Hazmat Modine 'Box of Breath Tour' (USA)

The New York octet Hazmat Modine exudes a lot of "hot air", as their frontman and founder Wade Schuman (harmonica, vocals, guitar) says - not only because of their three wind instruments (tuba, saxophone, trumpet), but also because they have boiled down an unprecedented wealth of facets, which is expanded by harmonica, violin, two guitars and a drum set. What swirls and dances, howls and laughs, grows out of the roots of Blues, Country, Klezmer, Jazz, Rockn'Roll, Balkan Beats, Calypso, African Music ect pp... Already with their first CD Bahamut they were perceived in Europe in their uniqueness and rousing joy of playing. Since then the band has performed at renowned jazz, folk and world music festivals such as the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Chicago World Music Festival USA, the Sayan Ring Festival in Siberia, the Musicas Do Mundo Festival in Sines, Portugal, the Borneo Jazz Festival in Malaysia, the Vancouver Folk Festival in Canada and the Womad Festival in Wiltshire, England.

In 2011, the band released their second album, Cicada, which continued the success of their debut album and won the Prix Charles Cros in France. This was followed by a first live album with the same title Live in 2014. In 2015 the band will present their latest and fourth album Extra-Deluxe-Supreme.

The band's name is made up of "Hazmat", an English term for "hazardous material", and the name "Modine", a reference to the heaters of the air conditioner manufacturer Modine Manufacturing Company, also known as "Modine", which are usually used commercially. Founder Wade Schuman found this reference appropriate:

"The band around singer, lute guitarist and harmonica player Wade Schuman storms across all borders and brews a boiling hot mixture of blues, rocksteady, rock'n'roll and Balkan melodies...The compact sound develops from the casual interaction of tuba, trumpet, saxophone, guitar, harmonica, cimbalom, steel guitar and drums...madness!

New York has always been the melting pot of different musical cultures. This embodies more than ever Hazmat Modine, one of the city's hottest bands, who mixes the roots of American music with various forms of world music. Hazmat Modine is like a perpetuum mobile. The "All Music Guide" from the USA describes the debut album Bahamut of the New York octet as "timeless and primeval, truly native and inexplicable beyond, familiar and incomparable". The idea of the band is to mix the roots of American music with the different forms of world music and thus create their own sound.

For Hazmat Modine, timelessness and innovation trump the trendy and the transient. As a living definition of American roots music, the blues, Hazmat Modine is constantly on the lookout for new inspirations. Through long tours and countless festival appearances, the band has absorbed and musically processed everything they have encountered.

"We live in one of the golden ages of world music," says Schuman. "Music comes from everywhere and that becomes clear when you play at festivals - there you have musicians from all over the world: Africa, Asia, North, Central and South America. The mutual fertilization is obvious. We live in a time in which so many musical styles have already been influenced by other musical styles."

The result is unique: Blues, Country, Jazz and Soul from the 20s and 30s to the 50s and 60s meets Klezmer, Jamaican Calypso, New Orleans, R&B, Swing and Avantgarde Jazz with the energy of a Romanian brass band. This multi-faceted and unique sound is also created by the unconventional instrumentation of Hazmat Modine: vocals, harmonica, guitar, violin, banjo are in the foreground, complement each other and enter into dialogue, accompanied by tuba, trumpet, trombone, guitars, percussion, claviola and Hawaiian steel guitar.


Program and cast

Wade Schuman: diatonic harmonica, guitar, banjitar, lead vocals
Erik Della Penna: vocals, banjo, guitar
Pam Fleming: trumpet, fluegelhorn
Steve Elson: baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet, duduk, flute
Reut Regev: trombone
Joseph Daley: tuba
Patrick Simard: drums, percussion

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June 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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