Ed Motta (BRA/D/FIN/F/NL)

Why should you actually decide whether you want to be a gourmet or a gourmand? Ed Motta, the great fusionist from Rio de Janeiro, is both. In the true and figurative sense. The nearly 45-year-old delicatessen has added "pornographic portions" to the massive body, as he joked in the bulging porgy. Musical delicatessen he not only develops himself with his stirring fusion of Brasil, Jazz, Soul and Pop, but also as a passionate record collector. His collection comprises tens of thousands of records. As a connoisseur, Motta praised local jazz greats such as Fritz Pauer and Hans Koller during his performance at Porgy & Bess.

The two Fender Rhodes pianos on stage signalled it clearly: it went back to the musical language of a new beginning, as it shaped jazz fusion and pop in the mid-1970s. Motta is a big fan of "Adult Oriented Music", the formula developed in the late seventies to reach more mature audiences. He has perfected their sublime aesthetics on his most recent, famous albums "AOR" and "Perpetual Gateways" (both on the German label Membran). His very agile European band came very close to the studio versions live. Bewitching melodies and refined harmonies tickled right away at the opener "Captain's Refusal", the story of a mysterious mutiny.


Ed Motta: piano, fender rhodes, vocals
Matti Klein: piano, keyboards
Arto Mäkelä: guitar
Laurent Salzard: bass
Yoràn Vroom: drums

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May 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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