International Jazzfestival Saalfelden



Gerald Preinfalk

This year’s opening act — the nine-member Prine-Zone ensemble — will release some innovative energy by making opposites clash. Saxophonist Gerald Preinfalk, the musical center of the band, describes the Brazilian rhythm section as the yin of the group. As a counterweight, the cello, flugelhorn, flute, and viola — primarily played by musicians from Klangforum Wien — will constitute the ensemble’s yang. A keyboard will drive on and unite all these disparate elements from different worlds of music. The ensemble is finally rounded off by the vocal contribution of Greek singer Savina Yannatou. Audiences are in for an acoustic surprise! (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)


Enchanting sounds encounter an alluring voice. Hard breaks dominate these sounds just as much as the wide range of emotions they convey. 5K HD combines jazz, sound experiments, pop, and cinematic surprises. The ensemble is also expert at creating a subtle kind of funk. 5K HD is fronted by well-known band members from Kompost 3 and Mira Lou Kovacs (Schmieds Puls). Their performance in Saalfelden is a double premiere: not only will 5K HD present their new album “And To In A” — they will also demonstrate on stage how effortlessly all these supposed opposites can blend into a homogenous entity. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

Wolfgang Puschnig “Songs with Strings”

Wolfgang Puschnig’s collaboration with the Koehne Quartet came about spontaneously and by accident. “I just wanted to have a string quartet perform one of my songs,” the saxophonist remembers. In the process, Puschnig grew so fascinated with how his songs sounded on strings that he decided to record them. The forthcoming album will bear the simple and moving title “Songs with Strings”. This album will be released by the time Puschnig and the Koehne Quartet take to the stage in Saalfelden. Wolfgang Puschnig wanted to do something special for Saalfelden, however. That’s why he will also include drums and a bass in this ensemble. “Saalfelden has always been an ideal venue for trying out new things.” For him, experimenting with a quartet and a rhythm section is a “very poetic endeavor”. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

Weiße Wände

As the drums rumble, the guitar goes on an unleashed riff—then abruptly stops. Containing shock elements, moments of panic, and raw energy, this stop-motion music is at its most persuasive when Christian Reiner introduces his voice to create a memorable concert experience. Reiner skillfully creates images in a staccato sequence that develop into hilarious stories, and are as much based on improvisation as Karl Ritter’s guitar play and Herbert Pirker’s drums. Reiner explains that he uses a comic-book style so that his characters and stories can have a cannonball effect on the audience. This statement also neatly describes the musical core of Weiße Wände. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

David Helbock Quartett „For Her“

What do Madonna, Clara Schumann, and Carla Bley have in common? All of them play a role in “For Her”, David Helbock’s new musical project. The program is dedicated to all the women who have positively influenced and inspired the pianist. This colorful mix of very personal songs includes compositions dedicated to the artist’s mother and partner as well as to musical associates and role models. For his performance in Saalfelden, Helbock invited some of his favorite musicians and old friends to join him on stage. This gig marks the first time that this constellation will be performing together in Austria. The quartet includes Filippa Gojo, who was born in the Austrian city of Bregenz and now lives in Cologne, and her compatriot Johannes Bär, who has played the tuba, sousaphone, and alphorn in David Helbock’s band Random/Control. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

Manu Mayr Solo

In addition to performing in Saalfelden as 5K HD’s bassist, the Viennese sound researcher and multi-instrumentalist Manu Mayr will also premiere his collaborative project with Italian composer Zeno Baldi during the Shortcuts series. Mayr will give a solo performance and explore sound worlds with reference points in nature. Entitled “Moraine,” one electro-acoustic composition for double bass and effects units evokes the primal force of glacier moraines—and the acoustic powers they release. In this regard, Mayr refers to surface treatments that melt with digital grains as well as wide microtonal planes that oscillate between percussive beat structures during performances. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

