Monday, February 2, 2015

Center Austria Hosts Lecture on
Post-Katrina Plight of New Orleans Jazz Pianists

Center Austria hosts this week at the University of New Orleans a broadcaster who has written a book about the plight of jazz pianists from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Ten years after the Category-Five storm and subsequent failure of federal levees, Ute von Maurnböck-Mosser plans to publish an e-book entitled “New Orleans – A Creole Kaleidoscope: 10 Years after Katrina.”

Von Maurnböck-Mosser is a radio journalist, a moderator, and an announcer for the Austrian National Radio Station Ö1, who specializes in musical and cultural programming. Her preferred areas of work are programs on social changes, linguistics and music, said Gertrude Greissner, coordinator for Center Austria.

In November 2012 Von Maurnböck-Mosser researched a series on New Orleans jazz pianists, which subsequently aired on Ö1 and various German radio stations as a four-part program. The broadcaster in her research interviewed many New Orleanians about their experiences during Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, and the city’s recovery process since.

This year Von Maurnböck-Mosser plans to honor the 10-year anniversary of the crisis by publishing an e-book both in German and English.

“The e-book format will allow her to present a multi-media portrait of New Orleans and its people 10 years after Katrina -- incorporating photos, audios, videos and internet links into the text of her narrative,” Greissner said.

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