Karl Ritter's KOMBOjaner

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December 2023

An irrepressible creative state of unrest has not left the “guitar expert” and sound ritualist Karl Ritter, an artistically incorruptible fixture of the music scene in this country for decades. Ritter's sound cosmos is a constantly operating experimental laboratory for which he always wants to provide the best conditions with outstanding musicians/stylists.

Profound narrativity, non-conformist unwillingness to compromise, genre-bridging extroversion, as simple as it is complex, are fundamental messengers that reflect the creative breadth of the unique stylist Karl Ritter. Ur-musical, always engaging and cheerful, creating an atmosphere of searching. In the wake of old cronies from the Kurt Ostbahn Kombo days, excluding neo-KOMBOjaner Prozorov, Ritter has recently set about developing an original band sound with his usual “holistic objectivity”. That's what counts first. Musicians of the first rank are there to help and advise. A world-class jazz drummer, in the person of Herbert Pirker, Erich Buchebner on bass, Philipp Nykrin on keyboard instruments and the exceptional saxophonist Andrej Prozorov, who is only inclined towards the soprano saxophone. Karl Ritter's first-class round table. What characterizes them all is their unreserved musical openness, which will bring to life an exciting blend of rock, jazz and blues ciphers. According to our own patterns – alienated or ironically refracted. Basically nimbly bundled in rock-affinous surrounds. The canon of works is purely instrumental. Bubbling becomes casual gameplay, additive interaction, creaking riff monsters, fat hooklines, stringently surging rhythm patterns and saxophonic “fly overs”. Conception and idea with a high spontaneity factor: Karl Ritter. And that means nothing less than sincere integrity, directness and passion. (Hannes Schweiger)

Program and cast

Karl Ritter: guitar
Erich Buchebner: bass
Herbert Pirker: drums
Andrej Prozorov: soprano saxophone
Philipp Nykrin: keyboards

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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