Ingrid Schmoliner

Ingrid Schmoliner by Thomas Plattner

Ingrid Schmoliner: musician, composer, pedagogue, curator

The pianist and vocal artist Ingrid Schmoliner lives and works as a freelance musician, composer, curator and pedagogue in Vienna.
Starting even before and during her classical education at the Carinthian State Conservatory in Klagenfurth (AT) where she majored in piano, Ingrid Schmoliners music has been influenced by her interest in improvised, experimental and contemporary music.
Due to her manifold education and specialization in the fields of vocal training, overtone singing, jazz vocals and yodeling she was invited to sing as guest soloist at the opera in Graz (AT) in collaboration with the South-Tyrolean composer Hannes Kerschbaumer in the contemporary opera “BUIO”.
In the choir composition „MUATA ERDN“ for 8 choir groups, 3 conductors, percussion, und alto solo under the  direction of Franz Jochum the Styrian composer Denovaire wrote the alto solo for Ingrid Schmoliner.
Artistically she moves in the genres of new music, experimental-improvised music, avant-garde music, free jazz, folk fusion and folk music.
A further focus of her work is on the interdisciplinary collaboration with dancers, choreographers, and video artists.

Scholaships/Grants:
2016_ scholarship for the composition NABELÒSE
2013_ grant for music from carinthia
2011_ scholarship from the  cultural ministery of Austria

Releases (selection):

_PARAphon released 2018 at Freifeldtontraeger (www.freifeldtontraeger.com)
_FRAUFELD (sampler/ collaboration) released 2017 at Freifeld Tontraeger (www.freifeldtontraeger.com)
_ NABELÒSE released 2017 at Corvo Records (www.corvorecords.de)
_ BLAUBLATT released 2017 at Creative Sources (www.creativesourcesrec.com)
_ карлицы сюита released 2014 at Corvo Records (www.corvorecords.de)
_ PARAphore  released 2014 at Listen Closely  (http://listenclosely.at/)
_ WATUSSI released 2013 at Listen Closely  (http://listenclosely.at/)
_ PARAligo released 2012 at Creative Sources (www.creativesourcesrec.com)
_ Flaechten released 2009 at Ostblock (www.ostblock.at)

Ingrid Schmoliner main Ensembles are:

WATUSSI with Pascal Niggenkemper (GER/FR), Joachim Badenhorst (BE) and Ingrid Schmoliner (AT)
LP/CD Watussi
_as the leader and composer

PARA- Trio  with the musicians Thomas Stempkowski (AT), Elena Kakaliagou (GR) and Ingrid Schmoliner (AT)
CD PARAligo
CD PARAphore
_as a coleader and composer

Kollektiv –TARO with the musicians Matthias Erian (AT), Martin Schönlieb (AT),
Joachim Badenhorst (BE) and Ingrid Schmoliner (AT)
CD_Flaechten
_as the leader and composer

 Luíss with the dancer_choreographer_video artist Riikka Theresa Innanen (FL)
and the musicians Elena Kakaliagou (GR), Matthias Erian (AT) and Ingrid Schmoliner (AT)
_as a coleader and composer

Ensemble with the musicians Elena Kakaliagou (GR) and Ingrid Schmoliner (AT)
LP_NABELÒSE

As a curator and co-founder:

_2010_ Festival „New-Adits“ an annual festival for contemporary music in Carinthia
_2011_ monthly concert series in the performance space Raum_4 presenting contemporary music in the chamber
_2010 „Association Flechtwerk“ Association for the promotion of art and communication
_2012 Association „Raum_4“ Association for the promotion of networks in the field of art.

Collaboration with the cinematography artists Michael und Natalie Zimmerman (USA) contributing the film music for the documentary movie „close the eyes“

