Lia Pale & mathias rüegg

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May 2024



Lia Pale is one of today's most versatile cross-over singers, who developed her unique sound between classical music and jazz traditions, especially in collaboration with the composer, pianist and arranger mathias rüegg. The two have teamed up to breathe new life into the timeless world of romantic songs. Their joint reinterpretation of Schubert's Winterreise laid the foundation, and it was only last winter that the two of them appeared on stage together at Porgy&Bess with rüegg's program 'The Blue Piano'.


The Great European Songbook is a musical journey across genre boundaries with excerpts from all three acclaimed programs "A Winter's Journey", "The Schumann Song Book" and "The Brahms Song Book". An evening where the rich tapestry of the European classical tradition meets the improvisational spirit of jazz. Their collaboration is not just an adaptation, but a transformation, merging the past with the present, creating an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary sensibilities. (press release)


Lia Pale's unmistakable voice stands out the first time you hear it, as if it had always been there. (Ö1, ORF, Pasticcio Prize)


The selected songs, including the top hits “Der Lindenbaum” and “Der Leiermann”, captivate... with an independence that often borders on cheekiness (Jazzpodium)

Program and cast

Lia Pale: vocals, flutes
Stanislav Paluch: violin
mathias rüegg: piano, arrangements
Ingrid Oberkanins: percussions
Hans Strasser: bass

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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