Accordion Festival 2019 Anna Steinkogler & Valentin Butt (A/RUS) / Spaemann & Bakanic (A)

Anna Steinkogler & Valentin Butt

Valentin Butt, who was born in St. Petersburg in Berlin, and the Austrian harpist Anna Steinkogler, who also moved to Berlin, have for years cultivated a close musical relationship in which they explore the possibilities of the unusual interplay of their instruments. The duo themselves outline their artistic intentions as follows: "Like two chameleons, the two instruments adapt to each other and swap roles. It is wonderful to bathe in these contrasts of high and low, bright and dark, thin and full. Mensch comes to the conclusion that accordion and harp actually have more in common than they separate: an eventful history, an extremely varied and surprising use, an undreamt-of richness of colour".

Spaemann & Bakanic
On her debut album "Mela - The Moony Sessions", released in 2015, Marie Spaemann combined soul and jazz with a hint of classical music in a unique way, her songs unfolded an almost beguiling effect. With their congenial musical partner Christian Bakanic, the artistic possibilities expand, for example the sound of Tango Nuevo or the multi-layered traditions of European folk music, their own and adapted material almost magically blends into a sensually flowing whole.



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February 2019

PORGY & BESS Jazzclub

Porgy & Bess (actually, Jazz and Music Club Porgy & Bess ) is a jazz club in the Riemergasse 11 in the 1st district of Vienna. The club , founded in 1993 is considered " the most important jazz organizer and trendy meeting point " of the Austrian capital .

The program of Porgy & Bess speaks to a very large audience , about 70,000 guests a year ; is accordingly Jazz " understood very pluralistic ," and the program " even in fringe areas , such as electronic music , contemporary music and world music penetrated . " Many international artists , particularly from the U.S. space , see also Austrian musician here an opportunity to perform . The club also offers the stage for events, such as the award of the Austrian World Music Award.

Musicologist Christian Scheib According to the Porgy & Bess " at the same time essential for the development of the musical ( jazz ) reality of a City" and needs and uses ' plain commonplace as urban space music. " It creates itself " through artistic preferences, acoustic quality , capacity and real capacity, the necessary exclusion of other clubs. " Here, the different areas of the jazz clubs allow - the area in front of the stage with tables, upstairs gallery , a lateral area with a bar at counter - different intense concentration on the concert scene . For Jazzthetik Porgy & Bess is even a " traditional club . "

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