classical crossover/accoustic freestyle on viola and kontragitarre


recording session with special guest Hannes Bohun | the new album is arriving soon


Profundkontra at Ö1 Klassik Treffpunkt


Summer and Festivals 2016 - TFF Rudolstadt und Schrammel.Klang.Festival | More here !


Profundkontra live at Kulturelles-Dollnstein. More here !


Happy new year to everybody!


Digital download of "bleib loca ... Tango Vienés" is open. It can be downloaded at itunes or the CD can be ordered at Alessa Records.


The new album "bleib loca ... Tango Vienés" has officially been released yesterday in Vienna.


Preorders for "bleib loca ... Tango Vienés" can now be placed at Alessa Records. Or get your copy at one of our upcoming concerts!


The artwork for "bleib loca ... Tango Vienés" is ready and we are absolutely looking forward to holding our new record in hands. Find a preview here and come to celebrate with us the release on 29th of april at Cafe Schmidhansl!

upcoming shows (for more see dates)

25.04.2015 "Lange Nacht der Kontragitarre" by Joachim Csaikl at Zwe, Vienna

29.04.2015 CD Release Party, Cafe Schmidhansl,Wien

30.04.2015 Weissenwolf, Steyregg, reservation

01.05.2015 Galerie in der Gerberei, Freistadt, reservation

08.05.2015 Lössiade,Absdorf, reservation


Someone's got to do it ...

A kontragitarre player and a viola player, whose musical roots couldn't be more diverse: Emmerich Haimer from the wine quarter in Lower Austria is a rock musician with a great love for metal. Martina Engel is of Anglo - Austrian descent, born and brought up in Southern Germany and originally a classical musician.

On their quest for musical freedom the rock musician was drawn towards classical music, tango and Viennese music, the classical musician on her part to jazz, rock and folk music. Where else would they meet but in Vienna, the metropolis of music?

Founded in 2008, the crossover duo Profundkontra pays tribute to the melting pot of this city: the result is a very special Viennese mélange. Their music vibrates passion bristling with musical comedy and a luscious topping of adventurous spirit.

Martina Engel

Born in Füssen/Southern Germany. Since 2005 she is living and working as a freelance musician in Vienna. Apart from working for classical and contemporary music ensembles, she has also contributed to the ensemble of indie-pop artist „Soap&Skin“ or the jazz-ensemble „Studio Dan“, who in 2010 won a German Record Critics Award in the category crossover productions.

Emmerich Haimer

Guitarist and composer from the Austrian Wine Quarter. Founding member of the music theatre project „Angizia“, which was established in 1995 and has since then produced seven albums in which Haimer acted as guitarist and composer. From 2005 to 2010 he was a member of the rock band HOGmeetsFROG, performing in over 80 concerts in Austria and the surrounding countries.



Miriam Damev/Falter: "Hinter Profundkontra etwa stecken Emmerich Haimer (Kontragitarre) und Martina Engel (Bratsche) – sie klassisch ausgebildete Musikerin, er früherer Hardrocker. Seit 2008 machen sie gemeinsam Musik. Auf Bleib Loca – Tango Vienès experimentieren sie virtuos mit ihrem liebsten Genre, dem Tango. In zwölf eigens komponierten bzw. arrangierten Paraphrasen kommt dieser mal als Wienerlied getarnt, mal im Marsch-, Walzer- oder Polkagewand daher. Sinnlicher „Valentango“ oder lieber lauer „Sommertag“? Ein „Letzter Kaffee“ zum Abschied? Davon muss sich jeder selbst ein Hörbild machen – am besten begleitet von einem guten spanischen Rotwein."

Gregg Miner/ „Not your Grandparents' „Schrammelmusik!“ Profundkontra is Martina Engel on viola and Emmerich Haimer on harp guitar (the Viennese kontragitarre). Despite the instrumentation, this is no tourist-y waltz music, but modern "experimental" acoustic cross-over experimental in a good way). The couple of Piazzolla tangos included may give you an idea of their energy and style, but won't prepare you for their imaginative original compositions and jams. Check it out!”

Past Shows

15.12.2018 Stadtsaal, Mistelbach 16.06.2018 Theater am Spittelberg, Wien 22.04.2017 Jazzclub Zwe, Wien 19.02.2017 Rote Bar Volkstheater, Wien 10.12.2016 Ö1 Klassik Treffpunkt, Funkhaus Wien 07.11.2016 Kunst in der Mariengasse, Baden 08.10.2016 herbstKLANG Weinviertel, Schloss Kirchstetten 30.09.2016 Theater am Spittelberg, Wien 09./10.07.2016 Schrammel.Klang.Festival, Litschau 08.07.2016 TFF Rudolstadt, Rudolstadt 02.07.2016 Eisenhuthaus, Poysdorf 16.04.2016 Laurentiushaus, Dollnstein 15.04.2016 GIG, Freistadt 09.04.2016 ZWE, Wien 7.11.2015 EbenDa, Ebenthal 24.10.2015 IfCafe, Budapest 17.10.2015 Theater am Spittelberg, Wien 26.09.2015 Buchbar, Dresden 25.09.2015 Lagari, Berlin 20.08.2015 Szene, Wien 27.06.2015 Eisenhuthaus, Poysdorf 08.05.2015 Lössiade, Absdorf 01.05.2015 Galerie in der Gerberei, Freistadt 30.04.2015 Weissenwolf, Steyregg 29.04.2015 Schmidhansl, Wien 25.04.2015 - Zwe, Wien 30.01.2015 - Erdball, Herrnbaumgarten 30.11.2014 - Ö1 Punschstand, Wien 08.11.2014 - IfCafe, Budapest 31.10.2014 - Sargfabrik, Wien 26.04.2014 - Jazzclub Zwe, Wien 25.05.2014 - Rote Bar Volkstheater, Wien 03.04.2013 - Eisenhuthaus, Poysdorf 05.04.2013 - Weintouropening, Eisenhuthaus Poysdorf 29.03.2013 - Cenario, Wien 25.01.2013 - Erdball, Herrnbaumgarten mit Dorli Windhager 08.11.2012 - Cenario, Wien 02.09.2012 - Ö1KulturPicknick, Schlosspark Eisenstadt 07. und 08.07.2012 - Schrammel. klang.Festival, Litschau mit Dorli Windhager 03.07.2012 - Aera, Wien 12.04.2012 - 9er Bar, Niederkreuzstetten 01.03.2012 - Konzertcafe Schmid Hansl, Wien 04.12.2011 - Rote Bar Volkstheater, Wien 31.10.2011 - TheArter Gallerie, Berlin 30.10.2011 - Dreikönigskirche, Dresden 25.10.2011 - Kontrapunkt, Wien mit Dorli Windhager 15.01.2011 - LiveStage, Innsbruck 14.01.2011 - Sargfabrik, Wien 09.12.2010 - Kurpark, Baden 12.11.2010 - Mormat, Wien 19.06.2010 - Integrationsfest, Wien 14.01.2010 - Rote Bar Volkstheater, Wien


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bleib loca ... Tango Vienés (2015)
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