Matthias Schriefl & Moving Krippenspielers

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December 2023

A fast-paced dance of grandiose Christmas songs, full of quotes, races through jazz history. (Sven Thielmann, WAZ)

You've probably never heard the well-known Christmas songs like this before. Sometimes a homely three-part song sounds, reminiscent of an Allgäu Christmas parlor with a warm wood stove. Then again two tubas groove with complementary drum beats and rock up to real city riffs. Boogie, gospel, Bach – pretty much anything is possible here. Five outstanding musicians stage a nativity play that is second to none.

Inspired by mischief and masterful craftsmanship, the Moving Nativity Players create a new version of the well-known Christmas story that leaves plenty of room for creativity and interaction on stage. Around thirty instruments, Christmas carols, costumes, singing and a few folk dances – these are the ingredients for this timelessly new nativity play. Folk music meets jazz meets Balkan meets Calipso meets funk meets punk meets classical meets reggae meets disco beat meets avant-garde meets Dreigesang meets comedy. The result is anything but predictable – neither for the concertgoers nor for the performers. Their album “Moving Krippenplayers-Vol.1” was released in November 2019, and the next album is already in the works. (press release)

Since your great work, I know that a combination of Christmas and jazz can work... I wasn't sure before. (Andreas Felber)

With short dialogues, costumes and spontaneous actions, Schriefl's arrangements gradually develop into a total work of art that can best be experienced live. (Harald Holstein / Allgäuer Zeitung)

What eight jazz musicians, who know no boundaries either musically or in terms of content, come up with when they pursue the approach "The church must modernize itself" borders on note madness. (Bettina Schack)

Jazz fans laugh in tears at nativity comedy. (Sven Thielmann)

Yesterday's concert in Cologne was pure joy! Honest. Hand made. Funny. Quaint. Musically, oh brilliant anyway. Without complacency. Plastic pigs instead of ramp pigs. I have rarely laughed so much at a concert. You bring jazz to where it is (also) at home... "folk" songs (...) What you play is so refreshing and clever. And an inspiration to make more music again. Really thank you and keep it up!" after the concert in the Stadtgarten 2022, Johanna Alisch (young fan)

Program and cast

Matthias Schriefl: Trompete, Flügelhorn, Baritonsaxofon, Altsaxofon, Akkordeon, Alphorn, Posaune, Pikkolotrompete, Gesang
Anna Tropper-Lener: Violine, Keyboard, E-Bass, Gitarre, Blockflöte, Gesang
Simon Rummel: Viola, Keyboard, Klavier, Melodika, Euphonium, Blockflöte, Gesang
Johannes Bär: Tuba, Klarinette, Posaune, Euphonium, Trompete, Flügelhorn, Pikkolotrompete, Alphorn, Beatbox, Gesang
Philipp Zdebel: Schlagzeug, Gesang

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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