Press article by Jörg Duit (ORF, Wien) on the occasion of the festival concert on the island of ELBA (Italy), Easter 2019 (www.intonatione.it):
Wide musical horizon, curiosity, enthusiasm, attentive, permeably lively dialog – all this, plus the communication between generations in particular build a solid and grounded, same as light-footed basis in Alternative Strings Trio for an exciting, sensitive as well as hazardous playing music on an advanced level.
Students and teacher are meeting there – in fact generations – and totally aware they leave classical patterns, which could easily arise from this constellation; teaching and learning are put upside down, thoroughly given a good shaking and are mutating dynamically and vibrant into a collective give and take.
Ensemble founder Mic Oechsner converted his former master students Maria Salamon and Clemens Sainitzer from his improvisation school Alternative Strings in Vienna for this musical project. From their actual repertoire the three musicians filter an improvisational capability which is subtle, funny, generous and reverent on the one hand, courageous and self-confident on the other – the Great American Songbook could easily be turned into a shoal soup of rewarmed popular songs. The trio is aware of this and beats any prejudices with an inviting smile, confident enthusiasm and wide cultural empathy.