Werner Dafeldecker

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Krentz Ratings:
Ant.Ort (1987), 5.5/10
Zu (1989), 5/10
Bonsai Beat (1990), 5.5/10
Mal vu Mal Dit (1991), 5/10
Comprovisations I-X (1991), 5.5/10
Plus (1992), 5.5/10
Polwechsel (1994), 5.5/10
Bongengange (1994), 5.5/10
Intersections (1994), 5/10
Diphthongs (1994), 5.5/10
Polwechsel 2 (1998), 5/10
Printer (1999), 5.5/10
Aluminium (2000), 6.5/10
Home (2000), 5.5/10
Polwechsel 3 (2001), 5/10
Wrapped Islands (2002), 5/10
Absinth (2002), 6/10
Die Instabilitaet der Symmetrie (2002), 5/10
Small Worlds (2004), 6/10
Archives of the North (2005), 5.5/10
Until the World is Blown Up and a New One is Created (2005), 5.5/10
Field (2007), 5/10
Fur Paul Kee (2007), 5.5/10
Vessels (2010), 5/10
Der Kreis Des Gegenstandes (2010), 6/10
The Physiognomy of Death (2010), 5.5/10
Dafeldecker/Kurzmann/Tilbury/Wishart (2011), 5.5/10
Traces of Wood (2011), 6/10
Untitled No. 7 (2012), 5.5/10
Rydberg (2013), 6/10

In Austria bassist Werner Dafeldecker (1964), a co-founder of the jazz ensemble Ton Art in 1985 that released Ant.Ort (january 1987), Zu (may 1989 - Hat Art, 1989) and Mal vu Mal dit (february 1991 - Hat Art, 1991) formed the improvisation ensemble Polwechsel with guitarist Burkhard Stangl, cellist Michael Moser and trombonist Radu Malfatti, that released Polwechsel (september 1994 - Hat Hut, 1998), Polwechsel 2 (january 1998 - Hat Hut, 1999), with Malfatti replaced by saxophonist John Butcher, and Polwechsel 3 (july 2001 - Durian, 2001).

During the 1990s he was involved in many many collaborations but never released albums under his own name. (Susanna Heilmayr on oboe and viola, Bernhard Spahn on alto saxophone, Hans Steiner on bass clarinet, Klaus Peham on trumpet and flugelhorn, Tom Varner on French horn, Burkhard Stangl on guitar, Michael Moser on cello, Werner Dafeldecker on bass, Paul Skrepek on drums)

Comprovisations I-X (july 1991 - Extraplatte, 1991) was a collaboration with Max Nagl on saxophones, Ned Rothenberg on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Tom Varner on French horn and Burkhard Stangl on guitars.

Other collaborations included: Bogengange (october 1994), a bass duet with Uli Fussenegger; Printer (may 1999) with the other bassist Uli Fussenegger and turntablist Dieter Kovacic; Aluminium (april 2000), containing the 40-minute Rock And Roll, with guitarist Dean Roberts; etc.

SSSD was the quartet of Martin Siewert, Burkhard Stangl, Taku Sugimoto and Werner Dafeldecker that released Home (april 2000).

Wrapped islands (january 2002) was a collaboration between Polwechsel and Fennesz.

Absinth (july 2002), including the 21-minute Hoth Vibration, was a collaboration with Franz Hautzinger (trumpet), Sachiko M (electronics) and John Tilbury (piano).

Die Instabilitaet der Symmetrie (april 2002) was a collaboration with Brandlmayr, Nemeth and Siewert.

Archives of the North (may 2005) was a collaboration between tenorist John Butcher and Werner Dafeldecker, Michael Moser and percussionists Burkhard Beins and Martin Brandlmayr.

He also composed chamber music: Notorisch Hippopotamus (1987) for trumpet, alto sax, bass clarinet, guitar, contrabass, percussion; Der Untergang (1989) for three contrabasses; Vedute (1990) for oboe, trumpet, altosax, French horn, bass clarinet, cello, guitar, contrabass, percussion; Koekenm”ddinger (1992) for clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, bass clarinet, piano, contrabass, percussion; Geographietorte (1993) for trumpet, soprano sax, melodica, tenor sax, trombone, bass clarinet, piano, guitar, bass, percussion; Markknochen Waelzt Eisschollen (march 1992) for two guitars, cello, bass; Playtime (1994) for tuba quartet; Polwechsel (1994) for trombone, two guitars, cello, contrabass; Die Gaeste der Gaeste der Knappen (1995) for two bass clarinets, two contrabasses, two percussionists; Youth (1995) for trumpet, trombone, tuba, three guitars, contrabass; Of Division (1996) for eight contrabasses; Hyogo (1997) for trombone, guitar, cello, contrabass; Toaster (1998) for tenor sax, two acoustic guitars, CD player, cello; White Hole (1999) for four guitars, four cellos, vocals, computer; etc.

