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Wolfgang Mitterer
Austrian Jazz-organist and composer

Wolfgang Mitterer

Wolfgang Mitterer
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Intro Austrian Jazz-organist and composer
Known for Coloured noise
Is Musician Composer Jazz musician Pianist
From Austria
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 6 June 1958, Lienz, Austria
Age 64 years
Star sign Gemini
Genre:
Jazz
Opera
Instruments:
Piano
Wolfgang Mitterer
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Biography

Wolfgang Mitterer

Wolfgang Mitterer (born 6 June 1958 in Lienz, East Tyrol) is an Austrian composer and musician (organ, keyboard).

Biography

Vertical Silence

Wolfgang Mitterer studied with Otto Bruckner in Graz in 1977, and then from 1978 to 1983 at the Vienna University of Music he studied organ with Herbert Tachezi and composition with Heinrich Gattermeyer before working for a year at the studio for electroacoustic music (EMS) in Stockholm in 1983. This was followed by scholarships to Rome in 1988 and Berlin from 1995 to 1996. In 1991 Mitterer founded the Olongapo label.

Mitterer is considered to be one of the most important contemporary Austrian composers and a pioneer in the field of electroacoustic music. He currently does a lot of work together with other artists, frequently with international improvisation and jazz musicians such as Wolfgang Puschnig, Wolfgang Reisinger, Linda Sharrock, Klaus Dickbauer, Sainkho Namtchylak, Tscho Theissing, Tom Cora, Ernst Reijseger, Hozan Yamamoto, Roscoe Mitchell, Georg Breinschmid, David Liebman, David Moss, Max Nagl, Achim Tang, Patrick Pulsinger, Christof Kurzmann, Christian Fennesz, Marc Ducret, Franz Koglmann, Louis Sclavis, Harry Pepl and others.

In addition Mitterer has appeared as an organist, interpreting works by Bach, Messiaen and Ligeti among others. He has played in off locations such as in a quarry and in a disused fortification complex in Tyrol. He has also been involved in the Donaueschingen Festival (Donaueschinger Musiktage), the steirischer herbst and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music). Alongside sound installations and numerous electronic collages Wolfgang Mitterer has also written chamber music, scenic works, also operas, a piano concerto and music for orchestra and organ. In addition he has worked on experimental films, radio plays and theatres, has written live accompaniments to silent movies, but also music for the shows of a fashion designer.

Wolfgang Mitterer has lectured at the Vienna University of Music as well as at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music. He is a supervisory board member of austro mechana.

Artistic works

Wolfgang Mitterer works and composes in the field of collective improvisation music, plays the organ and electronic instruments. The space-relatedness, which he frequently emphasises in his titles, gave works such as "Waldmusik", "silbersandmusik", "Turmbau zu Babel", "horizontal noise", "vertical silence" and "Labyrinth 6–11" a particular character. Sometimes up to 4000 people worked on these; in addition many traditional sounds such as brass bands and choral societies were used. These projects ultimately emerged from Wolfgang Mitterer's recordings in the most diverse musical genres and through joint appearances with representatives of the DJ scene and concerts, also through reinterpretations of classical works from Bach, to Schubert.

Wolfgang Mitterer also works on scenic and dramatic productions, the texts of which he partly collects and adapts himself, such as in "Ka und der Pavian", based on the Egyptian Book of the Dead and in "Massacre", based on religious murders from the 16th century after Christopher Marlowe or the lieder cycle "Im Sturm", based on the lieder of Franz Schubert. In 2004 his performance with dancers, Labyrinth for soprano and electronics, was performed at the Semper Depot of Vienna, by the group DANS.KIAS, choreographed by Saskia Hölbling, and Katia Plaschka, soprano.

Awards (selection)

  • 1986: German Record Critics' Prize
  • 1989: State Scholarship for Composition
  • 1990: Prix Ars Electronica Recognition Prize
  • 1992: Max Brand Prize
  • 1995: Emil Berlanda Prize
  • 1995: Prix Futura Berlin
  • 2002: Tyrol Prize for Art
  • 2004: Vienna Music Prize
  • 2008: Prix Italia

