â€ú The music is fully developed and the playing is of a consistently high level. It's the kind of music you must really pay attention to, both the solos and ensemble playing captures your attention. I personally loved the interplay between the members and know that this group has the potential of being one of the most important new groups you will hear.â€ú Mike Abene, WDR Big Band, Maynard Ferguson
In early 2018 the group released their debut album "Long Ride" under the Viennese Label "Freifeld TontrÃ¤ger". The CD is available on ITunes and Bandcamp.
The legendary bass player Greg Cohen described the music of the album as â€Ěexpressive, jagged, rhythmically hyper chargedâ€Ě.
Gerhard Ornig: Versatile, award-winning austrian trumpet player, composer, arranger and music educator. Currently living and working in Graz.
Gerhard studied at â€úConservatorium van Amsterdamâ€Ě (NL) and â€úManhattan School of Musicâ€Ě, New York as well as KunstuniversitÃ¤t Graz in Austria.
In 2015 Gerhard was awarded â€úBest Soloistâ€Ě as well as â€úBest Improvised Jazz Soloâ€Ě at the Riga Jazz Stage Competition. He is leading his own Trio, member of many excellent Ensembles all over Europe, like Christian Muthspiel Orjazztra Vienna, Ed Partyka Jazzorchestra, Vincent Veneman 10, Ornig/Rudzinskis Quartett...
Gerhard has worked with many artists and bands from all over the world including: the NDR Big Band, Zagreb Jazz Orkestar,Latvian Radio Big Band, Miguel Zenon, Jim McNeely, Mike Holober, Gerald Preinfalk, Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Erik Truffaz etc...
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Karel Eriksson is a swedish trombonist/composer, currently living in Graz, Austria.
From the year 2009-2014 Karel studied Jazz Trombone at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz under supervision of renowned american trombonist/composer Ed Neumeister.
Karel recieved â€ěBest Solo Awardâ€ú in Litvinov Jazzfest 2009, a â€ěBest Soloist Awardâ€ú at the Jazz Juniors in Prague 2009 and an â€ěOutstanding Solo awardâ€ú at the European Jazz Competition in Rome 2012.
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Vasilis Koutsonanos is born 1990 in Kozani,Greece. He started his early training in acoustic and electric bass with Lakis Tzimkas while he was attending classes in jazz arranging and classical harmony in the contemporary conservatory of Thessaloniki and he continued with Marc Muellbauer and Greg Cohen in Berlin, DE. He studied jazz performance, composition and instrumentation in the Department of Music, at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, AT.
Before his graduation and he was given the opportunity to co-exist on stage with prominent jazz figures, like Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, Norma Winstone, Dena DeRose, Mike Abene, Wayne Brasel, Jacob Garchik, Luis Bonilla, etc. He has performed in international jazz festivals in Austria, Germany, Latvia, CroaSa, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic,Spain and Greeceâ€Ě.
In 2019 he was accepted in Manhattan School of Music to join the masters program in jazz double bass. Due to the situation with the pandemic he was notable to attend the program. Currently he lives in Athens where he is teaching recording and playing. Vasilis is also the co-founder of "Musiclass" which is one of the first web plajorm for music lessons in Greek .
Luis Andre C. de Oliveira is a brazilian drummer, living in Graz, Austria, since 2012. Having studied at Campinas State University, he was quite active in the regional scene, making part in lots of originals projects and also working as a sideman. In 2012, after an european tour with Emiliano Sampaioâ€ôs Meretrio, he started the Master Graduation program in KUG, in which he completed with maximum grade, with a drum solo concert.
During these years in Austria, he participated in lots of original productions, recordings and also groups led by renowned musicians (such as Ed Neumeister, Karlheinz Miklin, Steve Swallow & Carla Bley, Michael Abene, Gerald Preinfalk, Krzysztof Dobrek, Heinrich von Kalnein, Ed Partyka, among others). Within all this range of groups he was able to play in important festivals and clubs around Europe: Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Russia, etc.
Live at Heineken Jazzaldia, 12 Points Festival - "The Sadness of the Time"
composed by Gerhard Ornig
â€úIt is the clear instrumental voices of rising trumpet star Gerhard Ornig, trombonist Karel Eriksson with the impeccable rhythm side of bassist Vasilis Koutsonanos and drummer Luis Andre Carneiro de Olivera. It resulted in a brilliant up-tempo brass sound with an attractive stage presentation.â€Ě Henning Bolte, London jazz news
â€úFresh as the day is jagged, melodic like cats, grounded in sanity and taste.â€ĚGreg Cohen (John Zorn,Tom Waits,Woody Allen)
â€úReally impressed with the quality of the solos as well as their written material.â€ĚTony Dudley-Evans, British jazz promoter
â€ú4Seasons covers a lot of territory.The band navigates complex rhythmic forms and also more sections, different sonic moods and above all else, each player demonstrates a grounding in the tradition of jazz and swing.Matt Clohesy (Darcy James,Jonathan Kreisberg)
We are really happy to be part of the Vienese Independent Label "Freifeld TontrÃ¤ger", where we had the chance to release our first Album "Long Ride"
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