What is this project all about?
Life is Sound is Music!
I studied classical violin in Linz/Austria and after finishing I
fell in love with the adventure of sound.
Since then, I’m interpreting, composing and improvising as a freelance musician in the field of contemporary music.
When touring throughout Europe in march of 2016 the double bass player Joëlle Léandre encouraged me to do a solo recording, so I did. Listening to the recording afterwards made me realize that::
When I´m improvising I’m merging all my previous varied experiences with sound, I find myself using all different types of sounds including scratching, whistling and singing.
Playing music solo is one of the most intense examinations with
music - especially with improvised music. There is no musical human
counterpart, instead you are directly exposed to the listener. The
music grows from itself, truly and fully from one instrument, from
yourself. The musical experience is condensed and directly
communicating to the audience.
Together we are experiencing the magic of the moment, which on the CD is a snapshot of moment in time.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
I’m honouring the instrument violin by exploring it and studying it further, broadening it’s possibilities and facets for example by combining it with voice - the violin is so filled with beautiful colors which want to be pushed and developed further in the context of contemporary music.
Alongside the die-hard fans of contemporary and free improvised music, this recording will appeal to curious - adventurous - attentive people, who are keen to experience a traditional instrument like the violin in a new context.
Why would you support this project?
… because even in Austria receiving public fundings is
… because there is more than just Mozart and Bach, and there should be. Much more!
… because the violin is a wonderful instrument and worth developing further!
… because music needs an audience!
… because you will have a special CD at home!!
(… and because with my very first succesfully run crowd funding, you’ll make one musician very happy!!)
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
I´ve already recorded in march in Paris and FOU records wants to release the CD. With your support the preliminary financing of studio costs, mixing and mastering will be covered!
Who are the people behind the project?
Irene Kepl - violin | composition | improvisation
The renowned violinist and composer studied classical violin, jazz and improvisation at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. For a decade now, she’s engaged explicitly with contemporary music, free improvisation and composition as well as jazz. Additionally her work includes engagements in collaborations with theaters, film and dance. For her composition work she has been chosen for grants and awards like the G. Mahler Prize - as well as the Theodor Körner Composition prize, the Talent Promotional Fund for Composition Upper Austria and the Starting Grant of the BKA for Music. Additionally she´s been invited to residencies, most recently “music OMI” New York.
She has done commissioned compositions for amongst others:
Wiener Festwochen, ORF Musikprotokoll, Brucknerfest Linz, Tossi
Company Arnhem/NL & Hamburg/D, Festival New Adits Klagenfurt
As a violinist she has been invited to the following concerts amongst many others: Klangspuren Tyrol, Java Jazz Festival/ID, 12points/SE, Moers Festival/D, Donaufest Ulm/D und Festival Lent/SI, Vortex Jazz Club/UK.
Her widespread enthusiasm led her to be a founding member of the
concert series “Musik im Raum”, (Upper Austria), and she will
be curating a new concert series at “Kunstbetrieb” Vienna soon.
She runs many of her own projects, including Violet Spin (String
Quartet), Ensemble Verso, Kepl & Holub, NYX kepl | hübsch, the
resonators, and “U and I” which all have earned international
International collaborations indclude work with Mark Holub(USA, Joëlle Léandre/FR, Ursina Tossi/D, Malcolm Goldstein, Joe McPhee, Mats Gustafsson, Maja Osojnik, George Cremaschi and Moe Staiano/USA; Korhan Ehel/TR, Petr Vrba/CZ, Carl Ludwig Hübsch/D.