THURSDAY & FRIDAY
“In the tense atmosphere of France, Balkan and Latin America, with Mariachi, Kolo and the not “locatable” pieces… It sparkles of diversity.” – Albert Hosp, Radio maker at Ö1
“For ‘Federspiel’ there are no dogmatic bottlenecks and no creative scruples. Seldom if ever has brass music come across so elegant, casual and tolerant…” – Klaus Halama
“The new album of Federspiel is a must-have for brass-music lovers. The excellent musicians have combined traditional with modern and classic elements to a remarkable sound.”– Adolf “gorhand” Gropius
Federspiel is a seven-piece ensemble that redefines brass-band music. Utterly incredible skills meet the necessary youthful and charming freshness in playing, musical arrangements. Creativity, spontaneity and joy is high on the members of the brass-band ensemble Federspiel’s list of priorities.
In 2005 seven young musicians, all students of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, joined together to form the ensemble Federspiel. Folk music from Austria, neighboring countries and beyond is the starting point for their concerts. The musicians work on the melodies, improvise over them and let them sound new in their very specific tone – “always with a splash of humor and self-irony.” (A. Wolowiec)
Federspiel’s particular style is defined by the origins and backgrounds of each individual musician including self-penned compositions with pop-elements, arrangements of traditional Mexican music, and even zither as a solo instrument. Therefore their type or genre of music doesn’t exist as they are unable to be placed within the parameters of existing genres like “folk,” “world,” or “traditional” music. The style of the ensemble is described best by its own name: Federspiel (feather game).