FRIDAY, MAY 29th 2020
H. 09:00pm

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MAY 29
th 2020
H. 09:00pm



KLEMENS BITTMANN • violin, mandola

What Matthias Bartolomey (cello) and Klemens Bittmann (violin and mandola) have in common is a passion to seek new sounds, and a deep respect for the sound of their instruments.

They both have high-level training in classical music studies, carried out at the Universität für Musik in Graz and in Vienna, respectively.

With their project BartolomeyBittmann they are tracing a new path and opening new sound horizons, despite a deep-rooted classical tradition of violin and cello.

As Wolfgang Muthspiel says,“It is rare to listen to string musicians with such a devotion for the groove. They create music made of unbridled joy and overwhelming rhythms”.

In their pieces they are able to change intensity and dynamic in a moment, with sensitivity and precision, switching between the energy of rock and the elegance and intimacy of chamber music. Their music contemplates jazzy improvisation, vibrant rhythms and even clearly rock elements. There are references to folk music and sometimes the duo’s classical tradition emerges.

The band subtitle, “progressive strings Vienna”, clearly shows their philosophy. Progressive is referred to the way of composing, aimed at creating a unique repertoire, in line with today’s music world, but using traditional string instruments such as the violin and the viola.

Vienna is their base. This city was the cradle of the music avant-garde in the 19th and 20th centuries and it will probably continue to be in the 21st century as well.

Klemens Bittmann uses the mandola, a 16th and 17th century lute that is the ancestor of the mandolin; far from being an extravagance, it’s an element that further enhances the sound range of the two musicians.

BartolomeyBittmann have performed in several prestigious concert halls (Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien), at international festivals (Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kammermuziekfestival Utrecht) and at  jazz clubs. This shows that their music really goes beyond any borders of musical forms and genres. Dynamo (2019) is their latest release, published on the ACT Music label.