Franz Hautzinger & Leonel Kaplan (AUT/ARG)

Sunday, May 21, 2023 / 8 p.m.
Jewish cultural center ”Oneg Shabbat” (Jevrejska 16)

The concert is organized with the support of the City of Belgrade.

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Franz Hautzinger & Leonel Kaplan (photo: Nicole Fortin / Manja Holodkov)

Although they had the opportunity to meet in person, FRANZ HAUTZINGER & LEONEL KAPLAN have never performed together until now, so the Belgrade concert of these two top trumpet players and improvisers, at the Ring Ring festival, is a world premiere!

Franz Hautzinger (1963) is highly profiled musical personality. He studied at the Jazz department of today’s Art University in Graz from 1981 to 1983 until lip palsy forced him to take a six year total break from trumpeting. After moving to Vienna he started in 1989 to explore the trumpet in his very own and un-academic way. He became attached to the circles around Christoph Cech and Christian Mühlbacher, played in the Big Band Nouvelle Cuisine and the octet Striped Roses. The CD Zong of se Boboolink, which he recorded with saxophonist Helge Hinteregger was the first personal CD statement. His 10 month stay in London provided new ideas and contacts, amongst others Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, John Russel, and Steve Noble.

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Franz Hautzinger (photo: Johannes Simon)

The conscious decision to avoid electronic sound sources but to still comprehend the development of digital music on the trumpet – the quarter tone trumpet purchased in 1997 – were decisive stages for the creation of Franz Hautzinger’s sensational solo trumpet CD Gomberg (2000), that positioned him at the front line of the international improvisation avant-garde. Collaborations and CD records with Derek Bailey, Keith Rowe and John Tilbury as well as Axel Dörner, Christian Fennesz or Otomo Yoshihide, and Sachiko M followed.

The step into the world of decelerated sound microscopy and from 2003 on the re-discovery of musical sensualism, the confrontation of his trumpet sounds with groove and tunes can be considered as important stages in his development. Franz Hautzinger teaches at the Vienna Music University since 1989, is a member of the Berliner Ensemble Zeitkratzer since 1999 and received comissions from Klangforum Vienna amongst others.

Leonel Kaplan (1973) is an Argentine trumpet player active in free improvisation. He has been part of the international improvised music scene since the early 2000s, performing and recording throughout Latin America, Europe, and the U.S.

Kaplan worked with percussionist Diego Chamy from 1999 to 2005, and went on tours and recorded with Axel Dörner, Le Quan Ninh, Michel Doneda, Wade Matthews, Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, and Ivar Grydeland, among others.

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Leonel Kaplan (foto: Ilia Belorukov)

In 2005 Kaplan formed Silo Trio with trumpeter Nate Wooley and cellist Audrey Chen. Since 2007, he has been working in a duo with Christof Kurzmann, which is now his longest collaboration. In 2011, Kaplan formed a duo with trumpeter Birgit Ulher. In 2013, he started a new project with Austrian sine waves minimalistic artist Klaus Filip.

Currently, based part-time in Belgrade, Kaplan’s work includes a longstanding collaboration with light artist Aleksandra Stratimirović, featuring compositions like “Waves” (2018), “Underworld” (2019), “Brilliance” (2020), and “Great Minds” (2022). He can also be found playing regularly with Marina Džukljev and Ilia Belorukov.

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