New Austrian Sound of Music (NASOM) 2023/2024 presentation concert at Porgy & Bess

Anna Anderluh (c) Maria Frodl
Anna Anderluh (c) Maria Frodl

The New Austrian Sound of Music – NASOM for short – has its 20th anniversary this year! Come celebrate with us on September 5th, 2022 at Porgy & Bess, where 6 of the 25 acts will perform 20-min. sets, giving the audience a taste of what young, emerging musicians from Austria sound like.

NASOM is a sponsorship program by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA), promoting young emerging Austrian and Austria-based bands and musicians performing abroad. The aim of NASOM is to offer biennial support for international performances of promising young talents with the help of a global network of embassies, cultural forums, and consulates. A further objective of NASOM is to draw more attention to the fact that Austrian music creation – beyond the traditional – is as vibrant, modern, and culturally diverse as ever. Every two years, 25 young artists are selected by a 5-member jury, in cooperation with the mica – music austria and Austrian music universities from the genres classical, jazz, world, contemporary and pop music. NASOM is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022 and welcomes six bands on stage in a 20 minute slot. The selection of the performing artists took place in cooperation with the Porgy & Bess and mica – music austria.

When, where & what

Venue: Porgy & Bess
Date: September 5, 2022, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Line-up: Spectrum Saxophone Quartet / Anna Anderluh / Kry / Millycent / Alicia Edelweiss / Candlelight Ficus

For the full list of NASOM sponsorship recipients, go here.


Spectrum SaxophonE quartet

photo of SPECTRUM Saxophone Quartet (c) Daniel Dundus
SPECTRUM Saxophone Quartet (c) Daniel Dundus

Severin Neubauer: soprano saxophone

Daniel Dundus: alto saxophone

Stephanie Schoiswohl: tenor saxophone

Florian Bauer: baritone saxophone

It is the saxophone’s extensive richness of colour the quartet wants to give a stronger voice to through a variety of classical and contemporary saxophone music. The SPECTRUM Saxophone Quartet is a young, dynamic ensemble searching for extended sound technics on their instruments. Therefore, the four musicians are connected by their longstanding friendship and collaborations in various genres.

Anna Anderluh

photo of Anna Anderluh (c) Maria Frodl
Anna Anderluh (c) Maria Frodl

Anna Anderluh: vocal, autoharp, piano, baby-keyboard & more

Anna Anderluh is a vocalist, composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist whose fragile, thought-provoking songs combine playful experimentation and improvisation with the accessibility of pop music. Her lyrics, in English and German, offer a lighthearted critique of modern life. She likes to accompany her voice with unusual instruments such as a self-modified autoharp, minimalistic loops build with toys as for instance a plastic bag, coffee pot or pine cones, etc.


kry (c) Amin Ebrahimi
kry (c) Amin Ebrahimi

Mona Matbou Riahi: clarinet, fx

Philipp Kienberger: bass

Alexander Yannilos: drums

KRY is an instrumental trio formed in Vienna in late 2019. Unattached to any specific genre or style, its sound is a revelry of simplicity and intuition, a celebration of complexity and control and an intricate fusion of its individual members broad musical spectrum.


millycent (c) Severin Koller
Millycent (c) Severin Koller

Milly Groz: vocals, piano

MILLYCENT is about to shoot up into the sky of funkyversum. She decided over night to become the queen of mumble-rap. Asked why, she’ll answer: “Cause I’m dancing on the inside. Beat & mumble are my volcano’s lava!”

This solo project combines bits of old disco hits with new lyrics, rearranged beats and unexpected harmonies. Milly Grozs’ improvisation on the common grounds of evergreens drift into comedy, the absurd or free tonality. Her joy in combining free improvisation, jazz and disco pop, macho lyrics of the 60s and feminist positions, hip hop, swing and weird sounds makes the Millycent concerts an experience for very different kinds of audiences.

Alicia Edelweiss

Alicia Edelweiss (c) Olesya Parfenyuk
Alicia Edelweiss (c) Olesya Parfenyuk

Alicia Edelweiss: vocals, accordeon

Lukas Lauermann: cello

Mattias Frey: violin

Alicia Edelweiss started her musical career as a street musician, when she travelled all over Europe for two years, setting off at the age of 19. The songs tell personal stories, wrapped in the magical language of poetry, dreams, sagas – weaving tales of sublime inspiration, light-hearted humour, bitter-sweet irony and profound sadness that touch the highest and deepest chords of human experience: these songs stay with you. The artist herself calls her music “Circus Freak Folk”.

Candlelight Ficus

photo of Candlelight Ficus (c) Kristina Leitner
Candlelight Ficus (c) Kristina Leitner

Niki Waltersdorfer: vocals, guitar

Simon Brugner: drums, vocals

Fridolin Krenn: bass, vocals

Jonathan Herrgesell: saxophones, keyboards

With lust for life, fresh sound and polished shoes, the funk band from nextdoor is here to introduce itself: Candlelight Ficus is the name and sparkling is what characterizes their performance. A stylistic mix of funk, soul, Latin and 80’s is wrapped up in a modern garb and brought to the stage with lots of good humor, nimble lyrics and high-quality musical craftsmanship. A concert experience with Candlelight Ficus is filled with driving grooves and infectious joy – and at the end of the evening, no booty is left un-shaken.


 Live & in-person: seating € 18.00

 Online live stream: pay as you wish

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