Global Groove Lab

On their debut album “I’m a Stranger”, the members of Global Groove Lab skillfully break all stylistic rules. Experimenting with sounds, rhythms, and harmonies in their lab and expressing different authentic cultural experiences, the musicians blend traditional with modern influences and grooves. They draw their inspiration from the Balkans, India, Africa, Latin America, rock, jazz, and even classical music. The album opens listeners’ ears to other cultures, without ever reverting to clichés or just following one path. The band’s style is open-minded, innovative, and inimitable. It alludes to many genres without becoming too excessive or superficial—and simply cannot be put into any single drawer. Spelling out political demands, the album’s lyrics are critical of society, but also tell listeners about the bright sides of life. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

Vienna World Music Orchestra

Transcending “migrational” backgrounds, Vienna World Music Orchestra emits sound frequencies on stage that let people find their common humanity. Are these frequencies inspired by jazz, classical, pop, or world music, one wonders? No matter—as one listens to the band’s music, categorizations fall by the wayside. Audiences start to focus on the performers themselves who regularly take to the stage in Vienna to share their art. Vienna World Music Orchestra has an equally strong focus on both traditional and modern instruments, conjuring Vienna’s état de l’âme. VWMO’s members enthusiastically embody this state of mind, expanding the legendary Viennese “golden heart” even a bit further. Their music has a curative effect and energizes audiences to work towards a common future — in Vienna and beyond. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

Sharp 5

Effortlessly weaving together hard bop and African rhythms with the harmonic subtleties of European jazz in its energizing compositions, the Sharp 5 quintet inhabits a sphere that extends from traditional to contemporary jazz. As a result, the five musicians from Salzburg succeed at creating a richly nuanced and intimate concert experience that leaves ample room for improvisations and lively interactions. While demonstrating great respect for jazz history, the five artists imbue their songs with ingenious accents — thus bundling their individual talents into the unique, carefully grown sound and tailor-made compositions of Sharp 5. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

Martin Spengler & die foischn Wiener

Martin Spengler’s songs dance towards listeners, as the Viennese dialect title of his album ummi zu dia indicates. On this third album, they dance more than ever! The artist’s excellent poetry holds a unique place in the increasingly wide field of pop music in Austrian dialect. Masterful in their linguistic expression, the songs capture the melancholic mood of the city of Vienna and fascinate listeners from the first sentence to the last sound. It is especially the female members of the foischn Wiener ensemble that use their instruments and voices to bolster Spengler’s sound. They include Marie Theres Stickler, the foremost virtuoso of the Viennese button accordion and Manuela Diem, one of the city’s most important new jazz and soul voices. Manuel Brunner, meanwhile, creates an exquisitely discreet groove on his bass. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)


When [:klak:] band members pick up their instruments, goosebumps rise and sophisticated ears prick up. Accordionist Stefan Kollmann and clarinetist/percussionist Markus Fellner have developed a unique concept for every concert, outsmarting the conscious mind by creating melodic bridges to many a closed-off heart. All those who want to feel some passion at the highest artistic level should not miss this ingenious endeavor. You will go home happy! (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

Woody Black 4

Jazz critic Michael Ternai described Woody Black 4 as a quartet that — driven by experimental curiosity — likes to take a refreshingly undogmatic approach to instrumental lineups. As a result, the band has followed a decidedly unique path towards jazz, offering a completely new acoustic experience. Entitled “Curiosity”, their most recent album sets off fireworks in the brightest colors. The quartet stands out from the rest because of its musical finesse as well as its incredibly layered and unusually varied sound. For their accomplishments, band members Oscar Antoli, Daniel Moser, Stephan Dickbauer, and Leonhard Skorupa have garnered first prize at both the European Jazz Contest and the Made in New York Jazz Competition. (Festival Calendar / Artist Website)

5/8erl In Ehr`n

Founded in 2006, 5/8erl in Ehr’n has developed its own musical style: “Viennese soul.” The constellation of double bass, acoustic guitar, Wurlitzer, and accordion makes for a special timbre; the mix of jazz, soul, and blues for a unique flair. Since its debut album Es muss was wunderbares sein from about ten years ago, the group has played to sold-out audiences and garnered three Amadeus Austrian Music Awards. They are now presenting their fifth studio album, Duft der Männer. On their new tour, band members are all set on staging a rousing concert extravaganza. (Festival Calendar / Homepage)

