Video Time

Hi! Please help us winning our second Amadeus Austria Music Award and vote for 5/8erl in Ehr´n here:
3 days ago, our new video went online: “Siasse Tschick” – Mr. Urbs’ Dolby THC Mix feat. Keno – enjoy!

We also produced a home video for the Amadeus nomination:




Morphing Vienna

Finally, my composition “Morphing” will be performed in Vienna. The wonderful Jazzorchester Vorarlberg is coming to town, Mieze Medusa and Andreas Harrer will leave their caves and we´ll meet Sunday, March 3 at WUK Museum to play for you! Be there!
Good news: Our band 5/8erl in Ehr´n is nominated for the Austrian Amadeus Music Award for the second straight year! 2012 we won it, so this year we aim for “Back to Back” championship. Please vote for us! Be like Mike! Here´s MJ winning his 2nd title:
Jordan 2nd championship
I´ve been to Cape Town and the Western Cape for a short “Winter Break”.
camps baysome more nice photos on Flickr:

bay, atlantic ocean

Back in Vienna, I immediately started working again. We rehearsed with JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble, then played a Session Opener at Blue Tomato, before we went to Bern, Switzerland. We played at JazzWerkstatt Bern, a very nice festival and musicians collective and got very good reviews for our “show”. Here´s an article in German:
Have a look at my Dates page. Many gigs coming up in spring!

Another little project I was working on was “A Tusky Tale”. My fellow student at DUK “Music for Film & Media” Simon Osterhold asked me to help him composing music for a short animation movie. It was supposed to be a “chamber orchestra – ballroom style” soundtrack. Simon started out composing the head theme and I did the sorrowful middle part till the end. It was fun working together and although we didn´t have budget to record real musicians (we programmed everything) it came out really nice and sweet. Here´s the film:

So far, so good. Ciao!

Shine A Light

before and after:

5/8erl in Ehr´n won the Amadeus – Austrian Music Award in the category “Jazz/World/Blues”! The award show took place at Volkstheater Vienna on May 1, so this month started pretty nice. Thanks to everyone for voting and supporting us!
Also the weather in Vienna is getting more reasonable! But instead of mad partying I prefer / am forced / chose to work on other things:
There are lot of rehearsals at the moment with JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble for our new programme “…plays Max Nagl”. Max Nagl is a well known Austrian composer (jazz/contemporary) and saxophone player. He composes beautiful, distinctive music for decades now, and we feel that Jazz lacks good composers. Many contemporary Jazz ensembles fail to acknowledge those few who really write great stuff and focus too much on playing old standards and well known repertoire. So we worked on transcribing Max Nagl´s music, arranged music the composer allocated for the JWNE and tried to find a new sound with our special instrumentation with a lot of electronics. The premiere will be on May 30 at WUK Museum.
Another thing I´m working on is a radio programme for Ö1. In collaboration with Andreas Felber I prepare a 3 hour live radio show “Zeit-Ton extended”, that features our artists collective JazzWerkstatt Wien. We´ll play a lot of music and talk about the history of the group, what we achieved and what we´re currently working on. Joining us in the studio: Bernd Satzinger, Daniel Riegler, Clemens Salesny, Peter Rom from JazzWerkstatt Wien and Benedikt Leitner, cello player from Vienna´s famous ensemble Klangforum Wien. Tune in May 25th, Ö1 Zeit-Ton extended, 11pm – 2am!