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Heidi Fial // double bass, electric guitar, composition
Tobias Pöcksteiner // double bass, electric bass
Chris Pruckner // drums

Heidi Fial's Trio Kontrapunk creates a harmony resulting from cinematic instrumental jazz, baroque counterpoint and industrial avant-garde, which opens every imaginable door to the individual head cinema. Two double basses dance with and against each other, outrageous e-guitar sounds mix in, idiosyncratic drums carry and dance along at the same time.


After years of working as a live silent film musician, Heidi Fial formed the Trio Kontrapunk in winter 2020 as a result of a cooperation at the Viennale with Tobias Pöcksteiner and Chris Pruckner. Countless sound sketches collected during film scorings, instrumental pieces resulting from improvisation and composed (film) music are combined in a project and continuously expanded - almost at every musical get-together.


Her debut album A MOTION PICTURE (Konkord Records), released in 2021, is the soundtrack to an imaginary film. Produced entirely analogue and recorded live, it musically embraces the unadulterated moment - and also stages inconspicuous events that are often overlooked in the great dramas. The album was recorded on a 16-track tape machine by Chris Janka on the original mixing desk from the historic hall of the Austrian Funkhaus in Vienna, analogue mixed & mastered. The pianist Paul Gulda played the clavichord as a guest musician.


"When you close your eyes, picture sequences from silent films actually come to mind, mixed with jazzy echoes and fleeting couplings into the almost atonal, intertwined, intimate, solemn, minimalist to disturbing, at times threatening, never confused." A Motion Picture "demands that Concentration and the unbiased involvement in imagination, completely unsuitable for the background of everyday life. As elevator music only suitable for the moment when the last safety rope breaks and the film of life is playing in front of your eyes "

(Dietmar Hoscher, Concerto Magazin 5/2021)



Heidi Fial // Composition, Upright Bass, Electric Guitar
Tobias Pöcksteiner // Upright Bass, Electric Bass
Chris Pruckner // Drums

Guest: Paul Gulda // Clavichord


Analog Recording on 16 Track reel-to-reel tape machine by Chris Janka

Analog Recording on 8 Track reel-to-reel tape machine (tracks  4+5) by Emil Kindlein

Analog Mixing + Mastering by Chris Janka


Releasedate 08/27/2021

Konkord Records