Yasmo & Die Klangkantine

Yasmin Hafedh has secured her place among the most interesting and complex female MCs in the German-speaking region. One of the leading voices in poetry slams, she discovered her passion for this art form very early on; her interest in hip hop also led her to express herself through rap. The artist has performed for the past two years with a nine-member jazz band, Yasmo & die Klangkantine. In her raps, Yasmin Hafedh conveys her critical, yet clever take on life and social developments. After a number of singles and much-lauded festival performances, the ensemble has finally released a full-length oeuvre, a perfect symbiosis of hip hop and jazz. (Festival Calendar / Homepage)

Cafe Drechsler

Since the turn of this millennium, percussionist Alex Deutsch, bassist Oliver Steger, and saxophonist Ulrich Drechsler have developed their own idiosyncratic style of music. Their new album, “And NOW… Boogie!”, is a unique blend of jazz, funk, soul, TripHop, BreakBeat, Drum’n Bass, Minimal & Detroit Techno, and much more. The ensemble garnered the 2005 Amadeus Award, Austria’s most important music prize, in the jazz/blues/world music category. AND NOW: get up, put your shoes on, and BOOGIE! (Festival Calendar / Homepage)


For further questions and details on Austrian acts, please contact:
Helge Hinteregger, +43-1-52104-61,





Performing: Thursday, August 25 | 18:30
Venue: Town Hall Square Saalfelden

The name is the game with the Ostbeatbend (Eastbeatband). It’s the pulsating and danceable rhythms of southeastern Europe that set the tone of the multifaceted music this band creates. A mix of diverse musical traditions, Ostbeatbend ignore the borders between styles, mixing and matching a musical firework that burns hot and bright. Gypsy music from Romania meets Bosnian and Macedonian songs while all possible variations of jazz makes itself at home. The musical embodiment of joie de vivre.


Namely Pamby Boy

Performing: Thursday, August 25 | 21:30
Venue: Nexus Saalfelden

There are some bands that seem to fight tooth and nail against any form of musical categorisation. In 2003 three young instrumentalists came together with a plan to revolutionise the concept of the classic trio format (saxophone, bass and drums) and add a fresh instrumental twist to the sound. As in their previous project [midshi], the trio followed a path blazed by various music forms that ranged from the margins of classical jazz interpretations to more electronically tinged and experimental avant-gardistic sounds. The approach of Namby Pamby Boy is quite similar, with the difference that the three musicians now not only take inspiration from electronic music, but also from the fields of rock, funk and hip-hop.


Douba Foli

Performing: Friday, August 26 | 17:00
Venue: Town Hall Square Saalfelden

Mamadou Diabaté’s rise to prominence has extended beyond the music scene in Europe and reached back to Africa (not least because he was recognized as the “Best Balafonist in West Africa”). He’s now started a new project based in Europe and Africa with his unrelated namesakes Abdoulaye and Modibo Diabaté. The unique style of these two singers from Mali has made them perhaps the best known brother duo in West Africa. Their knowledge of old traditions, offered in melodic arches sung in unison, and their often dance-like movements on the stage enchant audiences from the first note.


Shake Stew

Performing: Friday, August 26 | 19:00
Venue: Congress Center Saalfelden
Website: shakestew

Austrian bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder is opening the festival with a band composed of emerging artists from the European and above all Austrian jazz scene. Despite his young age, Kranzelbinder has already had an incredibly diverse career. In addition to premiering an opera, performing in a Europe-wide music festival, and giving concert tours in locations from Japan to Mexico, of late he has mainly been heard as a member of Mario Rom’s band INTERZONE. SHAKE STEW reflects his exploration of new, genre-independent dimensions in sound.



