friedemann 'fried' dähn
The cellist, composer and sound-artist is working in classical,
contemporary and electronic music as well as in media and video
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
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 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
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.