Ralph Mothwurf Orchestra feat. Birgit Minichmayr

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The RMO, the current Porgy&Bess stage band, is an 18-piece orchestra founded and directed by the Austrian composer Ralph Mothwurf. After the ensemble's international success and a sensational release of the debut album "ZELT" (Edition Ö1), this ensemble is now returning to its home club with a new line-up. Starting in September 2023, the RMO will not only present brand new music written by the composer on a total of 10 concert evenings, but will also collaborate for the first time with selected stars of the Austrian cultural scene. Look forward to guest appearances from Birgit Minichmayr, Elias Hirschl, Mira Lu Kovacs and many more.

During Advent, the RMO surprises with a special collaboration. Together with Birgit Minichmayr, a twenty-minute dialogue is created in which the spoken word is artfully interwoven with music. Minichmayr is one of the most famous actresses in Austria, is a member of the Vienna Burgtheater ensemble and has appeared in over 40 film and television productions. As a singer, she once again expresses her artistic diversity and impressive skills, including in music projects such as “As an Unperfect Actor”. For this concert evening, she will perform self-selected texts, set to music by Mothwurf, and breathe new life into them with her unique voice and performance.

Program and cast

Ralph Mothwurf: composition, conduction
Birgit Minichmayr: vocals

Stepan Flagar, Yvonne Moriel: saxophones
Markus Pechmann, Martin Eberle: trumpets
Georg Schrattenholzer, Christina Lachberger: trombones
Joanna Lewis, Marianna Oczkowska, Ulrike Greuter: violins
Simon Schellnegger, Jelena Poprzan: violas
Marta Kordykiewicz: cello
Tobias Vedovelli: bass
Simon Raab: keyboards
Irena Manolova, Max Kanzler: drums, percussion
Andreas Lettner: drums

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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