Moon on High


Taiwanese/ Austrian project

Herbert Könighofer – double-bass clarinet, saxes, flutes, vocs, looper, a.o.
Hannah Eisendle – piano, organ, vocs
Cheng-Ying Chuang – counter-tenor, vocs., Liuqin- und Zhongruan-lutes

BRIAN BRAIN enjoys inviting artists into his club audioprovocateur: In the course of this project, these are the acclaimed Taiwanese counter-tenor und lutist Cheng-Ying Chuang and the Austrian piano-virtuoso Hannah Eisendle, who – together with multi-instrumentalist Herbert Könighofertranscend stylistic boundaries between New Music and Jazz, between European and Asian classics and electronics, between rock and baroque…

As manifold as the musical styles, the trio elaborates on, is the very special instrumentation: Herbert Könighofer on doublebass-clarinet, tenor- and soprano saxpohone, vocals, piano, guitar and electronic looper, Hannah Eisendle with her vocals, piano and organ and Cheng-Ying Chuang on Liuqin- und Zhongruan-lutes and as a counter-tenor/ vocalist.

Challenged by times in which boarders seem to gain more and more importance in the minds of many, the 3 musicians gather in order to transcend such boundaries: they extract music out of its original context and reshape, combine and interpret it according to their individual conceptions. On various instruments, they explore the sounds of the very moments of their performances and always include the spheres created by the places of performance and the different audiences.

They have toured Austria together in June 2018 as the premiere of the ambitious project. Here’s a few impressions:

TV Studio-Session at Salzburg’s FS1 (interviews in German):

> Report on Vienna concert on Donau-Kanal TV

In the course of the Austria tour, Cheng-Ying Chuang, Hannah Eisendle and Herbert Könighofer also had the opportunity to record at Mushroom Studios/x-Art and an album is in the making!

The tour has friendly been supported by:


The trio is available for booking worldwide. Stay tuned!


Artist Biographies:

Herbert Könighofer, multi-instrumentalist. In his project Brian Brain – club audioprovocateur Könighofer collaborates with various renown artists. In his compositions and his spontanous performances, he oscilliates between manifold musical, cultural and thematic aspects. The desire for comfort, the need for withdrawal and reduction to the basics on the one hand and the aspiration towards freedom, interlinking and abundance on the other, are being processed by means of music and translated into musical counter-parts: complex, Zappa-style compositions interact with minimalistic sounds and range from happy tunes to melancholy, challenging and entertaining, self-mockingly and critical. In 2017, Könighofer performed at Delhi Internationals Arts Festival where he encountered Cheng-Ying Chuang and where they could lay the cornerstone for their future collaboration.

Cheng-Ying Chuang
Cheng-Ying read MMus degree in Vocal and Operatic Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2007 and Master degree of Landscape Architecture at University of Pennsylvania at 2003. He was awarded the 2nd prize of 2006 Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize at Birmingham Conservatoire, the Young Star (Voice) of Taipei National Concert Hall in 2008, and Taipei Philharmonic Foundation’s 4th Voice Competition of the Celebration of Arising Stars Festival in 2004. His performances appeared in Taiwan, China, the UK, Germany, France, the US, Canada, and India, in prestigious venues like British Museum, London Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre, London’s Asian Music Centre, Beijing West City Cultural Centre, Taipei National Concert Hall, Suzhou Museum etc. He was nominated in 2010 British Chinese “Big Ben Award” and has produced and toured intercultural world music concert series in Edinburgh Fringe and numerous Taiwan’s performance venues. He taught music at the Academy of Music, Suzhou University of Science and Technology and is the artistic director of Musitonik Ensemble, an intercultural World Music group.

Hannah Eisendle
Besides chamber-musical performances in Vienna, Paris, New York or Mexico-City, Eisendle currently studies piano and composition in Hamburg and Vienna, She has won several chamber-music and solo piano-competitions and has contributed her music to films.