34. Beogradski jazz festival

34. Beogradski jazz festival

34. Beogradski jazz festival

34. Beogradski jazz festival | 25.-29.10. 2018.

Benny Omerzell , Kompost3: “We share the same music vision”

Quartet Kompost 3 (Martin Eberle, Benny Omerzell , Manu Mayr, Lukas König )builds on foundations set by Miles and his funk-jazz as well as European psychedelic, discovering unique path between jazz and rock, free improvisations, vibrating keyboards and groove rhythm. 

Since foundation in 2009, the band released three albums, a number of singles and a vinyl remix edition, and performed at important Middle European festivals, gaining reputation as one of the most exciting young formations in Austria.

First performance in Serbia Kompost3 will have at 34th Belgrade Jazz Festival, on October 27th at Dom omladine Beograda, Americana Hall. Concert is supported by Austrian Cultural Forum in Belgrade. Tickets are available via EVENTIM service.


PHOTO: Nikolaus Ostermann


Please tell us more about the members of Kompost 3 and what is the connecting thread for your artist personalities?

Benny Omerzell:  Every band member has a different musical background, from classical music, jazz, rock to electronic music. Still, we always shared the same vision of what we wanted to create and were thus able to merge all these influences into a new kind of music. After almost 10 years of playing together, every one of us is still doing lots of other things artistically and all those excursions continue to feed into the music of Kompost 3 as well.


You are recognized as one of the most exciting young formations of Austria’s jazz and improvised scene. From your own perspective, what is different and specific in your music, that audience and critics like?

Benny Omerzell:  We think that one of our greatest assets is our energy on the live stage, the ability to adapt to different rooms and audiences and to always be able to surprise our listeners and ourselves. From the first day we played together there has been this special kind of chemistry between us, which audience and critics highly appreciate.


PHOTO: Nikolaus Ostermann


This September you released a new album titled “Abyss”, please tell us more about it.

Benny Omerzell:  The music of “Abyss” might be darker and calmer than our previous records, but is a continuation of our never-ending quest for finding new sounds and creating special atmospheres for the audience to dive into. “Abyss” is the first part of a double album; the second part will be released in spring 2019.


You received two important awards: BAWAG P.S.K Next Generation Jazz Award 2014 and Bremer Jazzpreis 2014. What do awards mean to a young band?

Benny Omerzell:  Obviously those two awards have been a great honor and reward after many years of dedication and endurance. Awards like these are a great encouragement for a young, hardworking band. We also made good use of the prize money and dedicated it to the production of our third album “Ballads for Melancholy Robots”


What do you know about Serbian jazz scene and Belgrade Jazz Festival?

Benny Omerzell: We have always valued the music of Bojan Z, some of us have also studied with Stjepko Gut in Graz and got to know many very talented young Serbian jazz musicians. We’ve only heard the best about Belgrade Jazz Festivals from colleagues who performed there in the past and are very much looking forward to playing there for the first time!


What audience at Belgrade Jazz Festival can expect of your performance?

Benny Omerzell:   We are very happy be on stage together again after a few month of other projects, so the audience can expect a highly energetic performance with lots of new tunes and surprises.


This year’s slogan of Belgrade Jazz Festival is “No limits”. Is there a limit in contemporary jazz music?

Benny Omerzell:  In our opinion there should be “no limits” in all of the arts in general, but of course every new generation is confronted with all the history before it and has to reclaim the music for themselves and try to bend the rules and norms anew to keep the ball rolling.


Belgrade Youth Center presents, from 22nd to 27th October 2019, 35th Belgrade Jazz Festival with the slogan JAZZ CELEBRATION!

The anniversary, 35th edition of the Belgrade Jazz Festival brings plenty of reasons for a great celebration! The mere fact that an international music event has survived in the public eye for almost five decades, successfully finding a new identity in the 21st century, presents the reason for the joy of the entire cultural community in Serbia, of all music lovers, and especially jazz musicians!

If we add the international reputation for years built through carefully selected program, as well as the constant support of the Belgrade Jazz Festival to the affirmation of domestic artists – it is clear that this is the year when we celebrate not only the jubilee of the festival but also the jazz itself in this part of the world.

That is why the Belgrade Jazz Festival will offer this year more than usual to its audience: instead of 5, it will last 6 days, with almost 30 concerts and a string of side programs, as well as a multitude of jazz events planned before the October Jazz festivity. Besides the Festival main venue, the Belgrade Youth Center, we will be again in the Kombank Hall, the place that hosted numerous memorable concerts during the long history of the BJF.

In the program, we will have giants of jazz and young guns of the scene, artists who laid tracks of this type of music, the ones who explore new paths of the genre, performers very well known to our audiences, but the ones that are yet to be discovered, both local and international. The Festival concept remains dynamic and open, appealing to younger and older jazz enthusiasts, but also to music lovers in general – our mission is to present during the Festival contemporary jazz trends to the audience segment that occasionally follows this type of music, thus making top artistic music open for everyone.

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