Marina & The Kats

 

 

Marina Zettl - Vocals, Brushes
Thomas Mauerhofer - Guitar, Vocals
Peter Schoenbauer - Acoustic Bass, Vocals, Bassdrum



Jazz, Pop Jazz, Electro Swing

 

       

 

http://www.marina-thekats.com

   

SWING! SWING! SWING! That’s the slogan of Marina and the Kats...hot grooves, dreamy melodies, jiggy guitars, a driving brush drum beat ... and the voice of an utterly gorgeous and charming Marina who is just about to begin one of her Scat Solos, as always with playful ease. See fingers snip, see eyes light up ... it’s whirling all over the ballroom!

Whether it is true or not, every great band needs a great band history. The story of Marina and the Kats is pretty cool - and nothing but the truth! It all started out at a party back in Graz. An evening spent together sealed the trio’s fate. That night there were vintage 7“ records spinning on the turntables, with tracks by Louis Prima, Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, Anita O'Day ... and the three had their first common epiphany: Jazz is by far THE best dance music ever.

At this moment, suddenly it all added up and Marina and the Kats were formed. For a few years now, Thomas Mauerhofer and Jörg Haberl have been creating the right musical framework for the singer and songwriter’s songs. At this point, the question was: Wouldn't the songs sound even better if they were performed in a stylish swing outfit? They would – and in fact, they did. As the band decided to stay a trio, some members had to change roles. Marina plays the brushes herself while Jörg, the former drummer, switched to playing the bass.

In a nutshell: The smallest Big Band on the planet was born. The songs came to the three of them naturally and soon found their way onto tape. On some occasions when a little extra color was needed in the studio, friends helped them out, all of them enjoying a good reputation in their fields:  Raphael Wressnig warmed up some of the songs with his guttural gurgling hammond organ, clarinet players Herb Berger and Milos Milojevic provided for an authentic swing feeling now and then and, last but not least, violinist Klemens Bittmann lent his pervasive melodies to the calmer passages.

The resulting songs refer to swing pioneers such as the late Django Reinhardt - in “Undecided“, the trio is paying tribute to him. Speaking of cover versions: Who would have thought that the bone dry desert rock sound of Queens Of The Stone Age doesn’t loose any of its strength and rigour when recorded with a swing beat? Marina, Thomas and Jörg lead the way with this cover and provide a beautiful insight. All three are obviously having a blast doing what they most enjoy. The album was created quite fast: from September to January. It was Gregor Schneker who was contracted as producer and co-writer of the album.

For songwriter team „Zettl/Mauerhofer“ it’s always essential to work out the meaning of a song. Within the title track „small“, there are two different approaches: There's the one describing how it can be going through life as a small person. On the other hand, Marina talks about it in a way resonating rebellion: ”Only because I am small nobody needs to think he doesn't have to take me seriously!“

With this album, the story of the trio that started almost ten years ago has come full circle. The three of them met when studying jazz but had been doing anything but jazz throughout the past decade. In a way, The Kats have come back home - back to the genre which once inspired them to pursue a career as musicians.

   

MARINA -BIO

Marina Regina Zettl was born in a the beautiful part of Austria called Styria. Not only did her already powerful voice but also her unbridled curiosity lead her to makie music quite early. In the beginning she studied classical piano at the Conservatory in Graz and encouraged by her father she started singing in choirs. As soon as she turned 17 she was accepted to the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and began studying Jazz. During these years she experimented a lot with different genres and styles, almost everything but Jazz. She did Electronic Music, Soul, Pop and also Music for Theatre but in the end she came back to where it all began and discovered her love for Retro Swing with Marina & The Kats. Marina herself plays the snare while singing her original songs dealing with the funny but also the sad and tragic sides of life. Joining her are fellow bandmates Thomas and Jörg, with whom she has been playing for years now; just the right partners for reviving the spirit of the 40ies.

 

THOMAS -BIO

Not being afraid of trying new things is something guitarist Thomas Mauerhofer has always considered as a guiding principle. He started playing classical guitar, went on to do Rock and Pop during his teenage years and studied jazz at the Conseratory in Klagenfurt, at the University in Graz and at the Conservatory in Rotterdam. Back in Austria he became a sought-after studio musician opening a studio himself. He is also Marina's co-writer for the Kat's original tunes.

