Biography

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 taking 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 opportunity to work with K.-H. Stockhausen, Ornette Coleman and Frank Zappa, to mention only a few. At the same time he developed 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.

From 2004 till 2012 he was a professor for audio design and sound arts at the University for Applied Sciences in Schwäbisch Hall.

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.

He was the first in exploring the possibilities of an electric cello and played this instrument - first his self-designed instrument, later the Zeta and the NS Cello - in various groups and ensembles from experimental to art rock, from jazz to free improvisation.

A remarkable project was the Ensemble Klangstein with Klaus Fessmann and Manfred Kniel. Founded 1998, the ensemble toured Europe and performed in the USA. Concerts were often held at unique places as on top of the Zugspitze, the Terme in Vals/Switzerland, the Dom in Salzburg or the Ministry of Justice in Berlin.  The speciality of this group is the combination of the 'Klangsteine' [sounding stones], water and stone percussion and acoustic and electric cello. Since 2009 Markus Stockhausen on trumpet occasionally joins the ensemble. In 2010 the group invited indian singer Mahesh Vinayakram for concerts in Switzerland and Austria.

In 1999 he and Thomas Maos founded CAMP, international festival for visual music, taking place every two years in a different location. More than hundredandtwenty artists of twenty different countries have been part of the festival, which was supported by the Bundeskulturstiftung in 2007. The festival's 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 new forms of audiovisual art in a specific concert-like situation. CAMP has been invited to Portugal, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and to the Venice Art Biennal.

In 2009 Fried started to work for 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.

2010 his composition 'spanish cat' for orchestra was first performed, followed by numerous compositions from string quartet to orchestral pieces.

2011 he joined the Indira Quartet, a group blending contemporary european jazz with indian and arabic tradition.

2012 he founded the Yellow String Quartet, a quartet presenting 400 years of music history  focussing on contemporary music. With this group  he has toured Norway, Austria and Germany.

In his 'mobile home studio' he has produced numerous CDs for electric cello and created music for film and theater.

In his current solo programm for electric cello and live-electronics Fried presents his latest original collages, once again proving his uniqueness, cutting edge and experimental approach: a blend of blues fragments, shrill harmonies and meditative sounds make his performances a special experience.