Ratzer / Herbert / eXtracello (A/AUS/D)

"Karl Ratzer, who has matured over the years into an expert of international format, masters the soulful-funky groove just as excellently as the strict linearity of improvisation that comes from bebop. And those who have heard him sing ballads understand what intuitive knowledge of the right tone can be in jazz." (Ljubisa Tosic, 2012)

"Peter Herbert plays his double bass in many cities/countries/earth parts/worlds with and for different artists, musicians & musicians: plays this double bass this time with & for Extracello: 4 in many respects ladies of similar nature: Connoisseurs & experts of the writings of the Brand as well as of the silent splendour: Peter Herbert & Extracello combine the deep strings to a feast of the wide horizon, to a feast of sound-tolerant variety & lustful because unintentional curiosity." (Renald Deppe, 2013)

The charismatic guitarist & soulful singer Karl Ratzer wants to know it again. After his fabulous work with his international septet (You've changed), after an excellent recording with his superb trio (My Time) he now enters chamber music terrain - with top-class string colleagues. Karl Ratzer / Peter Herbert & Extracello are a wonderful collective, far away from any clichés that sometimes cling to strings in jazz and that are not easy to get rid of. It's not modern classical music that's up for discussion here, but classical modern music from the perspective of a jazz-oriented attitude to music, as it's probably seldom heard in concert halls (but all the more so to be heard!). Detached from the strict "occidental" academism, the 6 musicians walk on dreamwalking paths towards a musical meta-level, which has nothing to do with stressful or even endeavoured formalism, but rather with the expression of a light-footed and self-evident musical conversation and with a brash view across genre plate borders!

Look forward to this wonderful cooperation and accompany Sir Karl Ratzer on his hopefully long lasting musical string journey. The best is yet to come! (Christoph Huber, Porgy & Bess, May 2016)


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May 2019

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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