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Contemporary folk music: A chat with Austrian band ALMA

Hailing from Vienna these five musicians are changing the perception of traditional folk music one song at a time

The Aus­tri­an band ALMA plays Folk Music in a con­tem­po­rary way. Using tra­di­tion­al vio­lins, accordeons and bass­es com­bined with beau­ti­ful vocals and jodel­ing, the band proves that tra­di­tion­al music can be mod­ern. We talked to the five mem­bers Julia, Eve­lyn, Mat­teo, Marie-Theres and Mar­lene about han­dling pro­fes­sion­al­i­ty and friend­ship at both times, emo­tions, their biggest achieve­ments and their inspiration.

How did you all meet?

Well, Julia and Mar­lene are sib­lings, so they met pret­ty ear­ly. But gen­er­al­ly we met at folk music work­shops when we were lit­tle. Julia and Marie met the first time, when they were 10. So I’d say it was destiny.

How did the idea to form a band come about?

That was easy – Julia sent an Email. Done.

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Alma means soul in Span­ish. Why did you choose that name?

Since we work a lot with tra­di­tion­al Aus­tri­an folk music it seemed like a per­fect match for us using ALMA as our band name. We grew up with folk music, and even if it annoyed us some­times, it’s def­i­nite­ly a part of our being. 

What do you want peo­ple to think/​feel when they lis­ten to your music?

Emo­tions. We love to see smil­ing faces, tears or tense­ness. We think it’s the most impor­tant thing, of doing music, to make peo­ple feel some­thing and to trans­port them to anoth­er place. 

What has been the biggest chal­lenge so far?

There are a few chal­lenges on dif­fer­ent lev­els. There is the per­son­al lev­el – we are work­ing now togeth­er for near­ly 7 years. Find­ing the right bal­ance of a work­ing rela­tion­ship and our friend­ship is one of the most impor­tant things. And we man­aged it quite well.

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What’s your favorite part about doing music?

Search­ing for new sound­scapes, being on stage with peo­ple you trust, composing.

What music do you usu­al­ly lis­ten to?

I’m most­ly lis­ten­ing to ear­ly music, baroque and orches­tral music. Some­times to Whit­ney Hous­ton or Toto, too.

What’s been a high­light of your career as a band so far?

We played with Tonkün­stler Orches­tra at the gold­en hall of Musik Vere­in Vien­na. That was quite something!

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What would you like to achieve as a band?

Get­ting invit­ed to the big con­cert halls like Carnegie Hall or Elbphil­har­monie, but most­ly to stay fresh and awake music wise.

Music is an inter­na­tion­al lan­guage, and in yours you mix influ­ences from tra­di­tion­al music from dif­fer­ent coun­tries and try to give them a mod­ern twist. Where do you get your inspiration?

Well, we only choose music of coun­tries where we have a strong bond to. So, there for the things we asso­ciate with the cho­sen coun­try, are real­ly strong inspi­ra­tions. And in gen­er­al our dai­ly life – it direct­ly reflects our music. 

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16 May 2018 · neubau eyewear