Vienna is known throughout the world as a city of music, and many famous names testify to this reputation. In recent history the city has also produced a large number of extraordinary musical talents. Burgenland-born Christian Fennesz is one of the best-known representatives of the electronic “sound of Vienna”. He uses his guitar and laptop to create elegiac sound figures that exude a feeling of sensual weightlessness, despite their enormous depth and musical complexity. Harmonies dissolve playfully in a sea of experimental sounds. As a highly acclaimed international artist who regularly collaborates with such greats as Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian and Carsten Nicolai, Fennesz rarely performs in his home country. The Wiener Festwochen provide a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear him live. The Austrian premiere of his long-awaited new album Agora takes place in the beautiful setting of the large theatre space of Volkstheater.
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Music Christian Fennesz Lights, visual concept Lillevan
Fennesz uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. "Imagine the electric guitar severed from cliché and all of its physical limitations, shaping a bold new musical language." - (City Newspaper, USA). With his personal brand of deeply emotional atmospheres washed up in a static field of state-of-the-art electronics he influenced countless musical peers in his own generation and beyond. His 2001 LP Endless Summer is one of the cornerstones of post-millenial electronic music, leaving his very personal touch, with subtle reference to the world of Pop, on the field. Fennesz lush and luminant compositions resemble sensitive, telescopic recordings of rainforest insect life or natural atmospheric occurrences, an inherent naturalism permeating each piece. Christian Fennesz lives and works in Vienna. His latest solo album Agora will be released in March 2019.