3 more concerts will follow this autumn with Soap and Skin: Sep. 13 at the Arena, Vienna / Nov. 24 Latvia / Nov. 30 Mexico City. Infos and tickets for Vienna here.
On Oct. 12 2019 I will perform with the Acoustic Techno band Elektro Guzzi at the Porgy&Bess Music Club, Vienna.
On Sep. 29 2019 our brass sextet "Darkstone Brass" will perform at the festival "Schloss Kirchstetten Klassikfestival" (Brass & Wine). Line up: Martin Eberle, Martin Ohrwalder (trp) / Phil Yaeger, Martin Ptak (trb) / Erik Hainzl (tuba) / Lukas Koenig (dr).
On Nov. 8 2019 the Velvet Elevator Orchestra will accompany the Kulturpreisgala of Lower Austria at the Festspielhaus St.Pölten. More infos to come soon.
On November 21, 2018 I´ll play the album release concert at the Radiokulturhaus Vienna (Großer Sendesaal). We will perform in the original 9 musicians line up, featuring Martin Eberle (trp) as a soloist. For more infos and tickets click here.
After 8 days of recording in January, the new album of the acoustic techno band "Elektro Guzzi" featuring Hilary Jeffery, Daniel Riegler and me on trombone will be released on Oct. 26, 2018 by Denovali Records. Between October and November we will play 10 shows in Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Italy. Get infos here.
On August 9th 2018 our quartet "Die Strottern & Blech" will perform at the Allegro Vivo festival in my hometown Langenlois. More infos and tickets here.
On June 21st 2018 Christoph Bochdansky´s figure theatre piece "Ich freue mich" which I wrote the music for will be played at the Barockfestival St.Pölten. Get infos and tickets here.
On June 10th 2018 I will perform together with "Die Strottern" and the Jazzwerkstatt Wien. The concert is part of the "Baulücken-concerts" series by Oliver Hangl. Infos and tickets here.
On May 26th 2018 our brass sextet "Darkstone Brass" will perform at the festival "Kultur in Langenloiser Höfen". This time the line up will be: Lorenz Raab, Markus Pechmann (trp) / Phil Yaeger, Martin Ptak (trb) / Erik Hainzl (tuba) / Bernhard Breuer (dr). Get infos and tickets here.
On May 9th 2018 our retro film orchestra Velvet Elevator will perform together with "Die Strottern" at the Konzerthaus Wien. We will play new arrangements of Strottern originals as well as music from Austrian film composers who emigrated to the U.S. in the last century. I´m looking forward to this very special evening...
Between March and June 2018 I will be part of the production "ganymed nature" at the art history museum in Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Museum). Besides other musicians and actors I will perform on piano together with Martin Eberle on trumpet and harmonium.
On March 29th 2018 I will be part of an interdisciplinary project by Renald Deppe at the festival Imago Dei. As a quintet we accompany a live painting of Shaahin Norouzi. Get infos and tickets here.
Together with the acoustic techno band Elektro Guzzi we recorded a 2nd album in January 2018 with the extended line up:
Elektro Guzzi featuring Hilary Jeffery, Daniel Riegler and me on trombones. The album will be released in November 2018 and will be followed by a tour.
On Dec. 20th 2017 our quartet "Die Strottern & Blech" will perform at the Konzerthaus Wien. The concert is part of a "Strottern"-portrait. Another show will follow on May 9th 2018 with our retro film orchestra "Velvet Elevator".
During the last months I wrote the music for Christoph Bochdansky´s figure theatre piece "Ich freue mich". Finally the premiere will be on May 25th in Leipzig! There are 3 more shows in Leipzig on the 26,27 & 28th of May 2017. Between October 17-21 there will be performances of the piece in Vienna too. Get Infos and tickets for Leipzig here.
On the June 3rd 2017 our Retro Filmmusic Orchestra Velvet Elevator will perform at the "Theater am Spittelberg" in Vienna. This time we will feature 3 amazing guest vocalists: Caroline de Rooij, Tini Kainrath and Sumitra. Playing a Concert with Velvet Elevator is always like getting on a time machine and travelling back in time to the charming era of the 60ies, 70ies and 80ies. Get Infos here...(pay as you wish!)
