Vincent Pongrácz has been no stranger to the local music and jazz scene for quite some time. With his projects SYNESTHETIC4 and SYNESTHETIC OCTET, the musician, composer and rapper has already succeeded in causing a stir several times in the past, both at home and internationally. As IVO, the Viennese is now embarking on a solo path and releasing "1v0", an album that is definitely far removed musically from what one would call the usual. The best way to describe what he presents in his numbers is experimental hip-hop with a strong jazz beat and electronic interjections. The beats, the rhythms, the vocals as well as the lyrics follow their own rules and show their own character in a really wonderful way. (Michael Ternai, music austria, translated by FORUM STADTPARK)
GIK (Grazer Impro Klub) is the Graz adaptation of the curated improvisation evenings at Vienna's Celeste established since 2005 by Marco Eneidi, who died in 2016. Since January 2017, this series, which always takes place on the last Monday of the month, has established itself as a new hub for improvised, contemporary and experimental music in Graz, thanks to numerous illustrious guests and a highly diverse but cohesive field of musicians and audiences.
The focus is on the social act of collective, musical real-time composition and its intrinsic risk practice. A particular strength of GIK is the synergy of diverse stylistic practices and approaches while creating a benevolent environment for encounter and exchange. A broad network of participants with strong connections to the KUG and the international independent scene confirm and consolidate the significance of this platform for genre-free sound experimentation.
Curation and moderation: Patrick Wurzwallner