During the 1990s Dafeldecker led the Striped Roses (with pianist Christoph Cech, tenorist Helge Hinteregger, altoist Sascha Otto, trombonist Robert Radelmacher, percussionist Herbert Reisinger and clarinetists Hans Steiner and Donna Wagner), that released Bonsai Beat (april 1990) and + (july 1992), before changing line-up on Insections (may 1994).

Diphtongs (august 1994) collected collages produced at the computer of solos by percussionist Christian Muehlbacher, bassist Uli Fussenegger, trumpeter Lars Lindvall, trombonist Radu Malfatti, clarinetist Ernesto Molinari, tuba player Pinguin Moschner, celloist Michael Moser, alto saxophonist Max Nagl, violinist Andi Schreiber, guitarist Burkhard Stangl.

Martin Brandlmayr (drums, percussion, vibraphone, computer and piano), Werner Dafeldecker (double bass, tape delay and computer) and Christian Fennesz (electric and acoustic guitar and computer) improvised and then edited Till The Old World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created (march 2005).

Polwechsel's Field (august 2007) featured Werner Dafeldecker, drummers with Burkhard Beins and Martin Brandlmayr, saxophonist John Butcher, and cellist Michael Moses.

Dafeldecker/Kurzmann/Tilbury/Wishart (Mikroton, 2011) documents a live performance from 2007 with Dafeldecker on electronics and bass, Christof Kurzmann on lloopp and clarinet, John Tilbury on piano and Stevie Wishart on hurdy gurdy. (sic).

Vessels (august 2010) documents a collaboration between bassist Werner Dafeldecker and contrabass-clarinet by Theo Nabicht.

Der Kreis Des Gegenstandes (may 2010) introduced a new project with Daniel Levin on cello, Axel Dörner (trumpet) and Sven Ake Johansson (percussion) that utilized avantgarde techniques such as graphic notation

Fur Paul Klee (december 2007) featured Sven-Ake Johansson (drums), Aki Takase (piano), Alexander von Schlippenbach (celesta), Axel Dorner (trumpet), Werner Dafeldecker (bass) and Paul Lovens (percussion).

Polwechsel's Traces Of Wood (january 2011) contains Michael Moser's computer/electronic experiment Grain Bending.

Nicholas Bussmann (sampler, electronics) and Werner Dafeldecker (function generator, electronics) formed Rydberg that debuted with Rydberg (august 2013), including the 20-minute Elevator.

Polwechsel's Untitled (No.7) (august 2012) featured Michael Moser (cello), Burkhard Beins and Martin Brandlmayr (both on percussion).

The Physiognomy Of Depth (august 2010) was recorded by The duo of Werner Dafeldecker (double bass) and Theo Nabicht (contrabass clarinet).

A sextet with Klaus Lang (organ), Michael Moser (cello), and John Tilbury (piano) recorded the 42-minute piece of Small Worlds (may 2004).

Parallel Darks (Room40, 2020), recorded in 2018 and 2019, contains two different versions of the composition.

Polwechsel, featuring Michael Moser (cello), Burckhard Beins and Martin Brandlmayr (both on cymbals and percussion), returned after a 13-year hiatus with Unseen (november 2018), a collaboration between Austrian composer and church organist Klaus Lang recorded in an abbey.

Iteration (may 2019) documents a live performance with Lucio Capece (bass clarinet, slide saxophone, mini speakers with feedback and room amplification).

The trio of Werner Dafeldecker (double bass), John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxes) and Burkhard Beins (percussion) recorded Induction (june 2019), notably the 20-minute Circulation.

Dafeldecker (only on electronics), Nicholas Bussmann (cello), Judith Hamann (cello), John Heilbron (double bass), Lucio Capece (bass clarinet) and Wolfgang Seidl (gongs) recorded Neural (sometime in 2022), containing two 28-minute compositions, the Neural and Tape 231.

Polwechsel returned with the four-LP set Embrace (december 2022) with a lineup that included: Burkhard Beins (percussion, voice), Martin Brandlmayr (percussion, vibraphone), Magda Mayas and Andrea Neumann (both on piano), John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxes), Michael Moser (cello), and Klaus Lang (harmonium and flute).

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