“With the Synesthetic Octet Porgy & Bess presents a stage-band whose members are all aspiring and
promising representatives of the young Austrian jazz-scene” Music Austria (mica)
The Synesthetic Octet is an Austrian band founded by the composer, musician and bandleader Vincent Pongrácz.
The name of the band is inspired by the composer Olivier Messiaen who was a synesthete himself.
In 2013 the ensemble reached its present line-up during a series of concerts in Vienna’s jazz club Porgy & Bess. The members stem from diverse genres like contemporary classical music, jazz and hip hop. Subtlety and an artistic spirit of independence that the musicians share unifies the band and takes shape in the compositions of the bandleader.
Vincent Pongrácz – Clarinet,
Doris Nicoletti – Flutes
Clemens Salesny – Bassclarinet, Stritch
Richard Köster – Trumpet
Alois Eberl – Trombone
Peter Rom – Guitar
Manu Mayr – E-Bass, Double Bass
Lukas König – Drums
Renee Benson – Vocals
Astrid Wiesinger – Saxophone
Hubert Bründlmayer – Drums
Michael Prowaznik – Drums
Andreas Lettner – Drums
Martin Ruch – Sound Engineer
David Furrer – Sound Engineer
Markus Wallner – Sound Engineer
RASTLOS REMIXED (2016)
IN THE MEANWHILE SHOOT ME A MOVIE (2017)
“…kind of an All-Star-Ensemble of the progressive young jazz scene…”
“young – wild – anarchistic – creative – skillful
skillful – creative – anarchistic – wild – young!”
“Lucky is the bandleader that present such a mature debut.”
„…the present CD is more than a proof of talent.“
„...a truly extraordinary achievement of a
great arranger and composer. Chapeau!“
"I think that you would listen to the music of Pongracz and his octet with great pleasure, like me!"
"An unadulterated treat for spoiled ears."
„A brilliant Newcomer made by Wiener Jazzwerkstatt.“
"...some of the best forces of the young local scene...“
„Rastlos is colorful music…“
photo by Astrid Knie