November 28 – IMOO #167: Studio Dan – Homo Faber

***NOTE: this is a Tuesday Performance, and will take place from 8-10pm***

Sophia Goidinger-Koch – violin
Maiken Beer – cello
Manuel Mayr – bass
Daniel Riegler – trombone

On its first appearance in Canada and the U.S., the Austrian ensemble STUDIO DAN will bring contemporary music to North America. Straddling the worlds of classical music and jazz, between art music and experimental improvisation, this dynamic ensemble will perform premieres of commissioned and existing works.

STUDIO DAN’s program HOMO FABER is a collaborative work developed by Daniel Riegler together with visual artists Krüger & Pardeller. Rounding out the evening will be music for two harmonicas and ensemble by Christian F. Schiller. This tour will mark the official release of a new recording of HOMO FABER by STUDIO DAN.

Studio Dan was founded by Daniel Riegler in 2005 for the JazzWerkstatt Wien’s first festival. Refferring to Frank Zappa´s album Studio Tan (1979), the ensemble started as a zappaesque big band, but has since morphed to perform 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, to name only a few. Studio Dan is the only Austrian large ensemble belonging neither to the jazz big band mainstream nor to the strictly interpretive contemporary chamber music culture. Instead, the ensemble organically combines composition and improvisation, exploring beyond the bounds of simplistic categories.