She worked and played with artists such as:
Ingar Zach (NOR), Jöelle Leandre (FR), Emilio Gordoa (MEX), Liz Allbee (USA), Adam Pultz Melbye (DÄN),Riikka Theresa Innanen (FL), Eniko Buday (HU), Sophie Reyer (AT), Pamela Kurstin (USA),  Diego Mune (AR),Natalie und Michael Zimmermann (USA), Franz Hautzinger (AT), Christian Rainer (AT), Frantz Loriot (FR), Lale Rodgarkia Dara (AT),Juan Para (BL),Michael Bruckner-Weinhuber (AT), Caroline Profanter (IT), Maja Osojnik (AT/SLO), Matija Schellander (SLO), Daniel Lercher (AUT), Igor Gross (AT), Mira Lu Kovacs (AT), Alessandra Eramo (IT), Don Robinson (USA), Paul Skrepek (AT), Xu Fengxia (CN), Ulla Rauer (AT), Petr Vrba (CZ), Susanna Gartmayer (A), Peter Kutin (AT), Matthias Erian (AT)...etc
touring in Belgien, Deutschland, Italien, Tschechien, Ungarn, Slowakei, Slowenien…
festivals/venues (selection):
Interpenetrationen_Stadtparkforum, Helsinki Meeting Point, Hotel Pupik, Konfrontationen_Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Art Acts_Alte Gerberei, Biegungen_Ausland, Exploratorium_Berlin, Kaleidophon_ Jazzatelier Ulrichsberg, ZOOM!Night_Jazzwerkstatt, hoerthoert Festival, Klub Gromka, Teatro Miela, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, KE_Theater,CIK, raj, Blue Tomato, Jazzaj, Paraflows_Künstlerhaus Wien, Velak Export_Les Atelier Claus, Signalraum München, Porgy and Bess, WUK, Loft_Köln, Kühlspot_Berlin, Tonhalle Hannover, Muszi_Budapest...
Collaboration with the cinematography artists Michael und Natalie Zimmerman (USA) contributing the film music for the documentary movie „close the eyes“

www.kunstharzlack.net/new-adits
http://ingridschmoliner.klingt.org
www.paratrio.net

reviews (selection):

"... Schmoliner schafft einmal mehr höchst eindrucksvolle, weil eigensinnige Musik, die ihr eine
Sonderstellung unter den Klavierspieler*innen einräumt.“
freistil (AT)

„A solid, imaginative and "nely performed recording--I'm eager to hear more from Schmoliner."
Just Outside (USA)

"... If you want me to be really serious: Ingrid is the goods - go listen."
Touching Extremes (IT)

 „... In  Österreich ist Ingrid Schmoliner eine Institution, in Wien und Kärnten vielseitig am Werke.
In erster Linie nutzte die Pianistin den Flügel als ein Spielfeld akustischer Phänomene.
...Die Musik bot eine faszinierende Reise durch fremdartige Tonsphären.
Reinhard Palmer (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

„... Stets werden dem Publikum ungewohnte Erlebnisqualitäten und bezaubernd fremdartige Lauschsignale angeboten: Eine spannend lustvolle Reise zu oftmals unbekannten musikalischen Horizonten für (vor)urteilsfreie Ohren, welche doch stets für unsere Köpfe haften... .“
Renald Deppe

„...PARA is a young trio, with an unusual line-up, brings us remarkable music with a strong musical vision and voice.“Stef Gijels
„... the full-bodied quality of Schmoliners voice, veering close to yodeling on occasion, features prominently and makes for an incongruous contrast compared to the timbral explorations of her bandmates.“
John Sharpe  (The New York City Jazz Record)

"Vraiment encore une fois, je suis absolument séduit par une nouvelle sortie du label berlinois Corvo Records..."
Revue Et Corrigée (FR)

"... A piano autopsy conducted from all angles, founded on the constant presence of intense, meditative concentration..."
ATTN:Magazine (UK)

„... Die Klangarbeit der drei innovativen und eigenwillig agierenden Freigeister ist eine, welche auf minimalistischen und reduzierten Ansätzen beruht.“
mt(MICA)

„...La musique de Schmoliner est tres terrestre, tres concrete, elle danse, elle martele, elle possede un aspect quelque peu rituel dans les textures percussives comme dans les formes repetitives.Sa musique est variee, dense et intense, personnelle et emotive. Une agreable decouverte en somme.“
Julien Heraud, Improv-Sphere

„... Das, was Ingrid Schmoliner in Watussi und Para-ligo vorlegt, prahlt nicht mit universellen Wahrheiten, sondern nur mit dem Eigenen.
Und in ihnen erahnt man tiefe künstlerische Überzeugung und die dringende Absicht sie bis zur letzten Konsequenz durchzuziehen. Nicht mehr und nicht weniger.“
Sergio Piccirilli (el intruso)

„... Para Schmolimer el armazon del piano es una fenomenal caja de resonancia. Con sus teclas crea ritmos repetitivos, casi maquinales. De sus cuerdas extrae sonidos metalicos, y otros que se asemejan al taner de campanas de distintos tamanos“
Pachi Tapiz, Toma Jazz (SP)

„... Ingrid esta na dianteira a cortar mato e apenas agora nos
apercebemos disso.“
Rui Edoardo Paes, Jazz.pt 3/2015

