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Klaus Paier

Klaus Paier, austrian accordionist and composer, studied accordion, jazz and composition at Klagenfurt conservatory. He quickly turned his attention to other genres, from tango and world music to jazz, in order to fuse them into an unmistakable, personal style. Always searching for the greatest possible freedom of expression, he has continued to do this in the most diverse lineups and accentuations: especially in his own trio since 1997 with Stefan Gfrerrer on bass and Roman Werni on drums, in duo with the croatian cellist Asja Valcic and saxophonist Gerald Preinfalk as well as with the radio.string.quartet. Klaus Paier will be the first Austrian artist to receive the "Silver Disc Award" in 2011 in Moscow. It's an award concernig accordionists and their extraordinary achievements on the instrument. His CDs "Movimiento" and "Live" was nominated for the Austrian music prize, the "Amadeus Award". Klaus Paier international tours led by Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Netherland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Egypt, USA, Canada, Algeria, Vietnam and Israe


Silver Disc 2011


Klaus Paier has long been a solitary figure in the accordion scene. The Austrian, living in Carinthia, has explored the sound of the accordion from the very beginning and has attempted to expand the borders of the instrument both in terms of technique and composition - after all, he remains fascinated by the openness and freedom of music. The new double album, "Solitaire", is virtually a quintessence of this work. For the first time, solo recordings without multi-track technology move the "pure" Klaus Paier into focus. Paier's indefatigable melodic ingenuity and that typical Paier style, pregnant with tension, creating space through pauses, both achieve more dynamism and tonal colour than ever on "Solitaire". The spectrum moves from eulogistic pieces with lows and highs to minimalistic miniatures, from canon and fugue-like mountains of sound to clear motifs reminiscent of birdsong, from the melancholic and lyrical to a musette variation and from the three-part innovative interpretation of the elements of Piazzolla's Nuevo Tango to excursions into the music of the Balkans. A range of sound and a stylistic total work of art in the accordion field, the likes of which at present could only be created by Klaus Paier. Indeed, a solitary work.

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