NIFTY'S: MODERN KLEZMER
MONDAY, OCT 30 2017, 07:30 PM
The ACFNY is pleased to present the first US showcase of Austrian klezmer-jazz band Nifty's. Winner of multiple awards in the world music genre, Nifty's sound has been compared to that of New York's contemporary Klezmer scene by numerous music critics and listeners.
After their successful debut album "Takeshi Express" (2007) which was still clearly committed to new-klezmer music, they chose not to confine themselves to a single, albeit exciting, genre. Instead of continuing their reinterpretation of traditional Klezmer, Nifty's second album "Naftularasa" (2009) opted for a bold combination of a wide range of sounds, from Klezmer to Metal to Polka and Surf-Rock, thereby creating their very own sound. With their third album, laconically titled "No. 3" (2015), the 4-man combo kept pursuing their open and experimental path, fully living up to the high expectations of their admirers. Due to their impetuous, lyrical and poetic energy on-stage, Nifty's is unquestionably a group that has to be experienced live. Nifty's does credit to the meaning of the word "nifty": elegant, ingenious and sophisticated. www.niftys.klingt.org
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Fabian Pollack (guitar) studied jazz guitar in Linz (Austria) and is the bandleader of Nifty's. He is a composer and guitarist who deeply appreciates a whole range of musical styles between tradition, unza-music, sound-architecture and improvisation. He has worked with a number of key artists including dancers, fine artists, writers, musicians and silent films. A selection of projects includes: Zur Wachauerin, tütü., Vienna Klezmore Orchstra, Di Brider.
Michael Bruckner (guitar) lives in Vienna, Austria as a guitarist, composer and sound artist. He works in several projects in the fields of improvised and composed new music, experimental folk music, re-interpretation of classical songs, sound objects and macro-photography. Selection of projects: Zur Wachauerin, Attosphere, makroPHONIA, Niftys, Maja Osojnik Band, Exit Eden feat. Phil Minton, Hannes Löschl Stadtkapelle, Capella con Durezza, Werk5, Klangvorhang, and many more.
Dominik Grünbühel (Bass und MC) studied contemporary dance in Vienna and London and is working as a freelance artist in the fields of dance, performance, choreography and video.
Gottfried Schnuerl (drums) studied jazz drums and percussion in Vienna, Austria, as well as at UCLA in California, USA and in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. He teaches drums and percussion at the University of Vienna as well as in Klosterneuburg, Austria alongside numerous workshops. He was a long-time member of the Viennese Cult-Band "Hallucination Company" and currently works with Albert Kreuzer Big Band, Universitäts Big Band, Jazz-Etage, Souful Jazz Band among others.
Listen to Nifty´s "Naftularasa" >>here
Special thanks to Milli Segal as well as Wien Holding.