Category Archives: Music

This made me laugh. Catchy song and fun video


Well done to the students at Vienna’s MODUL Uni for making fun music video – not bad PR for the Uni and City.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7slOAJgn010

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Summer nights in front of City Hall with a film


The Vienna Music Film Festival is taking place in the Rathausplatz. I was in the platz for a bite to eat yesterday and took a few pictures but I’ll be heading back to enjoy some films on Vienna’s warm summer nights.

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Here’s a link to the Festival programme

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Greens make big culture budget cut


The Vienna Greens have halved the city council’s funding of the annual Stadfest to around 450,000 Euro’s. The report in the Austrian Independent highlight’s that this particular city centre festival, which it describes as ‘a tradition-rich series of concerts, performances and readings…’ is organised by the opposition Viennese Peoples Party (ÖVP). They are said to be furious at the decision but that the event, which is held each summer, will never the less go ahead. The Greens have also announced a cut in the subsidies for Donauinselfest which is organised by their senior partners in City government, the SPÖ.  The article points out that the cut is some 100,000 Euro’s and that the event has previously been support to the tune of 1.5 million, but I’m unclear what this coming years budget will be.

The Greens themselves will now be organising their own event in the autumn of next year called the Wienwoche.

These regular festivals are extremely popular but coming from England I still find it ‘different’ that such events are organised by
political parties with tax payers contributing, particular given that political parties are state funded here. On the other hand, they generate entertainment and income for city residents and a lot of tourists are attracted to the city for these events.

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These foolish men in the ‘home of great daughters’


Links to a ‘childish’ behaviour from male MP’s and Christina Stürmer singing ‘Heimat bist du grosser Söhne und Töchter’.

So the attempts by the OVP to modernise and ‘liberalise’ their party image have not exactly been enhanced by the antics of some of their male MP’s who seem to have scored an own goal against their own women MP’s:

http://www.austriantimes.at/news/General_News/2011-07-11/34840/Anger_as_male_MPs_avoid_feminist_anthem_appeal

There are always arguments about language and gender (and yes the way we use language is important) but in this case the addition of ‘Home of great daughters, sons’ to the national anthem would certainly do no harm in helping to promote gender equality – at minimum the ‘political correctness gone made’ argument would help keep the debate to the fore in a country where ‘traditional’ gender attitudes are still strongly reflected in many areas despite large parts of society having largely moved on.

Below is a link to Christina Stürmer’s ‘Heimat bist du grosser Söhne und Töchter’, do have a listen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh0Ux_IbVTE

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Showtime kids give star performances


Recently had a highly enjoyable time at the Vienna EnglishTheatre where the kids of Showtime, the theatres youth group, put on their musical production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

It was one of those days when I get to do my proud father routine and H’s performance was such that I could in all sincerity say well
done and bravo. In fact, all the youngster had worked so hard and put such an effort into the show that every single relative and friend, who made up the audience, was certainly able to say they had enjoyed good performances, as well as having played the role of supporter.

Being the English Theatre the show was staged in English. The performances were excellent but one was further impressed by the reality that for many of the kids taking part this was not their first language. The theatre group is relatively new but the teachers have already established a strong sense of identity and it is clear that the children really enjoy taking part.

This was my first chance to actually see a production at the English Theatre which is located in the 8th District but not far
from the City centre. As the name implies the theatre stages plays in English and looking at the 2011-12 season it won’t be long before I’m back there again:

http://www.englishtheatre.at/english/season-201112.html

http://www.showtime.co.at/

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Romanesque setting for Doomsdays


Sunday evening combined two of my favourite experiences – on this occasion I’m not referring to either Football or Austrian Wine. No, in this instance it was the chance to see a live performance and to have an excuse to wander around another interesting old building.

We were in the Ruprechtskirche one of the oldest (if not the oldest) church in central Vienna. The reason for our visit was a performance of Doomsdays by Konrad Rennert and Boris Hauf. Sitting in the pews of this small church provided a wonderfully intimate setting for the mix of readings and music that kept the audience absorbed throughout. Like the rest of the audience, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and was for much of the time lost in the sounds and feel of the intertwined speech and music. This was despite the fact that Doomsdays was performed in German and I managed to glean only every third or fourth word. However, the rest of the audience did not face my linguistic shortcomings (most people seem to be happy to communicate in German or English, no matter what their mother tongue, and as ever put me to shame for my mono-linguistic limitations) and it was clear from the post performance conversations that those able to gather the deeper meanings of the piece were
full of praise.

The Ruprechtskirche is of Romanesque design and as such an unusual building in Vienna. R commented on the simplicity of the interior and how the church reminded her of churches in England. As the conversations about the performance moved from English to German I switched my attention to enjoying the architecture of this lovely building.

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Doomsday – Sunday 19th June at 8pm


I’m currently listening to the DOOMSDAYS album by Konrad Rennert and Boris Hauf.

Planning to go to their public performance tomorrow evening (Sonntag 19 Juni, 20.00 Uhr) at the Ruprechtskirche, Ruprechtsplatz 1, 1010 Wien. Eintritt 10 € / 5 €

I’m biased – as Konrad is a friend – but could be worth going along if you’re in Vienna tomorrow night.

Info text:

Ein loses Kontinuum von Weltuntergängen undderen Betrachtungsweisen mit Texten und Musik von Karl Kraus, GeorgKaiser und den Interpreten

Weltuntergängeam laufenden Band. Wir müssen sie nicht herbeiführen – sie kümmern sichum sich selbst; sie holen sich schon, was sie brauchen …

Wozutagtäglich auf das Eintreffen von Prophezeiungen hysterischer Mystikerund raffgieriger Angstmacher jeglicher religiöser,
antireligiöser –meistens jedenfalls aber sektiererischer – Couleur warten, wenn wirunsere Weltenden und jene unserer Lieben doch weitgehend selbst inHänden halten? Die meisten Weltuntergänge, die wir mit uns tragen, woimmer wir gehen und stehen, die unübersehbar aus unseren Westentaschenquellen, aus unseren Augen funkeln und aus unseren Mündern geifern –sind nicht diese unsere liebevoll gehätscheltenWestentaschenapokalypschen dennoch immer wieder für eine kleine Überraschung gut?

DiePalette von Weltuntergängen der aktuellen Programmauswahl reicht von„vergnüglich“ über „ernst“ bis „bierernst“. Konrad Rennert (Stimme u.Electronics) und Boris Hauf (Saxophone, Electronics u. bisserl Stimme)relativieren in ihrer gemeinsamen Duokomposition anhand von Textenvorwiegend aus den Zehner- und Zwanzigerjahren des 20. Jahrhundertssowie Live- und elektronischer Musik zwischen Lassus und Wienerlied unddarüber hinaus die Finalität unserer permanent doomsdays und garantieren gleichzeitig deren fröhlicheKontinuität.

Boris Hauf – Saxophone, Electronics, Keyboards (*1974 in England) u. Konrad Rennert Stimme, Electronics(*1958 in New York) sind beide Improvisatoren und Komponisten. IhreWerke werden aufgeführt, sie touren und unterrichten weltweit undkönnen Wien ertragen.

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