Woody Black 4 are following a rather unusual musical path. The instrumentation, with four clarinets, is already out of the ordinary. The varied language of jazz serves as their foundation, but they combine that with distant musical lands, from New Music to Pop. But no matter the mix, the sound of this quartet always remains warm, mellow and pure. That doesn't mean it's always smooth, though. Woody Black 4 is best described as a collection of clarinet virtuosos that enjoy the experimental, flirt with the avant-garde, and sometimes wander into the dissonant.

Austrian Music Export

Woody Black 4 are

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  • „Vier Klarinetten in Reinform, ohne Begleitung. Mal warm mal knorrig mal heimlich mal aggressiv und immer hochmusikalisch. Und sie zeigen auch: man muss nicht immer reinblasen, um Töne zu erzeugen.“ Sie zelebrieren Spielwitz und ganz viele Style. Das ist jazzig in allen Variationen aber auch mal klassisch und ein bisschen Weltmusik kommt auch immer wieder durch. Schwarze Hölzer mal ganz anders. Woody Black 4 eben. Das geht in Bauch und Kopf und ist auch für den Zeitgeist was ganz neues“

    Daniella Baumeister - hr2-kultur

  • "On “Curiosity” they set off a musical firework that is colourful, spectacular, and completely new. The incredibly layered and unbelievably varied sound combined with a high level of musical finesse makes all of the difference here."

    Michael Ternai - Austrian Music Export

  • "A spine-tingling chamber-jazz-album for heart, head and feet."

    Klaus Nuechtern - Falter

  • "It’s as delightful as watching shadows and sunlight dance upon a wood floor."

    Dave Sumner - Bird is the Worm

  • "I enjoyed listening to their music... the sound is refreshing, the music creative, the playing terrific and fun to listen to."

    Eddie Daniels

  • "The second album “Couriosity” captivates (...) with compositional sophistication and dazzling virtuosity."

    Andreas Felber - Buehne

  • "the music as well as the sound makes it one of the jazz highlights in 2017.“

    Fidelity Magazin

  • "Fantastic group, really fresh and special!"

    Mike Stern - explanatory statement 2nd Prize at "Made in New York Jazz Competition"

  • Dates

    Upcoming Concerts

    13th July 2022

    Jazz im Goethe-Garten
    Lissabon, Portugal

    3th November 2022

    Kunsthaus Hafenstrasse
    Linz, Austria

    17th November 2022

    Brixen, Italy

    Concert Highlights

    6th August 2020

    Outreach Music Festival
    Schwaz, Austria

    7th August 2020

    KulturSommer Wien
    Vienna, Austria

    9th October 2020

    Multiphonics Festival
    Cologne, Germany

    25th February 2020

    Skylark Production, Labelnight at Porgy&Bess
    Vienna, Austria

    23th November 2019

    MuTh - Big Fat Clarinet Mob
    Vienna, Austria

    29th October 2019

    Kulturhaus Rössle

    31th August 2019

    Zomer Jazz fiets tour
    Groningen, Netherlands

    26th July 2019

    Varna Jazz festival
    Varna, Bulgaria

    12th Juni 2019

    No Black Tie Club
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    13th April 2019

    Niavaran Culture Center
    Teheran, Iran

    5th May 2019

    Carpathian Space
    Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine

    8th Juni 2019

    Hua Hin Jazz Festival
    Hua Hin, Thailand

    6th December 2018

    State Institut of Arts
    Krasnoyarsk, Russia

    2rd December 2018

    Kozlov Club
    Moscow, Russia

    29th September 2018

    Scarborough Jazz Festival
    Scarborough, England

    24th October 2018

    AKBank Instanbul Jazz Festival
    Istanbul, Turkey

    10th August 2018

    Jazz in the Ruins
    Gliwice, Poland

    17th July 2018

    Saulkrasti Jazz Festival
    Saulkrasti, Latvia

    8th July 2018

    Royal Park Fest
    Brussels, Belgium

    8th June 2018

    Technopolis Jazz Festival
    Athens, Greece

    17th June 2018

    Carinthischer Sommer
    Ossiach, Austria

    8th April 2017

    CD Release at WUK
    Vienna, Austria

    25th May 2018

    Bergen, Norway

    18th December 2017

    KICK JAZZ, Porgy and Bess
    Vienna, Austria

    26th August 2017

    Saalfelden Jazz Festival
    Saalfelden, Austria

    18th July 2017

    Aarhus Jazz Festival
    Aarhus, Denmark

    7th July 2017

    Suedtirol Jazz Festival
    Bolzano, Italia

    7th December 2016

    Opus Jazz Club
    Budapest, Hungary

    4th September 2016

    Tokyo Jazz Festival
    Tokyo, Japan

    9th May 2016

    Teatros del Canal
    Madrid, Spain

    23rd April 2016

    Bremen, Germany

    21st March 2015

    Maastricht Jazz Festival
    The Netherlands

    25th February 2022

    CD Presentation, Kulturcafé MAX
    Vienna, Austria

    1st October 2021

    Pohrsdorf bei Dresden, Germany

    30th August 2019

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    13th February 2019

    Péniche Anako
    Paris, France

    7th December 2018

    Boris Yeltsin Presidental Center
    Yekaterinburg, Russia

    8th December 2018

    Dubrava culture center
    Sergiev Posad, Russia

    3th December 2018

    DK Mir
    Dubna, Russia

    6th December 2018

    City Center of Visual Arts
    Novosibrisk, Russia

    26th September 2018

    Hermon Chapel
    Oswestry, England

    9th June 2018

    Preveza Jazz Festival
    Preveza, Greece

    24th June 2018

    Jazz Point
    Linz, Austria

    27th June 2018

    Austrian Culture Days
    Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    28th June 2018

    Injazz Festival
    Rotterdam, Netherlands

    9th July 2018

    International Clarinet Fest
    Ostende, Belgium

    10th July 2018

    Den Hopsack
    Antwerp, Belgium

    12th July 2018

    Green Hours
    Bucharest, Romania

    16th July 2018

    Philly Joe's
    Tallin, Estonia

    18th July 2018


    11th August 2018

    Suprasl, Poland

    12th August 2018

    Orla, Poland

    24th September 2017

    Porgy and Bess
    Vienna, Austria

    3rd September 2016

    Tokyo, Japan

    7th September 2016

    Ciclos de jazz
    Ferrol, Spain

    2th July 2016

    Jazz am Bauernhof
    Kremsmuenster, Austria

    26th September 2015

    Clarinet Fest
    Gent, Belgium

    28th September 2015

    The music Village
    Brussel, Belgium

    27th September 2015

    Den Hopsack
    Antwerpen, Belgium

    15th September 2015

    Wien, Austria

    11th September 2015

    Kulturhaus Karl Schoenherr
    Schlanders, Italy

    15th June 2015

    Porgy and Bess
    Vienna, Austria

    18th April 2015

    Graz, Austria

    28th May 2014

    European Jazz Contest Finals
    Maastricht, Netherlands