 

JÖRG -BIO

Born in Graz Jörg Haberl was a guitarist in his teenage years, studying at the Conservatory in Graz. But soon he dropped the guitar in favor of the drum kit and took up his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. After graduating he also received a scholarship for New York. Many, many concerts later he rediscovered his initial love for stringed instruments and picks the bass for Marina & The Kats as no Swing Band is complete without a solid foundation.

 

CDs by or with M.Zettl, T.Mauerhofer & J.Haberl:

  • Album (2015): Marina & The Kats – „Small“ (O-Tone Music)
  • Album (2013): Marina Zettl – „Watch me burn“ (Coast to Coast)
  • Album (2012): Marina Zettl - „Thin Ice“ (Crackedanegg)
  • Album (2010): Marina Zettl & Thomas Mauerhofer - „Fikus“ (Crackedanegg)
  • Album (2008): Miss | Mister - „Bittersweet“ (Crackedanegg)

 

Sampler

  • Song (2013): „Radio Girl“ auf „Heimat bist du grosser Töne“ (Universal Music)
  • Song (2012): „Little miss wise guy“ on „Heimat bist du grosser Töchter“ (Mokshamusic)
  • Song (2007): „Too close“ on „Musik von hier“ #5

 

Awards:

  • Australian Independent Music Video Award: Song „Round & Round“:

„Best Cinematography Music Video – International 2014“

„Best Artistic Music Video – International 2014“

  • Australian Independent Music Video Award: Song „Is it fine“:

„International Music Video oft he Year 2013“

„Best Independent Music Video – Western Europe 2013“

„Judges Commendation – Innovation – International 2013“

„Best Blues Music Video – International 2013“

  • 3.Platz: Artist bei „Indie Week Irelnd“ (2012)
   
„Rising the curtain for M&TK.  They are really only three but they do swing like a dozen.“ Hessischer Rundfunk

„The singer plays with her brushes on the snare drum while singing, the bass player is also hitting the bass drum and the guitarist is plucking the strings in best Gypsy Jazz tradition. Their virtuosity is obvious but never forced. Here, Jazz is music to dance to and above all, it’s what it (also) was in the 30ties: Pop.“ Ö1 / Austrian National Radio

“Marina & The Kats are indulging in Swing and the music of the Ballrooms.  Vintage feel is perfectly celebrated with a Gipsy-Guitar, loads of style and singer Marina Zettel's charming and seductive voice.” Jazzthetik

„Small is beautiful – like a fresh breeze of air, the music of M&TKs is floating out of the speakers“ JazzThing

"Above all, the sound of her voice was fascinating: rigorously present, crystal clear, almost sharp - and of irresistible charm." Wiesbadener Tagblatt
 
"Apart from Marina’s charming voice, her sophisticated play with the brushes on the snare drum is admirable. Marina & the Kats are certainly unique within the Central-European music world. Their premiere at Ingolstadt was a concert truly worth seeing and hearing." Donaukurier

 

 

   
Marina & The Kats, “The world´s smallest Big Band”

Racy gypsy guitars, nimble melodies, airy snare drums and
Marina‘s uniquely charming voice conflate into a nostalgic cocktail - ready to be enjoyed not only at breakfast but also in the evenings at the dance café, bringing immediate smiles to everyone.
 
The world’s smallest Big Band played their first show in February 2015 and has been touring ever since. So far they have been to The United States, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Rumania, Hungary, Slovakia, France and Austria.
Just one year after the release of their Debut LP „Small“, Marina & The Kats are back in the studio.  And this time, the outcome is a vinyl double-album called „Wild“, which features no less than 16 new songs.
Marina & The Kats take you on a dreamy journey into the times of Django Reinhart and Cab Calloway, the Divas and the Crooners, the Lindy Hops and the Collegiate Shags, and you still land softly in the here and now.

The band’s third birthday is coming up and not only have they built up a reputation internationally, but are also transforming their experiences and impressions of over 180 concerts into the new songs. Reasons enough to be curious about what stories the Austrian musicians will have in store on their third studio album!
 

