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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AUTUMN PIGS – NEW SONGS

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Years have gone by, and time has come for my comeback with the ensemble “Studio Dan“. Back in 2011, my friend Daniel Riegler and I composed a concert program together, called “Dekadenz“. Over the last months, we refurbished the music and added new pieces to present a new version of our mutual project on 2 dates in November. I composed a 13min piece called “Schweinslunch“, featuring my long-time partner in crime Clemens Salesny on alto saxophone. Hold your hats!
Furthermore, I came up with a piece for ensemble and cooking performance. The great Leo Riegler will cook a “Wiener Schnitzel” live on stage while the ensemble will play my 7-piece suite “Vom Schweinernen”, to accompany the culinary event.
Don´t miss the performances in Vienna (Nov 16th) and Zurich, CH (Nov, 19th) – see also my Dates page for further information.
Autumn is busy: 5/8erl in Ehr´nDie Strottern & JazzWerkstatt Wientheatre work with Jacqueline Kornmüller – playing around with my new modular synthesizer setup – Basketball – LOVE & Campari Soda – Cheers, Clemens

CD OUT NOW – NEAPEL

Today marks the official release of my first solo album “Neapel”. Needless to say, I´m very happy to present my music to the world! Feel free to order the CD here:
Label – JazzWerkstatt Records
Distributor – HOANZL
Digital – iTunes

The last weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster ride – from feeling pressurized and nervous to the wonderful and moving live-release concert last Tuesday at Vienna´s Porgy & Bess music club. Here are some impressions by photographer Rania Moslam:

Thank you everybody for coming out to the concert and partying with me and the fabulous Studio Dan Strings.
So far, the album received very positive feedback from the press. I´ve collected some of the press clippings online; if you happen to read German – enjoy the read:

Falter / review
APA / TT Popnews / review
Ö1 / ORF cultural radio / article
MICA – music magazine / review
The Gap / album stream & review
Red Bull Music / interview & video premiere

Please support and buy my music – Thank you!
All the best, Clemens

VIDEO PREMIERE: SHOULDER PRESS

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“Shoulder Press” is the first video release from my upcoming solo album “NEAPEL”,  which will be released on March 4 on JazzWerkstatt Records. You can watch the video here:
http://www.redbull.com/at/de/music/stories/1331777685878/clemens-wenger-shoulder-press-musikvideo
If you happen to be in Vienna – don´t miss the live concert | CD release show on March 1st at Vienna´s Porgy&Bess music club:
Facebook Link
Porgy & Bess – Link

Stay tuned for more! Best, Clemens