The Hille/Könighofer Experience: 22nd of September, 2020, Helsinki/ Vienna
The Hille/Könighofer Experience: Friday, 22nd of May, 7:30 pm CEST,
> virtual venue on facebook
Brian Brain – club audioprovocateur solo: every now and then, sunset CEST,
> live from the Schwarzwaldklinik Porch
2020 is hitting us hard. – notes from March 2020
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. Even the booking for fall seems in vain. Trust me – trying to sell a project with a Taiwanese counter-tenor to venues here in Europe does not prove to be extremely successful at the moment! I fully understand – who knows what the new world order is gonna look like?
But one thing we know for sure, is that we will all need some music. And that’s also something we do need right now.
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.
Live from the Schwarzwaldklinik Porch
One way that we have chosen, is Herbert Könighofer performing live on our porch. 2 – 3 times a week Herby sets up a minimal backline on our little porch (which is where he’s also cultivating his pumpkins these days). At sunset, he plays some tunes. Neighbors stand in their gardens or behind their windows and listen, the little boy next door is having a boogie. Dear friends from near and far have joined us for these shows on Social Media. We’ve had audiences from all over the planet – from Aotearoa to Finland, from Chad to Taiwan, or from India to the US. It’s kind of comforting to share these moments together, to realize that we are all in similar, yet very different situations. Anyways, the neighbors seem to love it and not only once have we been surprised by a little goodie-bag at our doorstep. This is one of our favorites:
Virtual – transcultural
An other question that has been haunting us, is how to continue and to adapt international cooperations that have been the core of our work for the past years. Transcultural collaboration is the thriving energy of our projects – be it The Hille/Könighofer Experience, Moon on High, or Brian Brain – club audio provocateur.
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.
One project that is predestinated for this kind of collaboration is The Hille/ Könighofer experience. 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.
Please join us live on facebook!
The Hille/Könighofer Experience
Friday, 22nd of May, 7:30 pm CEST
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!
You have been asking yourself what you can do to support us? We truly appreciate if you join us on Social Media – it’s uplifting to see people who care and appreciate our work in days like these, it cheers us up and keeps us going. And of course, you can also > purchase our tunes! Contactless downloads, what else!
The Hille/ Könighofer Experience: All & Everything
Take care, be safe and sound and #staythefuckhome! ❤️
BRIAN BRAIN – club audioprovocateur – The Hille/Könighofer Experience
November 2019, Finland
22nd of November, 2019, 15:00 – Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki
EMMA Museum, Espoo
Sara Hildén Museum, Tampere
Sid Hille – theremin, piano, fender rhodes, perc.
Herbert Könighofer – saxes, vocs., loops
“All & Everything”-CD-Release Tour
BRIAN BRAIN – club audioprovocateur – Blue Monday Sessions Neunkirchen
2nd of December, 2019, 19:30
FreiStil, Krinningergasse 15, 2620 Neunkirchen
Brian Brain – club audioprovocateur opener, followed by a jam session! Bring your instruments!
past shows (recent):
BRIAN BRAIN – club audioprovocateur duo (Könighofer, Boudreaux)
Herbert Könighofer – contra alto clarinet, saxes, voc, loops, a.o.
Jeff Boudreaux – drums
8th of October, 20:30 – CulturCafe Smaragd, Linz
12th of October, 20:30 – Cafe Amadeus, Vienna
Drummer Jeff Boudreaux, who joins Könighofer’s club audioprovocateur for 2 shows in Vienna and Linz, was born in Lousiana. Musicians he has worked with so far include Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Wheeler, Jim Pepper or Bobby McFerrin. The duo shows in Vienna and Linz allow the audiences to meet the legendary drummer in a homely atmosphere. Part of the concept of club audioprovocateur is to incorporate the listeners and the atmosphere intro the musicians’ improvisations. So get close and be there!
BRIAN BRAIN – club audioprovocateur – Moon on High (Chuang, Eisendle, Könighofer)
Taiwan tour Oct./ Nov. 2019
Cheng-Ying Chuang – countertenor, lutes
Hannah Eisendle – piano, vocs.
Herbert Könighofer – saxes, flutes, vocs., loops, a.o.
18th of October, 20:00 – Concert & Impro Session with Mr. Chang at Jiang Shan Yi Gai Suo, Hsinchu
19th of October, 13:00 – 18:00 – Charity Tea & Music event at the gardens of Boksulao, Tamsui
20th of October, 20:00 – Improvisation concert feat. Hsiao-Feng Lin at Lin’s culture, Taipei
22nd of October, 19:30 – Forum Music evening concert, Taipei
23rd of October, 19:30 – Workshop at 182 artspace, Tainan
24th of October, 19:30- Concert at Sound102, Tainan
25th of October, 19:30 – Concert at National Taiwan’s University Centre for the Arts, Taipei
27th of October, 11:00 – Dadong Culture and Art Center, Kaohsiung
29th of October, tba. – Workshop at Fo Guang University, Yilan
30th of October, 15:20 – Concert at Yilan University (Campus Multifunctional Classroom)
31st of October, 21:00 – Duo Concert (Chuang/ Könighofer) at Blue Note, Taipei
special thanks also go out to our tour sponsor SUYIN connector:
and to all our partners:
further past shows: