All That Strauss
The Vienna Art Orchestra performs the first New Years Concert in Jazz with the blessings of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the legendary Sofiensälen which are unfortunately burned down in 2001. All pieces played at the classical New Years Concert are rearranged (in a bar-by-bar version) by mathias rüegg. Guests are: Michel Portal, Wolfgang Puschnig, Rudi Berger and Bertl Mayer. "All that Strauss" is released on TCB and featured on a TV production produced by Swiss and Austrian TV stations (SF DRS / ORF).
Artistry in Rhythm
The second VAO project of this year features 22 musicians from 9 nations around the star drummer Jojo Mayer, including Patrice Heral (percussion), Adrian Mears (trombone), Ed Partyka (tuba), Wolfgang Muthspiel (guitar), Arkady Shilkloper and Tom Varner (french horn). This European Suite dedicated to fifteen European capitals based on one tempo, is recorded in the course of the European tour by the Swiss television station (SF DRS). A CD under the same name is released by TCB.
A Centenary Journey 1900-2000
The third production illustrates a century of jazz from 1900 until 2000 beginning with Rag Time until today’s Grooves. Each decade relates to a specific style. From 1970 on the acoustic rhythm section is replaced by the electric rhythm section by the masterly drummer Thomas Lang. The program is presented in the course of the European tour at the following festivals: JVC Festival Paris, Jazz-no-Jazz Zürich, Sarajevo, Bolzano and Leverkusen. The CD "A centenary journey 1900-2000" is released by the Austrian label QUINTON. In addition, the VAO performs the "Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love" at the Jazz Festival in San Sebastian and at two concerts in Vienna with Joe Zawinul as special guest.
La música de la Vienna Art Orchestra es un canto al hombre y a la vida, a la creatividad y a la memoria, porque muestra todas sus sensaciones, las piensa y disfruta, y, además, las anticipa. (El Mundo)
Favorite subject of discussion: Diana Krall.