Werner Dafeldecker/ Boris D Hegenbart - Eis 9 (06.2001)
Two years ago, the German pop music magazine Spex (a bit like Option in German) called the Viennese Werner Dafeldecker "a Jim O'Rourke from the Alps." The comparison strikes one as quite distorted but is based on a few things in common. Both represent an extended idea of improvisation that does not rest upon parameters like "interaction," "dynamics," or "energy," but rather that appears airy, looser, more comprehensive: (sound in) space becomes more important, the occasion plays a bigger (more existential) role in the foreground. Indeed this occasion is not only another situation to improvise together, but rather an expression of a state that one should adjust his/her sensors completely anew. The influence of new music (the New York School and beyond) never seems apparent, but as it were, subcutaneously. Just like the improvisations of O'Rourke in the 90's, Dafeldecker's music is characterized by the logical but constantly surprising intervention that breaks the peaceful current of the music and continues it at the same time.
Werner Dafeldecker (also on GROB431, GROB435, GROB541, GROB547)
Boris D Hegenbart
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