about the ensemble
Founded by Daniel Riegler in 2005 for the inaugural JazzWerkstatt Wien festival, Studio Dan entered into existence as big band, but has since grown into flexible new music ensemble, performing in various permutations depending on the project. The group operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, and art rock, and others. The ensemble performs regularely at Vienna´s Porgy & Bess and tours internationally. Appearances include concerts at the festivals Wien Modern, Tage für Neue Musik Zurich, musikprotokoll Graz, Jazzfestival Berlin, Zappanale in Bad Doberan, and venues such as Kampnagel Hamburg, Stadtgarten Cologne, Kimmel Center Philadelphia and the legendary Roulette in Brooklyn/NYC.
Studio Dan and Daniel Riegler curate and produce new programs, concert series, and recordings, working alone or in cooperation with large institutions such as Wien Modern, La Strada Graz or KinderKinder/Big Bang. The children's theater productions Studio Dan plays… and Planet Globokar attracted attention by international promotors and the press. The latter was nominated for the prestigious YAMaward and performed in houses such as the Festspielhaus St. Pölten or Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana. Past guest soloists and collaborations with Studio Dan include George Lewis, Vinko Globokar, Elliott Sharp, Michel Doneda, and Friedrich Cerha. Among the most recently commissioned composers are Oxana Omelchuk, Elisabeth Harnik, Viola Falb, Christian F. Schiller, Johannes Lauer and Christof Ressi. In autumn 2019, the ensemble will be the focus of the annual Jeunesse Special in Vienna.
2008 – 2018
In 2018, the ensemble was first continueing the programs Neapel (last time), Breaking News, Planet Globokar and their Tribute to Frank (Zappa). Studio Dan was performing at the Stadtgarten Köln, at the Festspielhaus St. Pölten, at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and at the Open Ears Festival Kitchener in Canada.
For the second time in June and July, the ensemble presented the self-curated concert series "More Creatures & Other New Stuff" with five concerts in the Viennese Porgy & Bess. The group was performing existing pieces of u.a. Ig Henneman, John Zorn or Pierre Jodlowski and commissioned works by Elisabeth Harnik, Viola Falb and Johannes Lauer. The young Carinthian composer Christof Ressi, the appointed Featured Composer 2018, was going to present several of his existing and new works. The collaboration with Leo Riegler was bringing film and live music to the program in October.
The final highlight of the year was the long-planned and longed-for premiere of the commissioned work "Passaggio Verso Il Rischio" by Vinko Globokar at Wien Modern.
2017 included the presentation of several programs in New York on an invitation from the Austrian Cultural Forum, as well as other concerts in Canada. On this tour, pieces by young European composers as Mirela Ivičević, Caitlin Smith, Christoph Walder and Daniel Riegler were presented next to new commissions by Oxana Omelchuk and George Lewis. HOHNOR, apremiere by Christian F. Schiller, was written for two harmonicas and ensemble. In the first half of 2017 the ensemble was paying tribute to Frank Zappa´s artistic universe and related music (Varèse, Stockhausen, Fred Frith, Christof Dienz...); In September the ensemble was for the first time working on a piece by Julius Eastman.
In 2016, Studio Dan brought our programs to several internationally-renowned stages. We performed our brand-new in-house production “Planet Globokar” at Wien Modern / Dschungel Wien, the Theater am Ortweinplatz! (Graz), and KinderKinder festival in Hamburg. As part of the musikprotokoll festival, our ensemble collaborated with the composers' collective die andere saite to perform new music in Graz, Austria and Ljubljana, Slovenia. For the first time, we produced a four-concert series in June at Porgy & Bess devoted to music by Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Cornelius Cardew, George Crumb, and many others. In November, Studio Dan performed in concerts at kunsthaus mürz, at the Jazzfest Leibnitz, and at the Tagen für Neue Musik in Zurich.
2015 the ensemble celebrates its 10th anniversary with lots and different programs: HOMO FABER (4 concerts at the 21er Haus), “Studio Dan plays …” (5 children’s concerts in Hamburg, Vienna and Kapfenberg), the opening concert of the JazzWerkstatt Vienna ZOOM! Festival, “Eine Art Chansons” (Friedrich Cerha) at the Porgy & Bess etc.
2014 was marked by the 80th birthday of Vinko Globokar. The ensemble focused on his collection of improvisation models “Individuum Collectivum”. Vinko Globokar was part of one of the four evenings as guest and improvisor on trombone. The evening was broadcast by the ORF.
2013 saw the premiere of “Musik für 11”, a spatial-sound composition developed for the Arnulf Rainer Museum. In December, the CD “In The Pelagic Zone” was presented together with Elliott Sharp.
2012 the third album “Decadence” and the net art project www.dekadenz-cd.at were released. In the same year, Studio Dan premiered “Fanfare III” for 16 musicians distributed throughout the performance space, featuring soloist Michel Doneda.
2011 the ensemble received a grant from the Ernst-von-Siemens Music Foundation for their collaboration with Elliott Sharp.
2010 a second album followed, featuring singer Nika Zach and entitled “Things”; the CD release tour included a performance at JazzFest Berlin.
2009 the ensemble released its debut (double) CD, “Creatures & Other Stuff”, which subsequently won the German Record Critics’ Award.
In 2008 Studio Dan was chosen as the “stage band” for a six-month residency in the Vienna jazz club Porgy & Bess and became an integral part of the Austrian music scene.