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WEDNESDAY, NOV 28 2012, 07:30 PM

/// PLEASE NOTE: the date for this concert has been changed to NOV 28! ///

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present an evening of young Austrian jazz, with a rare NYC appearance by the prolific bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder and his quartet project, titled Lukas im Dorf (Lukas in the village).

Young Austrian bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder and Jure Pukl, Phil Yaeger, and Max Andrzejewski are part of the highly respected young Austrian jazz scene. Founded in the context of the JazzWerkstatt Wien, the quartet’s music is emblematic of the quality that the Vienna scene is known for: a love of experimentation and a departure from traditional forms of playing. Anyone familiar with their projects will know that their work focuses on the high art of improvisation. Dedicated to breaking down the walls between musical genres, their compositions represent points of departure for fluid, ever-changing musical landscapes. The music is natural, vital . . . like a fresh breeze blowing through dusty ears.

“The thing that sets Pukl, Yaeger, Kranzelbinder and Andrzejewski apart - besides their virtuosity as players - is an unusually keen understanding of the most divergent genres. (…) Especially live on stage the four musicians reveal themselves to be genuine improvisational artists, able to combine the immense energy of their music with a generous portion of humor.” (Michael Ternai, mica.at)



Jure Pukl - Reeds
Phil Yaeger - Trombone
Lukas Kranzelbinder – Bass
Max Andrzejewski - Drums

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One of the most profilic and creative saxophonists of the younger Slovene jazz generation, Jure Pukl studied classical saxophone at the Vienna Music Academy, and jazz saxophone in Vienna, as well as at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He also studied with masters such as Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Dave Santoro, Greg Hopkins and Ed Tomassi on a scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Aside from his busy international touring schedule (Muenster Jazz Festival, Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Vienna, Cully Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts UK, The Jazz Gallery NYC, Blue Note Milan, Pizza Express London, Vortex London, Porgy & Bess Vienna, Stadtgarten Cologne, A Trane Berlin), Pukl has performed and recorded with the likes of Maceo Parker, Esperanza Spalding, Vijay Iyer, Aaron Goldberg, Jeremy Pelt, Jamire Williams, and Howard Curtis.

Maine-born trombonist Philip Yaeger studied jazz performance at William Paterson University in New Jersey, and then moved to New York City, Philadelphia, and finally to Graz, Austria, where he studied with trombonist Ed Neumeister and received a master's degree in 2007. Yaeger's musical range of experience is extremely broad, reaching from jazz, soul and funk to rock, electronic and classical music, both ancient and modern. He has worked with such musicians as Uri Caine, David Murray, Elliott Sharp, Tom Jones, Ari Hoenig, Max Nagl, Ursula Rucker, Jon Sass, Studio Dan and the JazzWerkstatt Wien. His continuing mission is to weave his various influences into unified, contemporary music that will challenge both listeners and fellow musicians. Yaeger currently lives in Vienna and works as a trombonist, composer/arranger and translator.

Vienna-based bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder studied in Vienna and with Peter Herbert at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz. Despite his tender age, he is one of the most active and versatile bassists of the young Austrian music scene. In addition to his own projects (Lukas im Dorf, UpDog, Vegeta . . .) he is also very active in the JazzWerkstatt Wien and as a sideman in the Austrian free and straight-ahead jazz scene. He is the organizer of the 'Polyamory Sound Festival' [www.polyamorysound.com], which takes place in various European cities and brings together musicians from diverse music scenes. His activities have taken him to Germany, Italy, Slovenia, France, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Great Britain, and Switzerland. He has performed with Franz Hautzinger, Elliot Levin, Lukas König, Paul Gulda, Willi Resetarits, Agnes Heginger, Lorenz Raab, and many others. This summer Kranzelbinder just premiered his Spanish Surf-Rock-Opera MUCHOGUSTO at the well-known Festival Carinthischer Sommer.

The energetic musical world 25-year old drummer and improviser Max Andrzejewski inhabits is somewhere between Contemporary Jazz and Improvised Music. In 2009 he moved from Cologne to Berlin to complete his studies at Jazzinstitut Berlin with John Hollenbeck. His new band HÜTTE released their first album in April 2012. Andrzejewski has performed with with Henrik Walsdorff, Jan Roder, Johannes Schleiermacher, Andreas Lang, Tobias Hoffmann, Matthias Müller, Antonio Borghini, Benjamin Schaefer, and Gerhard Gschlößl. He is part of the band Expressway Sketches, whose second album was just released. Max has recorded with WDR, BR and RBB, and on labels such as Traumton, Pirouet, Wizmar, Unit, and Jazzhaus. In 2010 he won the Convento Jazzpreis competition with the Cologne based band Ebene Null.