I have contributed three compositions for classical pianists Ferhan & Ferzan Önder’s project “Four Hands for Women”, which will have it’s world premiere at Schloss Elmau (Germany) on tuesday, nov 7th.
“Die Heldinnen der zweiten Reihe” and “Wo kommst du her” are based on lyrics by Yasmin Hafedh, who will be performing both compositions alongside Ferhan and Ferzan live as well as hosting the evening. “Carla” is an hommage to jazz pianist Carla Bley.
Also the 5-part video-series from my Carte Blanche at Wiener Konzerthaus has been completed:
Check out the other videos here.
New video online!
New videos from my 5-part video-series recorded live at Wiener Konzerthaus have been released! Check them out:
playing 3 shows with a very cool project during the upcoming days:
Gina Schwarz Unit
Gina Schwarz | bass, compositions
Fabian Rucker | reeds
Heimo Trixner | guitar
Diego Pinera | drums
Philipp Nykrin | piano, keys
As summer in Vienna is coming to an end, i have some very exciting news: I’m VERY happy to announce the release of a 5-part video-series starting today on a weekly basis. It’s a selection of live-footage recorded at my “Carte Blanche” at Wiener Konzerthaus in february 2017.
This first video is a recording of my original composition “Final Boss” (my personal tribute to computer gaming music ), which is also featured on my current album “Songbook” (Listen Closely).
The upcoming videos will contain duos with Fabian Rucker (tenor saxophone) & Yasmin Hafedh (spoken word), another solo piece and a grand final featuring Philipp Nykrin’s Wire Resistance (with Mario Rom, Fabian Rucker, Stephan Kondert and Andreas Lettner).
Countless thanks to all the good folks who have contributed to making this happen (you know who you are)! Furthermore i want to give an extra big shoutout to Severin Dostal & rockvideos.at (video and editing) and Fabian Rucker (best man, live-recording, mixing, mastering). And of course to Peter Polansky and Wiener Konzerthaus for having us!
Stay tuned for next weekend and spread the word!
Back from a wonderful trip to Lisbon – Namby Pamby Boy performed at JIGG-Jazz im Goethe Garten 2017 (kindly supported by Goethe Institut and the Austrian Embassy in Portugal). One of the nicest and best organised festivals i’ve been to.
A special thanks to wonderful Rui Neves for inviting us!
A short track from my latest album “Songbook” is featured (amongst many great Austrian and international artists) on this RedBull.com-Summertape by Jazzdination Radioshow hosted by David Helbock. Listen & share:
Right now i’m very much looking forward to two months with few but very special concert activities and more time to compose and practice. Stay tuned and have a good summer!
Back in office after a two-week hiatus due to reasons explained in this picture:
I’ve had the great pleasure to perform at various awesome events during the last weeks.
As a first live-tryout, Fabian Rucker’s new Quintet has performed in Wien, Graz and Wels. This band is a very cool combination of contemporary jazz, song-like elements and beat/pattern-oriented music put in an all-acoustic setting (besides the electric guitar maybe). Plus its 5 good friends playing together, so its always gonna be fun. Look out for more activities with this band and feel free to check out a couple of recent live-videos (by highly recommended youtube-channel Jazz Explorer).
The opening ceremony of Wiener Festwochen is always a site to behold. This years event was hosted by stellar Conchita Wurst and featured many very special guests such as Willi Resetarits, Lylit, Yasmo and many more. I’ve had the great honour to accompany Conchita alongside a great band and terrific Wiener Symphoniker.
Photos by André Karsai
Don’t miss Lorenz Raab’s birthday bash at Porgy&Bess on saturday, April 22nd:
“Songbook” review (in English) by Austrian Music Export.
Also – feel free to check out the press section.
Today “Songbook” has been featured on German national televisions ARD-Mittagsmagazin. Good times!
Many thx to KlickKlack and BR-Klassik!
I’ll be featured on BR-Klassik’s show KlickKlack hosted by Austrian percussionist Martin Grubinger next Monday on 11.15pm.
There’s a short preview available!
Also, i’ve had the pleasure to meet Ljubisa Tosic of Der Standard for an interview just before my CD release show at Wiener Konzerthaus.
What a wonderful evening and awesome experience that was! Many many thanks to everyone who came out to Wiener Konzerthaus yesterday, we’ve had a blast!
A big shout out to Yasmin Hafedh, Fabian Rucker, Mario Rom, Stephan Kondert, Andreas Lettner, Severin Dostal, Horst Pfaffelmayer/Goldchamber Mastering , Julian Weidenthaler/MOOI, Werner Zangerle, Martin Eberle, Nina Fiva Sonnenberg, Peter Polansky, Mari Romar and everyone else who contributed to the release of “Songbook” or the preparation of yesterdays “Carte Blanche Philipp Nykrin”.
“Songbook” is available at Listen Closely!
Thx for listening!
Photo by Severin Dostal/Artwork by MOOI
Listen to a preview of and interview on “Songbook” on Austrian National Radio Ö1.
The broadcast will be available online for 7 days!
Very cool “Songbook” review by MICA‘s Michael Ternai.
Welcome to the family!
My new album “Songbook” is here and right now, i’m heavily preparing for the cd-release-concert at Wiener Konzerthaus on february 22nd.
Unfortunately i also have to announce that Fiva, who is featured on one track on “Songbook” will not be performing at Konzerthaus due to health reasons.
However, i’m happy that incredible Vienna based rapper and poet Yasmo will join me for this concert as a more than equal substitute. Right now, Yasmo and i are preparing a special set of music and poetry for this occasion.
wed 08|02|17I’ve had the great pleasure to travel to New York for a few days and participate in SK Invitationals first Album Release-Show. Many thanks to Austrian Cultural Forum New York and National Sawdust for having us. Photo by Arianna Fleur.
Check out SK Invitationals upcoming concerts in Europe.
The Album “Golden Crown” will be available on Kopfhörer Recordings:
A first interview on “Songbook” by MICA’s Michael Ternai.
Also – feel free to check out the press section.
My new album “Songbook” will be available on february 22nd 2017.
It is a mixture of 4 solo tracks and 6 duos (featuring the amazing Fabian Rucker on saxophones, Martin Eberle on trumpet and Nina Fiva Sonnenberg on vocals).
My main instrument on the album is a beautiful old Bösendorfer grand piano, furthermore i’ve added some synthesizer and seaboard flavours here and there.
Our release-celebration will of course take place at Wiener Konzerthaus.
I’m very happy to announce the release of my upcoming album at Wiener Konzerthaus on February 22th 2017!
Stay tuned, more infos coming soon!