Bellezza e Sensualità

…translated by Brigitte Scott…THX!

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A Napoli June 2019

There hasn’t been much to report in 2019 so far: no cool tours to play, no awards to win, no evocative compositions for the theatre to complete – really, nothing going on!
I may have been fairly lazy this spring, but I can assure you, apart from that I lead a perfectly virtuous life. I am not attracted to criminal behaviour, even at school I wasn’t into truancy or cheating, instead I try to make my way playing fair. Daring, isn’t it?

Despite this unbusiness-like approach, luck keeps finding me. Here is a brief overview of my sisymphonic efforts in this absurd world:

***24 July 2019 – PREMIERE – THE URGE OF NIGHT***

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Glatt & Verkehrt Festival | Krems a. d. Donau

It’s really happening!
For years Mira and I have been phantasising about an orchestral reworking of her music with Schmieds Puls. We have waited patiently for the opportunity to arise and are now all excited about the premiere of “The Urge of Night” at the wonderful Glatt & Verkehrt Festival.

The line-up is truly extraordinary: a 10-piece chamber ensemble, specially put together for the occasion, with a horn quartet at its core. Yes, a horn quartet. No room for treacly violins. Here goes:

Mira Lu Kovacs – vocals, e-guit
Clemens Wenger – arrangement, synthesizer
Beate Wiesinger – bass
Christoph Walder – horn
Julia Pesendorfer – horn

Elisabeth Hirzinger – horn
Jason Pfiester – horn
Mona Matbou Riahi – clarinet, bass clarinet
Christof Dienz – bassoon
Igor Gross – perc

So I have not been completely lazy this spring: notes don’t write themselves and the first ideas are not always the best. Much has been thrown out again and there is still a lot to do to be ready on Wednesday, 24 July 2019 – 19:00 – Winzer Krems, Glatt & Verkehrt

Tickets and more details here ->

This commission has been kindly supported by the SKE-Fonds and by an Ö1 composition grant. Thank you!

 ***5/8ERL IN EHR´N – 2019 Dates & New Songs***2019instafall

Can you feel it?
Something’s in the air. We met a few times this spring and wrote new songs. But before we start recording a new album in autumn, (our 6th !), we will play ourselves into top form – with old hits and even a few new songs in our repertoire!

Come and tell everybody, because: “5/8erl in Ehr´n live are like the 1997 Starting Five of the Chicago Bulls” (as the press said about us)

You can find all dates and links to get tickets on www.5achterl.at

***EMBRACING SHITSTORM at POPFEST WIEN***

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If this photo gives you the creeps then you are probably the ideal target audience for EMBRACING SHITSTORM! We have already liberated thousands of people from their desire for harmony. Now we include the Popfest Wien in our clients. About time too. On Saturday, 27 July 2019, at the Popfest Wien, we will play our aggressive healing mass in the Wien Museum.

Here is a short mysterious glimpse of our magic -> TRAILER:

Kristin Gruber and JazzWerkstatt Wien announce the end of the divided society (…) As a medial collective they devote themselves to the cause of enlightenment, using the healing power of human aggression. (…) Kristin Gruber embodies an aggressive icon in a performance somewhere between hope channel, election rally address, computer game personality test, esoteric mass and keynote speech, explores her audience’s propensity for violence, initiates world peace and wonders about an aggressive utopia.” (press release)

Photos:
“Clemens Wenger a Napoli” -©CRS
“Mira Lu Kovacs & Clemens Wenger” – ©Ina Aydogan
“5/8erl Sujet” – ©Astrid Knie & Social Media Team 5achterlOG
“Embracing Shitstorm” -©Rania Moslam

P.S.:
-> check out this story by RADIO FM4 “Im Viertel”
…Slivo and me walking around my hood in Vienna and having fun:)

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Slivo and me @ Chang Thai Curry in Brigittenau:) photo and story by Florian Wörgötter

 

VOODOO LOUNGE

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!
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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:
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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.
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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 ->
11145186_892598094111076_3675862415920162162_oHolding 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:

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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

Under My Thumb

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:
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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.
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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 ->
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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

Let It Bleed

I took part in a wonderful musicians soccer tournament as you can see. Defense wins games.

There´s  a new cd out: CRNE VODE – Maja Osojnik Band, again I play accordeon on this recording . Maja produced a book along with the music, with lots of photos, text translations and illustrations. It´s been released this month on Viennese Soulfood Records and we´re getting very good reviews. You can get your copy here.

I´m very busy working with JazzWerkstatt Wien, as we´ll soon relaunch our homepage and we´re planning a 4-day festival `Vienna Roomservice” from September 7 -10 at Porgy&Bess music club in Vienna. I´ll perform there with JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble and szene instrumental “virtual conductor III”. Both ensembles will also perform my compositions. The club will be transormed  into a surround sound arena, we´ll have workshops, lectrures and installations and wonderful acts such as Elektro Guzzi, Metalycée, Fuzz Noir or singer Willi Landl. This is a lot of work, but I´m really looking forward to that.

Not only am I working on new compositions for Studio Dan, nee. and my solo project RESET, but also playing a lot of concerts in the near future with 5 Achterl in Ehr´n. Maja Osojnik Band, Die Strottern & JazzWerkstatt Wien and Max Nagl. In August I´ll teach at Jazzseminar Schönbach, which is among world´s best music seminars with many nice people there. Have a look at my dates!