JazzWerkstatt Wien - creative collective at work
| CD News | 2005-08-29
| CD-RELEASE "JAZZWERKSTATT WIEN 2005"|
(JazzWerkstatt Records - jwr 01/05)
JazzWerkstatt Wien was established by six young musicians as an open platform for creation and presentation of original compositions. The RELEASE OF THE DOUBLE CD "JAZZWERKSTATT WIEN 2005" presents a significant documentation of the JazzWerkstatt concert series at the WUK museum including over 60 Austrian musicians of different styles. A sample of this musical variety can be heard on the 150 minutes of this Double CD. Except for the introductory homage to Hans Koller, all the tracks on the CD are original compositions of participating musicians, sometimes performed in unusual arrangements.
The JazzWerkstatt exclusive Band Line Ups include the "Kontra5tett" with Bernd Satzinger, the "Salesny/Kelomat doubleband" and "Studio Dan" led by Daniel Riegler, including over 15 musicians with classical, jazz, electronic and HipHop backgrounds. Contemporary influences are picked up on by "Peter Rom Trio" and "Fuzz Noir", an ensemble founded by Raphael Preuschl. The diversified musical action ist completed by "Die Jazzlegenden" with Clemens Wenger who are displaying a different sense of traditions with their very own version of the Viennese Fiakerlied.
"They have already created a Media Buzz, the six initiators of JazzWerkstatt who, with their Pool of over 60 musicians, displayed their often experimental musical ideas from March 21 to April 17 2005 at the WUK Museum. The first set of results is available on their new Double CD, the young Austrian Jazz Tigers bare their teeth at the established Jazz-scene. Bands like "Bernd Satzinger Trio", "Die Jazzlegenden", "Fuzz Noir", "Clemens Salesny Quartet", "Kontra5tett", "Peter Rom Trio", "Phoen", "Wumm-Zack", "Studio Dan" or the price winning "Kelomat" should soon be in the vocabulary of Jazz-Fans. There´s brewing in JazzWerkstatt´s kitchen, the artists managed to release a meaningful overview, if they are tomorrows "jazz legends" they have yet to prove.
(Thomas Hein, jazzzeit magazine)
Further information: www.jazzwerkstatt.at
Initiative: Six Young Musicians:
JazzWerkstatt Wien was founded on the initiative of Clemens Wenger, Bernd Satzinger, Daniel Riegler, Peter Rom, Wolfgang Schiftner and Clemens Salesny. The goal of these young musicians was to create an inspiring working environment for themselves as well as other artists. In order to realize this idea they utilized a concept by the legendary Bassist Charles Mingus, who in the early 1950´s established the Jazz Composers Workshop in San Francisco. Then as now, trying new approaches and working methods using mostly original compositions is one of the main goals.
Creation and Presentation of Original Compositions:
JazzWerkstatt is also a communication platform, bringing together musicians with different stylistic perspectives. The intention is to create a working environment and a performance space to create, practice and present new approaches and ideas. Six artistic directors form ensembles with musicians out of the "JazzWerkstatt-Pool" (approximately 60 players) combined with other musicians and artists according to the occasion. In many cases interesting situations are created by including musicians, instruments and techniques of areas like classical, electronic or hip hop music. Projects in cooperation with painters or actors have also led to exciting results. The open nature of JazzWerkstatt enables the audience to observe the process of the creation and presentation of music directly and encourages to communicate with the artists.
Werkstatt, Concerts, CD and Label:
The first concert series took place from March 21 to April 17 2005 at the WUK museum and will be organized each year. It immediately became a significant reference point for artists, journalists and an audience of all ages. A CD-release of live recordings from this concert series was also the start for the newly founded label "JazzWerkstatt Records", emphasizing again the concept of independence. The CD was presented at the end of June 2005 in a 4-day concert series called "A.E.I.O.U. - Dirty Nightlines Of Kingsize Talents generated by JazzWerkstatt Wien" at the Viennese Jazz Club "Porgy & Bess" which found its celebratory end in the JazzWerkstatt Mass on Sunday Morning.
In Autumn of 2005 Jazzwerkstatt concerts in Graz will include local artists in practice and performance.