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Ott Daniel

(06. 09. 1960)

Ott Daniel
Ott Daniel
K&K Kulturmanagement und Kommunikation
Crellestraße 22
D-10827 Berlin
BRD

Tel: +49 (0)30 7870 3350
Fax: +49 (0)30 7870 3352
Internet: www.danielott.com

Biography
Daniel Ott was born in Grub (Appenzell, Switzerland), and later grew up in the Basle region. In 1980, he gained his piano diploma and went on to teach piano and music in the Basle and Graubünden regions. At the same time, he was also involved in the establishment of various independent theatre groups, including a horse-drawn wagon tour through Switzerland with a street theatre group. Theatre studies took him to Paris and London between 1983 and 1985, and from 1995 to 1990, he studied composition with Nicolaus A. Huber at the Folkwang University, Essen, and with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg University of Music. Since 1990, Daniel Ott has been working on a freelance basis as composer, pianist and actor, mainly in the field of new music theatre - and has also been involved in interdisciplinary and room/landscape-related works. In 1990, he founded the "Rümlingen New Music Festival". Between 1995 and 2004 he has been teaching experimental music at the University of Arts in Berlin. In 1999/2000, he wrote the music theatre cycle "ojota I-IV". In 2000, he composed "klangkörperklang" – music for Peter Zuthmor's Swiss Pavilion (EXPO Hanover 2000). This works were followed by landscape compositions for the Harbour Sassnitz/Rügen (2002), the Heiligkreuz/Entlebuch (2003) and the river Neisse between Görlitz and Zgorzelec (2005). In 2005, he became professor for composition and experimental music at the University of arts, Berlin.

Work list
zampugn (1987)
for twently-nine bells / four percussionists
‘zampugn’, a Retoroman word meaning round-bells: Ensemble: 29 un-tuned bells of various origin (with obligatory juggling).
Sponsored by the SME Lucerne.

Duration: 12' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
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im museum (1987)
Musical theatre piece
for childrens group and piccolo, bass clarinet, tuba, accordion, mandolin (guitar), violin and four percussion
Texts: Volkslied
Can be played individually: ‘kinderspiele’ for 2 percussionists (glock.vib.cym) [2']. ‘le ranz des vaches’ for 6 tuned cow bells (f#+2,g2,d2,g#+3,a3,e4), one player [2'].
Duration: 45' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 31.00
molto semplicemente. per teodoro (1989)
for accordion
Half scenic composition in response to the chemical disaster of 1986 in Schweizerhalle, Baselland.
Duration: 12' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 23.00
mutterseelenallein (1990)
for deep female voice, tenor saxophone and accordion
Texts: Edward Bond
Music for the play ‘monologue’ by Simone de Beauvoir (based on a text from ‘The Bundle’ by Edward Bono).
Duration: 20' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 16.00
para alberto alarcon (1991)
Scenic composition
for one dancer with castanets
A musical portrait woven with words from the castanet story of the Spanish Civil War by Frederico Garcia Lorca: for diverse castanets of assorted origin.
Duration: 35' 00"
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CHF: 23.00
zweite liebe (1991)
for one percussionist
Music for the play ‘zweite liebe’ (second love) by Jurg Amann. Sixty percussion interventions each between five and twenty minutes in duration; can also be performed without the play.
Duration: 30' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 16.00
skizze - 7 1/2 bruchstücke (1992)
Scenic composition
for bass clarinet, percussion and string trio
A portrait study, ‘Bilderbogen’, developed from discussions with members of the ‘Ensemble Recherche’ concerning their relationship with their instruments; available also as a film version: ‘7 ½’ (together with Reinhard Manz) Distribution: Video-Genossenschaft Basel, Postfach 511, CH-4005 Basel.
Duration: 11' 00"
SME/EMS
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CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
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CHF: 23.00
jammermusik (1993)
for six - twelve players, variable scoring (obligatory drums, wind and accordion)
Extract from a larger, open-air theatre composition.
Duration: 2' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 13.00
17 1/2 (1995)
Scenic composition
for four guitars, two mandolins, dulcimer, viola, 2 double-bass, saxophone, trombone, tuba, accordeon and three percussion instruments
Spatial composition based on the sound memories of the musicians/singers.
Duration: 25' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 55.00
frammenti per pieve caina (1996)
for voice, percussion, violoncello, guitar and piano (or a variable score)
A musical sketchbook - versions of older pieces - draughts and attempts at new pieces - compositions that have been produced in one day (5.9. - 22.3.). New versions with other scores are conceivable.
1.) 22/3
2.) le ranz des vaches
3.) 5/9
4.) ~
5.) kinderspiele
6.) schto s toboi
7.) jammermusik

