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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OUT OF MY LAB

cwlabAs I compose for my bands or do commissioned work, a lot of other music comes out of … I don´t know. Most of the time, I am indecisive what to do with these pieces. Audio files & sheet music pile up in my studio and since I don´t have a practical use for that music, I disregard my own work.
That´s gonna stop now.
I´m happy to announce the foundation of my “Clemens Wenger Lab“.
Basically, it´s a Bandcamp page for now. Time and again, I´ll fill it up with recent inventions. I won´t “dress” the music to fit a style or any expectations -just let it loose.
You can listen and download for free; also pay if you want. In exchange: share your feedback with me, please! What do you like, what annoys you and why?
The lab shall be my platform to experiment with form and content.
So let´s get it started: HERE—->

(photo credit: Astrid Knie)

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

WO FANGTS AN

A new record will be released next week: Die Strottern & JazzWerkstatt Wien
“WO FANGTS AN”!
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We started working on new songs nearly 2 years ago and now we´re ready to present the new CD. “WO FANGTS AN” will be released by JazzWerkstatt Records in collaboration with cracked anegg records on June 21, 2015. I´ve contributed four songs: “Aufn Bunkt”, “Fasink”, “Unddan Geschdeigg” and “Zaubern”. The recording and mixing process went great and I´m looking forward to your feedback! I hope you´ll enjoy the music. On Soundcloud you can already listen to excerpts taken from the CD:

If you happen to be in Vienna, come to our release concert at Porgy & Bess, June 21, 8:30pm. Buy and order “WO FANGTS AN” – Here!
See you soon…

©Rania Moslam

©Rania Moslam