The Hille/Könighofer Experience:
18th of September, 2020
Vienna/ Helsinki virtual
The Hille/Könighofer Experience:
Friday, 22nd of May, 7:30 pm CEST,
> virtual venue on facebook
At this very moment, Herby should be sitting in some Hytti in Helsinki, catching funny Finnish phrases, such as Kalsarikännit (A drink. At home. In your underwear). Well, in the face of Corona-restrictions, the proverb finally does make a lot of sense!
So here we are, stuck in Vienna, all tours and shows cancelled. Therefore, we are busy as bees trying to figure out new formats to share our tunes, to allow us all to get out of the madness for a moment, to perform, listen and relax a little. Well, one option for sure is to go virtual. This will also be an option we should consider after “the crisis” – just hopping on a plane on a low budget flight to do a quick stopover concert has become a pretty old school idea by now.
The Hille/ Könighofer Experience is a project predestinated for this kind of collaboration. It actually started off as a digital collaboration that turned analogous on their first tour in Austria in 2016, performing their first show 30 Minutes after their first face-to-face encounter.
Since Herby should be on a Finland tour together with Sid Hille these very days, we tried to arrange a virtual version of the show that should have taken place on the 27th of March at Temppelliaukio Church in Helsinki. Simultaneously, the two musicians performed: Sid in the empty Rock-Church in Finland, Herby in our living room here in Vienna. We merged their tunes via Social Media channels. It was meant to be a spontaneous test-run and that’s what it finally was – with numerous unexpected glitches, but all in all a surprisingly positive sound-experience and a lot of fun! The audience on our facebook pages could switch between Sid Hille’s and Herby’s page and get different perspectives, one from Helsinki and one from Vienna. You may re-watch them > here (Vienna) and > here.
In May, Sid and Herby were supposed to tour Austria. In Vienna, they would have performed at Metatron Pharmacy, since the pharmacist perceives music as a complementary source in his main mission, namely to heal. In times of Corona, he and his team are “at the front”, providing continuous support. The Hille/ Könighofer Experience will do a virtual version of the concert, dedicated to all those who work in systemically relevant positions.
The cultural commission of Vienna’s 12th district has been kind enough to keep on supporting us in this virtual format with some funding that was meant for the original show. Thank you!
Take care, be safe and sound and #staythefuckhome!
Herbert Könighofer: vocs, flutes, sax, doublebass-clarinet, live-loops, a.o.
Sid Hille: Fender Rhodes, synthesizer/piano, percussion, live-loops, theremin, a.o.
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They met by coincidence. In September 2016, multi-instrumentalists Sid Hille and Herbert Könighofer first toured Austria “in the shadow of the moon” (Kuun Varjossa) and presented their program oscillitaing between mystic scandinavian sounds and badass realities.
In March 2017 they were able to realize a return-visit to Finland and Estonia and performed in jazz-clubs, museums and churches in Pori, Helsinki, Tallinn, Tampere and Kokkola. Besides working as a duo, they had the opportunity to perform with other Finish and Estonian artists, such as F# with Jori Huhtala (FI) on Bass, Markus Ketola (FI) on drums, Virpi Taskila (FI) on e-violine and Lina Saar (EST), vocs. Especially their show at Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere and their stay at artist-residence Villa Eläintarha Helsinki allowed them to work across arts genres, be it contemporary visual arts or literature. While their first Austria tour was themed with “water and moon” and the artists immersed themselves into physics, nature, lunar inspiration, surfaces and depths, and the scope between scandinavian mystics and alpine grounding, their Finland and Estonia tour 2017 was coined by an “inspirational object a day”, which they’d choose spontaneously and make the starting point for their artistic explorations.
On another Austria tour, which followed in May 2017, Sid Hille and Herbert Könighofer could pass on their enthusiasm and “playfoolness” in their approach to music with youth in a workshop in Hallein, which did not only allow them to introduce the spectrum of opportunities with their various instruments but also to explain their way of improvising, which is distinguished by listening, permittance and participation – trainable ablities that do not only prove to be important in music, but also in other contexts of life!
In 2018, Sid Hille and Herbert Könighofer toured Finland once again, teaming up with renown artists of F# and performing at impressive locations such as Helsinki’s Temppeliaukio Church or Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere. On this occasion, the musicians did not only make it to the ecclesiastical newspaper, they also received a > live review of their Joensuu-show (follow link for English translation, kindly translated by Jori Huhtala – even though it sounds more funky in Finnish!)
Sid Hille and Herbert Könighofer are available for duo concerts, impro-workshops, collaborations with local artists across genres, exhibition openings throughout the year upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
21st of November, 2019, 11:00 – Workshop at Music School in Helsinki
22nd of November, 2019, 15:00 – Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki
23rd of November, 2019, 15:00 – EMMA Museum, Espoo
24th of November, 2019, 14:00 – Sara Hildén Museum, Tampere
25th of November, 2019, 18:00 – Digelius Record Store, Helsinki
26th of November 2019, 13:00 – 17:00 / 19:00 Workshops, concert – Keski-Pohjanmaan Konservatorio, Kokkola
Finland-, Estonia- and Austria-Tours 2016 – 2020