GERHARD EDER 1951-2015
For many years he had been one of the key figures in Austrian and European Jazz - visionary founder and longtime director of Jazzfestival Saalfelden and for the past 10 years successful artistic director of Jazz&The City Festival in Salzburg. Far too early and totally unexpected Gerhard Eder left this world on September 4th, 2015. Rest in peace, my dear friend and musical soulmate.
RICCARDO TESI & BANDITALIANA AT KULTURBÖRSE FREIBURG 2016
And more good news from Freiburg: Riccardo Tesi and his Banditaliana have also been selcted for a showcase at the 2016 edition of the Kulturbörse. Auguri ragazzi!
LAS HERMANAS CARONNI AT KULTURBÖRSE FREIBURG 2016
Argentinian twin sisters Laura und Gianna Caronni have been selcted for a showcase at the Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg (Germany) in Januray 2016 - just at the right moment for the release of their new CD Navega Mundos.
NEW CDS BY RICCARDO TESI UND MARIA JOAO
Maria João presents her exciting new project OGRE: on her latest CD Plástico the world famous Portuguese vocal acrobat re-invents herself with electronic sounds. And Italy's grand master of bellows Riccardo Tesi revisits the classical traditionals of the Italian Folk revival on BELLA CIAO, together with the three great Italian female voices Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda and Ginevra di Marco.
A TIME OF FAREWELL
The first six months of this year have been a time of farewells: At the beginning of April Juan Carlos Cáceres lost the fight against his cancer, and in May Renato Borghetti’s duo partner Artur Bonilla died in a car accident, just after the return from his first successful tour in Europe. The international accordion collective Samurai have stopped working together, and we have ended our collaboration with Martin Lubenov und Maja Osojnik.
WOMEX SHOWCASE FOR DIDIER LALOY & KATHY ADAM "BELEM"
The accordionist and the cellist from Belgium are part of the official showcase selection for the upcoming WOMEX edition in Budapest from October 22 to 25. Congratulations!
JUAN CARLOS CACERES 1936-2015
The old lion has left us.
On the morning of past Easter Sunday April 5, the Argentinian-French pianist, singer, composer, painter and ethnomusicologist Juan Carlos Cáceres died in his home in Paris. „Tango Negro“ was the main topic of his music and research work. Born 1936 in Buenos Aires, Cáceres has dedicated his oeuvre to the black soul of Tango that tends to be forgotten and repressed in Argentina. Since 1968 he has been living in Paris, adding a touch of French elegance to the genre. His rhythmical piano style and throaty voice fascinated young and old audiences alike. Intolarant towards all orthodoxies, especially those of Tango, Caceres has created his own musical universe where Jazz and Tango mingle. Always dissident and rebellious, he was first a jazz ambassador in the land of Tango and then a Tango missionary in Europe.
Adios Maestro, R.I.P.
DIDIER LALOY & KATHY ADAM WIN "OCTAVES DE LA MUSIQUE"
Didier Laloy und Kathy Adam have been awarded the prestigious Belgian Octaves de la Musique 2015, category World Music, for the wonderful duo album BELEM.
"IMPRESSIONS" NEW CD BY MARTIN LUBENOV'S JAZZTA PRASTA
The King of Balkan Swing is back!
Good news for all fans of Martin Lubenov: 2015 will be the release year of two new albums. The first one - IMPRESSIONS by Martin Lubenov's Jazzta Prasta - will be presented live this Saturday March 7 at the International Vienna Accordion Festival and officially released by the renowned Swiss jazz label UNIT RECORDS on April 17. The next CD "Don't Worry Be Gypsy" by Martin Lubenov Orkestar, is due in September.
NEW ARTISTS ON OUR ROSTER
We are very happy to welcome on our roster Amira Medunjanin (Bosnia), Branko Galoic (Croatia) and Maurizio Geri Swingtet (Italy). After some informal and very successful collaborations during the past few years, they are now officially represented by CultureWorks in the German speaking countries and Central Europe.
"BELEM" NEW CD BY DIDIER LALOY & KATHY ADAM / CHINA TOUR S-TRES
"Belem" is the latest duo project by Belgian accordionist Didier Laloy and violoncellist Kathy Adam. Their debut album will be released by the Belgian high quality label Homerecords.be. Until then you can always have a look at the great video "Belem - Locked Doors Won't Stop the Music". In November Didier will be on a long tour through 16 major cities in China. And if you happen to be in Germany at the end of January, come and visit the tradefair Internationalen Kulturbörse in Freiburg (26.-29.01.2015) - Didier Laloy has been selected for a showcase with his trio S-Tres.
