New York, 7 October 2009 Press release

The Diverse Dialects of Jazz – a 5-day jazz festival in New York

New York, 7 October 2009 – Together with the renowned New York jazz clubs “Jazz Standard” and “Joe’s Pub”, the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, for the second time presents the “Austria Meets New York Jazz Festival 2009”, sub-titled “The Diverse Dialects of Jazz” this year. In close cooperation with and supported by Vienna’s “Porgy & Bess” Jazz Club as well as the Tyrolean “Outreach” jazz festival, both Austrian and American musicians will study and interpret the impact and potential of Austrian musical idioms on and for contemporary jazz.

On Monday, 12 October, Robert Lehrbaumer’s “Haydn Contra Jazz” will mark the beginning of the festival at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. Lehrbaumer, a classical pianist and organist, will contrast works by the classical composer Haydn with modern compositions by Gershwin, Cech and others. This event will be followed by a performance by Gene Pritsker & the Austrian Connection, who will play their “Variations and Re-conceptualizations on Austrian Music”. The composer Gene Pritsker will present chamber music based on or influenced by the works of Austrian composers such as Mozart, Schönberg and Haydn, as well as tunes influenced by traditional folk music. The programme comprises melodies, variations and new interpretations of Austrian music in combination with individual arrangements by Gene Pritsker.

On Tuesday, 13 October, Hans Glawischnig with his quartet and special guest Christian Havel will present an eclectic programme ranging from sounds inspired by Latin America to avant-garde jazz at the renowned “Jazz Standard” Club in New York.

On Wednesday, 14 October, the versatile young Austro-American “Löscher, Kondert & Brown Trio”will bring a fast-paced mix of groove, hip hop, soul and electronic sounds to midtown Manhattan. The Roland Heinz Quartet, grand masters in combining chamber music with contemporary jazz, will round off the evening at the ACFNY on 52nd Street’s former jazz mile.

At the Cultural Forum, interesting performances are also scheduled for Thursday, 15 October. First, Christian Havel, one of Europe’s leading jazz guitarists, will be accompanied by his long-time jazz partner, piano virtuoso John Davis. They will be followed by the “Tom Zlabinger Trio” with a programme consisting of improvised music and experimental ideas reflecting New York’s hectic life and intensity and skilfully remixing them with the language of old Viennese traditions.

The last evening of the festival on Friday, 16 October will be devoted to the theme “Dialect for Everybody”, with performances both at Joe’s Pub and the Cultural Forum in New York. The former will present Franz Hackl’s IDO Quartet, which combines Tyrolean folk music, i.e. the musical dialect with which Hackl grew up, with the music and sounds of New York City, his home town for almost twenty years. The final highlight of the festival is the US debut of the “MoZuluArt” Group. Founded by the Austrian Roland Guggenbichler and three musicians from Zimbabwe, Vusa Mkhaya Ndlovu, Blessings Nqo Nkomo and Ramadu, the Group fuses traditional Zulu sounds with classical music, particularly music by Mozart, which gave the Group its name.


Contact for further enquiries:
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Michael Karning
Head of Music Department
Tel. +1 212 319 5300 ext. 215