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

 

Emotional Rescue

Hello again!
Too many things were going on lately to keep track here. But now I´m trying to give you a short overview of my past view weeks.
Once again, Jazzseminar Schönbach was a highlight of the year so far. The spirit among the students and the teachers is exciting and I always recharge my batteries during the workshop. My piano students were super and again my favourite thing was coaching my ensemble. We had an amazing instrumentation: 2 live electronic players, drums, electric bass, electric guitar, 2 keyboard players, violin, 2 flute players + facebass, trumpet, 2 singers  + ukulele. Our slogan was “Electro Jazz” and we were inspired by Jimi Hendrix´”The Wind cries Mary”, one of my all time favourite songs. The ensemble composed new pieces and we played an exciting 15min opus at the final concert. Thanks everybody at Jazzseminar Schönbach! Here some snapshots of my ensemble:
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Then we played a fantastic concert at sold out Arena in Vienna with 5/8erl in Ehr´n. 1100 people were there and the crowd was amazing – our fans are the greatest:
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From September 5-8 our JazzWerkstatt Wien festival “VIENNA ROOMSERVICE” took place at Porgy&Bess. Many people attended the festival and the artists played incredible concerts. My favourite evening was Friday, Andreas Harrer aka antiehdas heated up the audience with a fantastic 10min performance “Kreation und Depression”. Then my long-time companions Maja Osojnik and Matija Schellander teamed up with Raumschiff Englmayr and Daniel Lercher to present their audio-visual performace “W.I.L.D”, which was very “trance” and an archaic experience. Afterwards Mira Lu Kovacs took the center stage and played with her trio “Schmied´s Puls”. They presented their new record “Play Dead”, which in my opinion is a masterpiece. I was very touched by their concert and I highly recommend listening to Mira and her music – on record or live. Here´s the new CD, available HERE:
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Last week I went to Nice in France to participate in “Jeux de la Francophonie” with singer Valérie Sajdik. We played a preselection concert and advanced to the finals. The finals took place at the opera in Nice. Five participants were selected to perform a 15min live set. What I didn´t know before – it was broadcasted on French television and over 50 million people tuned in! We also performed a composition of mine called “Les Nuits Blanches”, which is also the title song of Valérie´s upcoming album, to be released on October 7.
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