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MUSICIAN

Edith Lettner’s interests lie primarily in jazz, improvised music, African music and music from diverse regions in the Middle East. She plays alto and soprano saxophone and duduk, an Armenian woodwind instrument. She performs internationally with numerous unique artists and bands and she has recorded several CDs.
Her frequent collaboration with musicians from other cultures and artists from other art genres has made her an incredibly versatile artistic personality.

Some of the musicians Edith has worked with: Leopoldo F. Fleming (USA),Warren Smith (USA),Alex Blake (USA),Kenny Wessel (USA),Ras Moshe Burnett (USA), Howard Curtis (USA),Steve Dalachinsky (USA),Yacouba Sissoko (Mali),Thione Seck (Senegal),Suleyman Faye (Sen.),Orchestre National (Sen.),Vero La Reine (Cameroun),Prince Zeka (Kngo),Celia Mara (Brazil),Nariman Hodjati (Iran),Zoreh Jooya (Iran)

INSTRUMENTS

  • alto saxophone
  • soprano saxophone
  • duduk (armenian reed- instrument)

TEACHERS

  • Saxophone: Leo Wright, Manfred Balasch, Herwig Gradischnig, Oscar Noriega, Patience Higgins
  • Jazz theory and improvisation: Uli Scherer, Steve Coleman (M-Base Ways), Barri Harris
  • Duduk: Gevorg Dabaghian (Komitas Conservatory Yerewan)

Thanks to all the musicians from all over the world, whom I have played with. Thanks for your inspiration and for all I learned trough working with you.

Discography

2014 Dialogues live @ ShapeShifter Lab Brooklyn
Edith Lettner & Warren Smith (improvised music, live recording)
2012 Trust Your Way
Edith Lettner & African Jazz Spirit, artdialogue (original compositions with African musicians and jazz musicians)
2012 Heart Blues
Stefan Wagner Group, SBF records (modern jazz album, comp. by Stefan Wagner)
2011 Live in Vienna 2011
Aanderud /Hecht/Lettner, artdialogue (live recording of improvised music with two Mexican jazz musicians)
2010 calling4
phone 3 phone, Extraplatte (original compositions, jazz, world music)
2010 Live at Afrika Tage 2010
Jenny Bell & Earthbeat, , Art Attack Records (music from Uganda)
2008 Kaira
Keba Cissokho & Edith Lettner, artdialogue (traditional West African music)
2007 moving offroad
freemotion, Extraplatte (original compositions, jazz & more)
2007 The Long Walk
Stefan Wagner Group, SBF records (modern jazz album, comp. By Stefan Wagner)
2005 Katharsis
Edith Lettner & friends,   artdialogue (soundtrack for a dance performance, original compositions)
2004 Listen Well
Stefan Wagner Group, SBF records (modern jazz album, comp. by Stefan Wagner)
2002 Adouna- One World
Kambis Culture (contemporary West African music, original compositions)
2001 Haft Peykar
Setare, mandana productions (soundtrack for a dance performance to 7 stories by the Persian poet Nezami, original compositions)
2000 We think You Know
phone 3 phone, Extraplatte (original compositions, jazz, world music)
1996 A Peaceful Crowd
phone 3 phone, RST records (original compositions, jazz, world music)
1994 Blue Green Desires
phone 3 phone, Extraplatte (original compositions, jazz, world music)
Contributing as a guest musician
2014 My eigene Wöd
Dorothea Jaburek,  Firma Mendt (Viennese jazz songs by Dorothea Jaburek)
2005 Bastardista
Celia Mara, globalista, distr.: soul seduction (Brazilian world pop music)

 

COMPOSER

Edith Lettner composes music for band projects, film and theater.
In 2005 she founded her own ensemble freemotion (jazz & more) and in 2010 the African Jazz Spirit project in Senegal. To both projects she can contribute her own compositions in very special ways.

Soundtracks (as composer and performer)

2009 „Bock for President“, documentary about Austrian charity worker Ute Bock by Houchang and Tom- Dariusch Allahyari, as composer and performer
1999 „Ene Mene Muh“, movie by Houchang and Tom- Dariusch Allahyari, as composer and performer

Music for theater and dance performances (as composer and performer)

2012 “Honolulu Blues“ by Patrick Huber, directed by Hubsi Kramar
2012 „Flammende Liebe“ by Hubsi Kramar, music composed and performed together with Martin Kratochwil
2009/2010 “Beautyfri 1 und 2”, directed by Hubsi Kramar
2005 “Katharsis“, a performance that brings together dance, music and painting
2004 “Wenn das Geheimnis zu eindrucksvoll ist, wagt man nicht zu widerstehen“,
a theater performance with live dance, music and painting based on themes from Antoine De Saint Exupéry’s story “The Little Prince“
2002/2003 „Fremde Monologe“, theater play directed by Hakan Yavas  (Vienna, Kairo/ Egypt)

 

PAINTER

Techniques: water colors, oil paintings, drawings.
Edith Lettner showed her work in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad and staged painting performances together with jazz musicians. Her works in music and painting cross-fertilise each other. Motion, dynamic, intense expression and improvisation form the bridge that interconnects her work as a musician and as a painter.

