Karlheinz Miklin 'Following Footsteps'

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January 2024

At the beginning of 2021, Karlheinz Miklin decided to set up a project under his own leadership for the first time after 30 years as a musician.

The band's concept (as well as almost the entire repertoire) comes from him, and as a logical consequence of his musical career - both rock and jazz musicians with a classical past - a varied band sound results, without narrow stylistic boundaries.

To implement his musical ideas, he chose musicians with whom he had previously worked on various projects and found a special musical understanding there. They are all outstanding instrumentalists and as such have long been integral parts of the national and international jazz scene. (press release)

(...) Rock energies are also Karlheinz Miklin jr. not foreign. No wonder, since the Graz drummer has been working for the rock trio The Base for over 30 years. As part of the “Following Footsteps” project, founded in 2021, Miklin seems to be following the distinctive jazz traces left behind by his father - the saxophonist Karlheinz Miklin senior, who died in 2019, with whom the junior also played music for many years. With trumpeter Gerhard Ornig, guitarist Emiliano Sampaio and bassist Hrvoje Kralj, Miklin - the drummer - has now gathered well-known cracks from the Styrian scene around him to record his compositions with them. The result: compact, soloistically convincing quartet music that is worth listening to. (Andreas Felber)

Program and cast

Karlheinz Miklin: drums
Gerhard Ornig: trumpet
Emiliano Sampaio: guitar
Hrvoje Kralj: bass

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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