Friday, Nov 25 2005 | 16:40

Vienna based musician and composer Christof Dienz (“Die Knödel”) steps into new musical dimensions with his new project. With an old traditional Austrian instrument, the zither (remember the “Third Man” soundtrack?), he beats new strings!

2002 the “Klangspuren Schwaz” festival for new music commissioned a composition for zither solo. Because the premiere was more than frustrating Christof Dienz decided to learn to play the zither by himself. And so he started playing solo concerts and performances with different artists like Marc Ribot, R. Dorfmeister, DJ DSL, Miriam Makeba, Lukas Ligeti, Hubl Greiner, Pavel Fajt, Lorenz Raab and many more, equipped with a loop generator and different tools. He uses 100% analogoue, accoustic tools like office clips, wooden sticks, tuneforks, plectrons etc. to create complex rhythmic soundfields. He also uses a loop generator which allows him an orchestral work with the zither, loop by loop, field after field.

Biography

Basically Christof Dienz is a composer and bassoon player. He used to be a bassoon player for the Vienna Opera Orchestra and composed most music for his ensemble “Die Knödel”, the Bruckner-Orchestra Linz, Ernst Kovacic and many more. He is also composing music for film and theater.

* born 1968 in Innsbruck, grown up in Kitzbühel, Austria
* musical highschool in Innsbruck, first compositions
* since 1989 living in Vienna, jobs as bartender, stagehand and more…
* from 1991 – 1999 bassoon studies in Vienna with Prof. Turkovic
* from 1997 – 2000 bassoon player at Vienna State Opera
* from 1992 – 2000 musical director of Die Knödel, releasing 4 CDs for recrec/Switzerland and Koch/USA, soundtracks for 2 movies, playing more than 300 concerts in Europe (Festival Mimi, Jazzfestival Moers), USA (Merkin Hall, Knitting Factory), Canada (Vancouver Folkfest, Calgary, Toronto, Winnipeg), Mexiko, Japan, South Africa, Tuva, etc.)
* since 2000 freelance bassoon player and composer
* since 2002 solo with zither and loop generator: DIENZ ZITHERED

Discography

Dienz Zithered (Geco Tonwaren)

CD1 DIENZ ZITHERED
the original Zither project (pure zither), studio recording, produced by Hubl Greiner and Christof Dienz.

CD2 DIENZ ZITHERED REMIXED
DJ DSL (G-Stone), Rupert Huber (Tosca), Hubl Greiner (The Blech), Cay Taylan (Couch Records), Louis2000 (Frikyiwa), Martin Brandlmayr (Radian), MTFloyd (Transdubmassiv), Christian Martinek (Musikpark), Johannes Strobl (Paloma, Berlin), Andi Haller, Luigi Archetti, Bo Wiget, Tom Watson und Bernhard Lang.

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Die Knödel – Verkochte Tiroler (RecRec music)

Die Knödel: Cathi Aglibut, Christof Dienz, Julia Figl, Margret Köll, Andreas Lackner, Michael Öttl, Alexandra Dienz, Walter Seebacher // Hackbrett, Harfe, Okarina, Kontrabass, Fagott, Geige, Trompete, Gitarre. Produced by Hubl Greiner in 1992

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Die Knödel – Die Noodle! (RecRec music)

Die Knödel: Cathi Aglibut, Christof Dienz, Julia Figl, Margret Köll, Andreas Lackner, Michael Öttl, Alexandra Dienz, Walter Seebacher // Hackbrett, Harfe, Okarina, Kontrabass, Fagott, Geige, Trompete, Gitarre. Produced by Momo Rossel in 1993

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Die Knödel – Panorama (RecRec music)

Alexandra Pedarngi / Christof Dienz / Julia Fiegl / Michael Ottl / Cathi Aglibut / Walter Seebacher / Margret Koll / Andreas Lackner, 1995

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Die Knödel – Non Lo So Polo (RecRec music)

Marco Polo’s travel as folk opera by Amy Denio

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Der Unfisch (Geco)

Movie soundtrack

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Dienz Zithered

Produced by Hubl Greiner.

Tracklisting:

CD1
01. Number One
02. Around The Bush
03. Das Bing
04. Sommergewitter
05. Ãberflieger
06. Heavy Seven
07. Tapping To Hell
08. Mein Bike
09. Seelenbaumel
10. Weekend

CD2
01. Martin Brandlmayr “ Mein Bike Rmx
02. Mtfloyd “ Sommer Rmx
03. Cay Taylan “ Snake Trip
04. Rupert Huber “ Der Entendieb “ Final
05. DSL/Dienz “ From Private Exile
06. Christian Martinek Rmx
07. Hubl Greiner “ Der dritte Mann von Solta
08. Louis 2000 “ Das Bong
09. Ani Haller “ Slindingthebusharoun
10. Hannes Strobl “ Remix
11. Tom Watson “ FR33
12. Bo Wiget “ Ratrack Till Dawn “ Final
13. Luigi Archetti “ Feld 9
14. Bernhard Lang “ The Scythe “ Final

The album DienzZithered” (Geco) is out on November 25, 2005.

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