Break the Spell

Finally there´s time again to write a post:) The picture gallery above shows 3 scenes of the theatre play “Höllenangst” by J. Nestroy, which is staged at the Wiener Volkstheater this season. I composed the music and did the sounddesign for this updated staging by Felix Hafner. Furthermore – in Nestroy´s spirit – Peter Klien (lyrics) and I updated the famous “Couplets” and composed 3 new songs. MICA made an extensive interview with me about the composition process – read it here!

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…going crazy in photoshop with some rehearsal shots of RE:PLAY 🙂

At the moment I´m working on another theatre project: “RE:PLAY- our game your choice“. Director Kai Anne Schuhmacher and the team of netzzeit came up with an idea to show democratic processes and the persuasiveness of music within the framework of an interactive musical theatre. They involved me as musical director and composer for this production. It´s a fun and interesting affair, since the development of the scenes is very improvisational and the audience is supposed to take action and dictate the dramaturgy. The play is set in a weird laboratory, the spectator becomes a scientist and has to perform a series of tests. You should dare taking part – take a look at my DATES page for scheduled performances; premiere will be on December 7th!

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on stage with 5/8erl in Ehr´n / Arena Wien Open Air

2018 is soon coming to an end…this year has had a lot of surprises for me. For the first time in my career I spent most of the time in my studio composing. I received a lot of commissions to compose for theatre – this is a dream come true! Hopefully I´ll be able to continue working with those crazy people. For now, let´s bring this busy year to an end:
5/8erl in Ehr´n will play one more show on November 30th at Vienna´s “Porgy&Bess” club. The concert is already sold out and it´ll be packed with lovely people:) looking forward to this! JazzWerkstatt Wien will present a one-evening festival on December 16th at Blue Tomato. 10 bands will perform for 10min each, I will also be on stage with a long-time friend and fellow campaigner – yet it´s a surprise!
Well, what are my plans for 2018 then? First, I´ll spend my time composing and producing a new solo album. I plan a release in autumn 2018. There are already app. 35 layouts on my computer, the theme for the material is set, I´ll keep you updated;) Therefore, I feel it´s time to bring an end to a chapter: NEAPEL – my first solo project –will retire, the last live-show will be on January 30th 2018 at Sargfabrik Wien, don´t miss your last chance to hear these beautiful songs live!

5/8erl in Ehr´n is also raring to go; we´ll start working on and recording new songs next year. I´m so grateful to be part of this special group, 12 years and still going strong…we take pride in our enduring team-work!
Life as a composer needs some private balance too; every now and then, I grant you an insight in my affection for basketball. A few months ago, we formed a new team to play in Vienna´s Mixed Basketball League: FREIZEITCLUB FLAMINGO

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FC FLAMINGO – me wearing #4

I love this group! Check out our Homepage – you can support us buying fan shirts with a beautiful flamingo, come to our games and like us on Facebook! FC FLAMINGO promotes Mixed Sports – as you can see – and so should you! This is the future of our society.
“And now: Basta! Ciao!”

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The revolution will not be televised

flyerarenaV2vorne5/8erl in Ehr´n successfully released their 5th album “DUFT DER MÄNNER” and in the last weeks we´ve been touring around Austria. The final concert of our first tour leg will be on the 9th of June at the wonderful ARENA WIEN. We´ll play an open-air show, supported by the wonderful Koehne Quartet. Do not miss that!
I am also very happy to present a new production in June: LIEBE HOCH 16
By the end of 2016 I got the request to compose the music for this music theatre, produced by netzzeit. The story is set in Vienna´s butcher milieu – a musical comedy inside the Turkish-Austrian community.
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The ensemble will play 7 live-shows at Vienna´s Festival der Bezirke in June; have a look at my DATES page and come to visit a performance!
I feel very honored to compose music for a theatre play at the renowned Volkstheater Wien: Johann Nepomuk Nestroy´s HÖLLENANGST will be premiered on September 23.
Director Felix Hafner brought me in, right now we´re rehearsing and working on the play. I really like how this is going, and I think you´ll be quite surprised what we´ll come up with – more information coming soon – save the date! #hellyeah
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OUT OF MY LAB

cwlabAs I compose for my bands or do commissioned work, a lot of other music comes out of … I don´t know. Most of the time, I am indecisive what to do with these pieces. Audio files & sheet music pile up in my studio and since I don´t have a practical use for that music, I disregard my own work.
That´s gonna stop now.
I´m happy to announce the foundation of my “Clemens Wenger Lab“.
Basically, it´s a Bandcamp page for now. Time and again, I´ll fill it up with recent inventions. I won´t “dress” the music to fit a style or any expectations -just let it loose.
You can listen and download for free; also pay if you want. In exchange: share your feedback with me, please! What do you like, what annoys you and why?
The lab shall be my platform to experiment with form and content.
So let´s get it started: HERE—->

(photo credit: Astrid Knie)

DUFT DER MÄNNER – it´s true!

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Hello World!
I look pretty sad in this picture (above), but don´t worry; it was just a peaceful moment during our foto shoot for the new 5/8erl in Ehr´n album and tour.
We´ll release our 5th album “DUFT DER MÄNNER” in April – Yippie!
What can  I say? Of course, we´ve done a lot of work to get this done, but we didn’t rush with this one.  The devil is in the details. And we were eager for the small, beautiful details. I think we´re sounding sexy more than ever. Ha!
We´re touring from May on and finish with a big and nice open-air concert at legendary Arena Wien on June 9th. Save this date – Love is in the air!
Here´s a teaser – our first single release “Geh Bitte Bobo”; a self-deprecating song with a lot of groove:

Stay tuned for more song releases soon:) Bye!