Georg Graewe Franz Koglmann Quintet

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West of the Moon

Artists: Franz Koglmann (flh, tp), Georg Graewe (p, org & vib), Michael Moore (cl, as), Robert Landfermann (b), Gerry Hemingway (dr)

Handsemmel Records’ most recent project, whose world premiere took place at the Jazzfest Vienna, July 2019, features a cooperation which transcends genres, crosses borders and even oceans. Viennese trumpet- and flugelhorn player Franz Koglmann and Vienna-based German pianist Georg Graewe have put together an all-international ensemble and created a musical program that owes to European modern classical music as well as to US-American jazz. Koglmann pays tribute to Cool Jazz – a long-lasting passion of his – by arranging and alluding to Westcoast classics, without sentimentality and in an unmistakably contemporary fashion. Graewe has adapted compositions originally written for GrubenKlangOrchester and Sonic Fiction Orchestra for this new setting, and has added three brandnew pieces. The result of this effort is a highly focussed, almost aphoristic album that neither shuns sharp contrasts nor fragile moments of unabashed sonorous beauty. Nonetheless it offers five musicians with a distinct personal sound and style ample scope for improvisation.

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The Third Viennese School? Viennese trumpeter-flugelhorn player-composer Franz Koglmann and Vienna-based German pianist Georg Graewe refused throughout their rich careers to subscribe to distinct genres or styles, and often drew inspiration from contemporary music, free jazz, modern operas and music for theatrical production. Graewe and Koglmann prepared such a program that transcends genres, crosses borders and even oceans, premiered at the Jazz Festival of Vienna, 2019, and recorded at the same month at ORF Funkhaus Studio 2, Vienna.
Eyal Hareuveni – 26.01.20
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Avant Scena | Contemporary music blog

“West of the Moon” was recorded by “Georg Graewe Franz Koglmann Quintet” – it’s Franz Koglman (Flugelhorn, Trumpet), Georg Graewe (Piano, Organ), Michael Moore (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vibraphone on 7 track), Robert Landfermann (Bass) and Gerry Hemingway (Drums). The music is based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. All musicians are mixing up together all kinds of playing techniques, expressions, moods and styles – they have an unique sound, bright and evocative playing manner, masterful virtuosity and innovative point of view.
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Graewe Koglmann Quintet
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