Fried Dähn & Zappanale Orchestra feat. Ali N. Askin, Chris Garcia, Ed Palermo, Dmytro & Serhii Radzetskyi, Jellyfish Jazz Orchestra, Det Skandaløse Orkester and guests performing Terry Riley ‚In C’
After the "Yellow String Quartet", "Monster Movies with The Brains", the "Onomatopoeia Perturbation Consort" and together with "The Skin of Clazz" last year, Fried Dähn will be back on the Zappanale stage again this year. Thus Fried can already be considered an institution of the Zappanale. He always manages to bring up an unsuspected performance. As a member of the Ensemble Modern, he worked together with K.-H. Stockhausen, Ornette Coleman and of course Frank Zappa. He can be heard with his cello on Zappa's albums "The Yellow Shark", "Civilization Phaze III" and "Everything Is Healing Nicely".
This year he has a much larger cast - as the title suggests - and ... Terry Riley's 'In C'.
Terry Riley's (* 1935) probably most famous composition, 'In C' (1964) marks the beginning of minimal music. In a spectacular production, which includes the entire Zappanale Festival area, the Zappanale Orchestra, specially composed for this occasion by Fried Dähn, will perform this work. Not only a few "Masters" of this year's and past Zappanale editions are present, but also a lot of young musicians from the surrounding area: The Jellyfish Jazz Orchestra from Wismar and members of the Rostock Conservatory Big Band.
'In C' consists of 53 short sequences (patterns), which are repeated by each player as often as desired, and then individually switched to the next pattern. Central element is "The Pulse", a high sound tuned to C, which dictates the rhythm and provides the beat for all players. What makes 'In C' so exciting is that the work is designed in a way that there cannot be two identical performances. Each player decides for himself how often he repeats the individual patterns and which breaks he does. The last pattern is then repeated until all have arrived at it. Of course this also means that the length of the piece is very variable. Everything is possible from 15 minutes to several hours. And there is no restriction regarding the instrumentation. It can be performed by either a percussion ensemble, a brass band, a classical orchestra or a mixture of all. The effect is extraordinary: once you have adjusted to it, you can hardly escape the pull.