"MESSEI" NEW CD BY DONAUWELLENREITER
The new CD by the fabulous trio (and numerous equally fabulous guests) is out:"A unique, distinctive sound, music as it could perhaps only be created in Vienna, this multiethnic city, the bridge between Eastern and Western Europe and the living proof that cultural uniformity is a dead end and that diversity can result in exhilarating moments in art." (Volker Dueck, Intuition Records)
"JAZZTA PRASTA" BEST FILM AT MEDITERRANEO VIDEO FESTIVAL
On September 23, 2013 "Jazzta Prasta or Where are the Bulgarian Notes" (Andrey Slabakov, Camera Film Sofia, 2009), the documentary on Bulgarian accordion virtuoso Martin Lubenov, was awarded Best Film at the 16th edition of Mediterraneo Video Festival in Agropoli near Salerno (Italy). According to the jury the award was granted due to "the relevance of the topic, the insight into the little known world of traditional gypsy music, the focus on the reality of Central Europe, from the outskirts of Sofia to the distant Pakistan, accompanied by accordionist Martin Lubenov."
BORGHETTI ROADMOVIE AT WOMEX FILM MARKET
The charming roadmovie "Renato Borghetti Quarteto - Europa" by René Goya Filho (Estacao Filmes, Porto Alegre) was selected for a screening at the Womex Film Market. The 90 minutes documentary accompanies Renato Borghetti and his quartet on their European tours 2010 and 2011 and is based on the popular series "Borghetti na Estrada" (Globo TV RBS).
DONAUWELLENREITER SURF WITH CULTUREWORKS
It has happened again: From now on the Viennese Donauwellenreiter (Danubesurfers), ingenious wanderers between World-Pop-Jazz-Minimal, will surf with us, hopefully soon beyond the Austrian borders. The world needs this music!
NEW ARTISTS ON OUR ROSTER AND NEW CD RELEASES
We are happy and honoured to welcome two wonderful new projects on our roster: From 2013 CultureWorks will represent Portuguese jazz diva Maria Joao for Austria, Italy and Central Europe as well as the stunning Argentine twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni in the German speaking countries, Italy and Central/Eastern Europe. New CDs have been released by Didier Laloy ("Didier Laloy & Tuur Florizoone"), Riccardo Tesi ("Cameristico"), Zamballarana ("Carnavale") and Mostar Sevdah Reunion ("Tales from a Forgotten City").
MARTIN LUBENOV AT THE "NUIT DE L'ACCORDÉON" IN PARIS
On September 8 a very special accordion night will happen in Paris: The Opening project of the Festival d'Ile de France will be hosted by Richard Galliano and his Tangaria Quartett as a well as invited top accordionists from four entirely different corners of the planet: Régis Gizavo (Madagascar), René Lacaille (Ile de la Réunion), Lulinha Alencar (Brazil), Martin Lubenov (Bulgaria).
DANCAS OCULTAS & MARIA JOAO IN LEIPZIG
A world première will happen on October 21 in Leipzig, Germany: Dancas Ocultas and world famous Portuguese jazz singer Maria Joao will perform together for the finale grande of the Akkordeon Akut! festival at the BMA factory in Leipzig.
MARIA KALANIEMI'S NEW RELEASE AKERÖ
Together with pianist Timo Alakotila, her musical companion of many years, Maria Kalaniemi has relased the new duo album AKERÖ which in March 2012 reached position 4 of the European World Music Charts. Watch out here for the upcoming live dates of the Finnish accordion queen in Austria, Germany and France!
ANDANÇAS BY RENATO BORGHETTI BEST CD OF THE YEAR IN ITALY AND THE NETHERLANDS
DVD "RENATO BORGHETTI QUARTET EUROPA"
Two European media - the Dutch daily paper Het Parool and the Italian Jazz Site All About Jazz Italia selected ANDANÇAS as best cd of the year 2011. Parabens Renato! And some days ago the brandnew DVD RENATO BORGHETTI QUARTET EUROPA (René Goya Filho, Estacao Eletrica), based on the TV series "Borghetti Na Estrada", was presented in Porto Alegre. If you want to see a wonderful roadmovie on the European tour 2010, click here for the trailer!
DIDIER LALOY & S-TRES ON TOUR IN CENTRAL EUROPE
For the first time the Belgian accordion wizard and his trio (Pascal Chardome on guitar&piano, Fred Malempré on percussion) will be on tour in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Don't miss them if you are somewhere near and find out the tourdates here.
NEW RELEASES OF OUR ARTISTS
Although the times are far from easy for the music business, some of our artists have released wonderful albums during the past few months: Maria Kalaniemi's VILDA ROSOR remained in the Top Ten of the European World Music Charts for weeks, Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana have already been as far as Australia to present MADREPERLA, and Juan Carlos Caceres & Tango Negro Trio have recently released their third album NO ME ROMPAS LAS BOLAS.
RENATO BORGHETTI RELEASE TOUR ANDANÇAS
The brand new CD ANDANÇAS (Saphrane Records/Music&Words) is the live recording of a concert at the Brussels club Muziekpublique in May 2009. This album represents something like the resume of 10 years touring in Europe – a time of investigating the musicians’ own roots, discovering new ways of musical expression and making a lot of new friends. The upcoming release tour in March and April will bring Renato Borgehtti and his fabulous quartet to seven different European countries.
