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The live album "Pictures at an Exhibition" by progressive rock trailblazers Keith Emerson, Greg Lake & Carl Palmer, recorded in 1971 and released in the same year, is remarkable in many respects: not only did it feature a rock band interpreting a classical composition (Modest Mussorgsky's piano cycle, made world-famous by Maurice Ravel's arrangement for orchestra) in a comprehensive manner. Emerson, Lake & Palmer added independently arranged parts, sung text passages and freely improvised cadenzas to the renowned work and combined all these elements with a good dose of blues and attitude using a rock instrumentarium that was particularly versatile in terms of sound at the time. The result was a multi-layered listening experience that reached people with different listening interests all over the world.


The keyboard ensemble of the Department of Popular Music at the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna under the direction of Philipp Nykrin and Herbert Pichler is taking on the great challenge of bringing this epochal work back to the stage as part of the mdw's transdisciplinary festival KlangBildKlang. What can be expected here, however, is not just a "cover of a cover", but rather a contemporary interpretation by young, talented musicians, with great emphasis being placed on the expansion of the present keyboard part by a "keyboard orchestra" with current, fascinating sound possibilities. (press release)

Program and cast

Philip Woloch: keyboards, vocals
Jonas Kastenhuber: keyboards
Philipp Laher: keyboards
Juan Felipe Pulido Alonso: keyboards
Alexander Putz: bass
Dominik Hubmann: 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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