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
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
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!
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:
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.
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 ->
Holding 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:
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
“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!