The New Austrian Sound of Music – in short NASOM – is a long-term sponsorship program by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), promoting young Austrian musicians for the fifth time in the two-year period 2016/2017.
The aim of NASOM is to offer 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.
The young artists accepted for this program were selected in cooperation with the organization mica – music information center austria and local music universities.
Here once again, young emerging musicians from the genres classical, jazz, world, contemporary and pop music were chosen to participate in this sponsorship program.
Among the 25 selected artists for the NASOM program:
The roots of this instrumental acoustic project lie in Barcelona, where the two guitarists Mario Chehade (aka Rio Che) and Jakob Lackner (aka El Coba) used to perform as street musicians. In 2006 the violinist Herwig Schaffner (aka Herwigos) joined the duo and the trio Cobario was born. The music of the threesome is stylistically very diverse and unites influences from many different sound traditions. Thus, the songs of Cobario – who have in the meantime performed concerts all over Europe – include a strong orientation towards Spanish folklore, but also have many Irish, Oriental and Slavic influences. Garnished with elements of classical music, the compositions of this trio have a very unique lyrical vibe that invites listeners to lean back and let the music carry them away.
Georg Aichberger – guitar
Herwig Schaffner – violin, viola, piano
Jakob Lackner – guitar
An initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs