Mario Rom's Interzone

 MARIO ROM‘S INTERZONE
 EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED

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Mario Rom Trumpet
Lukas Kranzelbinder Bass
Herbert Pirker Drums


 „ I have yet to hear a group of musicians — anywhere — with a more serious sense of play. Mario Rom‘s Interzone, easily one of the most entertaining and scintillating acts at this year‘s festival.“ | ROCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL, New York, June 2015

“Virtuosity and humor unite to a highly entertaining performance!” | FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, March 2015

“Mario Rom plays his instrument as if his life would depend on it. (…) The amount of spontaneous ideas and inspiration that is used in a single tune here would be more than enough to serve other instrumentalists for decades.” | SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, January 2016

“Three wild boys, marked by a life they couldn’t yet have lived, ready for anything. “ | DIE ZEIT, March 2013

“…their flawless interaction breathes a vitality that leaves the audience begging for encores until the repertoire is exhausted. This is probably how immortality begins.” | PASSAUER NEUE PRESSE, May 2014

“Brilliant!” | JAZZTHING, March 2013

„The 24-year old Mario Rom is an absolute revelation!“ | JAZZPODIUM, June 2015

“Interzone slams their foot on the gas pedal from the first note and never really lets up. If you’re into a trumpet-led album, you’re not likely to find a more fun ride than this in 2015.” | BIRD IS THE WORM, Best of 2015

„You can not match this trio‘s interaction – in terms of surprise and pure joy – with any other band!“ | INMUSIC, June 2015


Those attempting to describe Mario Rom’s INTERZONE seem to be looking constantly for superlatives. After a concert at the famed Rochester Jazz Festival in New York, the festival’s main critic called them “easily one of the most entertaining and scintillating acts at this year’s festival. I have yet to hear a group of musicians – anywhere – with a more serious sense of play.” Such a reaction from the American press is anything but self-evident for an Austrian band with a mean age of less than 30 years old, but the trio consisting of Mario Rom, Lukas Kranzelbinder, and Herbert Pirker has undeniably received a great deal of attention from critics and media the world over in a very short time. The group, with its unusual instrumentation (trumpet, bass and drums) has proved able to “spin virtuosity and humor into an entertaining whole” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and “gives the impression of being four, five, or more musicians” (Jazzthing). To make one thing clear: INTERZONE plays jazz. Real jazz. Nonetheless, their motto is “Everything Is Permitted” and they’ve lived it in Europe, Mexico, China, Israel, and the USA in the past two years. Jazzpodium describes Mario Rom as an “absolute discovery”, InMusic finds the band’s “surprising playfulness almost impossible to top”, and DIE ZEIT calls them “three young Turks, marked by a life they couldn’t yet have lived, ready for anything.” If these reviews sound a little exaggerated, consider this reaction from Die Presse after their concert at the INNtöne Festival in 2014: “Their flawless interaction breathes a vitality that leaves the audience clamoring for encores until their repertoire is exhausted. This is probably how immortality begins.”

One might be forgiven for thinking that this kind of hyperbole leads to enormously high expectations. But one might also consider the following: these three musicians are playing jazz at 180%, as if their life hung in the balance every night. So sit back and enjoy. Enter the INTERZONE – you won’t regret it.

(Dr. Charles Benway)