Roland Dahinden - Flying White

Roland Dahinden


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String Quartet No. 2 "mind rock" (2000)   (14:06)
for Richard Long

String Quartet No. 4 "flying white" (2003)   (12:02)
for Brice Marden

String Quartet No. 5 "poids de l'ombre" (2004)   (24:56)
for Stéphane Brunner

String Quartet No. 3 "mond see" (2001)   (14:23)
for Inge Dick

Klangforum Wien String Quartet
Annette Bik and Sophie Schaffleitner, violins
Dimitrios Polisoidis, viola
Andreas Lindenbaum, violoncello

For his third CD on Mode, composer, trombonist, improvisor Roland Dahinden explores the string quartet medium. Each work is dedicated to and influenced by a major visual artist.

Dahinden's four works refer to images by artists, but at the same time avoids illustrating it in a literal way.

The sounds move through space thanks to a dynamic binaural system recording. Listening with stereo loud speakers, you find yourself towards the periphery of the space, listening with head phones, you are in the centre of the space.

Dahinden was born in Switzerland in 1962.He studied trombone and composition at Musikhochschule Graz (Erich Kleinschuster, Georg F. Haas), Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Florenz (Vinko Globokar), Wesleyan University Connecticut (Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, M.A.) and Birmingham University of England (Vic Hoyland, PhD). As an interpreter and improvisor he performs extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia. He has recorded for MODE and for Black Saint, Braxton House, HAT HUT, Klangschnitte, Lovely Music, and World Edition. He has premiered works written for him by Ablinger, de Alvear, Braxton, John Cage, Lang, Lucier, Newman, Oliveros, and Wolff.

Performed by the string quartet of the outstanding ensemble Klangforum Wein.


Roland Dahinden
Flying White

Mode 175

Composer, trombonist and improvisor Roland Dahinden, born in 1962 in Switzerland, studied with George F. Haas, Vinko Globokar, Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier, and has performed with Brazton and Hildegaard Kleeb. On his third Mode CD, Klangforum Wien String Quartet perform quartets written 2000-04, each dedicated to a visual artist - most notably No. 2 (mind rock) for Richard Long. On a purely sonic level, this is an extraordinary listening experience, which seems relatively unaffected by the fact that quartets three and four were recorded using a binaural system in which headphones are preferred. All quartets share a hushed intimacy, with toneless bowing - a skating or rustling sound - perhaps effected by damping the strings and enhanced by close-miking. The worlds of Cage's 'number' pieces and Christian Wolff's Exercises are in the background, but for Dahinden, sonic beauty enters the equation also.
--- Andy Hamilton, The Wire

Roland Dahinden
Flying White

Mode 175

Within an unhurried - some would suggest naïve - style, Dahinden plumbs variety. Chords and tones, often muted, sul ponticello or with hushed expectancy, change at a meandering pace. Dahinden, drawing inspiration from the visual arts, dedicates these works to Richard Long, Inge Dick, Brice Marden and Stéphane Brunner. (Long provided the spark for Dahinden's piano quintet). I sense different emotional qualities: The Third is the most hesitant, the Fourth slightly depressed, and the Fifth (the longest) calmest. While Feldman made such music possible, we hear no discernable gestures undergoing gentle variation. The impeccable Klangforum Wien plays as one, befitting these broadly monochromatic pieces. I don't think a plucked note appears anywhere. Two quartets (Third and Fourth) are binaural recordings that via headphones have sounds swirling delicately around the listener.
--- Grant Chu Covell, La Folia online review, December 2006

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Also by Roland Dahinden on Mode:
as composer:
Naima (mode 62)
Silberen, Lichtweiss (mode 138)

and as a trombonist:
Alvin LUCIER: Small Waves with Hildegard Kleeb (piano) and The Arditti
    Quartet. (mode 124)
Christian WOLFF: Tilbury Pieces; Snowdrop. - with Hildegard Kleeb
    (piano) and Dimitrios Polisoidis (violin, viola) (mode 74)

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