 

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 On Tour

18/01/2020 - Osnabrück - Lagerhalle
02/03/2019 - Langen - Ölmühle
02/02/2019 - Münster - Hot Jazz Club
19/01/2019 - CH-Dübendorf - Obere Mühle
18/01/2019 - CH-Dübendorf - Obere Mühle
16/01/2019 - Burgwedel - Amtshof
14/12/2018 - F-St. Germain en Laye
10/12/2018 - F-Courbevoie
09/12/2018 - Riesa - SACHSENarena
08/12/2018 - Pirna - Kleinkunstbühne Q24
07/12/2018 - Bad Elster - König Albert Theater
05/12/2018 - HU-Budapest - Opus Jazz Club
29/11/2018 - A-Tulln - Kulturwerkstatt
24/11/2018 - Dresden - Jazztage
23/11/2018 - Dresden - Jazztage
19/10/2018 - A-Bad Ischl - PKS-Villa
05/10/2018 - A-Wien - Radiokulturhaus
23/09/2018 - Bad Imnau - Ludwigsburger Festspiele - Fürstensaal
21/09/2018 - Aerzen - Domänenburg
18/09/2018 - Frankfurt - JVA
17/09/2018 - Limburg - JVA
25/08/2018 - Wetzlar - Privat Event
24/08/2018 - Luxembourg - City Festival
23/08/2018 - A-Kapfenberg - Chill Hill
18/08/2018 - Lüdenscheid - Jazzfestival
28/07/2018 - Flensburg - Hofkultur Festival
27/07/2018 - Eltville - Rheingau Musik Festival
26/07/2018 - Eltville - Rheingau Musik Fstival
07/07/2018 - A-Hollabrunn - Sommerfest Kulturmüh
30/06/2018 - CH-Ascona - JazzAscona
29/06/2018 - CH-Ascona - JazzAscona
28/06/2018 - CH-Ascona - JazzAscona
27/06/2018 - CH-Ascona - JazzAscona
26/06/2018 - CH-Ascona - JazzAscona
25/06/2018 - A-St. Valentin - Kulturgut
24/06/2018 - Bingen - Bingen Swingt Festival
16/06/2018 - A-Radentheim - Rathaussaal
09/06/2018 - Lüneburg - Kulturforum
08/06/2018 - Hamburg - Kulturkirche Altona
05/06/2018 - A-Wien - Sargfabrik
25/05/2018 - A-St. Valentin - Kulturgut
19/05/2018 - F-Chatel Guyon - Jazz aux Sources
18/05/2018 - F-Chatel Guyon - Jazz aux Sources
17/05/2018 - Freilassing - Lokwelt
04/05/2018 - Dresden - Private Event
30/04/2018 - Rottweil - Jazzfestival
28/04/2018 - ESP-Tarragona - Festival Internacional Dixieland
20/04/2018 - AT-Vöcklabruck - KUF
12/04/2018 - AT-Wien - Musikverein
07/04/2018 - TUN-Tunis - Jazz a Carthage
23/03/2018 - A-Weiz - Kunsthaus
16/03/2018 - F-Montier-en-Der - Festival Jazz Ôder
10/02/2018 - A-Goldegg - Schloss Goldegg
09/02/2018 - A-Thumersbach-Zell am See - Lohninghof
19/01/2018 - Osnabrück - Lagerhalle
24/12/2017 - A-Wien - Porgy & Bess
14/12/2017 - CH-Dübendorf - Obere Mühle
12/12/2017 - Berlin - vip event
18/11/2017 - Borken - Kulturraum³
17/11/2017 - Rodgau - Kulturinitiative
10/11/2017 - Bieberach - Gigelberghalle - Swing Night
02/11/2017 - Ingolstadt - Jazztage
28/10/2017 - A-Salzburg - Jazz & The City - Cafe Bazar
27/10/2017 - A-Salzburg - Jazz & The City - Stiegls Brauwelt
14/10/2017 - AT-Frauental - Blue Garage
13/10/2017 - A-Leibnitz - Marenzikeller
30/09/2017 - AT-Kottingbrunn - Kulturszene
29/09/2017 - A-Linz - Landestheater
22/09/2017 - A-St. Pölten - Bühne im Hof
16/09/2017 - Augsburg - Parktheater
15/09/2017 - Bieberach - Stadthalle Bieberach - KulturParcours
09/09/2017 - AT-Kleinzell - Kleinzeller Kulturtage
02/09/2017 - CZ-Tatry - Flowers Festival
