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Ott Daniel

(06. 09. 1960)

Ott Daniel
Ott Daniel
k&k kultkom
Crellestraße 22
D-10827 Berlin
BRD

Tel: +49 30 78 70 33 50
Fax: +49 30 78 70 33 52

www.danielott.com

 

Genre: Classical Music
Professional activity: Composers, Interpreters, Authors
Biography
* 06. 09. 1960.

born 1960 in Grub/ Appenzell

composer, pianist, creator of theatre projects and compositions for landscapes

Piano lessons, establishes independent theatre companies, street theatre with touring stage on a horse cart, theatre studies in Paris and London, studies composition with Nicolaus A. Huber and Klaus Huber.

Mainly working as - for 25 years now - composer, pianist, innovator of new musical theatre, creator of interdisciplinary and situational performances. Founder of the Swiss festival "new music rümlingen". Has been teaching experimental music in Berlin for over 10 years now.

Music theatre production for amongst others Staatsoper Stuttgart, Theater Bielefeld, Donaueschingen Festival, Witten Festival for New Chamber Music. Situational productions for Expo Hannover (music for the Swiss Pavillion by Peter Zumthor), MMK Frankfurt a.M., Festival Alpentöne/ Altdorf and water tower Berlin Prenzlauerberg.

Landscape compositions for amongst others Harbour Sassnitz (Rügen), river Neisse between Görlitz and Zgorzelec, harbour of the Rhine in Basel, river Elbe at Hitzacker and the Ruhr in Witten.

Since 2005 he is Professor for Composing and Experimental Musical Theatre at Berlin University of the Arts and since 2015 a member of Academy of Arts Berlin.

Beginning in 2016 together with Manos Tsangaris he is artistic director of the Munich Biennale - Festival für neues Musiktheater.


Work list
zampugn (1987)

Instrumentation: 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
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
im museum (1987)
Musical theatre piece

Instrumentation: 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
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 16.70
molto semplicemente. per teodoro (1989)

Instrumentation: for accordion

Half scenic composition in response to the chemical disaster of 1986 in Schweizerhalle, Baselland.

Duration: 12' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 21.30
mutterseelenallein (1990)

Instrumentation: 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
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 16.80
para alberto alarcon (1991)
Scenic composition

Instrumentation: 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"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 28.00
zweite liebe (1991)

Instrumentation: 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
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 16.00
skizze - 7 1/2 bruchstücke (1992)
Scenic composition

Instrumentation: 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
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 19.30
jammermusik (1993)

Instrumentation: for six - twelve players, variable scoring (obligatory drums, wind and accordion)

Extract from a larger, open-air theatre composition.

Duration: 2' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 11.40
17 1/2 (1995)
Scenic composition

Instrumentation: 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
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 36.70
frammenti per pieve caina (1996)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: version for 2 pianos

22/3a, le ranz des vaches, 5/9, ////, kinderspiele, schto s toboi, jammermusik.

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
einige schritte (1996)

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: for soprano, bass flute, horn, trumpet, trombone piano and obligatory light

For the ensemble 'con gioco'.

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
zwischen (1997)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: for 5 harps and 8 percussionists

Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
2/06 (2002)
Sound activities Drochtersen-Hüll

Instrumentation: for voice, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, 2 accordions, 3 guitars, 4 percussionists and castanets

Duration: 90' 00"
Manuscript
ojota V (2002)

Instrumentation: for three players (shoes/tables/chairs/accordion)

Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
ojota lc (2002)

Instrumentation: for 4 percussionists

Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
skizze 22/05 (2002)

Instrumentation: for accordion solo

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
asinen rautatieasema (2002)
Sound activities at the harbour

Instrumentation: for voice, trumpet, sax, clarinet, 3 accordions, three percussionists and ship's horn orchestra

Duration: 90' 00"
Manuscript
skilift / klang (2003)
Open-air music

Instrumentation: for trumpet, wind ensemble, ski-lift pylons and ringing bells

Duration: 70' 00"
Manuscript
schiefer / klang (2003)
Open-air music

Instrumentation: for folk-music trio, lifting platform and story-teller (tenor)

Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
stromwärts.rauschen/fall (2003)
Open-air music

Instrumentation: for trumpet, tuba, 2 violins and 2 double basses

Duration: 2h 00"
Manuscript
ambaraba (2004)

Instrumentation: for 8-part children's choir (4S4A), 4 accordions and 2 percussionists

Duration: 45' 00"
Manuscript
abréviations (2004)
Scenic chamber music

Instrumentation: for 2 voices (Mez)

Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
26/5 – 2/4 (2004)
Spatial composition

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: for 9tpt, 2sx, 2hn, 4tbn, tba, 1perc and 3 brass bands

Duration: 90' 00"
Manuscript
schleifen, helles aufschmettern (2007)
Sounding particle

Instrumentation: for 1 mobile percussionist

In 3 parts.

Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
25/6 (2007)
Music

Instrumentation: for 2 string instruments and facade

Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
Paulinenbrücke (2008)
Musical theatre

Instrumentation: for 6 performers and orchestra

Duration: 75' 00"
Manuscript
30/1 (2009)

Instrumentation: for english horn, bass flute and percussion

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Blick Richtung Süden (2009)
Landscape composition

Instrumentation: 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
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