Bada Bing Bada Boom
Andreas Winkler & the Sentimental Gangsters are sure to hold you spellbound with their refreshing and unique interpretations of songs from the 1920's and 1930's. With their first album "Bada Bing Bada Boom" the musicians combine the hits from the past with songs composed by Sven Angelo Mindeci, the bandoneon player of the band. Imagine travelling back in time to the flappers, gangsters and speakeasies! Through their stunningly authentic performance of unforgettable tunes and dance songs "The Sentimental Gangsters" transport their audiences back to the notorious and dangerous nightclubs of Chicago and the glittering lights of Broadway. Puttin' on the Ritz, Ain't she sweet or Yes Sir, that's my baby are among the many international songs and hits in their repertoire which were immensely popular at the parties and clubs of the past. Andreas Winkler & the Sentimental Gangsters present three main musical styles of those days: Charleston and Swing signalled a new lifestyle and sounded the bell for a new era. At the same time operatic singers like Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli or Mario Lanza enchanted their audiences with their Italian Canzoni from their home country. Famous melodies like O sole mio, Torna a Surriento, Core 'n' grato or Funiculi funicula are songs that convey a pure, Italian sense of life. The band also features the Original Tango of the "Golden Era". Andreas Winkler and his band interweave all this wonderful music with theatrical elements to form an exciting and thrilling old-style revue. The result is a humorous tribute to some of the best-known classical gangster movies and to the days of prohibition. The band: Andreas Winkler, vocals Ivaylo Kovachev, piano Sven Angelo Mindeci, bandoneon Rafael Baier, saxophones Lukas Thöni, trumpet & flugelhorn Peter Gossweiler, double bass Pascal Graf, drums & percussion How it all began: The lyrical tenor Andreas Winkler, who is half Italian and half Austrian, has started singing the authentic canzoni napoletane and the original Tango years ago as a part of his recital programs. All through these years his first goal was to get as close as possible to the originals. He first listened to Neapolitan folksongs while he was visiting his relatives in Napels in the 90s. He immediately was fascinated by the passion of these great melodies. In the year 2003 he signed with a major record company and recorded his first album, which included classic-crossover songs, Italian and Spanish traditionals. Many television appearances followed (ORF, RAI, ARD, ZDF, ...) and founded his reputation as a singer of this special repertoire in Europe. After that he had been offered a long term contract by the Zurich Opera House. And so, being an opera singer should be his main focus for the following years. But he always had the dream to form an ensemble that specializes in the music of the Roaring 20's and Swingin' 30's. So Andreas Winkler finally found "The Sentimental Gangsters" in 2006. Since that the band has been playing all over Europe with great acclaim. Andreas Winkler: Andreas Winkler started singing at the age of ten. Later he was member of various bands and A-Capella groups (Jazz, Soul, Rock) before he started his classical vocal training. In 2001 he graduated from the "Musikhochschule Cologne" where he had studied operatic singing. He has interpreted many operatic parts all over Europe, USA and Japan with great acclaim and sung at numerous well-known venues and festivals such as the "Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival", the "Royal Festival Hall" in London, the "Bunkamura Hall" in Tokyo and the "Bavarian State Opera" in Munich. Since 2003 he has become a permanent member of the ensemble at the Zurich Opera. Both in opera and concert he has worked with well-known conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz Welser-Möst, Bernard Haitink, and many more.