Hubert von Goisern

S'NIX TOUR 2008-09

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The alpine juchitzer and the reggae rocker

Augsburger Allgemeine 8th November 2008 | Text: Roland Mayer | Photo: ALFA

Hubert von Goisern & Elisabeth Schuen"I want to live" rocks from the stage with its dragon decoration, which can be a ship's flag too. He had to cancel at short notice the detour across land from his Linz Europe concert ship tour to the Donaufest in Ulm when he caught pneumonia.

Alpine rocker Hubert von Goisern has now finally cancelled out the dishonour from the Ulm Marktplatz with his S'Nix band: his catch-up concert in the seated Donauhalle could not conjure up the crazy dancing open air atmosphere, but in its place came the intelligent force of his world music show.

[...] Then it's Showtime. Punk rock bangs loose, at its centre the star, totally casual in a dark polo shirt. The three background graces in their strappy tops let their gypsy skirts fly. Rock 'n' roll lives.

This rich Bulgarian bow stroke

In Auseinandertreiben the guitar curves into spheric heights, but doesn't stay long up above. Goisern murmurs a jazz-covered solo through the microphone. The song oscillates in the soprano finale (as before with Pink Floyd) to a "Great Gig in the Sky". Then follows this rich Bulgarian bow stroke, the yodel is overpowered by the polka. Herschaun ("Looking"), it's not only when the spotlight spits out from the dragon and into the audience that the audience are doing just that.

Hubert von Goisern's wild young troupe is fired up on the mix and totally involved in the show, which is full of emotion. His conscience still pricks him. The curse of the Danube, his cancelled concert. He tells of his journey by ship, on which he experienced the European river in flood, like a sea. Borders fell, a "new day" dawns, the singing guitar sensitises the soft ballad, which is replaced by the gospel anthem, which is actually a peppered reggae blues. Dear Lord, how fantastically the guitar can take off. Goisern's squeezebox counters like a blues harp against it. Please, we're only talking about a little Mercedes Benz. When the Steirer reboils into new folk music, the "Alpine Cat" remains quite cool among all the folkloristic ado. Does he prefer to delight in the archaic sounds from his buffalo horn, or is he rather more the narcissistic rock 'n' roller? You're never sure when it comes to the 55 year old Hubert von Goisern, because this captain runs with the hare and hunts with the hounds too. Here he is, musically, simply world class.

Hubert von Goisern and his top band thrill 2000 spectators in the Donauhalle

Ulm News 7th November 2008

Yesterday evening Hubert von Goisern and his excellent band thrilled 2000 spectators in the almost sold-out Donauhalle. The concert from the rocking world musician from the Austrian town of Goisern had been planned for the International Donaufest in the summer. The musician however had to cancel two of his concert due to ill health. The concert has now been caught up.

"In manner of speaking it's the finale of the Donaufest, that's why it's stayed warm so long too", explained Hubert von Goisern at the start of the more than two hour long concert. He had been very sorry in the summer that he couldn't appear at the Donaufest with his musical friends from the Balkans, continued the alpine rocker, telling also of his journey by ship down the great river to the Romanian town of Tulcea and thus drawing an arc to the Donaufest in Ulm.

Hubert von Goisern rocked powerfully for 2000 people in the almost sold-out Donauhalle. The guitar crashed, bass and drummer powered on and the three girls on backing vocals - and that term by no means does them justice - presented almost everything that is vocally possible, from scat singing and folksy country dances to arias. Hubert von Goisern showed too that he is an excellent musician, a multi-instrumentalist.

Those who waited so for alpine rock à la Hirtnmadl will have been disappointed, because supported by his dynamic young band the Austrian rocked noisily, sometimes with downright storms of sound and with great fun through the programme. "I think we get better and better, and we're already sensationally good", the Austrian joked. The audience cheering the pieces thought so too. After more than two hours Hubert von Goisern and band ended a furious concert and the Ulm Donaufest boss Peter Langer told the spectators: "The Donaufest has now come to an end". The interest in Hubert von Goisern and his musical Danube project perhaps also shows that the concept of the Danube is now slowly coming to Ulm.

