When four years ago Studio Dan, a band consisting of 17 musicians together with their instruments entered the stage, the audience attended a highly acclaimed concert. That's why we absolutely wanted to present this orchestra, equipped with amongst others cello, violin and contrabass combined with electronically amplified music again to you... and now they even are going to play twice.
The name of the band, Studio Dan, doesn't come out of the blue: The ensemble of 17 deduced it from Frank Zappa's album Studio Tan (1979) and it's a major bow to him. Frank Zappa's totally open-minded attitude against all kind of music, together with his humor inspired the band from the beginning. The combination of any „light music“ and all possible ways to play the so-called „art music“, is probably still unique and maybe hasn't still achieved the relevance yet which it really has. The line-up is offering both personally and instrumentally everything necessary to feature this „unlimited“ kind of music.
The formation Studio Dan was founded by Daniel Riegler in 2005 within the line of the first festival of JazzWerkstatt Wien. The ensemble started as Big Band and in the meantime they are performing in several large formations. The band is moving around between advanced ranges of experimental and contemporary music – between improvisation and new music, jazz and prog rock, to name only a few keywords.
During their second perfomance on Mystery Stage Studio Dan are going to perform works from Varèse, Stravinsky and Zappa.