Vienna Art Orchestra

Vienna Art Orchestra

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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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Vienna Art Orchestra Discography

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1002, 10 Wiener Art Orchester* Tango From Obango (Album) Art Records (5), Extraplatte 1002, 10 Austria 1980 Sell This Version
hat ART 1980/81 Vienna Art Orchestra Concerto Piccolo (Album) Hat Hut Records hat ART 1980/81 Switzerland 1981 Sell This Version
Hat Art 1991/92 Vienna Art Orchestra Suite For The Green Eighties (Album) Hat Hut Records Hat Art 1991/92 Switzerland 1982 Sell This Version
Hat Art 1999/2000 Vienna Art Orchestra From No Time to Rag Time (Album) Hat Hut Records Hat Art 1999/2000 Switzerland 1983 Sell This Version
hat ART 2005 Vienna Art Orchestra The Minimalism Of Erik Satie (Album) Hat Hut Records hat ART 2005 Switzerland 1984 Sell This Version
02050 Vienna Art Orchestra Serapionsmusic(LP, Album) Moers Music 02050 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
hat ART 2024 Vienna Art Orchestra Perpetuum Mobile (Album) Hat Hut Records hat ART 2024 Switzerland 1985 Sell This Version
8 56 168 Vienna Art Orchestra Jazzbühne Berlin '85 AMIGA 8 56 168 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1985 Sell This Version
Moers Music 02060 Vienna Art Orchestra And Voices* Swiss Swing (Album) Moers Music Moers Music 02060 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
02055 CD Vienna Art Orchestra Nightride Of A Lonely Saxophoneplayer Vol. 2(CD, Album) Moers Music 02055 CD Germany 1986 Sell This Version
02054 CD Vienna Art Orchestra Nightride Of A Lonely Saxophoneplayer Vol. 1(CD, Album) Moers Music 02054 CD Germany 1986 Sell This Version
02054/5 Vienna Art Orchestra Nightride Of A Lonely Saxophoneplayer(2xLP) Moers Music 02054/5 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Moers Music 02062 / 63, Moers Music 02062/63 Vienna Art Orchestra Inside Out - Live '87 (Album) Moers Music, Moers Music Moers Music 02062 / 63, Moers Music 02062/63 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
02066 CD Vienna Art Orchestra Two Little Animals (Album) Moers Music 02066 CD Germany 1988 Sell This Version
839 105-1 Vienna Art Orchestra Blues For Brahms Amadeo 839 105-1 Austria 1989 Sell This Version
841 646-1 Vienna Art Orchestra The Innocence Of Clichés (Album) Amadeo 841 646-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
849 066-2 Vienna Art Orchestra Chapter II(CD, Album) Amadeo 849 066-2 Austria 1991 Sell This Version
513 325-2 Vienna Art Orchestra Live In Vienna 1989 - Highlights 1977 - 90(2xCD, Album) Amadeo 513 325-2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
GIG 660 177 Vienna Art Orchestra European Songbook (Album) GiG Records GIG 660 177 Austria 1993 Sell This Version
519 816-2 Vienna Art Orchestra Standing...what?(CD, Album) Amadeo 519 816-2 Austria 1993 Sell This Version
521 998-2 Vienna Art Orchestra The Original Charts(CD, Album) Verve Records 521 998-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
529 290-2 Vienna Art Orchestra Plays For Jean Cocteau(CD, Album) Amadeo 529 290-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
537 096-2 Vienna Art Orchestra Powerful Ways - Nine Immortal Non-Evergreens For Eric Dolphy(CD, Album) Verve Records, Amadeo 537 096-2 Austria 1997 Sell This Version
537 095-2 Vienna Art Orchestra 20th Anniversary - 1977-1997(3xCD, Album + Box) Verve Records, Amadeo 537 095-2 Austria 1997 Sell This Version
TCB 99802 Vienna Art Orchestra Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love(CD, Album) TCB Records (2) TCB 99802 Switzerland 1999 Sell This Version

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