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Jazz Fest head dies

Heinz Krassnitzer passed away unexpectedly on 21 September at the age of 61. Krassnitzer was a vibrant performer and leader of the jazz scene for the last 40 years and main coordinator of the Vienna Jazz Festival. Since 1991, the summer festival has been celebrating the smooth music in venues such as the Vienna State […]

Living Large, Hans Salomon Turns 80

Living Large, Hans Salomon Turns 80

On 10 September, Austrian jazz legend Hans Salomon turns 80. It’s a breathtaking milestone – no small matter after all for a reed man – but there seems to be no stopping him. In honour of the occasion, Salomon will be the subject of a series of tributes, joining an illustrious line-up of colleagues throughout […]

Jazz Herbst cancelled

Due to a deficit of €1.17 million, founder and organiser Johannes Kunz declared the Salzburg festival bankrupt on 20 August. According to Kunz, sponsors disappeared and large companies which normally bought tickets in bulk didn’t pull through. The Salzburg Old City Association sponsored another event in August, “Jazz in the City,” which may have affected […]

Rhythm and Colour at the Vienna Jazz Fest

Rhythm and Colour at the Vienna Jazz Fest

Jazz is having a mid-life crisis; you can see it in the jazz festival programmes. To survive, some festivals have been throwing up a strange mix, programming heavily on the smooth-pop side of jazz. But beneath all of the reverb and showbiz of the American media machine, there is interesting music to be heard. Below, […]

Rathaus Film Festival

Rathaus Film Festival

While most Vienna concert halls are closed in summer, you can still have a daily dose of world-class performances at the Rathaus Film Festival 2013 in front of City Hall. Every evening at nightfall for a full 65 days (from 29 Jun. to 1 Sept.) you can enjoy some of the greatest stars of classical music, dance and jazz on a […]

Sounds Like Summertime

Sounds Like Summertime

Festivals are to summer what drinking Glühwein is to Christmastime: Nothing prevents you from partaking all year round, but off-season, it just wouldn’t feel right. In Austria, culture vultures have already descended on the festival circuit – beginning to the west, at one of the country’s oldest continuing Festspiele: the salzburg festival (19 July – […]

Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken is enjoying a lovely spring day in one of her favorite places, the beautiful wine valleys of the Wachau. As she strolls up to a café by the Danube with friends, a bewildered old man spots this tall, radiant, uninhibited woman with long, flowing hair and large sunglasses as she walks by and […]

Fritz Pauer Tribute

On 4 April a memorial concert will be held at the Musikverein to celebrate the work of jazz musican and composer Fritz Pauer. This date was initially booked last spring for the Fritz Pauer Trio, featuring Johannes Strasser on bass and Joris Dudli on drums, following Pauer’s impressive duo performance at the Musikverein with Sheila […]

Songwriters Swarm for Blue Bird Festival

Songwriters Swarm for Blue Bird Festival

The Blue Bird Festival returns to Porgy & Bess from 21-24 Nov., for the first time ever as a four-day event, organised by the Vienna Songwriting Association. The first two days, presented in conjunction with the Viennale, compose a mini-festival “What a Constellation”, celebrating the 15th anniversary of Montreal-based label Constellation. The two evenings feature […]

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