Memplex | © Yannis Akon Memplex | © Yannis Akon
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Mario Rom: trumpet | Werner Zangerle: saxophone | Philipp Jagschitz: piano | Walter Singer: double bass | Niki Dolp: drums | When a band says that it wants to make music, “which inspires you to not let the “bad guys” win,” it almost has to be an Austrian one. This special humour combined with an irrepressible joy in playing is what defines Memplex, one of the most powerful, surprising, and versatile quintets of the music scene. Something which is hardly surprising considering that all five band members contribute their own pieces. Each one has something to say as they have all made impressive careers for themselves since the founding of Memplex twelve years ago: certainly the trumpeter Mario Rom as well as the tenor saxophonist Werner Zangerle, bassist Walter Singer, pianist Philipp Jagschitz and drummer Niki Dolp. After an extended break they are now presenting a new album and celebrating the moment live.

artist biography Mario Rom

With his ever-astounding technique which results in a breathtaking tempo and moving sound, 33-year-old Mario Rom is amongst the internationally outstanding trumpeters. Reassuring therefore that this is also reflected in success: Rom is a member of Austria’s two currently most successful jazz bands. One is his own, the Interzone trio with Lukas Kranzelbinder and Herbert Pirker which was founded in 2011 during his studies in Linz. In 2016 this then formed the basis of Kranzelbinder’s Shake Stew. Rom has also shown his excellence in the Jazzwerkstatt Wien, with Nouvelle Cuisine as well as by the side of Michael Mantler, Dave Liebman, Harry Sokal, Fiva and Lia Pale. So much so, in fact, that Dhafer Youssef even took him on his recent tour of Europe’s biggest concert venues and halls.