Let´s start this blog entry with looking into the near future. JazzWerkstatt´s “Vienna Roomservice” festival is just around the corner. Save the date – September 22 – 25, at Vienna´s Porgy&Bess music club. I will take part in the opening concert of the festival, a new project called “Control Voltage“. We´re four musicians on analogue synthesizers – Elektro Guzzis Bernie Hammer & Jakob Schneidewind, Affine Records´ all-rounder Sixtus Preiss and myself. Here´s our fabulous selfie:
We also filmed a short clip during one of our rehearsals, check it out:
Guess what, I´d like to invite you to our concert! Sept 22, 8:30pm @ Porgy&Bess
—Of course, my band 5/8erl in Ehr´n also plays quite a lot concerts this autumn – check out my Concert Dates page.
Once more, Jazzseminar Schönbach was a very nice experience. For the workshop´s 10-year-anniversary, I came up with some special ideas for my ensemble project. We composed and performed our own version of John Cage´s Water Walk, then we remixed found sounds and samples according to Pierre Schaeffer´s concepts of Musique Concrete, produced smashing hip-hop tracks and beautifully strange pop songs. My ensemble players and composers were just phenomenal, working relentlessly for a week to ensure we get everything together for our performance. Thank you!!! Here we are partying after the show:
And that´s how I look like during rehearsals;)
Back in June, Studio Dan Strings & myself performed Neapel at Vienna´s beautiful sight Strudlhofstiege. Again, JazzWerkstatt Wien curated this festival, and I´m sure it was one of those days people will remember years from now. Approximately 1000 people came out all day long to listen to 13 intimate concerts on this public outdoor staircase. Luckily, we filmed one song of our performance and here it is for you to watch:
Other random happenings of the last months:
– MORPHING II premiere (picture above) with JOV and dance choreography was very nice, we recorded one track and hopefully I´ll be able to share it with you soon.
– I finished my master studies at DUK “Music for Film&Media”, and finally earned my Master of Arts degree 🙂
– I was also invited to teach a class at the pop!-songwriting workshop at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. It was very intense, we composed 2 new songs together in just three days! Here´s my class and me after our live presentation:
Puh, enough for now. Stay strong! Best, Clemens
“NEAPEL” – that´s how I call my new project. We played a live concert back in March, and the last months I´ve been working on the music and we finally got to record the tracks in July. I´d describe “NEAPEL” as electroacoustic songs, performed by the fantastic Studio Dan Strings, featuring my work as a composer and piano/synthesizer player. The next months will be dedicated to polishing the tracks and post-production and I plan to release the record in January 2016. My friend and photographer Rania Moslam took some nice pictures during our recording session – have a look:
Stay tuned for more information on “NEAPEL” and the first audio examples of the music!
Another highlight of the year just passed by – the wonderful Jazzseminar Schönbach. It was a pleasure to rehearse and conduct a stellar ensemble for one week. We´ve been working on music by Dorian Concept and managed to perform three of his electronic tracks with our 13-piece band at the final concert. Here´s a snapshot and memory of our group:
Speaking of Dorian Concept: We´ll play the second concert with JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble & Dorian Concept at our yearly VIENNA ROOMSERVICE Festival. Besides performing with this group, I´ll also stage my electroacoustic suite “MORPHING” with the wonderful Jazzorchester Vorarlberg for the very last time, since we´re already working on a sequel of MORPHING, which will be premiered in May 2016. Furthermore, I´m involved in the production of “STRONG VIENNA – The Soap Opera” – a performance involving 20 musicians from different genres. All this, and much more, takes place at VIENNA ROOMSERVICE Festival, from September 24 – 27, at Vienna´s Porgy&Bess music club. Be there!
As 2013 is coming to an end, I finally enjoy some time at home in Vienna to do some studio and composing work again. The last two months were incredibely intensive and I toured a lot in Austria and Germany.
But now all my attention belongs to the “MORPHING” project I am doing with the fantastical Jazzorchester Vorarlberg. As I mentioned here before, I wrote 90 minutes of electroacoustival music for big band and live electronics. The program was premiered in 2012 and we subsequently played some shows. This summer we began recording the music and we had our last recording session in October. Right now I´m editing the audio material and adding electronics. In January I´m going to mix the files with my longtime fellow Werner Angerer and the album will be released in April. Although it´s still a long way to go, I´m already very happy with the recordings and the material I´ve got from the great musicians. Here´s the band, photoraphed by Rania Moslam:
Believe it or not – this will be the first album release featuring only my music and I´m really excited about finishing this record!
Another record I was working on in the last year was finally released: Valérie Sajdik´s “Les Nuits Blanches”. And here it is:
It´s been released on CD, Vinyl and Digital – listen on iTunes and buy/ order it at Valerie´s office: firstname.lastname@example.org , + 43 1 440 56 71
With 5/8erl in Ehr´n we´ve produced a live Vinyl, that will be released soon! You´ll be able to buy it at our online shop, along with our brandnew shopping bags!
Another thing: The unfamous ensemble nee. will play a live show again! Save the date: January 9th 2014 at brut – indispensable!Bye for now!
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