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PRIM is an Austrian jazz ensemble that challenges the traditional piano trio format. Formed in 2015 in Vienna, the band distinguishes itself from the cultural landscape of the city. Drawing from such diverse sources of inspiration as e.s.t, the Neil Cowley Trio, GoGo Penguin and Johann Sebastian Bach, the three musicians (Felix Biller, Christoph Karas, Martin Melzer) nevertheless manage to establish their unique sound. With music described as “adventurous and sharp” (Jazzflits, NL), PRIM cannot be easily classified. Their multifaceted style is experimental but accessible, their sound “juicy and sparkling” (Jazzport, CZ), their playing virtuous and yet entertaining.

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Their newest album Garnet Tales (Alessa Records, 2020) proves the band’s willingness to constantly experiment with sounds and schemes to achieve great narrative quality. Described as “a gem of a release” (Green Man Review, US), the album is an elaborate, lively mixture of lyrical ballads and funky pieces. The same critic compared PRIM’s sound to that of the American trio The Bad Plus. They have been enthusiastically received by the public in many settings (jazzahead! Bremen, Jazz Brno, ACF Bratislava, in China and many more) and featured on radio shows such as the Ö1 Jazznacht, Radio Proglas, Radio Wroclaw or JazzFM.

Band Member with Promegade

Felix Biller – Keys
Martin Melzer – Bass
Christoph Karas – Drums

Tour

Discography

More & Less Diminished (2016, RecordJet)

Album Cover More & Less Diminished Listen And Buy Here

40 Days (2017, RecordJet)

Album Cover 40 days Listen And Buy Here

Garnet Tales (2020, Alessa Records)

Album Cover Garnet Tales Listen And Buy Here

Mind And The Wind (2020, Alessa Records)

Single Cover Garnet Tales Listen And Buy Here

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Press

I see them operating in the same sphere as the highly popular American trio Bad Plus
PRIM praktiziert [...] einen von allen Konventionen losgelösten Jazzsound
Hier sind echte Songs, die sich nach Vertextung sehnen
PRIM [...] seamlessly explores jazz, rock, drum & bass and classical music
Colorful and cinematic
geistesruhestiftende Klarheit […], die einem sonst nur beim Hören von Bachs Cellosuiten widerfährt

Contact

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Booking

Felix Biller - booking@prim-trio.at

Klank Agency (Netherlands & Belgium)

Klankproductions.nl/agency/
Martijn Verlinden – bookings@klankproductions.nl
Tel: +31 6 83 26 80 73

Press/General Inquiries

Christoph Karas - kontakt@prim-trio.at