„... Chaque morceau développe une atmosphère distincte; si les qualificatifs de minimalisme ou de réductionnisme ne seraient pas tout à fait justes, cette esthétique marie avec adresse la retenue et l’intensité, le caressant et l’urticant.
La qualité d’interaction et un travail très fin sur les alliages de sonorités donnent à goûter de belles nuances. Cohérent et prometteur.
David Critsoll (ImproJazz)

„... A kör bezárult, a lemez lejárt. Kiváló, mi több, egyedülálló album; kétségkívül a fent említett zongorista hölgyek munkái mellé kívánkozik.
Dusted Hoffman, Improv.hu

„...Badenhorst and Schmoliner's are incredible listeners building with an uncanny precision on the other one's ideas.These young musicians belong the new generation of artists that goes beyond from, delving deep into human emotions thanks to their broad and open-minded skills on their instruments, yet staying away from speed and shock effects, and staying away from cheap sentimentalism on the other end of the spectrum.“
Stef Gijels (Belgien)

„...Die Projekte, an denen die Pianistin Ingrid Schmoliner beteiligt ist, bewegen sich für gewöhnlich weit außerhalb der üblichen musikalischen Parameter. Auf „Para -  Ligo“ (Creative Sources Records), so der Titel des im vergangenen Jahr erschienenen Albums des Dreiergespanns, zelebriert das Dreiergespann den avantgardistischen Minimalismus, die Kraft der einzelnen Klänge zwischen denen sich weite Räume dichtester Atmosphäre und spannungsgeladener Tiefe eröffnen.“
mt (MICA)

„...Die Art, wie sie ihren kompositorischen Live-Prozess in Szene setzen, erleichtert den Zugang zu der als schwierig geltenden Musikrichtung. So agieren die Musikerinnen in mondän angehauchtem Outfit (Pelzschal, rote Strümpfe), wohingegen die schlichte Leggins der Tänzerin das Flächige betont. Innanens zeitgenössisches Bewegungsvokabular lotet präzise den schmalen Grat zwischen Klang und Körper aus. Ob liegend, krabbelnd, tastend: Immer scheinen sich Klänge in ihrem Körper zu materialisieren.
Ingrid Türk -Chlapek (Kleine Zeitung)

„...I would call it delicate, but it’s the delicacy of a very still lake at night, with ripples only barely audible along the shore, and there’s no light so you can’t completely differentiate the horizon and the water. And there’s an ancient myth monster that sleeps in the lake. Still, I would call it delicate. Ferocity is there, under the lake, inherent in the tones and interactions between these musicians. This is ferocity made fang-explicit, at several crucial moments on the album.

Schmoliner’s rhythmic sequencing of piano preparations––blunted axe-handles, ever-ringing overtones, perky cinnamon swizzles––leaves no room for uncommitted ideas. She’s a sword swallower who savors the taste of complete commitment.
Kakaliagou, equally, has developed a clarity of melancholy for the French horn to revel in. Her sound is not a brash championship drillbit but a long pour of heavy liquid and breath. If something gets scratched in the process, she has the teeth to soothe.
...“
Andrew Choate (The Unwrinkled Ear)

„...Schmoliner discovers a different kind of percussive playing than is her usual, becoming feline- symphonic, with prehistoric claws that, instead of threatening, grip home more securely, propulsive railroad, professional rainbow....“
Andrew Choate (The Unwrinkled Ear)

Kakaliagou/Schmoliner + Okuda/Vandeweyer

3 Mar 2017 - 20:30

Kakaliagou / Schmoliner: Ingrid Schmoliner – prepared piano, voice; Elena Kakaliagou – french horn, voice

Metal Illusion: Rieko Okuda – piano, keyboard, viola, puppets, lights; Els Vandeweyer – vibraphone, trash guitar, puppets, lights

Gordoa/Schmoliner/Pultz Melbye + Sink + Abrahams

22 Apr 2018 - 20:30

Gordoa/Schmoliner/Pultz Melbye: Emilio Gordoa, Adam Pultz Melbye, Ingrid Schmoliner

Sink: Andrea Ermke, Chris Abrahams, Marcello Busato, Arthur Rother

Chris Abrahams solo

Duthoit/Voutchkova + Nabelóse

6 Oct 2023 - 20:30
6 Oct 2023 - 23:59
Duthoit/Voutchkova © Velina Minkoff | Nabelóse © Christina Marx

Doors 20.30 Uhr | Concerts 21 Uhr | Tickets (AK | Box Office) € 10,--

Duthoit/Voutchkova
Biliana Voutchkova – violin, voice bilianavoutchkova.net
Isabelle Duthoit – clarinet, voice

Nabelóse
Elena Kakaliagou – french horn, vocals
Ingrid Schmoliner – prepared piano, voice
nabelose.net
nabelose.bandcamp.com