Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Kuljit Bhamra, Beatrice Dillon, Dai Fujikura, Franz Hautzinger, Agnes Hvizdalek, Maurice Louca, Moor Mother, serpentwithfeet, Jakob Schneidewind …
Elective Affinities
Festwochen concerts
Music
Price EUR 25 per concert
Dates
13 May
Saturday
Time 9pm
 
19 May
Friday
Time 9pm
 
26 May
Friday
Time 9pm
 
2 June
Friday
Time 9pm, 10.30pm (second concert with free admission)
 
9 June
Friday
Time 9pm
 
16 June
Friday
Time 9pm
 
13 May
Saturday
Time 9pm
 
19 May
Friday
Time 9pm
 
26 May
Friday
Time 9pm
 
2 June
Friday
Time 9pm, 10.30pm (second concert with free admission)
 
9 June
Friday
Time 9pm
 
16 June
Friday
Time 9pm
 
© Marlene Mautner

A spirit of musical openness and ambition is a defining characteristic of our weekly Festwochen concerts at Vienna’s jazz institution Porgy & Bess. A diverse range of musicians takes to the stage with new interpretations of jazz, modern R&B and contemporary electronic music. One of the highlights of the series is a performance by experimental R&B New York singer serpentwithfeet, whose poignant songs explore themes such as Black gay love, companionship and tenderness. Producer Beatrice Dillon is joined on stage for her concert evening by tabla player and composer Kuljit Bhamra, who was also part of Dillon’s LP Workaround (release of the year by The Wire music magazine).
New collaborative formats emerge when Dai Fujikura – guesting with the Festwochen commission Metamorphosis of a Living Room – proclaims on stage an expanded idea of jazz with Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset and Franz Hautzinger. And after the concert, Porgy & Bess itself becomes a Friday meeting place for all, with a DJ line-up; admission is free.

  • 13 May, 9pm Moor Mother: Jazz Codes

    Moor Mother aka Camae Ayewa is widely regarded as a unique and powerful political voice in contemporary music and spoken word poetry. In her new project Jazz Codes she uses innovative approaches to combine different genres, styles and forms of expression, from jazz to hip-hop to contemporary classical music. Moor Mother explores the interface between jazz and poetry, inspired by historical events, social issues and personal experiences. Complex soundscapes featuring multi-layered textures and haunting voices reflect the diverse themes of Moor Mother’s artistic universe.

  • 19 May, 9pm Dai Fujikura, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Franz Hautzinger: The Bow Maker

    The Bow Maker began as a collaborative project between Japanese composer Dai Fujikura and Norwegian sound artist Jan Bang. Fujikura’s minimalist approach to composition and Bang’s electronic sound processing give rise to a timeless, subtle and immersive tonal landscape. Together with Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset and Austrian trumpeter Franz Hautzinger, the duo creates an auditory experience that transports the audience into a multidimensional sound space. The boundaries between acoustic and electronic music blur into a contemplative sensory experience.

  • 26 May, 9pm Maurice Louca: The Luck Hour

    Maurice Louca is one of the most interesting figures in Egypt's flourishing music scene. Accompanied by the Lebanese trio A, Louca presents his latest LP The Luck Hour - praised by the Guardian as „transcendentally beautiful“. The all-acoustic concert features unconventional instruments and sounds, such as pipes and garden hoses converted into trumpets, guitars adapted to the scales of maqam, and strings strung with clothespins. Improvised music meets Egyptian chaabi meets psychedelic folk.

  • 2 June, 9pm and 10.30pm (the second concert is with free admission) Agnes Hvizdalek, Jakob Schneidewind: PNØ

    Austrian vocal artist Agnes Hvizdalek is known for her experimental vocal performances. Her radical approach has led to collaborations with underground noise music, jazz and contemporary music. Jakob Schneidewind is best known as the bass player with the Austrian techno band Elektro Guzzi. As PNØ, Hvizdalek and Schneidewind create an innovative sound experience that pushes the boundaries of acoustic and electronic music. They combine minimalist musical structures with organic improvisations, and pure vocal sounds with synthesizers and effects, prompting and manipulating each other’s output.

    9pm (Strenge Kammer)
    Agnes Hvizdalek: solo
    Jakob Schneidewind: Voices inside Machines
    Q & A following the concert

    10.30pm (Großer Saal)
    PNØ
    Free admission

    Midnight (Großer Saal)
    Inou Ki Endo (Dj-Set)
    Free admission

  • 9 June, 9pm Beatrice Dillon, Kuljit Bhamra

    For her first appearance in Vienna, electronic musician Beatrice Dillon teams up with composer and tabla player Kuljit Bhamra. Their collaboration on the LP Workaround has already been hailed by critics as one of the most innovative electronic music albums of recent years. In an eclectic mix of various genres, the concert combines the musical worlds of the two protagonists. Glitchy beats and abstract soundscapes are overlaid with complex tabla rhythms, merging into a dynamic fusion of electronic and classical Indian music. A testimony to the beauty of musical diversity.

  • 16 June, 9pm serpentwithfeet

    serpentwithfeet blends complex harmonies with unconventional song structures in experimental contemporary R&B. The New York singer (real name Josiah Wise) melds emotional vocals with elements of gospel, classical and electronic music, addressing his experiences as a queer Black man in themes such as love, intimacy and spirituality. Cross-genre collaborations with artists that include Björk, Sampha and Moby are the hallmarks of a distinctive sound that has delighted critics and fans alike on LPs such as soil and Deacon. An expressive musical vision that transcends narrow genre classifications.

Festwochen Lounge

following the concerts

In Cooperation with

Porgy & Bess

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