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Press Release

With "a voice to that makes you melt", New York City based vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger has been enchanting audiences across the globe for many years. In this latest formation, her peerless musicality and distinctive velvet sound are completed by a stellar band: Walter Fischbacher's dazzling keyboards, Cliff Schmitt's shamanic bass grooves, and Andy Winter's rhythmic intensity. Jazz, Funk, Fusion - all of it has its place in the sonic universe that is the Elisabeth Lohninger Band. The musical journey is a fierce one, so buckle up, surrender to the groove, and enjoy the ride!

Press Release - Deutsch

New Yorkerin und Österreicherin - seit vielen Jahren ein spannender Kontrast für die Jazz Sängerin Elisabeth Lohninger. Jazz ist für sie das Vehikel, der Rahmen, in dem sie mit viel Geschmack und Liebe ihre weitreichenden musikalischen Vorlieben ausleben kann - von Afro-Cuban über Singer-Songwriter und Pop bis Blues, von Songs aus eigener Feder bis zum American Songbook. Von der Presse als „Kate Bush des Jazz“ bezeichnet, steht für Elisabeth nach 13 veröffentlichen Alben eines fest:
Ihre Heimat liegt dort, wo Kontraste und Gegensätze andocken. Wo Berührungspunkte geschaffen werden zwischen dem, was ist, und dem, was möglich ist.

In dieser jüngsten Formation werden ihre unvergleichliche Musikalität und unverwechelbar samtiger Stimmklang durch eine fabelhafte Band ergänzt: Walter Fischbacher's fulminante Keyboards, Cliff Schmitt's schamanistische Bass Grooves und Andy Winter's rhythmische Intensität. Jazz, Funk, Fusion - alles hat seinen Platz im Sound Universum der Elisabeth Lohninger Band. Die musikalische Reise ist eine intensive, also alles anschnallen, sich in den Groove fallen lassen und einfach mal geniessen!

Elisabeth Lohninger, voice


Growing up in a small Austrian mountain village (population 25), Lohninger started singing in school and church choirs. At the age of six, she joined her two sisters in what would become a nationally renowned vocal group specializing in the songs of her homeland. She soon ventured in other directions and studied classical music and jazz, finishing her studies with a Masters degree in music and English Language and Literature. In 1994, Lohninger relocated to New York. Elisabeth has toured as a band leader with her quartet as well as in duo and trio settings. Her touring schedule has included renowned venues such as Porgy & Bess in Vienna, Jazzschmiede Duesseldorf, The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard and Kitano in New York City, B-Flat Jazz Club in Tokyo. Highlights of her festival performances are: Summerstage New York, Mexico City (Eurojazz Festival), International Prague Jazz Festival, Cairo International Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival Hilden (Germany). Since 2002 Lohninger is a faculty member at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Walter Fischbacher,  keyboards


New York-based pianist Walter Fischbacher is a multi-faceted artist. For years he has been traveling the world as a bandleader, sideman and duo partner. Fischbacher's first solo record entitled "Moments" was released in 2019. His most recent CD, Phishbacher Plays The Beatles, will be released in 2023. Originally from Austria, Walter Fischbacher has been a New Yorker by choice since 1994. His solo program is often described as follows: "Simple melodies embedded in virtuoso piano playing, a collage of musical styles from classical to jazz to funk" (press release). Walter's style and repertoire have matured over the decades and are evidence of a life in which music is always at the center - authentic and uncompromising, just like Fischbacher himself.

Cliff Schmitt,bass

Cliff Schmitt

Bassist Cliff Schmitt has performed thousands of concerts since his professional debut in 1992. His first truly professional gig was on the south side of Dallas with R&B legend Al "TNT" Braggs, a songwriter for Aretha Franklin and Bobby Bland. Cliff has gone on to perform in nightclubs in New York, Paris, Berlin and Rio De Janiero, and to crowds of thousands at festivals in North and South America, Europe and Asia. A resident of New York City since 1997, he now spends much of his time in Germany. Cliff is currently the bassist for Emarcy recording artist Curtis Stigers, and co-leads a duo project with Guitarist/Harmonica player Noé Socha called Likho Duo.

Andy Winter, drums

Andy Winter

The Austrian-American drummer Andy Winter received his musical education at the Vienna Conservatory and gave concerts early on with greats of the local scene such as Karl Ratzer, Harry Stojka, Wolfgang Puschnig, u.v.a. In 1988 he went to New York to study at the New School and has since worked with jazz musicians such as Larry Goldings, Brad Mehldau, Ron Carter, Mark Whitfield, Peter Bernstein, Scott Colley, Chris Potter, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, and others.


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Photo Credits: First row: Walter Fischbacher, 2nd and 3rd row: Christopher Drukker
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