26/08/2017 - Münster - CSD Münster
25/08/2017 - L-Luxemburg - Summer in the City
24/08/2017 - AT-Fürstenfeld - Swing & Dixieland Festival
15/08/2017 - CH- Winterthur - Winterthurer Musikfestwochen
14/08/2017 - Regen - Regener Flussbühne
12/08/2017 - Erfurt - Lichterfest
11/08/2017 - AT-Klagenfurt - Stadtfest
06/08/2017 - Seebad Heringsdorf, Usedom - Heringsdorfer Kaiertage
05/08/2017 - Seebad Heringsdorf, Usedom - Heringsdorfer Kaiertage
04/08/2017 - Gersthofen - Kulturina
03/08/2017 - Weilburg - Schlosskonzerte
29/07/2017 - Dreieich - Jazz auf der Burg
26/07/2017 - Leipheim - Zehntstadel
22/07/2017 - Boxberg - Stadtfest
17/07/2017 - Berlin - ZDF Morgenmagazin Live
08/07/2017 - Ludwigsburger Festspiele - Bürgersaal in Tamm
07/07/2017 - Welzheim - Matinée (geschlossene Gesellschaft)
07/07/2017 - Welzheim - Lebens- und Arbeitsgemeinschaft Laufenmühle
02/07/2017 - Waidhofen/Thaya - Internationales Musikfest
26/06/2017 - Karlsruhe - Privat
25/06/2017 - AT-Lech - Privatkonzert
23/06/2017 - AT-Wien - Donauinselfest
20/06/2017 - Hamburg - Thalia Theater
10/06/2017 - AT-Hollabrunn - Kulturmüh
02/06/2017 - AT-Salzburg - Kaiviertelfest
30/05/2017 - AT-Wien - Sargfabrik
29/05/2017 - München - TV Auftritt: BR - Abendschau Live
26/05/2017 - AT-Ybbsitz - Klangschmiede
25/05/2017 - SVK-Bratislava - PET Jazz
23/05/2017 - Bielstein - Burghaus Bielstein
21/05/2017 - Bocholt - Kulturort Alte Molkerei
20/05/2017 - AT-Bildein - Stadl
06/05/2017 - AT-Eichgraben - Verein für Kunst und Kultur
03/05/2017 - I-Lana - Lana meets Jazz
02/05/2017 - Berlin - Tempodrom VIP EVENT
01/05/2017 - Wendelstein - Jazz & Blues Tage
27/04/2017 - AT-Mattsee bei Salzburg - Porsche Museum
19/03/2017 - AT-Wien - Selbstverständlich
18/03/2017 - AT-Pöchlarn - Rathauskeller
17/03/2017 - AT-Ansfelden - ABC
06/03/2017 - Innsbruck - Landestheater
23/02/2017 - AT-Wien - Opernball
09/02/2017 - AT-Salzburg - Oval
05/02/2017 - Wien - Radio Wien
28/01/2017 - AT-St. Stefan - Kiste
26/01/2017 - Dresden - Tonne
25/01/2017 - Freiburg - Kulturbörse
21/01/2017 - Husum - Speicher
20/01/2017 - Osnabrück - Lagerhalle
07/01/2017 - Halle - Objekt 5
30/12/2016 - Potsdam - Nikolaisaal
16/12/2016 - Gießen - Kulturrathaus
10/12/2016 - A-Wien - Theater am Spittelberg
25/11/2016 - Graz - PPC
20/11/2016 - A-Wolkersdorf - Schloss
18/11/2016 - Bad Homburg - Speicher
17/11/2016 - A-Wien - ORF Radiokulturhaus
11/11/2016 - Dresden - Jazzfestival Dresden - Tonne
05/11/2016 - Bad Oeynhausen - Druckerei
04/11/2016 - Münster - Hot Jazz Club
26/10/2016 - Solingen - Theater
17/10/2016 - Ingolstadt - Kleinkunstbühne Neue Welt
15/10/2016 - Tiefenbronn-Mühlhausen - Mühlhausener Musiktage
30/09/2016 - SL-Kosice - Jazzfestival
20/09/2016 - Dresden - TBC
13/09/2016 - HU-Budapest - Opus Jazz Club
11/09/2016 - A-Fehrig - t.b.a.
09/09/2016 - Bremen - Haus am Walde
14/08/2016 - Weyregg am Attersee
13/08/2016 - A-Klagenfurt - Altstadtzauber Klagenfurt
12/08/2016 - A- Gänserndorf - Sommerszene
06/08/2016 - Usedom - Heringsdorfer Kaisertage