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
frammenti per pieve caina (1996-2002)
version for 2 pianos
22/3a, le ranz des vaches, 5/9, ////, kinderspiele, schto s toboi, jammermusik.
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
einige schritte (1996)
for five walking musicians
Variations on five walking models - step model - intimations of an activity.
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
schto s toboi (1996)
First version
for five actors with five accordions
Scenic music based on the 'movement memories' of the actors.
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
schto s toboi (1996/99)
Second concertante version
for accordion solo resp. for two accordions
Duration: 4' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
ojota I (1997)
Spatial composition
for one performer
Spatial composition for one player and five pairs of shoes made of leather, wood and iron. ‘ojota’ is Kechuan for shoe or sandal. ‘Fuss-Stücke’ (foot piece) at seven fixed points in the performance room and ‘Schritte-Musik’ (step piece) on long stretches of path. The versions are developed for the individual site: open-air, halls and exhibition rooms etc. Part of the composition ‘ZWIELICHT: Sonnenuntergang / Sonnenaufgang’ (1997) with Carola Bauckholt, Maria Cecilia Villanueva, Daniel Almada, Jacques Demierre, Peter Ablinger, Caspar Johannes Walter, Wolfgang Heiniger and Manos Tsangaris.
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
7 (1997)
Stage composition
for soprano, bass flute, horn, trumpet, trombone piano and obligatory light
For the ensemble 'con gioco'.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
zwischen (1997)
for diverse speakers, percussion, bandoneon, flute, vibraphone, inner piano and electronic tape
Study for the 'Ensemble Zwischentöne', Berlin.
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
ojota II (1998)
for Eb clarinet, trumpet, trombone, viola, violoncello, soprano and percussion or variable score
Musical sketchbook - a sequel to ‘frammenti per pieve caina’. The two cycles can be combined. No. 7 ‘ojota II’ is a combination of shoe noises and intrumental sounds.
1. 22/3
2. ojota Ia für Schlagzeug solo
3. schto s toboi
4. ojota Ib für Stimme solo und 12 Schuhpaare
5. jammermusik
6. 5/9
7. ojota II

Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
finger weg (1998)
Concept
for a group of children - children's verse, rhyme and song
Texts: Volkslied
A version for ten nursery school children with various mother languages - all attend the Kreuzberg School of Music.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
22/3 (1999)
Spatial composition
for three guitars (electronic and accoustic), two saxophones, two double-bass and four percussion.
Elaboration of the existing ‘22/3’ sketches for the ‘Petrikirche’ (St. Peters Church) in Lübeck. An ensemble composition for a room with lots of reverberation. Without conductor, place changing, speech, noises.
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
ojota III (1999)
Scenic composition
for voice, dulcimer, clarinet, trombone and percussion
Stories and memories of shoes and shoe noises. Developed in cooperation with Anna Clementi, Françoise Rivalland, Chico Mello, Simone Candotto and Christian Dierstein.
Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
ojota IV (2000)
Musical theatre
for seven sopranos, two actors, dulcimer, clarinet, guitar, trombone, accordion and percussion
Texts: Thomas Bernhard
‘ojota I, II and III’ are included in the feature length version which was created for the theater Bielefeld. Uses a passage from Thomas Bernhards text "Gehen".
Duration: 2h 00"
Manuscript
klangkörperklang (2000)
Common chord music
for six accordions, six dulcimers and improvising musicians
Music for the ‘Klangkörper Schweiz’, the Swiss contribution to the EXPO 2000 in Hannover, in cooperation with Peter Zumthor. ‘klangkörperklang’ sounded twelve hours a day for 153 days. Extracts and new, shorter versions using the base material are cogitable. Common chords A -Q 16/9 - 19/12 - 22/3 - 29/1.
Duration: var.
Manuscript
18/11 (2001)
Spatial composition
for 23 instruments (2 clarinets (including bass and Eb-cl), saxophone, trumpet, tuba, trombone, 2 accordions, 3 elec. guitars, 2 harps, 2 dulcimers, 2 violins, 2 violoncelli 2 double basses and 2 percussionists)
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
7/8/9 (2001)
Spatial composition
for sheng, trumpet, sax, 2 bass clarinets, 2 accordions, 3 dulcimers, double bass, elec. bass and percussion
Duration: 2h 00"
Manuscript
26/5 (2001)
Spatial composition
for 5 harps and 8 percussionists
Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
2/06 (2002)
Sound activities Drochtersen-Hüll
for voice, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, 2 accordions, 3 guitars, 4 percussionists and castanets
Duration: 90' 00"
Manuscript
ojota V (2002)
for three players (shoes/tables/chairs/accordion)
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
ojota lc (2002)
for 4 percussionists
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
skizze 22/05 (2002)
for accordion solo
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
asinen rautatieasema (2002)
Sound activities at the harbour
for voice, trumpet, sax, clarinet, 3 accordions, three percussionists and ship's horn orchestra
Duration: 90' 00"
Manuscript
skilift / klang (2003)
Open-air music
for trumpet, wind ensemble, ski-lift pylons and ringing bells
Duration: 70' 00"
Manuscript
schiefer / klang (2003)
Open-air music
for folk-music trio, lifting platform and story-teller (tenor)
Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
stromwärts.rauschen/fall (2003)
Open-air music
for trumpet, tuba, 2 violins and 2 double basses
Duration: 2h 00"
Manuscript
ambaraba (2004)
for 8-part children's choir (4S4A), 4 accordions and 2 percussionists
Duration: 45' 00"
Manuscript
abréviations (2004)
Scenic chamber music
for 2 voices (Mez)
Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
26/5 – 2/4 (2004)
Spatial composition
for 4 harps, 6 percussionists, 2 accordions, 2 double basses, 2 saxophones (1a, 1t), trumpet, elec. guitar and elec. bass
Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
beschleunigung. (2004)
lokhalle.9/04
for voice (soprano), 2 saxophones (1s, 1a), bass clarinet, 2 trumpets, trombone, accordion, elec. bass, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 violoncelli, 2 bouble basses and 6 percussionists (23 instruments)
Spatial composition for the 'Lokhalle' in Göttingen.
Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
klangspur 17/12 (2005)
Open-air music
for voice, 2 trumpets, 3 sax, 2 trombones, 2 tubas, 4 accordions, dulcimer, double bass, elec. guitar, 16 percussionists, wind ensemble, accordion orchestra, brass bands & Father Noster, balustrade, wooden scaffolding and bell towers
Duration: 3h 00"
Manuscript
Hafenbecken I + II (2006)
music for 68 instruments at Basel harbour
Duration: 3h 00"
Manuscript
21/22/10 (2006)
Strolling doncert
for asx, sheng, e-bass, 2acn, 2tpt, bcl, e-gtr, string quartet and 2 percussionists
Duration: 2h 00"
Manuscript
schleifen, helles aufschmettern (2007)
Landscape composition
for 9tpt, 2sx, 2hn, 4tbn, tba, 1perc and 3 brass bands
Duration: 90' 00"
Manuscript
schleifen, helles aufschmettern (2007)
Sounding particle
for 1 mobile percussionist
In 3 parts.
Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
25/6 (2007)
Music
for 2 string instruments and facade
Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
Paulinenbrücke (2008)
Musical theatre
for 6 performers and orchestra
Duration: 75' 00"
Manuscript
30/1 (2009)
for english horn, bass flute and percussion
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Blick Richtung Süden (2009)
Landscape composition
for 9tpt, 2tbn, cl, perc, live electronics, carrier pigeons, canoeists and wind band
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Repertory
Johann Sebastian Bach: Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen (Goldberg-Variationen)
John Cage: 34'46.776 for a pianist für präpariertes Klavier
John Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra
John Cage: The perilous night für präpariertes Klavier
John Cage: Water Music für präpariertes Klavier
John Cage: Winter Music (Fassung für 1 Klavier)
Morton Feldman: Intermission 6
Morton Feldman: Last pieces
Morton Feldman: For Bunita Marcus
Morton Feldman: Palais de Mari
Frederic Rzewski: 36 Variationen über "El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido"
Dieter Schnebel: Bagatellen
Dieter Schnebel: Auguri
Diskographie
Bibliography
Ott, Daniel: Voraussetzungen für ein neues Musiktheater-Gesamtkunstwerk, in: Das Musiktheater – Exempel der Kunst, hrsg. von Otto Kolleritsch (Studien zur Wertungsforschung 38), Universal-Edition, Wien 2001
Ott, Daniel: Gedankensplitter zur Klangreserve, in: Hörgeschichten. Neue Musik ganz schön vielseitig. Europäischer Musikmonat 2001, Opinio-Verlag, Basel 2001
Ott, Daniel (Hrsg.): Geballte Gegenwart. Experiment Neue Musik Rümlingen, Christoph Merian-Verlag, Basel 2005 [Internet]
Meyer, Thomas: Vom Hafenbecken auf die Schafmatt. Daniel Ott: Ein Portrait, in: Dissonanz 113 (2011), S. 62-67 [Internet]
Sound Studies. Traditionen – Methoden – Desiderate. Eine Einführung, hrsg. von Holger Schulze, transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2008
Klangkörperbuch. Lexikon zum Pavillon der schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaften an der EXPO 2000 in Hannover, hrsg. von Roderick Hönig, Birkhäuser, Basel, Boston, Berlin 2000
Ein Gespräch zwischen Daniel Ott und Matthias Rebstock, in: Klangkunst-Musiktheater. Musik im Dialog II. ojota – Schuhe, Schritte, Wege (Jahrbuch der Berliner Gesellschaft für Musik 1999), Pfau Verlag, Berlin 1999
Ensembles