Jazz & Wine – International Jazz Festival Leibnitz

Otmar001R13x18After its ‘resurrection’ in 2013, the Jazz Festival Leibnitz will already be staged for the fourth time this year. With four star acts it also takes a big step towards being internationally perceived. Schloss Seggau’s big wine cellar, the Kulturzentrum Leibnitz, and the highly successful open air stage at the Vineyard Hotel Harkamp, once again, feature as venues for this year’s four-day concert marathon. For the first time the so-called Jazz Bus will shuttle guests from Graz to Leibnitz and back.

So, who will be the star acts of this year’s jazz festival in the charming wine town of Leibnitz? While last year charismatic US singer Carmen Lundy was the all-surpassing act, this year the top artists will come thick and fast as the festival features four highly renowned acts: The Bad Plus, Tia Fuller, Vanessa Rubin, and Chico Freeman.

A unique trio with the extra plus – not only because after having maintained the same line-up for 16 years The Bad Plus have long been considered a cult band, but also because the International Jazz Festival Leibnitz will see and hear an exclusive presentation of the band’s new CD (Köchl catalogue 14, so to speak) which came out in September. The Bad Plus’s pieces have once been referred to as “suspicious innovative music”, a quote which also serves as the title of an essay on the band. The three guys from Minnesota definitely represent a generation of musicians who, quite as a matter of course, grew up with classical music, jazz, pop, and rock. All these genres are sacred to the trio, however, none is sacred enough that they would not reshape it by all the limitless means available to phantasy. A unique and pioneering statement which is heralded at breezy rock festival and in stuffy jazz clubs alike. Now, Mr. Iverson is also a great virtuoso on the piano; even more so as he is likewise a great virtuoso of self-effacement.

The venue of the festival opening will, once again, be the big wine cellar at Schloss Seggau – one of the largest in Europe. There, master musician Chico Freeman (tenor saxophone) and virtuoso Swiss bassist Heiri Känzig will evoke a sonorous pace akin to intimate chamber music.

Quite the opposite will hold true for energetic saxophonist Tia Fuller. On Saturday she and her determined trio will surely shake up the placid Hugo Wolf-Saal with their firm belief in groove and funk.

Rumour has it that Otmar Klammer, the festival’s artistic director, has tried to book great jazz singer Vanessa Rubin ever since he took office four years ago. Now the graceful, swinging nightingale from Cleveland, who has already toured with Woody Herman and Herbie Hancock, is finally taking the stage during the festival-ending matinee at Vineyard Hotel Harkamp in St. Nikolai im Sausal. The meteorologists promise that it will be a sunny day, possibly even flavoured with a hint of rhythm & blues.

The chamber-music-like tempered trio of virtuoso Israeli flutist Hadar Noiberg, who will be performing in Austria for the first time, is also part of the festival line-up.

“Alex Machacek’s music starts where other music ends”. No other than John McLaughlin used these words to describe the guitarist of our obligatory annual Austrian festival contribution with the convenient name FAT (Fabulous Austrian Trio). And the guru ought to know.

The programme’s most fervent act will be the carefully handpicked Gygsy Fire sextet. Besides virtuoso Sinti guitarist Lulo Reinhardt (nephew) and Hungarian tenor saxophone monster Tony Lakatos, singer and Graz University of Music and Performing Arts graduate Melanie Nini Bong will also fire up the audience.

Otmar Klammer,  Artistic Director

Venues of the International Jazz Festival Leibnitz

Wine Cellar Schloss Seggau

Kulturzentrum Leibnitz

Vineyard Hotel Harkamp


Chair person LeibnitzKULT: Helga Cernko
Production & PR: Isabella Holzmann  +43.664.1586084, presse@jazzfestivalleibnitz.at
Artistic director: Otmar Klammer oklammer@chello.at
Office & ticketing: Dagmar Brauchart  +43.3452.76506, office@leibnitz-kult.at

Technical department:
Begu Milaim, milaimbegu@yahoo.de
Wolfgang Rath, wolf.rath@aon.at
Paul Glassnegg

Artwork: Yusuf Mala
Web: Andres Naureiter, andreas@jenud.com | Werner Posekany  wposekany@gmail.com
Photography: Purgar Peter www.jazzimbild.at


Event organiser:  LeibnitzKULT– Verein zur kulturellen Nahversorgung
Chair person: Helga Cernko
Register of association: UID-Nr.: ATU 6783747
Kaspar-Harb-Gasse 4, 8430 Leibnitz
Ph. +43 3452 76506 | office@leibnitz-kult.at

Responsible for content: Isabella Holzmann, Otmar Klammer

Artistic director: Otmar Klammer
Organisation, PR: Isabella Holzmann
Photography: Jazz im Bild / Peter Purgar
WebDesign: create.jenud.com Andreas Neureiter, Werner Posekany

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The International Jazz Festival Leibnitz Jazz & Wine is an event of the LeibnitzKULT association.

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