PRIM (c) Johannes Raimann
PRIM (c) Johannes Raimann


Genre(s): Jazz/Improvised Music
From: Vienna, Austria



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Musical transgressions, classical forms mixed with grooves which are more reminiscent of drum & bass and polymorphous rhythm concepts – PRIM have to share their name with numbers, prayer rituals or cities, but the Viennese trio, consisting of pianist Felix Biller, bassist Martin Melzer and drummer Christoph Karas, is musically unmistakable.

Always searching for the appropriate sound, they are influenced by jazz greats like the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, classical luminaries like Johann Sebastian Bach, new music composers such as John Cage or ethnic music, among others. Nevertheless, they always create something of their own in the end. “Our music is a bit like ordering a scoop of everything at the ice cream parlour and then mixing it wildly,” Martin Melzer explains. From modern jazz to funk and soul to classical, there is something of everything.

The trio experiments with sounds and schemes, stories are told with childlike joy, narratives are built up, sounds are sketched – and then broken up again. In doing so, they playfully move between tranquillity and intoxication, volatility and meditative minimalism, fast caffeine flashes and slow coffee indulgences.

Through concerts at home and abroad (e.g. Jazz Fest Wiesen, Jazzfestival Steyr, jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT Bremen, Lublin Jazz Festival, Central European Jazz Showcase Brno, Mladi Ladi Jazz Prag) or tours through China and all of Europe, as well as features or reviews in media such as Ö1 (AT), the Wiener Zeitung (AT), Jazz FM (UK), JazzonPRX (US), WartaJazz (IDN), Jazzpodium (DE), Jazz’halo (BE), Český rozhlas Jazz (CZ) or Jazzit (IT) they have established themselves on the international stage. Founded by Biller, they have been performing together in their current line-up since the end of 2018. With their current album Garnet Tales (2020, Alessa Records), they are once again proving their willingness to experiment.


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Photo of Purple is the Color by Georg Buxhofer

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Jazzahead 2019: Edi Nulz, PRIM, Pepe & Speedy

Edi Nulz (c) Antonia Renner

Every year in April, jazzahead! turns Bremen into the most important meeting place for the international jazz scene. The trade fair also features an integrated showcase festival. 40 bands from 18 countries will be on … read more »