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Jazz, Groove and Contemporary String Quartet
  • Violet Spin - Official 01
  • Violet Spin - Official 05
  • Violet Spin - Official 04
  • Violet Spin - Official 08
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String quartet Violet Spin skates the boundaries between contemporary music, jazz, song form and noise to create an individual sound. 

The band features musicians who share their eagerness for uncompromising groove and contemporary classical music and uses all possiblilities, timbres and sounds from both as an intrinsic element in behalf of creating the most exciting music for string quartet lovers.
Violet Spin already played at Festivals like „12points Festival“/SE, ORF Zentrum Linz (Broadcast Ö1) and Java Jazz Festival/IO, in 2015 the band played at Jazzfestival Vienna (w Dwiki Dharmawan & Oliver Steger), where a DVD was released from, furthermore they recorded music Irene composed for a movie by Michael Ramsauer as well as a first performance of a commitioned compositions by Irene for „Donaufestwochen Strudengau“. Their first album is a statement that is celebrating all kinds of music!

String quartet Violet Spin skates the boundaries between contemporary music, jazz, song form and noise to create an individual sound. 

The band features musicians who share their eagerness for uncompromising groove and contemporary classical music and uses all possiblilities, timbres and sounds from both as an intrinsic element in behalf of creating the most exciting music for string quartet lovers.

Violet Spin already played at Festivals like „12points Festival“/SE, ORF Zentrum Linz (Broadcast Ö1) and Java Jazz Festival/IO, in 2015 the band played at Jazzfestival Vienna (w Dwiki Dharmawan & Oliver Steger), where a DVD was released from, furthermore they recorded music Irene composed for a movie by Michael Ramsauer as well as a first performance of a commitioned compositions by Irene for „Donaufestwochen Strudengau“. Their first album is a statement that is celebrating all kinds of music!

News

  • 11.10.2017

    18th of October! That's the start of our CROWDFUNDING! We are excited. Who's supporting us right from the get go?

  • 07.10.2017

    Irene is on her way to WEAR FAIR in Linz to get support for the crowdfunding. We are quite far, already, preparing. Let's see, if we can find a company which is going to provide some goodies for you guys.

  • 25.09.2017

    CROWDFUNDING on wemakeit. We are enjoying preparation: T-Shirts? Bags? Other things?

    - Brainstorming: Logo and design for printing on the bags/t-shirts. Or will it be a slogan? Both? :-)

  • 19.09.2017

    Sadly it's clear now: the Austrian Musicfond can't support us. BUT we still want to complete all our plans, so, …, CROWDFUNDING anyone, are you in?

  • 30.08.2017

    Mixing, mixing, mixing … ;)

  • 13.08.2017

    Yeeehaaa! The Swiss label Unit Records wants to publish our debut record!! We are now hoping to get funding from the Austrian Musicfond - this is needed to really get it finished. Fingers crossed!!

  • 28.06.2017

    We are very happy about our shiny new website! Read through the info and enjoy the images and the music.
    The possibility to preorder our album is almost finished. We are just still in the process to convince the payment service provider to actually work with us, even though we are not a company with a record in the chamber of commerce but mere mortal musicians who would still love to be able to receive credit card payments. :D

  • 20.06.2017

    We have built a sweet little teaser video. If you haven't seen it yet, there's a button on top of the page, or visit our Youtube channel!

  • 15.06.2017

    Today: We are playing at Kunstbetrieb in Viennas 18th district, music starts 7pm! Attend in numbers!

Violet Spin - Official 07
    • Irene Kepl
      violin/composition
      The freelance musician and composer works mostly in the fields of contemporary music, free improvisation, jazz and composition, founder of concert series, various ensembles and bands. Awards include: 2015 scholarship music OMI, NY; G. Mahler and Theodor Körner composition prize. She´s touring worldwide as a soloist and in smaller groups and has released CDs, that were highly recognized internationally. Previous concerts and commissioned works include: Moers Festival/DE, Festival Lent/SI, Jazzfestival Petrovac/ME; world premieres at Klangspuren, Wien Modern and Vienna Festwochen, ORF, Brucknerhaus Linz/A, sonic circuits/USA, SoundOut/AU.
    • Martina Bischof
      viola
      Studied classical viola in Munich, Oberschützen and Vienna, as well as music education and composition at the jazz department of the private university of Linz. Apart from her occupation as a viola teacher, Martina Bischof works as a freelance musician for numerous ensembles. She is a member of Studio Dan, a young ensemble for experimental music and member of the lower austrian Max-Brand-Ensemble for contemporary music. With her crossover duo Profundkontra (with harp guitarist Emmerich Haimer) she performs regularly in Austria and abroad. 
    • Fabian Jäger
      violoncello
      The freelance musician and teacher with classical training works mainly in fields of Improvisation, Jazz, New Music, Singer- Songwriting and Pop. He does recordings and concerts with the Vienese Band Bell Etage since 2003 and tours through Europe, Asia and Latin America e.g., playing concerts at Radiokulturhaus and PopFest Vienna, Poolbar Festival and Ayolas Cello Fesival Paraguay. Currently he is based in Vorarlberg, where he´s a cellist of Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg.
    • Andreas Semlitsch
      violin
      Andreas works as a freelance musician in Graz, Vienna and Vorarlberg, he studied violin, piano and conducting. As a violinist he has played with  many Orchestras and Bands of all genres (e.g. contemporary Opera, Bregenzer Festspiele). Andreas loves to compose for string ensemble and did commissioned works for theater, such as Mezzanintheater Graz, Theatre on Ortweinplatz and Mariagrüner Kindertheater (children's theater), he´s an actor of the group MusicAct, that does improvisation theatre shows in Graz regularly. In 2013 he was the band leader of the Orchestra "Wabi-Sabi“ for the project called „Laura Winkler & Wabi-Sabi Orchestra“/Berlin, when they were recording their first CD.
    Violet Spin - Feuilleton
      • Irish Times
        String quartet Violet Spin from Vienna are brave outliers, trying to find a way to ditch the dots and function as a single improvising unit. They point the way to a new frontier for the string quartet.Cormac Larkin
      • All About Jazz
        The quartet presented a richly varied and still coherent program comprising gypsy-derived and hot club-based pieces; a suite on Krtek, the mole (after Zdenêk Miller's Czech cartoons); "Grey," a wonderfully imaginative tone poem on urban industrial smog emulating arduous breathing; in other words, something for everyone. The members used their singing voices without fuss and evidently vividness, spontaneity and agility apparently was more important for this quartet than a polished sound.Henning Bolte
      • Kronenzeitung
        Die Darbietungen pendelten zwischen Komposition und Improvisation, nutzen die dynamischen Möglichkeiten von der „Unhörbarkeit“ bis zum Höllenspektakel. Besten Eindruck hinterließ die Geigerin Irene Kepl, welche sowohl im Instrumentalspiel, in den Kompositionsideen als auch im spannenden Gespräch zu brillieren verstand.Balduin Sulzer

