The dumplings

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"Die Knödel" at the BE OPEN Science & Society Festival 2018

Die Knödel are an Austrian band that was active from 1992 to 2000 and has been active again since 2018.

Band history

The Tyrolean neo folk music - jazz octet existed from 1992 to 2000 and was founded by the bassoonist Christof Dienz . Using traditional folk music instruments, including dulcimer, harp, ocarina, double bass, bassoon, violin, trumpet and guitar, the group played a form of folk music that is as classic as it is postmodern, making use of all sorts of contemporary forms of music and yet always sounding like its roots.

In 1995 there was a collaboration with the world music-oriented singer, saxophonist and composer Amy Denio from Seattle ; the result was a concept album called Non lo so, Polo , which is based on the travel experiences of the Italian explorer Marco Polo in Asia.

Also in 1995 Die Knödel recorded the album Panorama , on which the group interpreted fifteen commissioned works by other artists, all of which dealt with Tyrol as a theme.

The best known is the piece "Die Knödelpolka" from the CD "Verkochte Tiroler".


On July 26, 2018, the formation (with almost the old line-up) held a revival concert in Krems at the Glatt & Verkehrt Festival in the courtyard of the Krems winemakers .

On September 9, 2018, the ensemble played as part of the BE OPEN - Science & Society Festival on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Research FWF . The performance was the "musical birthday present" from the WWTF to the FWF and consisted of the world premiere of a work by Christof Dienz.

They also recorded the music for the film Das Wunder von Wörgl in 2018 .


Occupation 2018

  • Christof Dienz - composition, bassoon, zither
  • Alexandra Dienz - double bass
  • Cathi Aglibut - violin
  • Margret Köll - triple harp
  • Walter Seebacher - clarinet
  • Michael Öttl - guitar
  • Andreas Lackner - trumpet
  • Charlie Fischer - percussion


The CD albums were released from 1993 to 1995 on the Swiss label RecRec .

  • Overcooked Tyroleans , 1993
  • The Noodle , 1993
  • Non lo so, Polo (with Amy Denio), 1995
  • Panorama , 1995
  • Still , 2019, Col legno

Web links

Commons : The Dumplings  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tiroler Tageszeitung: Christof Dienz: Sometimes just close your eyes . Article dated July 25, 2018, accessed November 27, 2018.
  2. Band comeback: The dumplings are back . Article dated April 24, 2018, accessed November 27, 2018.
  3. The dumplings: wonderful things for a sore soul . Article dated May 21, 2019, accessed May 21, 2019.