Hubert von Goisern in the Donauhalle

Südwest Aktiv 7th November 2008 | Text: hut | Photos: Matthias Kessler

Belated Donaufest finale

Hubert von Goisern & Band

Ulm. "And thus ends this year's Donaufest. Farewell until 2010." With these words Donaufest leader Peter Langer said goodbye on Thursday evening in the Donauhalle to the 2000 spectators of the concert given by Austrian world musician with his multi-ethnic band. Five months after the close of the sixth international Donaufest that the people of Ulm and Neu-Ulm had experienced in July, it was the ultimate end. Because Hubert von Goisern had to cancel his two planned shows in July due to ill health. So on Thursday what had been cancelled in the summer on the Ulm Marktplatz was made up for in an atmosphere of great enthusiasm in the Donauhalle. The alpine rocker, the international musician, who had gathered around him musicians mainly from Danube countries, presented for the most part the programme of his Linz Europe Tour. Udo Eberl, responsible for the Donaufest musical programme, explains that this is about an ambassadorship project running from 2007 until next year for the European Capital of Culture, which will be Linz in 2009. The start of this Linz Europe Tour last year was spectacular: a musical ship took Hubert von Goisern and Co. from Linz downstream all the way to Tulcea, the Romanian city in the Danube delta.

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Hubert von Goisern: Live in Vöcklabruck - 3rd November 2008

6th November 2008 | Photos: © Elli Christl

"Nothing" is indeed something - HvG treads new paths

SWO 3rd November 2008 | Text: Viola Eigenbrodt

This year Austrian alpine rocker Hubert von Goisern hasn't just brought out a much noted new CD, he has a long line of concerts behind him and was at an exceptional show in Tyrol, in Innsbruck to be precise. Many of his fans from South Tyrol found their way there too and were totally thrilled by his gig. Peggy Ziller from Brixen thought the music was "not too rocky, there were many soft and jazzy elements (the trumpet knocked me for six), which I especially liked." Carmen Obertegger from Meran was equally delighted: "I've never experienced such a well-balanced, entertaining and impressive concert!", while Siegfried Kofler from Sterzing missed the yodelling that is so typical of the Salzburg musician. But, said the gentleman, "after all an artist is always evolving". Fortunate, because many fans had come for the "new" Hubert style.

The Goiserer returns

oe24 30th October 2008 | Photo: Schwartzl

The ethno rocker will be playing in the MuseumsQuartier. ÖSTERREICH saw the show in Salzburg.

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Hubert von Goisern is back in the concert halls. For months he has been touring on a Danube ship with his band, promoting Linz09. The musician has audibly fused the long journey together: hard rock sounds come across just as authentically and powerfully as elegiac ballads and flights into world and folk music. All this will be heard this weekend at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.

On his S'Nix tour Goisern is impressing once more with musical diversity that has long since crossed the boundary between solid ability and genius. In the first half he offers up almost exclusively new numbers, which are more acoustically reminiscent of his early times with the Alpinkatzen. In the second half he thrills the audience with his greatest hits. In between there are memories of the long journey by ship, spiced with political statements.

When Hubert von Goisern presents his take on "nothing", it takes three hours, after which the audience knows that nothingness contains an unbelievable amount.

If the people of Aussee could hear that

Oberbayerisches Volksblatt 30th October 2008 | Text: Ulrich Nathen | Photo: Jacobi

Hubert von Goisern & BandIf the people of Aussee could hear that - powerful, multi-voiced and full of abandon the musicians on the stage of the Rosenheim Culture and Congress Centre celebrate folk songs from the Salzkammergut.

