“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 him self was an synesthete.
2013, the ensemble reached its present lineup during a series of concerts in Vienna’s jazz club “Porgy & Bess”. The members come from diverse genres like contemporary classical music, Jazz and Hip Hop. Willfulness, subtlety and an artistic spirit of independence that the musicians share unifies the band and takes shape in the compositions of the bandleader.
Vincent Pongracz – Clarinet, Compositions
Doris Nicoletti – Flutes
Clemens Salesny – Bassclarinet, Stritch
Richard Köster – Trumpet
Phil Yaeger – Trombone
Peter Rom – Guitar
Manu Mayr – E-Bass, Double Bass
Lukas König – Drums