Achim Kirchmair Trio

 

 

Achim Kirchmair – Guitar

Ali Angerer – Tuba

Andjelko Stupar – Drums

 



Jazz

 

       

 

http://www.achimkirchmair.com

   
By deciding to fly to Ladakh in North India in the autumn of 2013, I fulfilled a long-held personal aspiration.
In the run-up to the trip, I had been working on a design for a piece of music that has now become the title song of my new album, "Going to Ladakh". To me, it is so touching that the main melody of this piece would almost become like a harbinger reflecting the course of my journey.
Originally, I had planned a few trekking tours in the north of the country, and wanted to travel to the south of the country later, but soon after the landing in Dheli it was clear that there would be a change of plan, because I had forgotten my mountain boots in Austria.
In other words, my new plan was: no plan.
 
That is how I came to participate in the so-called "Kalachakra" in Leh (North India) for two weeks. This is a high Buddhist religious ritual, translated as "Wheel of Time", performed in the presence of the Dalai Lama. The practice associated with the Kalachakra is also referred to as the Kalachakra for world peace, since it is also intended to fulfil the function of bringing people together.
It was also about inner and outer purification, soothing local spirits. The hours-long daily chants of the Buddhist monks, the calm and serenity in their voices, was an inspiration for my music. And yet worldly encounters have also found their way into my songs, such as the answer of a taxi driver to my question "How long will we be on the road?", to which he replied, it is first life that counts, and then time.
("First live, second time").
 
The zest for life and spirituality of the local population, despite obvious material poverty, touched me as a person and as a musician.
The two-month trip to Ladakh introduced a deep inner satisfaction into my life.
I have transformed this feeling acoustically within my new compositions.
 
"Your new album has become something well-rounded and successful. I am especially charmed by your moody intros and soundscapes. An unusual lineup, with two of Austria's leading instrumentalists, guarantees a unique band sound and plenty of room for your ideas. The music is pleasantly fresh and sounds outstanding."  
Heinrich von Kalnein, saxophonist, composer, lecturer at the University of Graz"
 
After many years as a bandleader, composer, lead guitarist and sound creator in different formations, Achim Kirchmair sees it as a great challenge to make music in an instrumental trio again. The special combination of his electric guitar and variously utilised tuba sounds mixed with spicy drum patterns, lend a special note to the interplay.
 
The pieces that are purely his own compositions are carried out with clear lines and free improvisations. You are always challenged in a trio formation like this, without pause, and you feel the tension and the vigour of every individual musician.
 
Since his studies in jazz guitar at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where he was influenced by Harry Pepl's frequent input, Achim Kirchmair has refined, expanded, and liberated the texture of his guitar sound.
His role models are guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell.
   
Achim Kirchmair
Born in Landeck, Tyrol, he discovered his love for music at the age of 18. An autodidact and wanderer between styles, he studied jazz guitar at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz under Harry Pepl. He completed his education with workshops by Mike Stern, Joe Pass, Bill Frisell, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Harry Stoika, Jim Black, and Nguyén Lé. Kirchmair is a bandleader and, like many of his music colleagues, plays in various formations. The intention of his musical work is to create an individual form of expression - far from any stylistic definition. His music, which is a fusion of different styles (jazz, rock, fusion, groove, world music), opens up an infinite well of tones, sounds, and rhythms from which he shapes his guitar playing. Since 2001, he has been working with the Tyrolean singer Ingrid frida Moser, having founded together the musical band projects "Dee Dolen" (jazz-world crossover) and "frida" (electronic jazz). Since 2004 the focus has been on the project "Dee Dolen Music from the Heart of Europe".
Since 2016 he has been playing again with his band, the "Achim Kirchmair Trio"

 
Ali Angerer
Musical collaboration, among many others, with Wolfgang Puschnig, Idris Muhammad, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Howard Johnson, Bob Stewart, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Vienna Art Orchestra, Out Of Blue, Zeena Parkins, Peter Massink, Striped Roses, Makoto Jano, Pawan Kumar, Alvin Baptiste, Jarek Smietana, Elliot Sharp, Leopoldo Fleming, Herbert Joos, Ivo Sedlacek, Miharu Y. Noguchi, Khalid Kouhen, Alpine Aspects, Janus Ensemble, Capella Con Durezza and Heavy Tuba.
 

