PRIM was formed in 2015 by three musicians associated with Vienna’s vibrating music scene and they have since then managed to impress critics and crowds alike with their progressive sound and technical virtuosity. The cultural scene of Vienna – the world’s capital of classical music – serves as an interesting background for their rather experimental but nonetheless accessible style. Their intriguing compositions and innovative use of the standard piano trio line-up differentiate them from standard jazz trios. Despite their diverse musical inspirations and individual manner of playing, they complement each other perfectly. Christoph Karas' polyrhythmic illusions and drum & bass rhythms match Felix Biller's film-musical expressivity and classically-inspired, lyrical melodies as well as Martin Melzer's occasionally contrapuntal basslines.
Their collaboration results in imaginative, visually evocative music that challenges usual expectations. The debut album, More & Less Diminished, released in 2016 in a different line-up (Biller, Konuray Mutluer, Ralph Dammerer) was described as showing “how jazz in Austria can and should sound” (music-news.at). One year later, the EP 40 Days (Biller, Mutluer, Sherif Abdalla) proved that the band is constantly experimenting with sounds and schemes in order to reach great narrative quality. Enthusiastically received by the public in many places (e.g. jazzahead clubnight in the Weserburg museum Bremen, at Jazz Brno, ACF Bratislava or on tour in China) and featured in radio shows like the Ö1 Jazznight or Radio Proglas “Jak se vám líbí”, they show that Vienna and jazz have a lot to offer.
In may 2020 they are going to release their 2nd studio album.
Felix Biller – Keys
Martin Melzer – Bass
Christoph Karas – Drums