A special concert will take place on the 20th of June 2017 at the Donau-University in Krems. It´s the first collaboration of the Velvet Elevator Orchestra and the choire of the Donau-University Krems. Together we will perform new arrangements of legendary film and TV-themes. Looking forward to this special evening... Get infos here.
On the 1st and the 28th of July 2017 our newly founded brass 6tet "Darkstone Brass" will perform at the festival "Glatt und Verkehrt" in Krems. The first concert will be on the old riverboat "MS Schönbrunn", the second gig will be at the Sandgrube Krems. Get infos and tickets for July 1st here and for July 28th here.
Since there are a few copies left I did a reprint of my Christmas CD ("Martin Ptak - Christmas") which is available as digital download or CD. I recorded it last year on an old swedish pianino, a fender rhodes and a harmonium.
Thanks to Cornelia Pesendorfer (she played the recorder on one track), David Mueller (mastering) and Sigrid Pohl (artwork). You can order it here.
In March we recorded some tracks for a new album of the acoustic techno trio ELEKTRO GUZZI. The project is called Elektro Guzzi & Trombones and features the trombone players Hillary Jeffery, Daniel Riegler and myself. The album is likely to be released in autumn 2016. We played a concert at the Artacts Festival, some impressions can be found here.
It´s done... my Christmas CD ("Martin Ptak - Christmas") is out now. I recorded it on my old swedish pianino, a fender rhodes and a harmonium.
Thanks to Cornelia Pesendorfer (she played the recorder on one track), David Mueller (mastering) and Sigrid Pohl (artwork). You can order a copy or download the music here. Seasons greetings!
A short montage of the 80 min. piece "River Tales" written for the festival "Glatt und Verkehrt" in July 2013. (sponsored by Radio Ö1 and the Dept. of Culture of Lower Austria).
On November 30th 2014 I will perform at the festival "Wachau in Echtzeit". I accompany the actor Udo Samel, known for his role as Franz Schubert in the movie "Mit meinen heissen Traenen".
Infos and tickets are available here: http://www.kultur-melk.at/wachau-in-echtzeit/programm.php
We just started recording my new album which will be released later this year.
Thanks to the crew at the wonderful analogue studio Baumgarten.
I just finished a footage of the "River Tales" live recording which was done by the ORF in July at the Gothic church "Minoritenkirche" in Krems.
You can choose between a short and a longer version. Listen to it directly on my site (scroll down...) or here: https://soundcloud.com/martin-ptak
On the 4th of November 2014 you can tune in to a radio broadcast on radio Oe1.The program "Spielräume" with music of Nils Frahm, Nils Okland and myself.The program can also be streamed for 7 days here: (starting on the 4th)
On the 24th of August 2013 I will play a duo concert with the trombonist Alois Eberl at Stift Melk (Gartenpavillon)
We´ll play both music from "Twilight Street" and "River Tales" in duo versions.
The concert starts at 7pm.
Get tickets and infos here: http://www.stiftmelk.at/Pages_melk/veranstaltungen/2011/veranst.html
On the 22th of August 2013 there will be a radio broadcast of the "River Tales" premiere on
"Zeitton" (Radio Ö1) between 11 and 12pm.
The program can also be streamed for 7 days starting on the 22th.
I am happy to announce the premiere of my new program "River Tales" which will be on the 13th of July at the festival "Glatt und Verkehrt" in Krems.The composition for 9 musicians was comissioned by the broadcast station Ö1 and the festival and will be premiered at the Minoritenkirche.
Get more infos and tickets on www.glattundverkehrt.at
Here is a video of the CD release concert at Porgy & Bess Music Club (Vienna).
Many thanks to Albin Janoska (sampling), Alois Eberl, Mark Gaal, Phil Yaeger and Gerald Pöttinger (trombones) for a great performance.
The new album of the Viennese duo "Die Strottern" featuring Martin Eberle on trumpet and me on trombone and harmonium. The CD recieved the "German World Music Prize 2012"
Velvet Elevator "At the movies". The 17piece Viennese film music orchestra plays famous film themes from the 50's, 60's and 70's in lovely arrangements.