AkkoSax are the combination of two instruments that are made to vibrate by air, each of which is strongly associated with a specific music genre: folk music, and jazz. This is neither surprising nor a disaster; but a combination of this kind calls for moving a few steps further …

Since 1993, AkkoSax have produced music for many theater and radio plays as well as film scores, e. g. for Tiroler Landestheater, Tiroler Volksschauspiele Telfs, Otto Grünmandl, Münchner Volkstheater and ORF. AkkoSax wrote the music for the last show of the Austrian satirical cabaret artist Otto Grünmandl (1924 – 2000), “The Mountain Singers”, and accompanied Grünmandl on his tour through Austria and Southern Germany in 1997/98. The radio play “Die Beichte” by Felix Mitterer (directed by Martin Sailer), to which AkkoSax contributed the music, won the ORF R adio Play Award and the Prix d’Italia in 2004.

In May 2008, AkkoSax performed at the opening of the new festival col legno musica lucca of the Accademia di Montegral. In December 2008 AkkoSax were presented the Austrian World Music Award at the Porgy & Bess in Vienna. In March 2009 AkkoSax were invited to the 10th International Accordion Festival in Vienna.
AkkoSax also wrote “Kranzhorn – eine Landschaftskomposition für Akkordeon, Saxophon und 19 virtuelle Ziachorgeln” for the Tyrolean Festival Erl and performed the piece at the Kranzhornalm, an alpine hut near Erl, in July 2009.

Born in Innsbruck in 1958; saxophonist and composer; his roots are in rock music.He lives at Zirl, one of the two (or maybe three?) villages in North Tyrol where wine is grown. Hannes Sprenger plays saxophones by Buffet & Crampon, Rampone & Cazzani and Yanagisawa.

Born at Axams, Tyrol, in 1957 (at an altitude of approx. 900 m); accordionist, singer, sound explorer and music teacher. As an accordionist, he is an autodidact save for the basic instructions he got from his father at the age of four and for some input from Ferry Strassl (accordion = “a portable bellows instrument using free reeds that is suitable for polyphonic playing”).
On this album Siggi Haider plays an accordion by Bugari-Armando and the instrument by Mengascini built for Werner Pirchner.


Photo: Leo Fellinger
The music of Tyrolean composer Werner Pirchner performed by AkkoSax: a glimpse into the »Austrian soul«, engineered with amazing lightness and instrumental virtuosity. 
On their album Interluder, AkkoSax are busy fathoming the depths of musical history: MedievalRenaissance meets FolkJazz. 
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