Appealing fusion of world and jazz music from
Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten - by Reinhold Gruber
„Moods“ is their third common CD, but the number three is not decisive at all. The decisive point is, that the chemistry between singer and jazz trumpet player Michaela Rabitsch and guitarist Robert Pawlik is right. You can hear it.
The mood is important. „If I am grand, that’s the mood I like most“, Rabitsch tells in the interview with „was ist los?“, but intrinsically this is logic, she pursues. Relaxed and without stress – that’s the mood she likes.
Do personal moods make an impact on the compositions?
„Melancholy affects totally“, Rabitsch knows from experience. On „Moods“ there are various atmospheres, and the musician would lie not to say, that personal sensitivities would not be reflected in the artistic work. „I’m a bad actress.“
Musicially both are at home in the jazz genre, but they don’t consider themselves as purists. They want to reach as many people as possible with their compositions. You can also find tunes on „Moods“ with world music character in the best sense of the word. But this is just another categorie, which tries to characterize what you can’t define. The thing is: it’s about moods.
A mood like to get some peace, which is found sublime in the opening tune „In Silent Moments“. For Rabitsch it is a song she had improved over a long time together with her partner, until the tune got exactly that emotional quality, which blends in so well as opener for „Moods“.
To get some peace is so important for Rabitsch, because it helps to get focused. This peace is essential to progress as a creativ artist. In the house of Rabitsch-Pawlik therefor there should be permanent creativ interchange. Isn’t it?
Rabitsch laughs „There are times, when we write and compose. One of us starts, and together we go on. But in everyday life there are many situations we don’t even think on music. To be creative, you need the silent moments.“
The stilistic flexibility is a trademark of the musicians-couple, which also looks over borders and accordingly acts with foresight. The variety in style happens naturally, both agree, but of course this is caused by their musical roots. „The fact that we have studied a lot of different kinds of music and that it is important for us, that our compositions have a vivid spectrumm this comes naturally. For us as well as for the audience it would be boring to act in a very small stilistic field.“
Moreover, both of them are composing. „Each of us has a different background, and as a result the stilistic spectrum enlarges even more.“ It’s pleasing for the listener of „Moods“, that you can hear the aspirations of it’s doers, but on the same time feel, that both don’t have fears of contacts with catchy melodies.
With this appraisement you are right with these both, because they are really convinced, that music doesn’t have to be a intellectual thing compulsively. „Music should offer something for the intelect, but it is essential to experience it emotional. The one must not exclude the other“, so Rabitsch’s point of few.
Isn’t the emotion the decisive factor eventually? „For the consumer, yes, for shure! Even if you have the demand for high-quality music it must be possible to listen and enjoy it without having studied jazz theorie.“
If you want to hear this live in Upper Austria, you have the possibility this autumn. Concerts in Enns and at Hofbuehne Tegernbach are confirmed.
Alfred Krondraf, Concerto
Work in Progress - Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik
„We don’t show up with a small idea to the rehearsals, but with a fully developed idea to play!“Michaela Rabitsch defines it very precise, when it concerns her compositions and the ones of her partner Robert Pawlik.
They compose together, but there are no fixed rules for the musical cooperation.
A jamsession is something wonderful, but today we often just don’t have the time for it, and with our fellow musicians it’s just the same.“
After the work of their duo-CD „just the two of us“ both decided to start something new. For their new CD „moods“ the trumpet player and singer and the guitarist teamed up with Karl Sayer on bass and Joris Dudli on Drums. „We perform for years with this rhythm section, so we are in perfect playing order as a quartet. The position on the drums is not always taken with Joris Dudli, but also if Dusan Novakov or Klemens Marktl is playing the drums, everybody feels good,“ they say.
What you hear on that CD are originals, done together in interaktion, „work in progress“. It’s loud and clear that Michaela Rabitsch is influenced by straight ahead jazz and Robert Pawlik has different root. Led Zeppelin is one of the groups he grew up with musicially.
It’s a very substantial CD, and the titles of the songs tell you stories, maybee not always for everybody, but behind every piece of music there is a happening, a remembrance, an experience, which both like to think of. They are happy to tell you these stories, and it’s worth to listen to them.
Alexander Schöpf, Wiener Bezirkszeitung
The language of jazz
The duo Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik from Vienna/ Währing just has released it’s junior release „moods“. The „Wiener Bezirkszeitung“ met with the musicians.
Währing: The story of the duo started quite morbidly with a reverend appearance in the crematory of the central cemetery of Vienna in 1998. By request of the bereaved we played two of the deceased favorite songs: „St. Louis Blues“ and „On the Sunny Side of the Street“, Michaela Rabitsch remembers.