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Georg Tintner: Life as an Ellipse

The tragic death of conductor Georg Tintner (1917 – 1999) triggered a documentary oral-history interview for the Orpheus Trust and a subsequent extensive biographical and compositional analysis, intermittently supported through small grants, that have documented for the first time the range and character of his work as a composer . Through a series of conversations […]

Built to Spill: ‘Going Against Your Mind’

In a time of indie-rock madness, Built to Spill’s album You in Reverse is by no means music you haven’t heard before. Front man Doug Martsch’s high-pitched yet mellow voice, along with the mesh of melodic pop and classic rock guitar, sound strangely familiar. He combines this with raw sound quality, minimalist lyrics, and highly […]

Cool Cats at Porgy’s

Austrian born Wolfgang Muthspiel has dedicated his life to Jazz ever since he picked up the guitar at age 15. According to Musicians Magazine, he was voted one of the top ten jazz guitarists of the world. After a decade of refining his art in New York City, he returned to Vienna, and created the […]

Hard Drinking With The Good Samaritans

People ask why I gatecrash; I tell them it gives me an opportunity to meet Austria’s social and cultural elite. That is however not the real reason. In reverse order, my motivations are: free drink, free food and the chance of getting laid on the cheap. The latter is an occurrence depressing in its infrequency. […]

From Beijing to Darfur

Rape, starvation, displacement and mass murder. Not since the Rwandan genocide, has the world seen such a calculated campaign of brutality as in western Sudan. Darfur is “the largest and most complex humanitarian problem on the globe,” according to the United Nations and considered to be “this century’s first genocide” by the United States. In […]

Happy Norouz

The feast for the Persian New Year of Norouz was ready: Wheat symbolizing rebirth, sweet pudding symbolizing prosperity, dried fruit of the oleander tree symbolizing love, garlic symbolizing medicine, apples symbolizing beauty and health, sumac berries symbolizing sunrise and vinegar symbolizing age and patience. This is the ceremonial table of Haft sin, the seven creations […]

Turkey Holds Its Breath

Istanbul – Turkey is at a crossroads. Either it will move forward toward stronger civic participation or stay in a comfort zone of military oversight in political life. The possible election of Abdullah Gül, moderate Islamist Foreign Affairs Minister from the Justice and Development Party (AKP), during the electoral process at the end of April, […]

Cold War Déjà Vu

Russia this week tested a new ballistic missile. According to the Associated Press (AP), the recent test was Russia’s direct rebuttal to the recent U.S. attempt to install a missile defense shield in post Soviet Block countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. While the U.S. has continued to defend its actions, calling the shield […]

Eurofighter Saga

Even the most recent arrival in Vienna will be hard pressed to have missed the Eurofighter. Rarely a day passes without some new headline in the Austrian dailies or on the Zeit im Bild TV news. The Eurofighter EF-2000, or the Typhoon (its NATO name) is a twin-engine, multi-role, ‘canard-delta’ strike fighter jet, a triangular […]

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