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Simsa Fünf / Ángela Tröndle & Pippo Corvino Quintet
Simsa Fünf The SIMSA FÜNF quintet was founded in 2017 by Viennese percussionist Sebastian Simsa. The group has its roots in jazz, but also draws on the traditions of classical chamber music and folk. Their CD “The Time We Need” (which was nominated for the German Record Critics´ Award) is in effect a collection of short stories. They spin tales around a host of subjects: a photo of the Brandenburg Gate, covered in snow, taken during the Cold War years; a bridge in rural Finland; a small Catalonian town, called La Bisbal; a drunken night out in Vienna; a “folk song” that emerged from a dream; and many more besides. Christian Muthspiel is enthusiastic: “After decades being treated as exotic outliers, string instruments have finally arrived on the jazz scene as a sound in their own right. A generation of young musicians is freeing itself from the shackles of genre boundaries imposed by others. Despite being trained to the very highest classical standards, they refuse to deny themselves the joys of playing non-classical music, of jazz, of improvisation, and they reject the outmoded system of academic pigeonholing.” Ángela Tröndle & Pippo Corvino Quintet Ángela Tröndle was born in Salzburg in 1983. Since 2010 she has lived in Vienna, where she works as a musician, composer, arranger and music teacher. She learned violin, treble recorder and piano before studying music education, jazz singing and jazz composition in Graz. Since 2007 she has released six CDs, the latest in partnership with guitarist Pippo Corvino. After growing up in Montenegro, Corvino was active in Graz for an considerable time. Since 2016 he has been working in Vienna as a musician, arranger and composer. He has released two CDs under his own name since 2013. His collaboration with Swiss singer Cinzia Catania led to another CD in 2016, which he also produced. On his latest album he performs in a trio setting alongside Turkish pianist Anil Bilgen and Danish jazz bassist and Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Morten Ramsbøl.