Jon Sass 'Dialogues' (A/USA/J/EGY/CU)
Jon Sass: tuba
Karin Nakagawa: koto
Amir Wahba: percussion
Eldis La Rosa: saxophones, flute, percussion, vocals
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Jon Sass in a duo with extraordinary partners and a longtime companion in new exciting musical encounters.
Born and raised in New York City, Jon is known as a groove master and jack-of-all-trades on the tuba. A bridge builder between cultures, he has been working in various genres and composing his own music for more than 40 years. His unique sound has shaped and developed the "Jazz and Classical Brass World". The solo CD SASSIFIED made him the most creative tuba player in the world. Jon has played with the crème de la crème of the music world from Ivan Neville, Ray Anderson and Vince Mendoza to ensembles with members of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics and can be heard on more than 200 recordings.
Jon is a man of dialog. Having come to Austria as a young tuba player, musical dialog with partners was and is the most important basis of his music.
Just as the exhibition "Vielgeschichtig" by Friedemann Derschmidt, Alaa Alkurdi, Anne Pritchard Smith and Karin Schneider at the Haus der Geschichte focuses on dialog across all generational boundaries and cultural differences, Jon transfers the idea to the level of his language, music. The connection with Friedemann's method of synoptic conversation has inspired Jon to create the concept of DIALOGE with two new duo world premieres and a long-standing duo partner in one program. The evening will begin with the experimental short film "Annemarie" by Alaa Alkurdi and Friedemann Derschmidt from Vielgeschichtig.
The world-class musician Karin Nakagawa from Japan plays the Japanese string instrument koto, breaking all genre boundaries and mixing new timbres with Jon's tuba. The initial dialog between Jon and Karin was the starting point for this program. Jon will perform the second duo with the Egyptian-born Austrian sound artist percussionist Amir Wahba. Jon also maintains a dialog of friendship and musical affinity with the flutist Eldis La Rosa, and so a duo session with him will complete the evening of musical conversations.
"Soul Conversations", which will bring an exciting and broad musical palette to life.
An event as part of "Vielgeschichtig" at the House of Austrian History (hdgö)