Vienna Art Orchestra

Also known as Premier Orchestre d'Art de Vienne, Vienna Art Orchestra And Voices, Wiener Art Orchester
Members of Vienna Art Orchestra: Billy Fuchs, Christian Radovan, Corin Curschellas, Florian Bramböck, Fritz Ozmec, Hannes Kottek, Harry Sokal, Heiri Känzig, Herbert Joos, Herwig Gradischnig, Janusz Stefański, Jürgen Seefelder, Jürgen Wuchner, Joris Dudli, Karl Fian, Lauren Newton, Mathias Rüegg, Robert Bachner, Roman Schwaller, Rudi Berger (2), Thomas Alkier, Thorsten Benkenstein, Uli Scherer, Wolfgang Puschnig, Wolfgang Reisinger, Woody Schabata
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.vao.at/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Art_Orchestra, http://www.sra.at/band/94

Discography of Vienna Art Orchestra:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love 14 Audio 1999 TCB Music (2)
2 The Minimalism Of Erik Satie 11 Audio 1989 hat ART
3 Plays For Jean Cocteau 18 Audio 1995 Amadeo
4 The Minimalism Of Erik Satie 12 Audio 1984 Hat Hut Records
5 Tango From Obango 6 Audio 1980
6 Suite For The Green Eighties 9 Audio 1982 Hat Hut Records
7 Suite For The Green Eighties 8 Audio 1990 Hat ART
8 Concerto Piccolo 5 Audio 1990 Hat ART
9 A Notion In Perpetual Motion 10 Audio 1992 Hat ART
10 A Notion In Perpetual Motian 10 Audio 2010 hatOLOGY
11 Serapionsmusic 7 Audio 1984 Moers Music
12 Jazzbühne Berlin '85 5 Audio 1985 AMIGA
13 Tango From Obango 38 Audio 1997
14 Inside Out - Live '87 12 Audio 1988
15 Chapter II 8 Audio 1991 Amadeo
16 The Minimalism Of Erik Satie 11 Audio 2008 hatOLOGY
17 Jessas Na ! 2 Audio 1977 Art Records (5)
18 Art & Fun 28 Audio 2002
19 The Minimalism Of Erik Satie 11 Audio 2001 hatOLOGY
20 Jessas Na ! 2 Audio 1992
21 From No Time to Rag Time 8 Audio 1983 Hat Hut Records
22 The Innocence Of Clichés 10 Audio 1990 Amadeo
23 Perpetuum Mobile 11 Audio 1985 Hat Hut Records
24 All That Strauss Vol. 2 11 Audio 2008-04-25 Art Records (5)
25 The Original Charts 14 Audio 1994 Verve Records
26 Two Little Animals 7 Audio 1988 Moers Music
27 The Big Band Years 62 Audio 2010-12-13 EmArcy
28 Concerto Piccolo 5 Audio 1981 Hat Hut Records
29 Live In Vienna 1989 - Highlights 1977 - 90 14 Audio 1992 Amadeo
30 Blues For Brahms 9 Audio 1989 Amadeo
31 Two Little Animals 7 Audio 1988 Moers Music
32 Swiss Swing 8 Audio 1986 Moers Music
33 Nightride Of A Lonely Saxophoneplayer 13 Audio 1986 Moers Music
34 The Innocence Of Clichés 8 Audio 1990 Amadeo
35 Jazzbühne Berlin '85 5 Audio 1986 AMIGA
36 Standing...what? 10 Audio 1993 Amadeo
37 Blues For Brahms 11 Audio 1989 Amadeo
38 Big Band Poesie 12 Audio 2004
39 All That Strauss 13 Audio 2000 TCB Records (2)
40 20th Anniversary - 1977-1997 25 Audio 1997
41 Concerto Piccolo 5 Audio 1981 Hat Hut Records
42 Nightride Of A Lonely Saxophoneplayer Vol. 1 6 Audio 1986 Moers Music
43 Nightride Of A Lonely Saxophoneplayer Vol. 2 7 Audio 1986 Moers Music
44 European Songbook 16 Audio 1995


Founded in 1977 by director and composer Mathias Rüegg, the band started out by performing Rüegg's distinctive postmodern compositions on stages throughout Europe. Among the founding musicians were saxophonists Wolfgang Puschnig and Harry Sokal, singer Lauren Newton, and tuba player Jon Sass. In 1980 the ensemble signed a recording contract with the Swiss hatART label, and in 1984 it toured the United States for the first time.

The group essentially disbanded for a brief period at the end of the 1980s. In 1992 the VAO opened a new phase with a smaller complement of musicians. The band played fewer of Rüegg's compositions and concentrated on arrangements of works by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and other noted American jazz composers, as well as music inspired by the classical music of Verdi, Wagner, Schubert, and Erik Satie.

In 1997 the ensemble's personnel changed once again, increasing in size and adding younger musicians. New compositions by Rüegg became a regular feature of VAO concerts, which often included visual and dramatic elements.

The Vienna Art Orchestra has performed more than 800 concerts and released more than 35 recordings. The film An Echo from Europe: Vienna Art Orchestra on Tour by Othmar Schmiderer was released in 1998.

The ensemble was nominated for an Amadeus Austrian Music Award in 2001 for the album All That Strauss, and again in 2003 for Art and Fun.

On July 10, 2010, Mathias Rüegg announced that the Vienna Art Orchestra had been disbanded for financial reasons.


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