05/08/2016 - Halle - Objekt 5
05/08/2016 - Usedom - Heringsdorfer Kaisertage
04/08/2016 - Bad Nauheim - Badehaus 2 im Sprudelhof
03/08/2016 - Staufen - Winzerhof "Auf der Breite"
30/07/2016 - Weilburg - Marktplatz
25/07/2016 - Leipheim - Leipheim TastenTage
24/07/2016 - A-Amaliendorf - Wackelsteinfestival
20/07/2016 - A-Graz - Generalihof
09/07/2016 - Rheingau Festival - Innenhof der Hessischen Staatskanzlei
08/07/2016 - Rheingau Festival - Innenhof der Hessischen Staatskanzlei
12/06/2016 - Lüdinghausen - Burg Vischering
10/06/2016 - Garbsen - Jazzclub Garbsen
09/06/2016 - Berlin - In den Ministergärten
08/06/2016 - CZ-Prag - Reduta Jazz Club
05/06/2016 - A-Gugging - Museum Gugging
25/05/2016 - Leibnitz - Kult
20/05/2016 - Görlitz - Jazzfestival
07/05/2016 - A-Gmünd - Pankratium
25/04/2016 - Hamburg - CARLS Kultursalon
24/04/2016 - Hamburg - CARLS Kultursalon
22/04/2016 - A- St. Pölten - Bühne im Hof
21/04/2016 - A- Ansfelden - Anton Bruckner Centrum
19/04/2016 - A- Wien - Sponsorenkonzert Henkel
16/04/2016 - A-Hall in Tirol - Stromboli
15/04/2016 - A - Lech - Tanzcafe Arlberg Festival
14/04/2016 - A - Lech - Tanzcafe Arlberg Festival
09/04/2016 - Dahn - Altes E-Werk
18/03/2016 - A - Heidenreichstein - Eröffnungskonzert
17/03/2016 - ESP-Tarragona - Festival Internacional
16/03/2016 - ESP-Tarragona - Festival Internacional
13/03/2016 - A - Wien - Radio Wien Klubkonzert
12/03/2016 - Vechta - Gulfhaus
11/03/2016 - Horn Bad Meinberg - Red Horn
10/03/2016 - Göttingen - Apex
09/03/2016 - A-Wien - Schwarzenberg
18/02/2016 - Waldkraiburg - Haus der Kultur
12/02/2016 - A- Altenhof - Assista
05/02/2016 - A- Wien - Jazztime Ö1
05/02/2016 - A - Wien - Radiocafé Wien
29/01/2016 - Karlsruhe - Tempel
26/01/2016 - Dresden - Tonne
23/01/2016 - A- Graz - Multikulti Ball
08/01/2016 - Kleinmachnow, Berlin - Kultraum
07/01/2016 - Hamburg - Radiokonzert NDR
12/12/2015 - A- Wien - Theater am Spittelberg
01/12/2015 - A- Wien - Private Event
28/11/2015 - Rostock - PI 13
27/11/2015 - Hürth - Löhrerhof
14/11/2015 - A- Graz - "Herbstzeitlose", WIST
07/11/2015 - Dresden - Tonne, Jazzclub
06/11/2015 - Dresden - Jazztage Dresden, Eröffnung
31/10/2015 - RO-Cluj - Gutenberger Konzerttage
30/10/2015 - RO-Satu Mare - RestArt & Music Festival
28/10/2015 - A- Markt Hartmannsdorf - JAZZliebe
27/10/2015 - Hechingen - Vollmondkonzerte
23/10/2015 - A- Salzburg - Jazz&The City
08/10/2015 - A- Wien - Bock auf Kultur
01/10/2015 - A- Wien - Private Event
08/08/2015 - USA - San Jose - Jazz Summer Festival
20/07/2015 - A - Graz - Generalihof
05/07/2015 - Graz - Stadtfest
26/06/2015 - A-Wien - Open Loose Festival
20/06/2015 - Graz - MultiKultiBall
05/06/2015 - Wien - Theater Spittelberg
17/05/2015 - Linz - Linzfest
25/04/2015 - Bremen - Jazzahead
09/04/2015 - A-Graz - Orpheum Extra
06/04/2015 - A-Wien - Wein & Co
17/03/2015 - S-Tarragona - Festival Internacional Dixieland
16/03/2015 - S-Tarragona - Festival Internacional Dixieland
 

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