STANDING OVATIONS FOR DANCAS OCULTAS AT WOMEX IN COPENHAGEN
At the first attempt the four Portuguese accordion wizards succeeded in entering the official Womex 2010 showcase selection, and after their closing concert at Koncerthuset in Copenhagen they were greeted with frenetic applause and standing ovations by an international audience of promoters, agents and media people. Congratulations to this wonderful band whom we have already been accompanying in the German speaking countries during the past few years - from now on CultureWorks will be the exclusive booking agency for Europe and Canada, non-exclusive for the rest of the world (exceptions see artist page).
Watch here the Mondomix video from Copenhagen, and here Michal Shapiro's blog on the Huffington Post.
MOSTAR SEVDAH REUNION ON TOUR IN CENTRAL EUROPE
The legerndary ensemble from Bosnia-Herzegovina will be touring Croatia, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic in October and November with a special program in hommage to Ljiljiana Buttler. In Vienna they will be joined by Slovenian singer Maja Osojnik who will perform together with the band some of the most beautiful songs of the "Mother of Gypsy Soul".
RENATO BORGHETTI SUMMER TOUR FULL SUCCESS
15 concerts in eight countries in four weeks - from Portugal to Finland, from London to Budapest the Gaúchos met happy faces and sold-out venues. Part of the travelling party were the film makers René Goya und Pablo Chasseraux from Estacao Eletrica, who are preparing a road movie for Brazilian Television as well as a new DVD on Renato Borghetti. Click here for pictures and a little video from the Italian mountains!
MARTIN LUBENOV IN VIC
Martin Lubenov is invited for a solo-showcase at Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic , a kind of mini-Womex near Barcelona.
DANCAS OCULTAS AT WOMEX 2010!
For a second time in a row CultureWorks artists have been selected for a Womex showcase: this year Dancas Ocultas, the magical accordion quartet from Portugal, will appear in Copenhagen in front of an audience of world music professionals from all over the world.
LJILJANA BUTTLER (1944-2010)
with shock and sadness we have to inform you that Ljiljana Buttler, our dear friend and musical legend, has died.
Until the very end she fought bravely against the cruel disease that took her from us, too soon, so unexpectedly.
Our consolation is her music - that immortal part of her remains as a lasting legacy to us.
We shall never forget her.
Rest in peace!
Due to the artist's health problems all May concerts by Ljiljana Buttler had to be cancelled.
NEW YEAR AND NEW MUSIC
A Happy New Year to all our friends and partners! And we are happy to welcome two wonderful new artists in our agency: From 2010 Maria Kalaniemi (Finland) and Didier Laloy (Belgium), both of them outstanding figures in the international accordion world, will be represented by CultureWorks.
WOMEX NR 2: JAZZTA PRASTA SELECTED FOR WOMEX FILMMARKET
And more good news from Copenhagen: The documentary on Martin Lubenov "Jazzta Prasta or Where are the Bulgarian Notes" has been selected for a screening at the Womex Film Market on World Music films.
WOMEX NR 1: RENATO BORGHETTI WOMEX SHOWCASE
This year it has finally worked: Renato Borghetti was selected for a Womex showcase! The world's main trade fair for World Music will happen in Copenhagen/Denmark from October 28th to November 1st, Renato will perform for an international audience of promoters and journalists on October 30th.
ACCORDIONISTS ON TOUR
Three of our favourite accordionists are on tour in May: Renato Borghetti is travelling across Europe (Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, France) and will use the occasion to record a live CD. Riccardo Tesi and his Banditaliana can be heard in Germany, and at the end of the month Martin Lubenov will tour in Austria with his Orkestar. Porgy&Bess in Vienna will host a three days Martin Lubenov Special including the presentation of the documentary "Jazzta Prasta". Watch out here for all live dates!.
MARTIN LUBENOV AT SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
"Jazzta Prasta" is the title of a brandnew documentary on the Bulgarian accordion virtuoso's career between Sofia and Vienna. The world premiere will happen on March 11, 2009 on the occasion of the International Film Festival in Sofia. Producer: Dimitar Gotchev, Camera Film, Sofia. Director: Andrey Slabakov. From now on you can book concert & film!
MARTIN LUBENOV IN CASTELFIDARDO
On october 17th Bulgarian accordion virtuoso Martin Lubenov and his MARTIN LUBENOV ORKESTAR are invited to perfom at the Festival Internazionale della Fisarmonica in Castelfidardo, the Italian "accordion Mekka" in the idyllic little town near Ancona.
RENATO BORGHETTI NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY LATINO
Borghetti's latest release FANDANGO! has been nominated for a Grammy Latino in the category "Best Roots/Regional Album". Parabens Borghettinho!