Alma are five young musicians whose lives have always been entangled with folk music. They all grew up in musical families, and from their earliest age their commitment to traditional music was as important to them as going to school or riding a bike.
Their enthusiasm naturally led them to seek academic training to perfect their musical education, and to embark on numerous ensemble projects exploring a variety of different musical styles (also entailing the successful abandonment or completion of their ventures).
World music between once and now.
Among old paintings, manuscripts, and between the lines, Julia Lacherstorfer and Simon Zöchbauer rummage for old tunes. A layer of dust carefully wiped away, what they discover usually turns out to be a treasure chest – gems to bosom and ears. Their music bridges past and present – a past when clocks ticked differently and a present where we can connect ourselves to the whole world and choose from an immeasurable number of opinions, pick the most precious, the most suitable items for our individual character. The result: A type of unique music that is inseparable from the people who perform it. It needs to take place within them, earnestly, yet with a wink. “The most beautiful moment in a concert is when everything starts to coalesce: we with our music, our music with the audience, the audience with space and time, so that only the present moment exists with its sound and image.”
„An alpine Fairytale“
“An alpine Fairytale”
ALMA is a band. And my soul.
“An alpine Fairytale” is a musical experiment.
In this project, my 4 musical companions of ALMA meet 5 incredibly energetic students of the JIM, the Jazz Department of the Linz Anton Bruckner Private University. Together, we play pieces I wrote especially for this evening; pieces that encompass everything that has touched and inspired me for the past 5 years. Alpine music that (like in a fairytale) morphs into different worlds that seemingly don’t exist – but they do exist, when we create them.
“Aasgeiger“ is a conglomerate of musicians from all over Austria who built their nest in Vienna. Hardly ever you catch sight of the entire flock, but every now and then, a small delegation wheels over their home land and picks up various musical styles in-flight. The name of the game: Music gives you wings!
A “strotter” in Viennese German is a tinker; someone who rummages for stuff that might be of use here or there – a quite suitable description for both bands. Just like Ramsch&Rosen, Klemens Lendl and David Müller rummage through the past, pick out the shiniest items, take them to pieces, and rearrange them to sparkle in a new light. And whenever they cannot find anything interesting, they write their own music – out of, in spite of, and because of tradition.
A booklet full of remarkably unusual texts – long forgotten and still highly topical until today – has also entered their collection. Texts by and about soldiers of WW1 – full of melancholy and homesickness. It’s going to be sad and tragic, but also enjoyable and funny. And everything in between.