@ShapeShifter Lab Brooklyn, Oct. 2015

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Exhibitions

2017                                   Linz AG Kulturforum

2015 ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, New York
2014 Cornelia Street Café, Greenwich Village (New York)
2012/2013/2014 Kunst zu Recht- Justizzentrum (Vienna, Austria), group exhibition
2010 Grünraum (Vienna, Austria)
2008 

2006

Warum. Kunst.Raum (Wels, Austria)

Galerie CdB, Landeskulturzentrum Ursulinenhof (Linz, Austria)

2005 Siebensterngalerie (Vienna, Austria), with Renée Kellner
2003 Siebensterngalerie (Vienna, Austria), project “X-Change” with Rackie Diankha

Musée de L’Ifan (Dakar, Senegal), project “X-Change” with Rackie Diankha

2002 Biennale Dak’ art (Dakar, Senegal), workshop and group exhibition at  “Village des arts”

Siebensterngalerie (Vienna, Austria), exhibitionof the association  “Teich ® seit 2001.Kunst”

2001 Vienna International Center (United Nations in Vienna, Austria)

Siebensterngalerie (Vienna, Austria), with Renée Kellner

Salzburger Jazz-Herbst, group exhibition curated by  Bank Austria-Kunstforum and  ORF/Ö1 (Salzburg, Austria)

Siebensterngalerie (Vienna, Austria), group exhibition

2000 Siebensterngalerie (Vienna, Austria)
1999 Papiermachermuseum Steyrermühl (Upper Austria)

Galerie im Allgemeinen Krankenhaus (Vienna, Austria)

1996 Vienna Hilton (Vienna, Austria)
1993 Städtische Galerie (Traun, Austria)
1992 Tabakmuseum (Vienna, Austria)

Galerie Impressionen (Vienna, Austria)

Galerie am Neuen Palais (Potsdam, Germany), with 2 artists from Berlin

Bank Austria (Linz, Austria)

1990 IKARUS (Vienna, Austria)
1989 Galerie EL PASO art (Zurich, Switzerland)
1988 Galerie CDB Landeskulturzentrum Ursulinenhof (Linz, Austria)

BAWAG (Linz, Austria)

1987 United Art Gallery (Vienna, Austria)

Galerie Carpe Diem (Vienna, Austria)

Theaterbrett (Vienna, Austria)

Casino (Linz, Austria)

1986 Galerie Carpe Diem (Vienna, Austria)
1983 Raiffeisenkasse (Linz, Austria)Hypobank (Linz, Austria)
1980 First exhibition: watercolor paintings, Kapu Linz (Linz, Austria)

Edith Lettner, qui signe ses tableaux « Elbro », est née à Linz / Autriche en 1964 . A l’âge de 16 ans, elle a eu la chance de travailler avec le peintre Wolf Url dans son atelier pendant plusieurs années. En 1983, elle s’est installée à Vienne où elle a présenté ses peintures.

Edith Lettner est une autodidacte, ce qui l’a mené à un style volontaire, soutenu par son talent musical et par sa collaboration avec des artistes de cultures et d’horizons divers.

Les images d’Elbro se forment selon l’improvisation. Le mouvement, au sens figuré la mobilité, est le sujet essentiel dans sa vie . Il se travaille et se transforme. Il paraît comme le lien entre son sentiment musical et pictural. D’où, les séries avec des titres comme :  alive, moving, changes, follow your heart, Wechselspiel (interaction)…. Etc.

Edith Lettner fait aussi de la gravure en linoléum et des dessins brossés à l’encre. C’est ainsi que dans ses tableaux à l’huile et dans ses aquarelles, c’est l’échafaudage des lignes en mouvement qui forme la base de ses compositions des couleurs, ce qui donne une forte dynamique, une énergie émouvante à ses œuvres.

Au début, ses œuvres étaient symboliques. On pouvait reconnaître des visages, des corps et des éléments de la nature. A partir de 1989, ses peintures sont devenues de plus en plus abstraites, sa manière de peindre encore plus spontanée et originale. Cette phase était accompagnée par des performances avec des musiciens de jazz et ensuite par son engagement intensif comme musicienne et compositrice (jazz, worldmusic, musique de théâtre et de film).

La franchise entre personnes de cultures différentes, la musique, la nature et la spiritualité sont ses plus importantes sources de créativité et d’énergie de vivre. Edith Lettner s’intéresse surtout aux chemins qui conduisent du négatif au positif pendant le processus du développement des personnalités, des sociétés et de la communications entre les cultures diverses.

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