Andjelko Stupar
Born in Zrenjanin, Serbia.
He started playing drums in local bands at the age of 14. In 1996, he moved to Graz and studied jazz drums under Alex Deutsch and Manfred Josel at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
He graduated in 2002 with a Master of Arts. During his studies and up to the present, he has played with international jazz musicians, such as Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Claudio Fasiolli, Miles Griffith, Red Holloway, Karl Ratzer, Fritz Pauer, Harald Neuwirth, Ed Neumeister, Renato Chicco, Marc Abrams, Oliver Kennt, Jure Pukl, Stjepko Gut, Dusko Goykovich and many more.
He lives in Graz, Austria.

 

   
   
By deciding to fly to Ladakh in North India in the autumn of 2013, I fulfilled a long-held personal aspiration.
In the run-up to the trip, I had been working on a design for a piece of music that has now become the title song of my new album, "Going to Ladakh". To me, it is so touching that the main melody of this piece would almost become like a harbinger reflecting the course of my journey.
Originally, I had planned a few trekking tours in the north of the country, and wanted to travel to the south of the country later, but soon after the landing in Dheli it was clear that there would be a change of plan, because I had forgotten my mountain boots in Austria.
In other words, my new plan was: no plan.
 
That is how I came to participate in the so-called "Kalachakra" in Leh (North India) for two weeks. This is a high Buddhist religious ritual, translated as "Wheel of Time", performed in the presence of the Dalai Lama. The practice associated with the Kalachakra is also referred to as the Kalachakra for world peace, since it is also intended to fulfil the function of bringing people together.
It was also about inner and outer purification, soothing local spirits. The hours-long daily chants of the Buddhist monks, the calm and serenity in their voices, was an inspiration for my music. And yet worldly encounters have also found their way into my songs, such as the answer of a taxi driver to my question "How long will we be on the road?", to which he replied, it is first life that counts, and then time.
("First live, second time").
 
The zest for life and spirituality of the local population, despite obvious material poverty, touched me as a person and as a musician.
The two-month trip to Ladakh introduced a deep inner satisfaction into my life.
I have transformed this feeling acoustically within my new compositions.
 
"Your new album has become something well-rounded and successful. I am especially charmed by your moody intros and soundscapes. An unusual lineup, with two of Austria's leading instrumentalists, guarantees a unique band sound and plenty of room for your ideas. The music is pleasantly fresh and sounds outstanding."  
Heinrich von Kalnein, saxophonist, composer, lecturer at the University of Graz"
 
After many years as a bandleader, composer, lead guitarist and sound creator in different formations, Achim Kirchmair sees it as a great challenge to make music in an instrumental trio again. The special combination of his electric guitar and variously utilised tuba sounds mixed with spicy drum patterns, lend a special note to the interplay.
 
The pieces that are purely his own compositions are carried out with clear lines and free improvisations. You are always challenged in a trio formation like this, without pause, and you feel the tension and the vigour of every individual musician.
 
Since his studies in jazz guitar at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where he was influenced by Harry Pepl's frequent input, Achim Kirchmair has refined, expanded, and liberated the texture of his guitar sound.
His role models are guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell.
 

 

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16/06/2018 - A-Olbendorf - Schwalbenhof
15/05/2018 - A-Wels - Musikwerkstatt
08/05/2018 - A-Wien - ORF Radio KulturCafe
07/05/2018 - A-Graz - Stockwerk
10/03/2018 - A-Landeck - Altes Kino
09/03/2018 - A-Hard - Kammgarn
08/03/2018 - A-Innsbruck - Caffe Bodem
07/03/2018 - A-Sölden - Live Club
23/02/2018 - A-Gleisdorf - Kulturkeller
 

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