Studio Dan is a Vienna-based group of about 20 musicians and associates (depending on the project). Studio Dan was founded by Daniel Riegler in 2005 for the JazzWerkstatt Wien’s first festival. The ensemble started as big band and meanwhile performs in various permutations, depending on the project. The group operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz and rock, to name only a few.
Studio Dan is the only Austrian large ensemble belonging neither to the jazz big band mainstream nor the strictly interpretive contemporary chamber music culture. Instead, the ensemble has developed a new musical method organically combining composition and improvisation, exploring beyond the bounds of simplistic categories. Studio Dan and Daniel Riegler regularly produce new programs (previously 10) and CDs (5) on their own and have caused national and international sensation.