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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 […]

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, […]

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 – […]

Rock the Island Festival

Rock the Island Festival

The fourth annual Rock the Island Contest is part of Vienna’s Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival), which takes place between 21 and 23 June. The contest gives emerging artists a chance to win a 30-minute time slot on one of the festival’s main stages. Entries are categorised according to genre (pop/rock, alternative/indie, house/electronic or hip-hop). Bands […]

Breaking (Down) the Waves

Breaking (Down) the Waves

It was early October, and Vienna’s pop music crowd was flocking to Pratersauna, Flex, Fluc, and beyond, for the Waves festival, Vienna’s showcase happening. The idea was inspired, a one-ticket event and with individual day tickets available to buy. Three days of bands in club venues, plus a music conference spanning the city made for […]

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 […]

KlezMore Festival Turns Nine

KlezMore Festival Turns Nine

The ninth annual festival of traditional and contemporary Klezmer music by local and international artists. Readings, silent movies and lectures about Yiddish culture with groups like the Koby Israelite Duo from Great Britain or the Danish group Afenginn. The festival opens with Jazz & Earth, a trio with 76-year-old Austrian violinist and composer Toni Stricker […]

Twenty-five Years of Wien Modern

Twenty-five Years of Wien Modern

Austria’s largest contemporary music festival is entering its 25th season, a landmark that should certainly be celebrated. The nearly month-long festival features concerts, kids’ shows, talks, workshops, exhibits, film and dance. Visitors will not only carouse with some of the newest sounds out there, but also take in some well-deserved glances at Vienna’s avant-garde legacy: […]

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