Wolfgang Puschnig

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Wolfgang Puschnig
Puschnig at Moers Festival 2015.
Puschnig at Moers Festival 2015.
Background information
Born (1956-05-21) 21 May 1956 (age 67)
Klagenfurt, Austria
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Saxophone, clarinet, flute
Years active1975–present
LabelsECM Records, Amadeo, EmArcy

Wolfgang Puschnig (born 21 May 1956 in Klagenfurt, Austria) is an Austrian jazz musician (saxophone, flute, bass clarinet) and composer.[1]

Puschnig 2008 at a concert with Saxofour


After his studies of saxophone and flute at the Vienna Conservatory Puschnig was the founding member of the Vienna Art Orchestra together with Mathias Rüegg in the mid-1970s. Here he was active until 1989. He was also involved in projects with Ernst Jandl involving Lauren Newton. He also played with Hans Koller in the early 1980s, with the quartet 'Air Mail' and 'Saxofour'. Carla Bley brought him into her groups in the mid 1980s. He worked with Wolfgang Mitterer, Uli Scherer, and his longtime partner Linda Sharrock and Jamaaladeen Tacuma in different groups, and also has cooperated with Reinhard Flatischler, Herbert Joos, Christof Lauer, and Michel Godard. In the project "Alpine Aspects" he started in 1991 with jazz musicians and the Amstetten musicians together (most recently at the JazzFest Berlin 2006 and at Musikfest Waidhofen / Thaya 2007). In addition, he has repeatedly performed with the Korean percussion ensemble SamulNori.[1]

Puschnig is Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and former Head of the Department of Popular Music.[1]

Honors (selection)[edit]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1988: Pieces Of The Dream (Amadeo)
  • 1991: Alpine Aspects (Amadeo)
  • 1995: Mixed Metaphors (Amadeo)
  • 1997: Dream Weavers (Label Hopi)
  • 1998: Roots & Fruits (EmArcy)
  • 1999: Aspects (Pao Records)
  • 2001: Chants (Quinton Records)
  • 2006: Things Change: The 50th Anniversary Box (EmArcy), 3xCD


With Ernst Jandl
  • 1984: Bist Eulen? (Extraplatte)
  • 1988: Vom Vom Zum Zum (Extraplatte)
With 'Air Mail' (Harry Pepl, Mike Richmond, Wolfgang Puschnig, Wolfgang Reisinger)
  • 1985: Prayer For Peace (Moers Music)
  • 1988: Light Blues (Amadeo, LP)
  • 2001: Light Blues (EmArcy, CD)
With 'AM 4' (Wolfgang Puschnig / Linda Sharrock / Uli Scherer)
With Red Sun Samulnori (Choi Jong Sil, Kang Min Seok, Kim Duk-Soo, Lee Kwang Soo)
  • 1989: Red Sun Samulnori (Amadeo)
  • 1994: Then Comes The White Tiger (ECM Records)
  • 1995: Nanjang - A new Horizon (Amadeo, Antilles)
With Carla Bley
With Paul Urbanek and Hans Koller
  • 2000: The Hans Koller Concept (Extraplatte)
  • 2002: The Hans Koller Concept 2 (Extraplatte)

With the Vienna Art Orchestra

With other projects


  1. ^ a b c d "Puschnig, Wolfgang". Biography. Austria-forum.org. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  2. ^ "Großes Ehrenzeichen des Landes Kärnten für Jazzmusiker Wolfgang Puschnig". Land Kärnten (ktn.gv.at). Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  3. ^ "Wolfgang Puschnig". Discography. Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-08-21.

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