      Irene Kepl

      violin/composition
      The freelance musician and composer works mostly in the fields of contemporary music, free improvisation, jazz and composition, founder of concert series, various ensembles and bands. Awards include: 2015 scholarship music OMI, NY; G. Mahler and Theodor Körner composition prize. She´s touring worldwide as a soloist and in smaller groups and has released CDs, that were highly recognized internationally. Previous concerts and commissioned works include: Moers Festival/DE, Festival Lent/SI, Jazzfestival Petrovac/ME; world premieres at Klangspuren, Wien Modern and Vienna Festwochen, ORF, Brucknerhaus Linz/A, sonic circuits/USA, SoundOut/AU.

      Martina Bischof

      viola
      Studied classical viola in Munich, Oberschützen and Vienna, as well as music education and composition at the jazz department of the private university of Linz. Apart from her occupation as a viola teacher, Martina Bischof works as a freelance musician for numerous ensembles. She is a member of Studio Dan, a young ensemble for experimental music and member of the lower austrian Max-Brand-Ensemble for contemporary music. With her crossover duo Profundkontra (with harp guitarist Emmerich Haimer) she performs regularly in Austria and abroad. 

      Fabian Jäger

      violoncello
      The freelance musician and teacher with classical training works mainly in fields of Improvisation, Jazz, New Music, Singer- Songwriting and Pop. He does recordings and concerts with the Vienese Band Bell Etage since 2003 and tours through Europe, Asia and Latin America e.g., playing concerts at Radiokulturhaus and PopFest Vienna, Poolbar Festival and Ayolas Cello Fesival Paraguay. Currently he is based in Vorarlberg, where he´s a cellist of Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg.

      Andreas Semlitsch

      violin
      Andreas works as a freelance musician in Graz, Vienna and Vorarlberg, he studied violin, piano and conducting. As a violinist he has played with  many Orchestras and Bands of all genres (e.g. contemporary Opera, Bregenzer Festspiele). Andreas loves to compose for string ensemble and did commissioned works for theater, such as Mezzanintheater Graz, Theatre on Ortweinplatz and Mariagrüner Kindertheater (children's theater), he´s an actor of the group MusicAct, that does improvisation theatre shows in Graz regularly. In 2013 he was the band leader of the Orchestra "Wabi-Sabi“ for the project called „Laura Winkler & Wabi-Sabi Orchestra“/Berlin, when they were recording their first CD.

      All About Jazz

      The quartet presented a richly varied and still coherent program comprising gypsy-derived and hot club-based pieces; a suite on Krtek, the mole (after Zdenêk Miller's Czech cartoons); "Grey," a wonderfully imaginative tone poem on urban industrial smog emulating arduous breathing; in other words, something for everyone. The members used their singing voices without fuss and evidently vividness, spontaneity and agility apparently was more important for this quartet than a polished sound.Henning Bolte

      Irish Times

      String quartet Violet Spin from Vienna are brave outliers, trying to find a way to ditch the dots and function as a single improvising unit. They point the way to a new frontier for the string quartet.Cormac Larkin

      Kronenzeitung

      The performance fluctuated between composition and improvisation, using the dynamic possibilities from inaudibility up to infernal noise. Violinist Irene Kepl made a strong impression by scintillating as a violinist, with her compositional ideas as well as with an interesting interview.Balduin Sulzer

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      • Violet Spin - gender equality l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - the first picture of the new lineup 2016 l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - to cool for school l © Matthias Halibrand
      • VioletSpin - at Janka Industries Sound Studios recording their first album l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - sheets in the studio l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - Martina listening l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - Andi is warming up while Chris Janka is wiring mics l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - getting some tea and coffee in the studio l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - having a laugh during the break l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - soundengineer Chris Janka also gets some coffee l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - reflections during break l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - Irene & Fabian rockin' it l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - second coffee break at Janka Industries Sound Studio l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - let's go back in and record some music l © Matthias Halibrand
      • Violet Spin - still some energy after day one of recording l © Matthias Halibrand