Sun Sept. 24, 2017

Woody Black 4 feat. Jahson The Scientist (A)

Oscar Antoli: clarinet, bass clarinet
Daniel Moser: clarinet, bass clarinet
Stephan Dickbauer: clarinet, bass clarinet
Leonhard Skorupa: clarinet, bass clarinet
special guest: Jahson The Scientist: rap; Fekry Helal: visuals

Woody Black 4 is all but a standard jazz band. One bass-clarinet sounds warm, but it can sound quirky and aggressive as well. Whereas four bass-clarinets, pure, without any accompaniment, open up these characteristics into unprecedented spheres. This Vienna based quartet of black woods unfolds an exuber- ant playfulness, sounding out any stylistic and tonal options of such minimalist cast. (Jazzahead 2016)

A quartet, driven by experimental curiosity, that has taken a somewhat different path toward jazz and it’s possibilities. Four clarinets/bass clarinets with an undogmatic approach and a very orderly world of sound. On “Curiosity” they set off a musical firework that is colourful, spectacular, and completely new. The incredibly layered and unbelievably varied sound combined with a high level of musical finesse makes all of the difference here. (Michael Ternai, Mica Austria 2017)

Woody Black 4 are following a rather unusual musical path. The instrumentation, with four clarinets, is already out of the ordinary. The varied language of jazz serves as their foundation, but they combine that with distant musical lands, from New Music to Pop. But no matter the mix, the sound of this quartet al- ways remains warm, mellow and pure. That doesn't mean it's always smooth, though. Woody Black 4 is best described as a collection of clarinet virtuosos that enjoy the experimental, flirt with the avant-garde, and sometimes wander into the dissonant. (Austrian Music Export 2016)