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Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & Listen

Culture / Concert
German and English language

Crossroads are busy: with flashing traffic lights, they demand heightened awareness, they are an invitation to think, and – in the case of this concert – to listen. Using traditional Tyrolian music as a starting point, the musicians span an international artistic arch. More important than the question of what they play is the question of how they play. The familiar becomes alienated, and through reharmonisation and rhythmic interweaving, illuminated in a new way: the Jazz Feel creates freedom for improvisation and opens up exciting opportunities for new modes of listening.

Founder & Artistic Director Outreach Festival & Academy, International Touring Artist, Composer, Brass Instrument Maker; Lecturer, Producer, New York
Musician, Composer and Actor, New York


Founder & Artistic Director Outreach Festival & Academy, International Touring Artist, Composer, Brass Instrument Maker; Lecturer, Producer, New York

1985-1987 Journeyman s Certificate Brass Instrument Maker, Schwaz
1987-1990 Diploma, Music Conservatory of the City of Vienna
1990-1993 Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music , New York
2007-2011 Board of Directors , Manhattan New Music Project, New York
since 1990 Freelance Trumpeter, Composer , Clinician, Producer & Lecturer
since 1993 Artistic Director Outreach Festival & Academy, Schwaz
since 2001 Owner and Managing director of Musikinstrumente Franz Hackl
since 2014 Advisory Board Member, Composers Concordance, New York

Michael WOLFF

Musician, Composer and Actor, New York

 A native of New Orleans who grew up in Memphis and San Francisco, Wolff began to study classical piano at the age of eight. He was offered a scholarship to San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, but passed it up to study at U.C.L.A. and U.C. Berkeley. At the age of nineteen, impatient to begin his career, he left college to tour and record with jazz vibist Cal Tjader. After four albums and a world tour with Tjader, Wolff moved to Manhattan to play gigs with such music greats as Cannonball Adderely (and performed on Cannon's final album, "Phoenix"), Sonny Rollins, the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra, Lean-Luc Ponty, and Airto Morelia & Flora Purim. In the late seventies, singer Nancy Wilson hired Wolff as her music director, a position he held for five years, and which enabled him to learn orchestration and to conduct symphony orchestras around the world. During this time, he became good friends with Wilson's opening act, the young comedian Arsenio Hall. When Hall was eventually offered his own talk show in 1989, he chose Wolff to lead the band. The stint on national television was a temporary detour from Wolff's jazz career, but it brought him fame, along with the chance to play and become friends with musical idols such as Miles Davis, to perform at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, and to meet his future wife, Polly Draper, when she was a guest on the show during her "thirtysomething" days. Since "The Arsenio Hall Show" went off the air, Wolff has returned to jazz, and has earned wide acclaim for his albums, "Jumpstart!" (1995) and "2 A.M." (1996). He has just released "Pool of Dreams," a duet album with Alex Foster (the saxophonist who actually played Gregory Hines' music in The Tic Code), and in January, 1998, will release his next album, "Portraiture: The Blues Period" on the Fuel 2000/Varese Seaband label.

Seminar Week

show timetable


15:00 - 15:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014Plenary
15:15 - 15:30Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and AccordionCulture
15:30 - 16:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
17:00 - 17:30Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & ListenCulture
17:30 - 19:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
19:00 - 20:00Bread and WineSocial


01 Sustainable Peace and Security – Who Cares?Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical TransformationsSeminar
03 An Energy Transition for the FutureSeminar
04 The Human MicrobiomeSeminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for GrowthSeminar
06 1814 – 1914 – 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and PoliticsSeminar
07 Ethical Implications of Religious WorldviewsSeminar
08 Art and ProtestSeminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours – EU External Relations at the Crossroads?Seminar
10 Collective Memory – Present Focus on the PastSeminar
11 Feeding the WorldSeminar
12 Decisions Under UncertaintySeminar
13 Macroeconomics – The Return of IdeologiesSeminar
14 Human – Machine – RoboticsSeminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great WarSeminar
16 The Key to Good GovernanceSeminar
17 Media from a Theoretical PerspectiveSeminar


16:00 - 17:00Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the ChildCulture


17:00 - 18:30Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World LiteratureCulture


16:00 - 17:30Courage. In Memoriam Fritz MoldenCulture


17:30 - 18:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture


17:00 - 20:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary