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Alpine folk music at its maximum expansion
In the fall of 2016, Ramsch & Rosen (Engl.: Rummage & Roses) fulfilled their wish of expanding their instrumentation by a piano and a bass. This not only coined an "extended version" of Ramsch & Rosen but also created a completely new and expanded world of sound with unlimited possibilities, offering new ways of developing traditional music, improvisation, and composition. Their musical foundation is still made up of traditional influences as well as compositions by all members of the ensemble.
© Theresa PewalWith David Six (piano) and Lukas Kranzelbinder (double bass), two masters of improvisation and composition are joining the band who – with their very own styles already fully developed – are able to freely unfold their musical personality within the group. Coming from the worlds of jazz and classical music, they also bring a great passion for ethnic and experimental music to the mix which makes them perfect partners for the existing duo.
A reduced but intense way of making music and experimental sound aesthetics along with sacral and traditional influences are like a musical home to the musicians that they can immerse into – without any hurry to resurface any time soon. Their compositions convey both fragility and rich harmonics as well as intense emotionality and, at times, even generate a mystical atmosphere. This music feels like a tender embrace.
As a duo, Ramsch & Rosen already toured Canada, Spain, Armenia, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, etc.
Julia Lacherstorfer (Fiddle, Voice, Shruti Box, Bells)
Simon Zöchbauer (Trumpet, Zither, Voice, Shruti Box)
David Six (Piano, Voice)
Lukas Kranzelbinder (Double Bass, Voice)
© Sebastian SchmidGLATT & VERKEHRT writes:
"Ramsch & Rosen are only few years old, and yet they already range amongst the most important innovators when it comes to integrating folk music into the present day, without employing unduly originality but rather creating an effortless sense of sound and enchanting ideas. With David Six and Lukas Kranzelbinder, two renowned musicians in the worlds of jazz, classical music, and pop complement the group. Any kind of genre pigeonholing is of course not applicable when this quartet goes on stage: David Six – born in Upper Austria and living in Vienna and Berlin – is playing the piano in the most imaginative, flowing, songlike, and energetic ways. And in 2012, he additionally started studying southern Indian percussion ... Lukas Kranzelbinder is a local jazz hero himself whose music is setting free energies, and his experience as well as his stilistic diversity convince in equal measure."
A "strotter" in Viennese German is a drifter; someone who rummages for stuff that might be of use here or there – a quite suitable description for both bands. Just like Ramsch&Rosen, Klemens Lendl and David Müller rummage through the past, pick out the shiniest items, take them to pieces, and rearrange them to sparkle in a new light. And whenever they cannot find anything interesting, they write their own music – out of, in spite of, and because of tradition. also entered their collection. Texts by and about soldiers of WW1 – full of melancholy and homesickness. It's going to be sad and tragic, but also enjoyable and funny. And everything in between. Anyway, it's going to be beautiful, eventually. That's for sure.
See for yourself – have you ever heard The Strottern yodel?:
KLEMENS LENDL violin, voice
DAVID MÜLLER guitar, harmonium, voice
JULIA LACHERSTORFER violin, viola, voice
SIMON ZÖCHBAUER zither, trumpet, voice
© Sebastian Schmid
© Sebastian Schmid