Projects/Works

Special Projects
  • Für VC und Klav (5')
  • Fractals 13 (12')
  • Fractals 3 (11'40'’)
  • Fractals 9 (11'30'’)
  • Ostinato (1'29'’)
  • Senza Cauda (16')
  • Composto (9')
  • Larifari (4')
  • Charivari (6'30'’)
  • Danza Saltata (8')
  • Idee Fixe (7')
  • Idefix (7')
  • Farce (4')
  • Nichts (12')
  • Bewegungen (12')
  • Uluru 1 (14')
  • Uluru 2 (11'15'’)
  • Selbstähnlich (10'08'’)
  • Facile (4'20'’)
  • String Quartet (60')
  • Do not Touch it (6')
  • Just an Idea of Something (7')
  • Surfaces 1–5 (5')
  • Fisis (32')
  • Networds 1–5 (22')
  • Waldmusik (50')
  • Turmbau zu Babel (55')
  • Modemusik 1 (32'11'’)
  • Modemusik 2 (55')
  • Off Limits
  • Broken Consort
  • Dirty Tones
  • More Dirty Tones
  • Free Flow
  • Reluctant Games
  • Ab und zu (10'40'’)
  • Das Schattengedächtnis (20'07'’)
  • Amusie (50')
  • Contracis (45')
  • Und träumte seltsam (14')
  • Angelos (52')
  • Taktspende (9'’)
  • With Usura (20')
  • Radio Fractal (42')
  • Beat Music (73')
  • Ka und der Pavian (75')
  • Silbersandmusik (55')
  • Vertical Silence (63')
  • White Foam (73'04'’)
  • Konzert für Klavier, Orchester und Elektronik (21'54'’)
  • Horizontal Noise
  • Espirando (33', mit Saburo Teshigawara)
  • Kadout (11')
  • Massacre (83')
  • Crushrooms (95', Text: Albert Ostermaier)
  • Labyrinth 1+2 (55’)
  • Coloured Noise (70’)
  • Im Sturm (Liederzyklus)
  • Labyrinth 3 (11’)
  • Das tapfere Schneiderlein (mini opera for children)
  • Inwendig losgelöst
  • Labyrinth 4
  • Mit einem lachenden Auge (10’)
  • Go Next
  • Kleines Requiem
For organ solo
  • Stück Nr.2 (6'06'’)
  • Äpfel und Birnen (6')
  • Orgelmusik (42')
  • Oboe (2'15'’)
  • Grand jeu (52')
  • Krummhorn (4'20'’)
  • Vox acuta (8')
  • Schlagstück (3'40'’)
  • Regentoccata (8')
  • Toccata ohne sorge (5'30'’)
  • Stop playing (53')
  • Piber 2003 (51')
  • Tränenblind
  • Seltsam unruhig
Organ and other instruments
  • Sonori (8')
  • Ive 1 (16'12'’)
  • Fractals 5 (11'05'’)
  • Oitasitros (12'37'’)
  • Obsoderso (22'55'’)
  • Holladijodldijo (6'10'’)
  • Ive (15'03'’)
  • Sortisatio (15'40'’)
  • Histrio (3'50'’)
  • Tastatura (14'23'’)
  • Cantus Fractus (10')
  • Burleska (10')
  • Mixture (30')
  • Homage a Bonbonidodonidonido (5')
  • 5 Stücke für Orgel und 7-Kanalband (24')
  • Balancement (15'03'’)
  • www.bwv.org
  • Surfaces 1–5
  • Fast Actions for Small Orgean
For tape recorder solo
  • Realtimesinfony (5'12'’)
  • Mir wird schlecht (20'’)
  • Violettes Gras (53'’)
  • Mimemata (20')
  • Funeral March (2'45'’)
  • Lied auf einem Ton (5'40'’)
  • Lied eines einsamen (7'25'’)
  • Mit dem Regen in die (11'30'’)
  • Impac Drullen (3'11'’)
  • Olongapo (8'12'’)
  • Fractals 2 (12'36'’)
  • Roxy (2'30'’)
  • Materials: Slow Motion 1 (7’40’’)
  • Quiet Moments
  • Langsam mahlen (14’10’’)
  • Reiseis (10’)
  • Sopop (58’)
Collective compositions
  • Astrologia Mundi (with G. Saelichar, K. Dickbauer, G. Schneider)
  • Fractals 11 (with G. Schneider)
  • Pat Brothers" (with W. Puschnig, L. Sharrock, W. Reisinger)
  • Hirn mit Ei" (with H. Mutschlechner, K. Karlbauer)
  • Call Boys Inc. (with G. Selichar, K. Dickbauer, G. Schneider)
  • Namtchylak/Mitterer" (with S. Namtchylak)
  • Mitchell/Reisinger/Mitchell (with R. Mitchell, W. Reisinger)
  • Matador 1" (with W. Reisinger und K. Dickbauer)
  • The Four Seasons" (with Hozan Yamamoto)
  • Two Days Till Tomorrow (with Tom Cora)
  • Lied (with Hans-Ola Ericsson)
  • Mikado (with W. Reisinger, K. Dickbauer und G. Breinschmid)
  • Transitions 1 (with Wolfgang Puschnig)
  • Tenebre (with Wolfgang Reisinger und Ronald Deppe)
  • I:R:S: (with Herbert Reisinger, Max Nagl, und Achim Tang)
  • Carbon Copy (Tunakan/Mitterer)
  • Carbon Copy und Alex Deutsch
  • Badminton (mit Josef Klammer)
  • Some Like it Soft (with dem Low Frequency Orchestra)
  • Running Boxes (with Monolake)
  • Box Blocks (with Louis Sclavis und Herbert Pirker)
Sound installations
  • Greiz (21'03'’)
  • Zeit vergeht (55')
  • Ottenstein (3 × 60'02'’)
  • Waldreichs (20')
  • TVKM (Tyrolean Museum of Popular Art)
Music for film
  • Drunk
  • Nit weiter geht
  • Chargaff
  • Trilogie
  • Falter
  • 1500 circa
  • Nosferatu
  • GT (with Günther Selichar)
  • Carl Mayer
  • Oktober (with Doron Goldfarb)
  • Northern Light Pictures
Theatre music
  • Nu
  • 17 und 4
  • Der Erzbischof ist da
  • Der Irre
  • Lenz
  • Guernika
  • Xanadu
  • Koltes
  • Nemo Nemo Loquetur
  • Glöckner von Belgrad (50')
  • Theatermusik 4 (30')
  • Theatermusik 5 (64')
  • Musik zur Ursonate
  • Ciao Mama
  • Battuto
  • Kirschgarten
  • Nachtflug 2
  • Eur.oper
Radio music
  • Nullmelodie
  • Krok
  • Null Bytes
  • Brain
  • Lady Killer
  • Viruskonferenz
  • Splitter (14'25'’)
  • Rafael Sanchez readsOnce Upon a Time in the West" (14'00'’)
  • Indigenous people (14'00'’)
  • Goldrausch (21'47'’)
  • Schrödingers Katze" (19'00'’)
  • Casanova Matador (20')
  • Santo Subito (with Eberhard Petschinka)
  • Nacht der Wünsche (33'; with Petschinka)
  • Blackwater Redux (28'; with Petschinka)

