After twenty seven songs of Europop, ballads and a hint of Australian soul, it looks like we’ll be getting something a little bit different for the Grand Final’s interval act. Internationally renowned percussionist Martin Grubinger has created a nine-minute spectacular for the event, focusing on the “diverse Austrian music tradition”.
That video of Martin’s previous work is seriously impressive stuff, y’all! Martin will be joined on stage in Vienna by the award-winning Arnold Schoenberg Choir, with the as-yet unnamed piece combining “classical music, big band music, choral music and percussion”.
It will involve numerous classical pieces from Austria’s music history – think Mahler and Bruckner, rather than Jurgens and Forstner – being brought in to the modern day with different styles “such as salsa, funk, fusion” and “African-Cuban”. We didn’t even know that one was a genre, but we are excited to hear what will be created!
Who is Martin Grubinger, though? Well, he’s 31 years old and has been participating in musical competitions himself since the turn of the millenium when he was still in his teens. He even participated in an EBU-backed event in Norway at one stage. He’s played in numerous music halls around the world and has won awards based on his work. By far and away though, the global Eurovision stage is set to be his biggest work yet though…no pressure, then!
Last year’s interval act was changed at the last minute, of course, with the “Trip to the Future” interval being cancelled at the last minute. Instead, Emmelie de Forest’s performance of “Rainmaker” became the only interval act. We’re still thanking that decision to this day.
What do you think of ORF’s choice then? Are you excited to see what Martin Grubinger and the Choir can create on stage? Let us know below.
Photo: Courtesy of Universal Music