MoZuluArt feat. Ambassade String Quartet/ Franz Hackl's IDO quartet: Vienna New York Jazz festival presented in association with The Austrian Cultural Forum
MoZuluArt feat. Ambassade String Quartet - an ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
When the three guys from Zimbabwe, Ramadu, Vusa Mkhaya Ndlovu. and Blessings Nqo Nkomo were growing up in the dusty roads of Bulawayo and listening to traditional music and pop music from their local heroes Ilanga, Lovemore Majaivana, Fanyana Dube, Solomon Skhuza they never imagined that there was a thing called classical music in this world. Roland Guggenbichler spent a big part of his youth practicing the Piano and imitating the Beatles with his first teenage band. A lot changed when he joined the local band "Rica Salsa". They focused on Afro-Cuban music, and Roland was fascinated by new sounds and grooves. It took another few years to discover "ndungu ndungu" African drumming. If Mozart was still alive he would have been proud to see two cultures meeting together to celebrate his music and bringing it to an audience that never imagined that one day they will be sitting, nodding their heads and tapping their feet to his compositions Young as it is, this project is set for a big future, this has been evidenced by the positive critiques they are getting from music critics, fans, and the cooperate world alike. Tonight marks MoZuluArt US Debut.
IDO stands for Idiomo di Omni and means dialect for everybody.
An idiom is an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements.
Omni means a combining form meaning “all.
So a combination of unusual and unlikely elements, in this case musical, making up an unpredictable whole.
Franz Hackl merges “Tyrolean Folktunes “ the musical dialect he grew up with , with the music and sounds of New York, the town he calls home for almost 20 years. Many people think that music is an universal language. But music has as many dialects as the human language. To open up and further develop your own musical dialect elevates this music and presents it on an international level. It’s both very personal and open to influences from all over the world.
Each bandmember has all the artistic freedom they need to contribute equally to the same vision. To play music which stays close to our musical truth and creating a very unique band sound at the same time.
Franz Hackl – trumpet, flugelhorn
Adam Holzman – keyboards, piano
Lincoln Goines – bass, laptop
Kim Plainfield - percussion, drums , voice