Orchestral Play – the book is out!

7 01 2011

I have researched this book over a year. It describes the history of the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO Wien) in pictures and words with its present and future in mind. Orchestral musicians sat down for extensive interviews, discussing the ensemble’s repertoire and performing contemporary music. It is the story of an orchestra ‘on the road’. Interviews include the new Music Director, Cornelius Meister, as well as his predecessor, Bertrand de Billy. Some of the images I have taken as part of this 96-page book will be published in my photography blog. Please contact me for order information on the book!

Here is the German blurb of the ORF Shop:

Dieses Buch zeigt die Geschichte des RSO Wien im Hinblick auf Gegenwart und Zukunft des Orchesters auf, die aus einer „Innen-Perspektive” entsteht, aus den Erfahrungen einzelner Orchestermusiker/innen. On the Road. Aufbruch. All die Facetten des Musizierens in einem Orchester, dessen Repertoire von besonderem Anspruch geprägt ist, wollen auch geschildert sein als das Spielen in einem besonderen Klangkörper, als das Spielen in einem besonderen Orchester, als besonderes „Orchesterspielen”.

Ein Jahr lang begleitete Matthias Wurz (Journalist und Musikwissenschafter) RSO Musiker und Musikerinnen bei Konzerten und im Orchesterleben.

Jazz Encore at the Café Central

6 10 2009

Susan Rigvava-Dumas and Project Two performing at the Café Central, Oct. 4, 2009. Clip kindly provided by Reinhard Bimashofer.

“Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,” the lower sensual range of Dutch-born actress and Mezzo-Soprano Susan Rigvava-Dumas’ powerful voice floated across the neo-Renaissance Café Central. And almost whispering with delicate accompaniment of the rhythm section of the Vienna-based mini-Big-Band Project Two – “wherever you’re going I’m going your way.”

It’s Sunday, Oct. 4, about 8.30 pm, and with John Mercer’s 1961 award-winning hit ‘Moon River’ the band’s eclectic performance that day – the last of the Jazz Live im Café Central concerts – reaches undeniably its climax. Famously set to music by Henri Mancini for Audrey Hepburn, band leader and trombonist Karl Heinz Czadek’s sensitive arrangement suited the ensemble well and brought out the best of the skillful and experienced jazz musicians, indeed some of Austria’s finest.
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