ELMO NERO brings three exciting protagonists of the Austrian jazz scene together:

The exceptional bass player, composer and Hans Koller Prize winner Gina Schwarz, the guitarist Christoph Helm who expertly oscillates between various kinds of popular music genres and the subtle yet experimental drummer Max Plattner who can be found at the forefront of young jazz in many innovative projects.

With compositions and improvisations fed by a wide variety of influences they manage to captivate their audience and transform a seemingly familiar line-up such as the guitar trio into an exciting playground, where many a surprise awaits the listener!

ELMO NERO is beautifully exploring what's possible in a guitar trio setting, finding many ways to express honesty, joy and beauty in this classic format. (Gilad Hekselman)

On "ELMO NERO", Gina Schwarz, Christoph Helm and Max Plattner strike the perfect balance between sophistication and entertainment. While the trio's music is challenging, it also very much appeals to the listener's emotions . Highly recommended. (Michael Ternai, music austria)

ELMO NERO suggests a format of a classic jazz guitar trio, but this trio uses the rich legacy of this format as a playground for its own democratic dynamics and playful and highly melodic textures. The trio’s slow-burning dynamics stress a tight rhythmic sensibility and leave enough space for individual improvisations and are open for joyful surprises (Eyal Hareuveni, salt peanuts*)

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Past Dates:


December 2nd / 20:00 / Dakig Gänserndorf


January 13th / 19:00 / Radiokulturhaus

January 16th / 20:00 / Zwe

May 5th / 19:00 / Porgy & Bess, Strenge Kammer

October 4th / 20:00 / Jazzpoint Linz

October 5th / 20:00 / Lebensraum, Gänserndorf

October 6th / 20:00 / Hob I Raum

November 2nd / 22:00 / Frau Mayer

November 9th / 20:00 / Tunnel Vienna


March 29th / 20:30 / Porgy & Bess

April 12th / 22:00 / jazzahead! Club Night @ Olive Bremen

Coming up:


July 25th / 20:00 / Kultursommer Wien, Schrödingerplatz (1220)

October 3rd / 20:00 / Fürstenfeld

November 28th / 20:00 / Tunnel Vienna

November 29th / 20:30 / Opus Budapest

December 14th / 20:00 / Stockwerk Graz


March 22 / 20:00 / Hob i Raum Bad Vöslau

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