The Vegetable Orchestra (called Das erste Wiener gemüseorchester on the first album) was founded in 1998. It consists of 11 musicians, a sound engineer and a video artist. Based in Vienna, the Vegetable Orchestra plays concerts in Europe and Asia. From time to time workshops are given - on how to manufacture an instrument or on musical topics. There are no musical boundaries for the Vegetable Orchestra. The most diverse music styles fuse here - contemporary music, beat-oriented House tracks, experimental Electronic, Free Jazz, Noise, Dub, Clicks'n'Cuts - the musical scope of the ensemble expands consistently, and recently developed vegetable instruments and their inherent sounds often determine the direction. A concert of the Vegetable Orchestra appeals to all the senses. As an encore at the end of the concert and the video performance, the audience is offered fresh vegetable soup. ensemble: Jürgen BERLAKOVICH Nikolaus GANSTERER Susanna GARTMAYER Barbara KAISER Matthias MEINHARTER Jörg PIRINGER Richard REPEY Ingrid SCHLÖGL Marie STEINAUER Ulrich TROYER Tamara WILHELM sound: Christina BAUER video: Volker PIRINGER management: Ernst REITERMAIER In artistic, aesthetic and infrastructural decisions of importance all members of the orchestra have their equal vote. The ensemble is a mix of people with different artistic backgrounds - musicians, visual artists, architects, designers, media artists, writers and sound poets all come together here.
The further exploration and refinement of performable vegetable music is a central part of the orchestra's aesthetic quest. Every individual background that is brought into the project is of vital importance in sustaining the fundamental artistic objective of the Vegetable Orchestra.The broad variety of creative approaches at the same time secures the artistic autonomy of this unique ensemble.