premiere

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This picture shows my current analog synth workstation, consisting of a KORG MS-20 and a custom Eurorack modular synth. In the last months I used it extensively to compose a new program for the wonderful Jazzorchester Vorarlberg. Following our first collaboration “MORPHING”, we´ll premiere the sequel of the composition next week (May 20&21) at Theater Kosmos in Bregenz. The piece lasts about 80 minutes and it will serve as a soundtrack for a “dance&music theatre”. Silvia Salzmann created the choreography and we´ll be on stage with a 13-piece band and a 4-piece dance company.  I´ll try to attract you with some excerpts of our first CD, which give you an idea about the aesthetics of the music:

So, if you happen to live near Bregenz, make sure not to miss the performances. Otherwise please share and support this new project! I´ll keep you posted about the outcome and share some sound files and videos of the rehearsals.
01-Neapel_069 01-Neapel_078These two photos (credit: Peter Purgar) show me on stage with the great Studio Dan Strings during our performance at the JazzWerkstatt Graz Festival last month. We played the music of my first solo recording “Neapel”. Press reviews and feedback from listeners have been really great so far. The CD has been nominated for the prestigious “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”, which is a great honor for me. We´ll play another short live set in Vienna, on June 9th, at the magic “Auf die Strudlhofstiege!” festival, realized by our musicians collective JazzWerkstatt Wien. The line-up is fantastic in my opinion, and I encourage you to be there. Concerts start at 3pm, we´ll play at 3:30pm and the program goes on to 9pm, with Dorian Concept playing an “ambient set” for the finale. Here´s the line-up:
JW2016-Strudlhofstiege-Plakat-A2-RZI updated the concert dates section on this page, and you´ll find out that we´re finally playing gigs with 5/8erl in Ehr´n again, after pausing for six months. We rehearsed two new songs, made new arrangements of our song repertoire and I think we sound great. I really enjoy being on stage with this band, make sure to come out to our concerts and celebrate our 10th stage anniversary with us. So far so good – Best, Clemens
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CD OUT NOW – NEAPEL

Today marks the official release of my first solo album “Neapel”. Needless to say, I´m very happy to present my music to the world! Feel free to order the CD here:
Label – JazzWerkstatt Records
Distributor – HOANZL
Digital – iTunes

The last weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster ride – from feeling pressurized and nervous to the wonderful and moving live-release concert last Tuesday at Vienna´s Porgy & Bess music club. Here are some impressions by photographer Rania Moslam:

Thank you everybody for coming out to the concert and partying with me and the fabulous Studio Dan Strings.
So far, the album received very positive feedback from the press. I´ve collected some of the press clippings online; if you happen to read German – enjoy the read:

Falter / review
APA / TT Popnews / review
Ö1 / ORF cultural radio / article
MICA – music magazine / review
The Gap / album stream & review
Red Bull Music / interview & video premiere

Please support and buy my music – Thank you!
All the best, Clemens

VIDEO PREMIERE: SHOULDER PRESS

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“Shoulder Press” is the first video release from my upcoming solo album “NEAPEL”,  which will be released on March 4 on JazzWerkstatt Records. You can watch the video here:
http://www.redbull.com/at/de/music/stories/1331777685878/clemens-wenger-shoulder-press-musikvideo
If you happen to be in Vienna – don´t miss the live concert | CD release show on March 1st at Vienna´s Porgy&Bess music club:
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Porgy & Bess – Link

Stay tuned for more! Best, Clemens

Ride On, Baby

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Foto: Rania Moslam

Happy New Year!
Finally, a release date for “NEAPEL” has been fixed – tata!: 1st of March 2016
We´ll play the release concert at Vienna´s Porgy&Bess music club – be there!
At the moment, I´m mixing and finalizing the tracks, a music video is in production and everything should be finished within two weeks, so that you´ll be able to hear some music in advance of the album release. Stay tuned…