Tue April 2, 2024

Martin Listabarth Solo & Trio (A)

1st set: Martin Listabarth Solo
Martin Listabarth: piano

2nd set: Martin Listabarth Trio
Martin Listabarth: piano
Gidi Kalchhauser: bass
Alex Riepl: drums

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Martin Listabarth - „Dedicated“
On his sophomore solo release “Dedicated” Vienna-based jazz pianist and composer Martin Listabarth dives deep into the topic of personal inspirations, resulting in an album that combines tonal elegance and musical ingenuity with playfulness, wit and a heavy dose of storytelling. It’s not unusual for a musician to dedicate an album or song to someone that has been influential in their life.
Austrian pianist Martin Listabarth takes this one step further, though, using the story of 10 people who’ve fascinated or inspired him as the basis of 10 highly original compositions.
Musically, it’s a treasure trove of solo piano technique, running the full spectrum from soft and melancholic to dramatic and bold. Shimmering, classical-inspired ballads give way to blues-infused vamps and high-octane swing.
The resulting collection of music is both playful and challenging, accessible yet complex – something heightened by the narrative that inspires each song. “Hercule Poirot” dedicated to the author Agatha Christie sits alongside tributes to an eclectic cast of characters including archaeologist Maria Reiche („Nazca Lines“), the soccer player Diego Maradona („The Hand of God“) and scientist Alan Turing („Turing’s Pattern“).
This concept of storytelling is not new to Listabarth; his well-received solo debut entitled ‘Short Stories’ (2019) also contemplated the idea of narrative in music and a passion for the character arc. “Dedicated” takes this further, though, taking the listener on a captivating journey that stimulates the imagination.
He has performed at several venues and international festivals in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Finland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Turkey, Japan and Peru (among others: Porgy & Bess, Wiener Musikverein, ORF Radiokulturhaus, Piano City Madrid, Tastentage Klosters, Gjon Mili Jazz & Blues Festival, International Jazz Piano Festival Kalisz, Jazzunique Festival, Haskovo Jazz Festival, Ciclo de Jazz Europeo Lima).
In 2024, he's set to tour even more outside Europe, reaching audiences in Africa, North America and Latin America. (press release)