Federspiel appeared for the rst time in Krems-an-der-Donau in 2004, when the eldest of the musicians had just turned 16. Twelve years and several hundred concerts later, they present their fourth album: Smaragd. Six brass players and a clarineist who have moved seamlessly from the Lower Austrian Schneeberg region to the Metropolitan Museum, from local dance stories to Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, from the Dolomites to the Innviertel and further eastwards with a bang. Always on the hunt for points of contact between the world ... and the world. Or rather, between folk music and the music of the world. We hear unbridled joy in playing and youthful carelessness, in the best sense of the word, which can only be careless because it knows what cares are. Krems is, by the way, where the famous winegrowing region of Wachau begins. There in its vineyard terraces you o en come across the green lizard whose name the vintners have given to their best wines: "Smaragd" - emerald.