Georg Graewe and Sonic Fiction Orchestra

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November 2024



“Improvisation and composition are two ingredients that are closely intertwined. They are compositions, clearly notated passages that are starting points for very different sound images. Concepts and game sequences provide impulses that trigger improvisations. In this way, Graewe manages to offer the individual characters of his fellow musicians a platform and at the same time realize his own aesthetic ideas." - Nina Polaschegg, SWR


“The achievements of the 20th century are presented in crystal form, so to speak. Reflections and symmetries bring to mind Anton Webern. The next moment you imagine yourself near Canterbury, where the prog-jazzers Soft Machine are playing in the undergrowth. Everything is possible at Graewe, nothing seems arbitrary.” - Ronald Pohl, Der Standard


“Graewe has arrived at a musical model in which there is no demand for composed and improvised sections. As Pierre Boulez once remarked? “There is by nature no difference between the spontaneous and the learned... the impulse can stimulate reflection just as calculation can enliven the gesture.” And Graewe invents in this modality. It remains to be noted that with his Sonic Fiction Orchestra he has designed the most relevant large-format concept at the moment and can be counted among the inner circle of groundbreaking, contemporary jazz composers. You couldn’t recommend yourself better.” - Hannes Schweiger, Concerto

Program and cast

Georg Graewe: piano
Frank Gratkowski: clarinet, bass clarinet
Maria Gstättner: bassoon
Martin Siewert: guitars
Sara Kowal: harp
Joanna Lewis: violin
Laura Strobl: viola
Melissa Coleman: cello
Peter Herbert: bass
Valentin Duit: drums

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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