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Fried Dähn & das Onomatopoeia Perturbation Consort

Fried Dähn & das Onomatopoeia Perturbation Consort

Hi guys, I am thrilled to be back at Zappanale!

To introduce you to something new after the Yellow String Quartet and the Brains’ Monster Movies, I have put together a great 8-piece ensemble, the Onomatopoeia Perturbation Consort. In our program we will mainly deal with Zappa’s texts and his surreal tendencies and will musically tie in with the Fluxus and Free Jazz aesthetics of the 60s and 70s. But of course it will mainly be rocking and an occasional Zappa song (or more) will find its way into the program. The lyrics, as already mentioned, are written by the master himself and will be presented in German: Bobby Brown has become Robert Braun and comes along in a new musical garment. Songs like The Air or I’m the Slime will be interpreted in a new way and a new arrangement of Ravel’s Bolero might become another highlight. This time we have a singer with us, the phenomenal tenor Martin Nagy and the no less charismatic Endre Holeczy as speaker und performer. Then there are two old pals from The Brains: guitarist Thomas Maos (who will also present an additional Jimi Hendrix program at the exhibition) and our ingenious video artist Haegar. The further line-up of the band consists of some of the finest musicians of the Stuttgart scene: Carsten Netz – saxophone, clarinet, flute, Fabian Wendt – bass and Bernd Settelmeyer – drums.

Thus the whole thing will be a zappaesque, multimedia-based spectacle, a small opera constructed from text, chant, music and visuals. And who knows, maybe some Zappa songs will find their way into it. (Fried Dähn, December 2014)

Friedemann ‚Fried' Dähn: The cellist, composer and sound-artist is working in classical, contemporary and electronic music as well as in media and video arts.

In 1989 he completed his studies with Johannes Goritzki at the Düsseldorf music conservatory "with exellence", after having taken part in additional master classes with Boris Pergamenschikow, Heinrich Schiff, Michael Flaksman and Misha Maisky.

Between 1990 and 1993 he has been cellist of the well known Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, where he had the possibility to work with K.-H. Stockhausen, Ornette Coleman and Frank Zappa, to mention only a few. At the same time he developped an electric cello and started his own musical projects in the fields of improvisation, electronic and jazz as well as projects combining different genres of art as sound and language or music and visuals.

In 1992 he became principal cellist of the Wuerttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since 2004 he owns a professorship for audio design and sound arts at the University for Applied Sciences in Schwäbisch Hall.

As Cellist he toured worldwide and performed in China, Russia, USA, Brazil and in the important centers of music all over Europe. He has been artist in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003. In 2004 he was invited to Subtropics - Festival for experimental music in Miami, 2007 he performed and lead a workshop in Malaga/Spain.

In 1999 he and Thomas Maos founded the CAMP festival, international festival for visual music. More than hundred artists of twenty different countries have been part of the festival, which was supported by the Bundeskulturstiftung in 2007. The festivals philosophy is unique and is focussing on a combination of artistic research and social networking as well as on educational aspects. The invited artists are working together on the developpement of new forms of audiovisual art in a specific concert-like situation. CAMP has been invited to Portugal in 2005, to Croatia in 2011, to Romania and the Art Biennal in Venice in 2013.

Another remarkable project is the Ensemble Klangstein with Klaus Fessmann and Manfred Kniel. Founded in 1997, the ensemble toured Europe and performed in the USA. Since 2009 Markus Stockhausen on trumpet often joins the ensemble. In 2010 the group invited indian singer Mahesh Vinayakram for concerts in Switzerland and Austria.

In 2009 Fried started to work for british choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie composing the soundtrack for mis-thread, a contemporary dance piece first performed at 'the place' in london in which he also appears as live performer.

2010 his composition 'Spanish Cat' for orchestra was premiered at 'sonic visions', a series of audiovisuel concerts at  franz k. Reutlingen curated by fried dähn. AURA for klangsteine and strings followed in 2012.

2013 CREA was first performed in Stuttgart, a piece for soprano, speaker, crotales and sinewaves.

2012 he performed at  Zappanale featuring the Yellow String Quartet with a program of classical and contemporary music as well as compositions by Frank Zappa. In 2013 he came with his artrock band The Brains performing 'do you like monster movies?'

Sinde 2010 Fried has been involved in  MIMA, Munich university for media arts, creative writing, popmusic and sound art.

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