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julij 16 21:00

friday, july 16 at 9 pm
main stage

Katharina Ernst (drums, objects),
Martin Siewert (el. guitars, electronics)

The members of the ALSO duo, which has been active since 2014, use a wide range of techniques and approaches in their nonlinear improvisation, from sophisticated analytical to simple physical. They create a constantly moving and bubbling mass of sounds, ranging from abstractly hovering through noisy outbursts to repetitive and ecstatic ones. In their music, many genres meet and intersect, from post-techno, art-rock and electronics to minimalism and sound exploration. Ernst is a member of the Ventil quartet and collaborates with names such as Ken Vandermark, Kazuhisa Uchihashi or Terrie Hessels, while Siewert is known from the bands Radian and Trapist, and plays with musicians such as Mats Gustafsson, Otomo Yoshihide and Christian Fennesz. The duo has released two live albums at Trost Records, Live at Wirr (2016) and Live in Celovec (2020).

Ernst and Siewert – both prominent protagonists of Vienna’s new jazz and experimental scene – began playing in the present duo in 2014. Together they have also composed the stage music for a performance by the Viennese theater group Toxic Dreams entitled A Circus of Life. They recorded their debut at the Wirr club in Vienna, where they performed at the Open Loose Festival in 2015. The sophomore album, also a concert recording, was made at the New Adits festival in Klagenfurt. In the review of their first album on The Free Jazz Collective portal, signed by Eyal Hareuveni, we read about “unpredictable, otherworldly nuances and colors,” “dense, claustrophobic atmosphere,” “atmospheric, hypnotic soundscape,” and “masterful performance”. Ernst likes to place her projects in unusual spaces: from renowned academic venues (Wiener Musikverein), through parking lots in France, a one-man office in South Korea, to a factory full of people shaking to her beats somewhere along the Danube. Siewert is also very active as a producer, mixing and mastering many avant-garde, electronic and jazz albums in his studio. In the same role, he is a close collaborator of the Trost label, which has also released both albums by the duo ALSO.

Photo: Dieter Kovacic


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