July 2019

10 Years BBBB - Barbara Bruckmüller Big Band 

Anniversary concert on July 15, 2019 at Porgy&Bess, Riemergasse 11 , 1010 Wien 



It have been 10 years since the first concert of the BBBB - Barbara Bruckmüller Big Band - which took place at Porgy & Bess, Vienna. 
After all this years, still Barbara Bruckmüller‘s passion for the orchestra is still alive. 
In 2013 her first CD „Barbara Bruckmüller Big Band“ was released, filled with her own compositions. It was rewarded with the german award „Deutscher Schallplattenpreis“. On her second recording, a tribute to her late mother, the Viennese composer connected traditional viennese songs with the swing feeling and arranged them for the big band. The same year Barbara Bruckmüller took over the Porgy & Bess Stageband series for the season of 2015/16. In particular for spoken word artist Wadud Ahmad from Philadelphia, as well as for the accompaniment of a silent movie, for which she wrote the music, she reduced her ensemble to a small big band of 10 to 12 musicians. 
Special guests like New Yorker singer Tony Hewitt or Austrian trumpeter Thomas Gansch were admitted to the Big Band. Tony Hewitt came to Vienna for two evenings - one of them was dedicated to Frank Sinatra‘s centennial  and the other one was a tribute to Ray Charles. Thomas Gansch was scintillating at the „Trumpet Tales“ which were written for him by Klaus Wienerroither. 
A separate concert was held to the female band members Viola Falb and Swantje Lampert, highlighting their compositions. 
The Big Band includes great musicians and rising stars of the Austrian jazz scene. It even had international musicians with them like the late Brasilian bass player Paulo Cardoso, who was already part and parcel of the band and not only left a big void musically but also as a human. 
For the latest program of Barbara Bruckmüller „A Chain of Moments - Suite in five parts“ and „¡MONKuKNOW!?“ the Big Band was extended by four strings and hence became a jazz orchestra. For this purpose she was governmemt-sponsored by the BMUKK with a grant for composition. The premiere took place in February 2018 at the Porgy & Bess. Still in the year of 2019 this project is said to become the third recording of the big band. 

With that over a decade grown orchestra Barbara Bruckmüller is going to present previous writings and new compositions at her anniversary concert. 
(press release)

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