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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch had arrived by normal train to Auschwitz in September of 1942, not in a cattle car. Although she was a Jew, her job in a paper factory had protected her – until she and her sister were arrested for forging travel documents for French prisoners of war. So they were considered criminals, a […]

Sex, Drugs and Violin Concertos

Sex, Drugs and Violin Concertos

By all accounts, Niccolò Paganini led an interesting life: Part of the first crop of world-famous violin virtuosos, his skill on the fiddle was unrivalled: He was capable of playing an entire concerto on a single string – a near necessity, as he frequently broke strings during performances. It is not his skill however, but […]

The Value of Asking

The Value of Asking

Inside the music industry, revenues have plummeted as listeners turn to YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify and torrent streams as ways of getting free tunes. Record companies have been forced to cut back on the number of artists they produce, promote and market. So new and smaller acts go independent, using new online platforms to find fan […]

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 […]

Steel City Transforming

Steel City Transforming

“Willkommen! Welcome! Bienvenido!” reads the wall of the Gasometer holding tower of Voest Alpine. When arriving by train, the first sights of Linz are the tall chimneys and smoking furnaces of the huge steel works that have dominated the City for over a century: The capital of Upper Austria is called “Steel City” (Stahlstadt) for […]

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 […]

When Music Caused Riots

When Music Caused Riots

“If that’s a bassoon, I’m a baboon!” quipped composer Camille Saint-Saëns on hearing the opening bars of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. At least that’s the legend. It was 29 May 1913, and although some doubt whether the French composer really was there that Paris evening, the ensuing “riot” at the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées […]

Ride the Pony

Ride the Pony

You’re at a club. Over the din you hear the first riff of that tune from way back when, that cheesy, heavy-rotation song from your teens. But hearing it now makes your heart beat faster. You just can’t keep your feet still… Sound familiar? The DJs at Pony Club understand. Meet Katarina Cherabon, a freelance […]

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 […]

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