The people of Aussee shouldn't know this, the man from the neighbouring town of Bad Goisern made clear in advance. And they shouldn't hear it, because what is now penetrating hundreds of ears in the almost sold-out hall doesn't have much in common with folk music as such any more - it's the finest heavy rock, loud and clear. Nonetheless, the filigree structures of an alpine country dance are to be heard in contrast with the driving rock groove, the unconventional melody lines of the accordion prevail against the "frying pan sound" of the electric guitar, and the arrangement of the piece leaves sufficient room for the three-voiced yodel from the female contingent of the band.

His name is his trademark: with a broad grin Hubert von Goisern stands on the stage in Kuko and proves once more that he qualifies not just as the most successful representative of so-called alpine rock, but also as an Austrian folk music rebel, alpine yodeller, songwriter, world musician.

The 55 year old exceptional musician stands for many musical directions. His style is deeply rooted in the native, traditional music - woven together with influences from different cultures and musical directions. The stylistic elements of rock, pop, blues and jazz often mix together to such a degree that you can no longer define them. That's not necessary, because what von Goisern presents on this evening with his seven highly-talented musicians is simply top class. The worlds of sound with which they reproduce the many varied atmospheres of the current album are S'Nix fascinating. And for those willing to let themselves get involved, for them a deep insight is offered into the world of emotion of the multi-instrumentalist, whose will and ability to deal creatively with his musical partners also reveals itself. The audience cheers and von Goisern cries out: "I want to live".

Hubert von Goisern: Live in Rosenheim - 26th October 2008

30th October 2008 | Photos: © Elli Christl

Hubert von Goisern: Live in Salzburg - 18th October 2008 29th October 2008 | Photo: © Albert Moser
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Hubert von Goisern: Live in Regensburg - 25th October 2008

27th October 2008 | Photos: © Elli Christl

Musician lets muscles play

Allgäuer Zeitung 25th October 2008 | Text: Markus Noichl | Photo: Ralf Lienert

Hubert von Goisern rocks in front of 2800 Fans in the Big Box

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Kempten. For many life begins at 66, but for Hubert von Goisern it starts at 55: rock and rap are the ingredients for a new, powerful sound, which he presented in the Big Box Allgäu. The young ones liked it. The older people only really got going when the Goiserer unpacked his "trad mix".

Drums, electric guitar and electric bass are the core of the current band. The new pieces have more muscle and there is a practical reason for that: Goisern was recently touring on a converted, almost 80 metre long gravel transporter ship, from the North Sea to the Black Sea. The new EU citizens in Romania, Bulgaria and the other countries that lie along the Danube, were treated by him to free open air concerts. In order to bridge the distance to the riverbank, you have to go at it a bit harder of course.

Hubert barely reaches for his squeezebox in his new songs, rather mostly "just" singing, rapping or at time screaming, at a volume that you can barely take without earplugs, Hubert gives up his unique alpine features so to speak, barely yodels and is only distinguishable from a normal rocker with his throaty backwoods word-gurgling and this revolution startled one or two people. "If he had carried on like that the whole time...", sighted a lady in the audience after the concert.

The lyrics are as nippy and witty as ever before. "One's got something wrong with his head / and the other with his knee / and many are fine / but they still complain", he satirises the Armageddon and its prophets. Or, fitting to his new CD S'Nix, in which the subject is nothing, or more precisely: the creative vacuum: "nothing belongs to us and nothing is free / that's why life itself is the greatest art".

Things become melancholically philosophical when life and love are likened to the rain that comes and goes. Or he helps himself to the Old Testament and takes the famous paragraph of Ecclesiastes 3 "there is a time". But unfortunately, as goes with a real rock concert, practically nothing of the lyrics can be understood and so spirits rose noticeably when the band entered familiar waters and you could sing along again. Or had he deliberately unsettled his true fans so that afterwards they would be even more excited about the old Hubert?

