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!
…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!
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!
one more time…
sad, but true!
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
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!”
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.
These 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:
I 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
(photo credit: Astrid Knie)
Watch again – 5/8erl in Ehr´n special performance at Amadeus Austrian Music Awards 2014 at Volkstheater Wien. I wrote the arrangement for this special ensemble with drums, string quartet and choir – “Stö jetzt kane Fragn” is the name of the song. Enjoy:
Here´s what we looked ike on the magenta carpet with our borrowed tuxedos:
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:
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:
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:
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.
So far and no further! Have a good start in autumn everybody!