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04/09/2016
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Hubert von Goisern – Federn (Capriola/Sony Music Germany, 2016)

Eclectic musician and Austrian singer-songwriter, born in Bad Goisern, in the Salzkammergut town, Hubert von Goisern nee Hubert Achleitner boasts a peculiar artistic career spent between studies at the University of Music in Vienna, the many trips around the world from South Africa , where he emigrated to twenty years to work as an assistant of a chemical laboratory, Canada, from Tibet to the Philippines, from Africa to South America until it touches the United States, and many musical collaborations like the one with Wolfgang Staribacher which yielded the disc "Alpine Lawine" published by the CBS. Gone through many musical experiences such as with Alpinkatzen, and several collaborations in film, von Goisern in the course of his career has published over twenty albums including deserve mention the excellent "Trad" in which he reread the songs of Austrian musical tradition, the double live "Ausland" and most recently "Entwederundoder" in 2011. Three years away from the live "Im Jahr des Drachen", the Austrian singer-songwriter returns with "Federn", twenty albums in his career, in which He has collected fifteen tracks including reinterpretations and original compositions which, taken together, make up an unexpected intersection of traditional Austrian and American music. If at first glance it might seem an unprecedented gamble and a bet already lost at the start, going down as it turns out this is a result of the album stratified musical experiences over the years in the Austrian songwriter career. "My experience tells me that music can actually help build bridges. There is so much common ground ", he stresses the same van Goisern reflecting on the importance of dialogue between different musical traditions. The desire to re-read through the american music Alpine musical tradition, however, has even deeper roots and distant in time, because already at the time of Alpinkatzen, von Goisern had opened a breach in this way, fighting against the stupidity of some Austrian nationalists: "my passion for the other musical traditions made me think about the rejection that I had at one point for that mine. I 'was during my stay in the Philippines, I have decided to deconstruct the alpine music to give her a new perspective. Then one of our slogans was: let's rip the Lederhosen to the Nazis. " It is, in fact, an absolutely enthralling work and well thought out, and it is no coincidence that a few months after it was awarded two gold records. Recorded in Salzburg between December of 2013 and December of 2014, the album sees Hubert von Goisern (harmonica, acoustic guitar, glocken, klavier, theremin, es-horn, harmonica, MAULTROMMEL, gesang) accompanied by Alexander Pohn (drums, percussion, marxophon, backing vocals), Helmut Schartmüller (bass, backing vocals) in addition to the Steve Fishell (pedal steel guests, lapsteel, dobro), Louis Ribeiro (percussoni), Wolfgang Staribacher (organ, klavier), with the addition of choirs Maria Moling, Tanja Mazurek, Miss Farina, Andrea Graff. Open from militant rock-blues of "Snowdon" in which pays tribute to the work of the deep gorge Edward Snowden, the disc starts straight away with the sweeping reinterpretation of the traditional Alpine zydeco "Stoansteirisch" followed by the surprising rewriting " Jambalaya "by Hank Williams in" Es Wahr Is "and that of" Amazing Grace "to" I know Segen "which features the bell'intreccio between accordion and strings. The brilliant compositions autograph "Wie der Wind", "Am Hell-licthen Tag" and "Schnaps" open the way to the tasty "Blue Monk" by Thelonious Monk that lives in "The bin ganz alloan". The enthralling "At 100 Jahr" we then opens the doors before the translation of the American traditional "Corrina Corrina" which in German becomes "Des kann's nit sein" and then the rewriting of "I Can not 'Find My Way Home" by Steve Traffic Winwood that in the version of von Goisern become "Neama Vu Zeit". Completing the disc "I kann wieder fliagn", the overwhelming traditional "gang guat Singa" and the piano "Deux petites melodies", the credits in poetry for a job to listen carefully.