Rascal and honorary citizen

He'd be capable of that, the rascal, who fled the Bad Goisern brass band as a long-haired teenager and whom they have now made a freeman of the town. Of course Goisern wasn't touring without female backup. Right now it is three young South Tyroleans, who sing and play wonderfully, painting a pretty picture in their bodices and aprons. And aside from their stage-perfect hip-swinging even have a good grasp of the dialect of the Salzkammergut too. That's what you call an alpine-spanning crossover.

Hubert von Goisern: Live in Salzburg - 18th October 2008

23rd October 2008 | Photos: © Elli Christl

Armageddon in return

Salzburger Nachrichten 20th October 2008 | Text: Bernhard Flieher | Photo: Heinz Bayer

Hubert von Goisern has arrived back where his European journey began.
The Goiserer and his band delighted fans in Salzburg with perfectly attuned diversity.

Hubert von Goisern & BandSalzburg (SN). Hubert von Goisern draws on unlimited resources, tradition and the modern, the near and far. But currently the abundance, ability and enthusiasm pertain in particular to his young band: David Lackner (keyboard), Helmut Schartlmüller (bass), Alex Pohn (drums), Severin Trogbacher (guitar), Marlene and Elisabeth Schuen (violin and vocals), Maria Molling (vocals and percussion).

Barely eighteen months ago, this party played together for the first time in almost this lineup at a benefit gala at the Gwandhaus in Salzburg. What could be surmised back then, a few days before they cast off on the Linz Europe ship tour, became a certainty at the concert on Saturday in the Salzburg Arena. The band got a grip on every impetuousness.

A conspired unit

At that time a clear forwards drive of the band showed, which was a stark contrast to the sound of the Fön or Iwasig albums and which was reminiscent of the Alpinkatzen times. The fact that holding back seemed foreign to the band was not just perfect for the on the river journey, but in the halls too.

In conspired unity - after an intense eighteen months together - quiet ballads communicate with the same conviction and vigour as hard sounds, or the largely anthemic wide screen paintings from the current album S'Nix.

This perfectly attuned diversity proved itself to be an ideal basis to get a (typically Salzburg) reserved audience going. At first it seemed as though the audience had to orient itself in the current Goisern sound. In the first half of the concert, all but three were new songs - from the hard rock number Showtime to the elegiac Regen. Only after the interval did the Goiserer - to great applause of course - reach for the old bag of tricks of old arguments and a few finely polished political statements.

Heast as nit, Jörg

The hit ballad Heast as nit as final encore after a good three hours was dedicated by Hubert von Goisern on the day of the funeral of fellow Goiserer Jörg Haider to all those, "who died this week too, but whose funerals aren't being shown on TV". Where the Goiserer stands politically was never a question.

Where he stands artistically, having spent the past two summers on the Danube, Rhine and tributaries and musically crossed Europe from the Black Sea to the North Sea, was made clear by the first half of the concert. Perfect example: the epic Weltuntergang. Sparkling keyboard sounds meet country dance violins. A cool storytelling voice nestles into a rhythm that is superbly mastered by drums and bass with all the richness of variation there is. Tradition and modern meet. But not impetuously and wildly like in the Alpinkatzen times for example.

The cosmopolitan musical vocabulary of a man who is well-travelled, the memories of youthful imprinting between pop, rock, brass music and folk culture are what Hubert von Goisern mixes here. The calmness and impatience, that characterise not just the journey on the ship, but every thinking journey are palpable.

Decelerated alpine rocker

Frankenpost 20th October 2008 | Text & Photo: Andrea Herdegen

Hubert von Goisern in Bayreuth - new album, soft yodels

Bayreuth - The yodel serves him as an expression of his feelings: not just fun and happy - not just as a sign of zest for life. Hubert von Goisern integrates this archaic form of wordless calling into his melodies to express reflection on himself, melancholy and longing. A good number of songs remain without words. The yodel is then language and instrument at the same time. And is understood.

