Valletta, 12 October 2009 – Upon the initiative of the Austrian Embassy in Valletta, the Austrian string quartet "Netnakisum" performed at the "Notte Bianca", a mixture of city festival and open house night in Valletta, the capital of Malta on 3 October 2009.
The four young female musicians, also a visual attraction with their eccentric dirndl-like outfits, first performed in the wonderful inner court of the 16th-century Grand Master’s Palace, entertaining the audience with a sound combining folk music from Austria with Johann Strauss melodies, the rhythms of Hungarian gipsy music, Balkan jazz and Latin American beat. Among the delighted audience were the President of Malta and Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tonio Borg. The virtuosity and stirring swing tunes of the performance were apparently met with such enthusiasm by the organizers that they gave the group the opportunity to perform once again in the early morning hours in one of the most frequented places of the city, the Republic Place.
With "Netnakisum" – the word "Musikanten" (musicians) spelled back to front – the Embassy succeeded in presenting another facet of Austrian top-notch musical expression to Maltese audiences, who mostly associate Austria with classical music and waltz rhythms. These performances were partly sponsored by Volksbank Malta Ltd.
Contact:Austrian Embassy VallettaTel.: + 356 2327 9000valletta-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at Austrian Embassy