Art SpacePythagorion

Monday, August 9

Klezmer Explosion

Presenting old traditional sounds in a new guise: Moritz Weiß Klezmer Trio present their own take on Klezmer music by developing it further and retelling it in a wonderful new musical language.

Moritz Weiß clarinet
Niki Waltersdorfer guitar, percussion, voice
Maximilian Kreuzer doublebass


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Moritz Weiß (born Fürstenfeld, 1996) is a composer and a clarinetist who dedicates his work to the world genre "Klezmer and Yiddish Music". In addition to his classical music studies in Vienna, he enjoys great success with his own ensembles (including Moritz Weiß Klezmer Trio, Duo Trenev & Weiß) on stages of national and international festivals.
As a composer, he attracted attention especially with the work "Vocal Klezmer Sounds" (instrumental ensemble + choir).
In 2018, Moritz Weiß founded the Styrian Klezmer Connection, a platform for Klezmer and Yiddish music in Styria. He is participating in the scholarship program of the Klezmer Festival KlezKanada (Montreal) and in the NASOM funding program of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, is a guest musician with numerous ensembles and CD recordings and was awarded the Morgenstern Prize by the Province of Styria, where he was honored for his musical work and mediating activities.

Maximilian Kreuzer initially received a classical education on the double bass before turning to jazz from the age of 15. At the Musikgymnasium Graz, he met musically like-minded people, from which the quartet "Quetschklampfa" and the "Moritz Weiß Klezmer Trio" emerged, both ensembles with which he is nationally and internationally successful.
Since 2017 he has been studying double bass with Prof. Morten Ramsbol at the Jazz Department of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. There he completed master classes and collaborations with Jim Mc Neely, Joe Sanders & Georg Breinschmid, among others.
He can also be heard at weddings and balls with the band "Die Tanzspielerei" and is also the bass player in the bands "The Alpinists" and "Lil' Max Project". As co-founder and program designer of the Graz World Music Festival "folk.art" and vice chairman of the "Styrian Klezmer Connection", he has been involved in the Styrian cultural scene as an organizer since 2019. Maximilian Kreuzer also plays electric bass, tuba & hurdy-gurdy and has been studying IGP (Instrumental Pedagogy) at the University of Arts Graz since autumn 2020.

Niki Waltersdorfer is a musician through and through. Born in Graz in 1997, he started playing the drums at the age of four. Since then, music has played a central role in his life. As a drummer, he gained experience early on in big bands, orchestras, and other formations. In order not to get stuck in a musical harmony exclusion zone” behind the drum set, he started playing guitar and songwriting autodidactically at the age of 10. Today he is equally active as a drummer, guitarist, and singer in several formations of different styles. He is involved in several projects like Candlelight Ficus (funk-pop), Moritz Weiß Klezmer Trio (world music), Die Tanzspielerei (wedding band), Annagramm (Austrian soul-pop).