Performing: Saturday, August 27 | 15:30
Venue: Congress Center Saalfelden

It’s nice that they are still around. Those musical concepts that are good for a few surprises. The ones that don’t rely on the familiar and well known but prefer to take unconventional concepts head-on. Edi Nulz consists of three jazz musicians that unmistakably bring along a heavy dose of rock music. The music is far from any classical jazz structures. Aside from the strong instrumental skills and highly complex songs of the musicians, it is above all the driving energy in the playing style, melodies, harmonies and riffs that sets the music of this trio apart from traditional jazz and is rather reminiscent of the progrock era in the 70s. The trio enjoys what they are doing and make that obvious to the audience every time they play.


Syrian Links

Performing: Saturday, August 27 | 09:30
Venue: Town Hall Square Saalfelden

Syrian Links is a continuation of several existing Syrian-Austrian projects. Ammo and Saleh embellish the Arabic-Kurdish music of their homeland with the input of several Austrian and European musicians. Together they keep memories alive while fostering peaceful prospects for the future. They tell their stories, turning their personal sense of unease and bewilderment into musical expression. Their shared experiences become a source of energy. “The sound of our music is stronger than the terrible noise of war,” says Salah Ammo.

It’s a project of hope – not just for Syria. This is no cry help, but a resounding appeal for more dignity and humanity on all levels.


Jim Black - Malamute

Performing: Saturday, August 27 | 14:00
Venue: Nexus Saalfelden

Educated at the famous Berklee College of Music, Jim Black quickly forgot all the theories and from the early nineties frequented New York clubs like the Knitting Factory, acquiring all the skills he needed for his artfully frayed rhythm technique. He soon worked for greats like David Douglas, Tim Berne, and Uri Caine. Even seasoned veterans like Paul Motian and Charlie Haden were inspired by his expressivity. His current formation, Malamute, flirts with one of the big weaknesses of our time: our dramatically shrinking attention span. Every couple of minutes this progressive quartet changes the sound and texture of the music. It’s a catapult for distracted listeners…


Kollegium Kalksburg

Performing: Sunday, August 28 | 11:00
Venue: Stöcklalm Leogang

Any discussion about the leading and most successful examples of the contemporary Wienerlied is sure to include the band Kollegium Kalksburg. Which is understandable, since the fabulously crazy viennese trio played a major role in awaking the sleeping beauty from it’s long slumber and bringing it back to the spotlight of music lovers. With a good portion humour, experimentation and driven by the spirit of rehabilitation, this ingenious trio spans a musical bridge between the past and an ever so slightly jazzy present.


In Compagnia

Performing: Sunday, August 28 | 11:00
Venue: Vorderkühbühelhof Saalfelden

Combining a trio that has been playing Austrian ethno-music for 33 years with a trio from Friaul is a guarantee for an exciting musical atmosphere. The dialect formation Aniada a Noar and the Italian ensemble Altrioh don’t just combine guitars, mandolins, harmonicas, cellos, bass, bagpipes, violins,jew’s harps and a whole lot of vocals in their cooperative project “In Compagnia”. They also instrumental numbers and songs sung in Austrian and Italian.




In cooperation with the internationally established Jazz Festival Saalfelden, the Austrian Music Export will turn the spotlight on the local jazz scene and bring event organizers from all over Europe to the annual jazz festival in Saalfelden. With artists such as Maja Osojnik, Christian Muthspiel, Kompost 3 or Madame Baheux, the spearheads of Austrian jazz and world music acts will be presented to an international expert audience.


The current Austrian jazz scene is distinguished by its vast musical diversity and is well acclaimed and appreciated beyond the country’s borders. Regardless of subgenre, be it based on more traditional routes, larger or smaller instrumentations, experimental or avant-garde niches, unconventional or genre-crossing music: all are characterized by liveliness, innovation, and creativity. In terms of artistry and musical skills, the Austrian jazz scene easily ranges among the world’s finest. Once again, this year’s program of the Jazz Festival Saalfelden comes up trumps with a top-notch music line up.


Presenting the most promising Austrian acts to an international expert audience, the Austrian Music Export has organized several meet & greets and presentations to give international media representatives and event organizers the opportunity to discover the variety and quality of the Austrian jazz scene and get to know the performing artists. Ten European festival delegates from countries such as France, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania and Ireland, who have already expressed interest in booking Austrian projects, were specifically invited to this event.


Now in its 36th year, the renowned Jazz Festival Saalfelden has long established itself as a haven for contemporary jazz and is a fixture on the global music calendar. Each year visitors from all over the world flock to the beautiful town of Saalfelden to witness concerts that are almost exclusively European and Austrian premieres. Taking place this year from the 27th – 30th of August, numerous international and Austrian musicians will be performing on the stages of six venues. The four-day program was curated by artistic directors Michaela Mayer and Mario Steidl and will once again offer rare, unexpected and experimental delicacies.

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For further questions and details on Austrian acts, please contact:
 Helge Hinteregger



Photo: © Klezmer Connection

Performing: Thursday, August 27 | 18:30
Venue: Town Hall Square Saalfelden – City Stage


These five high-calibre musicians will showcase the rich heritage of Yiddish music in a finely tuned, yet energetic new program titled “Klezman!a.” With their instruments, these virtuoso musicians weave a unique fabric of sounds in which joie de vivre contrasts with sensual melancholy. With its new program, the Klezmer Connection invites listeners to enjoy the here and now.

Georg Winkler - clarinet
Marion Ellmer - vocals, guitar, percussion
Hubert Kellerer - accordion
Peter Aradi - acoustic bass
Bernie Rothauer: drums, percussion, guitar


Photo: © Astrid Knie

Performing: Thursday, August 27 | 21:30
Venue: Nexus Saalfelden

Website: Kompost 3

Founded in the sweltering heat of a shared apartment in Vienna’s third district in 2009, this ensemble honestly tries to imbue avant-garde gestures with shock value. Even the ossified professorial bourgeoisie that has a tight grip on the Austrian avant-garde and all related awards has to take note of this refreshing sound. Instead of worrying about the effect of their music, Messrs. Eberle, Omerzell, Mayr, and König seem to be driven by a shared desire for absolute deviance.

Martin Eberle - trumpet, slide-trumpet, flugelhorn
Benny Omerzell – rhodes, hammond, red instruments, piano
Manu Mayr - electric & double bass
Lukas König - drums, percussion, synthesizers


Photo: © Özlem Bulut

Performing: Friday, August 28 | 15:30
Venue: Town Hall Square Saalfelden – City Stage


Anatolian-born singer Özlem Bulut most recent album blends eloquent love poetry with politics and Turkish humor. Taking a cue from her own name—“Özlem” means “yearning” in Turkish—the singer lights up a firework of musical sensuality that draws listeners to the dance floor and keeps them spell-bound to the last note. A resident of Vienna, the classically trained Kurdish musician confidently poses on the cover of her second album, on which she skillfully arranged Oriental, jazz, folk, and electronic music. Together with the Viennese composer Marco Annau, she has created an infectious blend of Turkish (folk) music and pop. Featuring a darbuka drum, saz and oud lutes, and string instruments, some songs vibrate with an energetic Arab sound, while others align themselves more towards a slightly melismatic, yet never banal kind of pop.

Özlem Bulut - vocals, oud
Marco Annau: piano
Andrej Prozorov: saxophone
Werner Laher: bass
Jörg Mikyla: drums


Photo: © Nick Mangafas

Performing: Friday, August 28 | 17:00
Venue: Town Hall Square Saalfelden – City Stage


When five virtuoso musicians decide to team up, listeners can expect something out of the ordinary—especially because the fame of every single one of them has spread far beyond the borders of Austria’s world music scene. Even though the band is collectively tracing each member’s musical roots, it does not content itself with merely cultivating traditions. Instead, the quintet has developed a highly individualized musical language, in which their diverse cultural heritage comes to the fore.

