:::: friedemann dähn


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.

Between 2004 and 2012 he owned a professorship for audio design and sound arts at the University for Applied Sciences in Schwäbisch Hall.

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

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 worked with 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.

2012 he started to perform at Zappanale Bad Doberan:
with the Yellow String Quartet and a program of classical and contemporary music as well as compositions by Frank Zappa, 2013 with the artrock band The Brains performing 'do you like monster movies?' - an audiovisual portrait of Frank Zappa, 2015 with the Band 'Onomatopoeia Perturbation Consort' and in 2016 with the Yellow String Quartet together with the Grandmothers of Invention.

2010 his composition 'Spanish Cat' for orchestra was premiered at 'sonic visions', an audiovisual concert series 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. AamH for choir and strings he wrote in 2014.
2015/16 he created '100 dada' for double-orchestra, acters and live-video celebrating the hundredth birthday of dada.


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