It began with a couple of musicians from Galtür just accompanying a film showing with their instruments. That was 15 years ago. Since then they’ve become a band well-known far beyond Galtür. Here are the most important facts about the Galtür Syndikat.
When the film “Polterabend” was shown in Galtür in December 2003, a couple of musicians from the village joined forces to provide musical intervals. Gerhard Walter, then the managing director of the Galtür Tourism Association, gave the ensemble the name “Galtür Syndikat”. Walter moved on, the name stuck.
After “Polterabend”, four musicians continued with the group under the name “Galtür Syndikat.” In 2006, the syndicate became a traditional quintet. In 2012 the sixth member of the band joined, and in 2017 the Galtür Syndikat was completed with its current line-up.
The band performs at weddings, birthdays and company parties, pays tribute to long-standing guests and frames celebratory occasions such as funerals, baptisms, and concerts in halls and churches.
In the almost fifteen-year history of the syndicate, a couple of other very special performances stand out. In 2006, 2007 and 2007, the band played as part of the “Genusstage Galtür” festival” with Willi “Ostbahn Kurti” Resetarits.
In 2006, the syndicate played in the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, and in 2011 in TirolBerg at the Ski World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as well as with the chef of the century, Eckart Witzigmann, and star chef Tim Mälzer in the Culinary Way of St. James. In 2015, the syndicate greeted mountain climbers on the 3 312m-high Piz Buin on the occasion of the “150th Anniversary of the First Ascent of Piz Buin” – a high point in the truest sense of the word.