MORPHING – Yes, we did it!

Here it is:

So, this is a very special production for me. For the first time  in my career, a record featuring only my compositions is being released. I have to thank the wonderful Jazzorchester Vorarlberg for giving me that chance and putting so much work in performing and recording my music.
I´m really satisfied with the musical performance and mix and master of the CD and would love to get some feedback from you. Please listen, there are over 2 years of work in that recording, from composition process to scoring and arranging, rehearsals, concerts, recording, mixing, editing, graphic design,…
CD RELEASE concerts will be April 21 at Theater Kosmos, Bregenz and April 22 at Porgy&Bess, Vienna.
Listen to 2 tracks on Soundcloud:


Conducting and Recording

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The “MORPHING” concert almost 2 months ago at JazzWerkstatt Wien ZOOM! Night was wonderful. The Jazzorchester Vorarlberg played great and many people came out to hear my 90min opus. Since it´s so much fun performing the program and there are some new ideas and perspectives on big-band music, we decided to record the music and produce a CD. We´ll start working in June and finish recording in November – release will be in early 2014. So, stay tuned! Photos by Rania Moslam – more HERE

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:

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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!

MORPHING – Let´s get in on

I´ll post this one in German – excuse me, lack of time!
Jazzorchester Vorarlberg
MORPHING – Die Welt geht nicht unter, sie verändert sich nur
Komposition: Clemens Wenger | Poetry-Slam: Mieze Medusa | Film: Andreas Harrer

“Das Jazzorchester Vorarlberg zeigt sich mit Poetry Slam, Film und der Uraufführung MORPHING des jungen österreichischen Komponisten Clemens Wenger von einer ganz neuen Seite. Dabei werden neue Klangräume an der Schnittstelle zwischen elektronischer und akustischer Musik erkundet.” (Pressetext)

08. November 2012, 20:00 Remise Bludenz
09. November 2012, 20:30 Altes Kino Landeck