contemporary european jazz with world music influences

The eight-piece band around the Austrian jazz clarinetist Christopher Haritzer  released their debut album “auf der Walz” in March.

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“SEPP. Here is cultivated wide field. Here, beds of a wide variety of plants are looked after: jazz and folk music of the most diverse regions, free improvisation and bound dance rhythms. That’s right, it does not sound special first – after all, we’ve been living in polystylistics for decades – but I have not experienced such a range in a long time. “

( by Albert Hosp, oe 1, February 2019 )

more about SEPP


is an octet founded in 2017 by the Austrian jazz clarinetist Christopher Haritzer. It is dedicated to his grandfather Josef Lackner ( commonly known as Sepp Brandstätter ) from Heiligenblut. He was a mountain guide, a member of the mountain rescue team, an avalanche protection pioneer, the chairman of several clubs in the village, a farmer, a passionate musician and a family man with body and soul. Not only did he introduce his grandson to music with his first clarinet fingerings, he became a great role model for Christopher through his fearless and open-minded way of life, always providing tailwind both musically and humanely. Sepp always trusted his instincts adopting innovative and not always easy solutions, for example, to protect his home community from avalanche disasters.

Together with a selected group of artists from Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany and various regions of Austria (Turkish roots included), Christopher is now paying tribute to this lion-hearted attitude. In the process, inspired by Sepp, the eight musicians courageously set out to explore new paths by bringing their original compositions and lyrics to life.

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Victoria Pfeil

soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, composition, lyrics |

Tomáš Novák

violin, vocals, composition, lyrics |

Bilge Kaan Kuş

fretless classical guitar, fretted acoustic guitar, vocals, composition

Lothar Beyschlag

trumpet, bugle

Iradi Luna

double bass, vocals, composition

Tobias Steinberger

framedrums, percussion

Christopher Haritzer

bass clarinet, diatonic bisonoric accordion, clarinet, vocals, composition, lyrics
concept and band leading

auf der Walz

Our debut album is available!







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