JOV plays the music of Vincent Pongracz feat. Renee Benson (A/USA)

In 2019 the JOV will be dedicated to the music of the remarkable Viennese composer Vincent Pongracz. With the music of Vincent Pongracz and the voice of singer and rapper Renee Benson from New York, the composition commissioned by the Jazzorchester Vorarlberg explores the musical boundaries between New Music, Hip-Hop, House, Bigband Sound and Jazz.

"With Vincent Pongracz, there is finally a young composer and arranger to be taken seriously again, who fortunately also plays himself. And that's excellent too!" (Mathias Rüegg, Vienna Art Orchestra)

Special Guest: Renee Benson
Renee Benson originally comes from New Orleans, now lives as a singer (jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, gospel) and composer in New York. Her concert activities have taken her not only to the USA but also across Europe. She has also travelled to Vienna for LiveBall (2011) and the Vienna Pop Festival (2015)...


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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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