Discography

"Fisis", for orchestra, five soloists and three conductors
Published by col legno
  • Konzert für Klavier und Orchester (Donaueschingen; 2000)
  • Mixture 5 (live; Darmstadt 2004)
  • Das tapfere Schneiderlein (mini opera for children; 2007)
  • Im Sturm (with Georg Nigl; 2007)
  • Sopop (with Birgit Minichmayr; 2008)
  • Music for checking e-mails (2009)
  • Beethoven: 9in1 (2018)
Published by KAIROS Music
Published by HatHutRecords
  • Radio Fractal / Beat Music (with Patrick Pulsinger, John Schröder, Max Nagl, …)
Published by moers music
  • Obsoderso (with Wolfgang Puschnig)
  • Pat Brothers (with Wolfgang Reisinger, Wolfgang Puschnig, Linda Sharrock)
  • Call Boys Inc. I (with Klaus Dickbauer, Günther Selichar and Gunter Schneider)
Published by LondonHALL
  • Amusie
Published by wanadoo
  • Masters of Zen Yamamoto/Mitterer (Shakuhachi/Orgel)
Limited edition; published on his own label, Olongapo
  • Grand jeu
  • Reluctant Games
  • Violettes Gras
  • Mimemata
  • Matador
  • Turmbau zu Babel
  • Call Boys Inc. II
  • Two Days till tomorrow
  • Dirty Tones
  • I.R.S.
  • Carbon Copy
  • Piber 2003

Literature (selection)

Lexicon entries
  • B. Günther, ed. (1997), Lexikon zeitgenössischr Musik aus Österreich (in German), Vienna, pp. 738–741
  • Ch. Fastl; A. Rausch (2004), R. Flotzinger (ed.), "Mitterer, Familie", Österreichisches Musiklexikon (in German), Vienna, 3, pp. 1453 f.
  • M. Meller (2008), Ludwig Finscher (ed.), "Mitterer, Wolfgang", Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (in German), Kassel, pp. 562–563
Other texts
  • R. Kager (1999), "W. Mitterers Ka und der Pavian : Klänge aus der Totenwelt", ÖMZ 54 (in German), pp. 40 f.
  • H. de La Motte-Haber (1999), "Con affetto: Wolfgang Mitterer – Komponist, Improvisator, Orgelspieler", Positionen Nr. 38 (in German), pp. 11–13
  • M. Meller (1999), "Auf dünnem Pfad zur Explosion im Kopf : Der Musiker und Komponist Wolfgang Mitterer", Das Fenster Nr. 67 (in German), pp. 6356–6374
  • M. Meller (2003), "Largo Macabro – Wolfgang Mitterer", Neue Musik in Tirol – Sieben Positionen zeitgenössischen Komponierens (in German), Diploma thesis, Innsbruck, pp. 95–112
  • Wolfgang Stryi (2000), "Improvisation ist Nahrung für die Musik : Wolfgang Mitterer im Gespräch", MusikTexte Nr. 86/87 (in German), pp. 55 f.
  • M. Ziegler (2001), Komponieren heisst, ein Feld bereiten : Wolfgang Mitterers Konzert für Klavier, Orchester und Electronics (in German), Freiburg im Üechtland
  • Chr. Baier (2003), "Paris ist eine Oper wert: Zu Wolfgang Mitterers Oper "Massacre"", ÖMZ 58 (in German), pp. 5–9
  • R. Schulz, "Der Pluralismus in der Szene ist wichtig : Interview mit Wolfgang Mitterer", Programmbuch Festival Klangspuren Schwaz 2002 (in German), pp. 32–34
  • L. Unterweger (2004), W. Mitterer (ed.), Musik inszenieren: visuelle und räumlische Aspekte der Musik unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Raumkompositionen (in German), Diploma thesis, Vienna
  • M. Meller; W. Mitterer (2008), M. Fink; K. Drexel (eds.), "Porträt und Werkanalyse", Positionen zeitgenössischen Komponierens, Mg. Tirols (in German), Innsbruck, 3
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