Mira Lu Kovacs & Clemens Wenger

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December 2023

Mira Lu Kovacs (5K HD, My Ugly Clementine) and Clemens Wenger (5/8erl in Ehr'n, JazzWerkstatt Wien) devote themselves entirely to sadness. Is there anything more longing, more longing than sad songs that you sink into, swim in and sink in? Songs in which you wallow until the sadness absorbs you completely, so that it gets what it demands so relentlessly and then finally, finally lets go of you. Open the door, let the monster in. Monster rages, monster leaves.

In addition to some of their own compositions, the duo works on a selection of well-known songs from pop history, from “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk) to melancholic jazz classics à la Chet Baker such as “I’m Old Fashioned” to German-language songs such as “Hold on to your love ” (Rio Reiser). (press release)

Mira Lu Kovacs belongs to a generation of Austrian musicians who have brought a new quality to local (pop) music. On the one hand, this is probably thanks to Mira Lu Kovacs' musical background, who was trained in classical music, jazz and electronics, but on the other hand, above all, to the singer's free spirit. Virtuosity and intuition on the instrument and voice, counteracted by the directness in the lyrics that is sometimes pushed to the limit, meets with the courage to pull the existing pop appeal into the future with a certain obliqueness. In recent years, the musician has set up a lavish house with a garden on and off stage in the memory of the music-loving public.

At the age of 40, Clemens Wenger has a rich musical history as the founder and director of the JazzWerkstatt Wien, as a leader of the Viennese soul band 5/8erl in Ehr'n and as a sought-after composer and musician in projects relating to contemporary jazz, pop and electronic music . He deals with both traditional composition and instrumentation of acoustic instruments as well as progressive digital sound design. Mira Lu Kovacs and Clemens Wenger have had a long-standing collaboration. Now they can be seen together on stage with “Sad Songs To Cry To”. (press release)

Program and cast

Mira Lu Kovacs: vocals
Clemens Wenger: piano

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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