Jelena Popržan – vocals, viola
Ljubinka Jokič – vocals, guitar
deeLinde – cello, vocals
Lina Neuner – acoustic bass
Maria Petrova – drums, percussion


Photo: © Larry Bercow

Performing: Friday, August 28 | 19:00
Venue: Congress Center Saalfelden – Mainstage


With her bright electronic sounds and attractively dark voice, Slovenian-born artist Maja Osojnik questions her social and emotional role in today’s world. She is aided in this effort by a colorful group including avant-garde cellist Audrey Chen, whose voice has often been described as “reality-piercing.” Their dynamic sound can go into new directions at any time. It calls on listeners to abandon their proclivity towards putting anything and everything into little boxes.

Maja Osojnik - composition & concept, vocals, paetzold bass recorder, electronics
Kaja Draksler - piano
Audrey Chen – vocals, cello
Matija Schellander – double bass, modular synthesizer, electronics
Manu Mayr – double bass, electronic bass
Lukas König – drums


Photo: © Sabine Hauswirth

Performing: Saturday, August 29 | 11:00
Venue: Huggenberg Saalfelden


“Hot Club de Vienne” is Harri Stojka’s homage to Django Reinhardt, the Gypsy jazz virtuoso of the 1930s and 40s. Stojka interweaves Reinhardt’s masterfully mellifluous melodies and intricate harmonic structures with his own musical language. Inspired by Bebop and other musical influences, Stojka creates a very personal approach to Gypsy and modern jazz.

Harri Stojka – guitar
Peter Strutzenberger – acoustic bass
Claudius Jelinek – guitar
Herbert Berger – clarinet, saxophone, harmonica
Gidon Öchsner – guitar


Photo: © Smart Metal Hornets

Performing: Sunday, August 30 | 11:00
Venue: Stöcklalm Leogang


One brass and two woodwind players on various saxophones are intent on creating a humorous groove by blending offbeat Austrian folk music with witty arrangements of classic rock music and their own jazz and rock sounds. This trio definitely likes to venture out into different musical fields.

Christoph Wundrak – flugelhorn, eufonium, cornet, tuba
Johannes „Joe“ Harpf – baritone & tenor & soprano saxes, bass clarinet
Gernot Strebl – tenor & soprano & alto saxes, clarinet


Photo: © Gregor Buchhaus

Performing: Sunday, August 30 | 11:00
Venue: Vorderkühbühelhof Saalfelden


Franziska Hatz, founder of the witty and energetic Salon Orkestar, has been stirring things up in the Vienna music scene since 2010. This energetic, multifaceted quartet blends klezmer with pop, folk-rock, ska, and jazz in an astonishingly skillful and humorous way.

Franziska Hatz - accordion, voice
Richie Winkler - saxophone, clarinet
Simon Schellnegger - viola
Julian Pieber - percussion


Photo: © Berenice Hebenstreit

Performing: Sunday, August 30 | 19:00
Venue: Congress Center Saalfelden – Mainstage

Christian Muthspiel feat. Steve Swallow:
TEARS OF LOVE from “Seaven Teares – A Tribute to John Dowland” (Saalfelden 2012)

Together with vibraphonist Franck Tortiller and bassist and singer Jerome Harris, trombonist Christian Muthspiel follows the traces of Werner Pirchner’s masterwork “Ein halbes Doppelalbum” from 1973. Created by the “Zappa from the Alps”, the album was recently re-released on vinyl. In their interpretation, the three virtuoso musicians focus on Pirchner’s jazz compositions. During his lifetime, Pirchner ran the gamut from friendly swing to harsh avant-garde music, thus supplying today’s musicians with a wealth of inspiration.

Christian Muthspiel – trombone, piano, e-piano, toy-piano, voice
Franck Tortiller – vibraphone
Jerome Harris – bass guitar, guitar, voice

Text Sources: Jazz Festival Saalfelden & mica – music information center austria

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