The exceptional musician from the Salzkammergut first tried yodelling at the end of his 30s. At first he wanted to be oblivious to what was coming out of his mouth and so stood on a motorway bridge. "You can only hear the traffic there, but you feel exactly what's happening in your larynx. It's like a trance."

Yodels and juchitzers are now an inherent part of his songs. Including those on his new album S'nix, which he presented on Friday in the seated Oberfrankenhalle. On it the multi-instrumentalist tells anew of his inner life with yodels. The youthful 55 year old comes on stage dressed in shirt sleeves and casual white trousers. Right from the start his faithful fans are hanging expectantly on his lips. They can count on a number of surprises, because this time he's really rocking: loud and crashing. "You've been calibrated to something like this with all the Wagner droning," the alpine rock says mischievously to the Bayreuth audience.

Hubert von Goisern & Band

Hubert von Goisern has got himself reinforcements: the well-travelled man has been on tour for two years with young musicians. With a cargo ship converted to a stage, downstream on the Danube first of all to the Black Sea, then upstream past Passau and Regensburg, along the Main Danube Canal to the Rhine and on to Rotterdam. They played in numerous harbours, were cheered, always with local musicians at their side. The whole thing served as a kind of deceleration too. "We were travelling very slowly, so slowly that I could talk to people on the river banks." Life belts and rope ladders on the stage act as reminders of this impressive journey of encounters.

Alpine folklore, country dance, blues, jazz, echoes of waltzes, funk and rap and of course rock time and again are added by Hubert von Goisern with playful ease to thrilling sound creations. He doesn't avoid strange sounds. This time Eastern European folk tunes slip in, tunes he dealt with on his ship journey. Three feisty singers in short dirndls support the band with violin and percussion and provide the stage show with groovy dancing.

But the high points of the almost three hour show in Bayreuth are something else: the tenderly contemplative classics still give the audience goosebumps. Weit, weit weg and Heast as nit bring the listeners to lend an ear to their own feelings. And Hubert yodels along. Very softly.

Von Goisern runs and 1000 fans run with him

Schwäbische Zeitung 17th October 2008

Hubert von Goisern & BandAalen - "Like water am I, I just run and run", the alpine rocker Hubert von Goisern sang on Wednesday evening in the Greuthalle in Aalen. A thousand fans were highly enthralled and let themselves happily be taken along.

Hubert von Goisern celebrates his music, his shows are more than just show. Dark stage, then bright spotlight. Out of the swirling stage appears the hazy image of the artist - with him, the customary accordion. His playing: pure melancholy. But then one by one the accompanying musicians appear from the mist too, taking to the keyboards and electric guitar, bass and drums. Goisern's voice also receives three voices in accompaniment, from Maria Moling, Elisabeth and Marlene Schuen. Later the trio will also chip in with violins and percussion. Next things become concertante: the world musician from the Salzkammergut serves the quintessence of his artistic wandering through various cultures, whose echoes are unmistakeable in his new songs.

Traditional costumes and jeans celebrate

Hubert von Goisern hasn't forgotten his rock though, his mix of jazz, soul, funk, African and Asian influences, unmistakably led by the folk music of the mountains, the country dances of the Alps. He understands like no other how to lead alpine folk music to new shores with modern rhythms and to open them up to many new listeners. To be seen in the Greuthalle: dirndls, Tyrolean jackets, traditional costume and jeans celebrating in cosy harmony. "Hey, this can get louder", Goisern calls from the stage and in the second set gives free reign to even louder alpine rock.

Only now does the longed for band come into operation. With harmonica, fiddle, accordion, a sparkling rhythm guitar, grooving bass and jolting beats the musicians enchant with their inimitable sound that is unable to deny its roots, in which country dances, gstanzls, yodels and polkas are just as represented as rock and funk, blues and reggae, jazz and ethno pop. Von Goisern brings together that which does not belong together, mixing up a mélange that sounds simultaneously fantastic and subversive. Music that gives the feeling of: "Like water am I, I just run and run".