Pepe&Speedy | © Julia Wesely Pepe&Speedy | © Julia Wesely
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For kids: Pepe & Speedy

For kids: Pepe & Speedy

Christoph Pepe Auer: saxophone | Manfred Temmel: guitar | Christoph Pepe Auer already proved that it’s possible to make music with the zipping sound of a saxophone bag at the start of the kid’s jazz programme “Pepe & Speedy”. This formed the start of an enjoyable and often surprising journey involving the guitar, saxophone and “Pepephon” – a plastic saxophone invented by Auer which can be freely assembled and expanded. The programme conceived by Lilian Genn and orchestrated by Sigrid Reisenberger gradually reaches a crescendo as it delves deep into the sounds, rhythms and melodies of jazz, pop, folk and classic. This is no child-friendly, “softly softly” exercise in music but, instead, a true musical experience full of humour with real musical content which is fascinating for young and old alike.

Artist biography Christoph Pepe Auer

As a child Christoph Pepe Auer also learnt the piano, accordion and drums. Today, the Austrian who plays all imaginable woodwind instruments as well as a plastic saxophone in all its assembled forms and particularly the bass clarinet is amongst Europe’s most creative and versatile jazz musicians. Winner of the Hans-Koller Prize no less than three times, Auer lived in New York for five years. He loves change and experimentation and has played with minimalist duo Living Room with hang player Manu Delago as well as big bands such as the Vienna Art Orchestra and everything from classic jazz to alpine music and avant garde. In 2007 Auer founded Austria’s biggest jazz label Session Work Records. Since 2015 he is the director of the jazz department at Salzburg’s Mozarteum University.


Artist biography Manfred Temmel

Manfred Temmel, 41 years-old, comes from Graz where he also studied jazz guitar. After his studies he went on to learn all possible playing forms of the instrument from blues, rock and pop to flamenco, gypsy swing and ethno to fusion and house. This has made him one of the most in-demand live accompanists and studio musicians who has already worked for Die Patienten, The Jackson Jailbreakers, Dj Reebone and P-Funk, Bob Brookmeyer or Barbara Paierl. His well-known own stage project is a duo with accordionist Christian Bakanic. Similar to Christoph Pepe Auer, Temmel is versatile, an expert and sufficiently creative to teach children about the fascination of music.