It´s time for an update! After 9 years of extensive touring with our band 5/8erl in
Ehr´n, we decided to have a break for 6 months, in order to be ready and relaxed for our ten-year anniversary in 2016. So there´s one concert left on our schedule, on Friday November 6th at Arena Wien – be there!
JazzWerkstatt Wien´s “VIENNA ROOMSERVICE” Festival was a great experience. We premiered “STRONG VIENNA – The Soap Opera”, libretto by Leo Riegler and I composed the music. It was fun rehearsing with a 20 piece ensemble and put our performance on stage. Here are some impressions, photos by Rania Moslam:
We also played “MORPHING”, a suite for 13 piece band I composed for the Jazzorchester Vorarlberg at the festival. The response was great and the ensemble played brilliant once again.
Of course people were coming en masse to the festival to hear our JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble perform with keyboard wizard Dorian Concept. The program and the arrangements for an electroacoustic band work really well imho – so look out when we play again and don´t miss this! If you happen to live in / near Tirol you´re lucky, we´re playing a show at fmRiese Festival at the Swarovski Kristallwelten on November 27th. Look at my DATES section ->
Holding a lecture at “Austrian Composers Day” at the University of Vienna was also a nice change in my work schedule. It was entitled “Make Music – Make Money” and I talked about my work and experience as a composer, discussing copyright issues and possibilities to earn money. Photo by ÖKB:
So, I´m looking forward to spending more time at home in Vienna, when we have a little vacation from our 5/8erl touring life the next months. I´ll be able to finish the production for “NEAPEL” (my new project and “sweetheart”) and also finally finish my master thesis “Hybrid Scoring” for my studies at the Danube University (MAS program “Music for Film&Media”). Hopefully my life will also get boring a little, so I´ll be able to update this page more frequently and provide you with some new tracks and videos of my latest work. All the best, Clemens
“NEAPEL” – that´s how I call my new project. We played a live concert back in March, and the last months I´ve been working on the music and we finally got to record the tracks in July. I´d describe “NEAPEL” as electroacoustic songs, performed by the fantastic Studio Dan Strings, featuring my work as a composer and piano/synthesizer player. The next months will be dedicated to polishing the tracks and post-production and I plan to release the record in January 2016. My friend and photographer Rania Moslam took some nice pictures during our recording session – have a look:
Stay tuned for more information on “NEAPEL” and the first audio examples of the music!
Another highlight of the year just passed by – the wonderful Jazzseminar Schönbach. It was a pleasure to rehearse and conduct a stellar ensemble for one week. We´ve been working on music by Dorian Concept and managed to perform three of his electronic tracks with our 13-piece band at the final concert. Here´s a snapshot and memory of our group:
Speaking of Dorian Concept: We´ll play the second concert with JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble & Dorian Concept at our yearly VIENNA ROOMSERVICE Festival. Besides performing with this group, I´ll also stage my electroacoustic suite “MORPHING” with the wonderful Jazzorchester Vorarlberg for the very last time, since we´re already working on a sequel of MORPHING, which will be premiered in May 2016. Furthermore, I´m involved in the production of “STRONG VIENNA – The Soap Opera” – a performance involving 20 musicians from different genres. All this, and much more, takes place at VIENNA ROOMSERVICE Festival, from September 24 – 27, at Vienna´s Porgy&Bess music club. Be there!
A new record will be released next week: Die Strottern & JazzWerkstatt Wien
“WO FANGTS AN”!
We started working on new songs nearly 2 years ago and now we´re ready to present the new CD. “WO FANGTS AN” will be released by JazzWerkstatt Records in collaboration with cracked anegg records on June 21, 2015. I´ve contributed four songs: “Aufn Bunkt”, “Fasink”, “Unddan Geschdeigg” and “Zaubern”. The recording and mixing process went great and I´m looking forward to your feedback! I hope you´ll enjoy the music. On Soundcloud you can already listen to excerpts taken from the CD:
If you happen to be in Vienna, come to our release concert at Porgy & Bess, June 21, 8:30pm. Buy and order “WO FANGTS AN” – Here!
See you soon…
I´ve composed a 25 minute piece for JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble recently. We´ll play the premiere on May 28th at Wiener Festwochen – Vienna´s biggest cultural festival. The program features singer Willi Landl and is very intense – it´s called “Hotel Metropole”. The ensemble looks like this:
Another thing that keeps me busy is Kristin Gruber´s live reading / performance of her story “Der Brillenträger”. I composed music for her live show and also 2 “Soundgames”. The audience participates in the performance and will have the opportunity to control the soundtrack of Kristin´s lecture at some point. We´re working on an interactive setup and try to find out what works best – this is a very nice challenge for me.
The premiere of “Der Brillenträger” takes place at Verein 08, also on May 28th. Here´s a link to the Facebook Event.
A lot of very nice 5/8erl in Ehr´n concerts are coming up in summer: Popfest Wien, Donauinselfest, Sprudel, Sprudel & Musik . . . take a look at my LIVE DATES ->
We also released our record “YES WE DOES” on Vinyl now! Order it HERE ->
In July I will have the opportunity to record my “NEAPEL” suite for string quartet and electronics. I´m very happy about that and I´ll keep you posted, since I´m planning to release the music in autumn…byebye
The last two months I spent writing music for string quartet and electronics. “Neapel” is a 35-minute long suite of original compositions that will be premiered on March 25, at the amazing JazzWerkstatt Wien ZOOM! Festival. Here’s a video trailer with short audio and video clips from our rehearsals:
The fantastic Studio Dan Strings will join me on stage and we had a great time working on my new music. The track list of the suite will be: “Neapel”, “Airport Titanic”, “Corona Rosa”, “Kleine Schokoladen” and “Shoulder Press”. In case you can’t be part of the crowd at the premiere concert, you have the chance to listen to “Kleine Schokoladen” and an interview with me about the festival’s program on Austria’s main cultural radio station Ö1, also on March 25, 11:00pm on Zeit-Ton: oe1.orf.at
Here some rehearsal photos:
Don’t miss the fantastic ZOOM! Festival next week, I think it’s a great, diverse line-up:
Goodbye and all the best from Vienna and Napoli – Clemens
2014 finished very fast and beautiful. Another concert highlight I want to be remembered here was the “WE SHARE A DECADE” evening at brut on December 13th. We, the “JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble”, played a set of tunes by Dorian Concept, arranged for a 7-piece electroacoustic ensemble. Dorian Concept also joined our band for a few songs as a soloist. Here´s a picture (©Zanshin Kuge) of the encore:
The last thing I did in 2014 was to perform a special rendition of Viennese´classic “New Year´s Concert”. We met at my appartement and improvised along with the fireworks to start up 2015, here´s an excerpt on YouTube:
So, watch out for my live dates 2015! As always, a lot of concerts with 5/8erl in Ehr´n are coming up! Also our “stageband” series at Porgy & Bess continues with the fantastic “Die Strottern & JazzWerkstatt Wien” ensemble. And there are a lot of new ideas waiting to be realized and I´m looking forward to composing and peforming new stuff soon! Bye!