Heinz Riegler

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Heinz Riegler
Born (1969-08-11)August 11, 1969
Origin Vienna, Austria
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, vocalist, artist
Instruments guitar, voice, electronics
Years active 1988 -
Labels Mushroom Records, Kool Arrow, Dot Dash, Infectious Records, Room40, A Guide To Saints,
Associated acts Not From There, I/O3, Nightstick
Website Official website
I/O3 performing at Cafe Oto, 2011

Heinz Riegler (born 1969, Vienna) is an Austrian born artist working between Australia and Europe. First emerging as a songwriter and performer in the late 1980s,[1][2] Riegler has since expanded his output across multiple disciplines.[3][4][5][6][7] Riegler works both as a solo artist and performer as well as frequent collaborator and contributor to a variety of projects. He is an ARIA Music Award winner, was twice short listed for the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship and is the co-founder of minus20degree,[8] a biennial art and architecture festival located in the Austrian Alps.


As founder, vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter of the ARIA Music Award[9] - winning three-piece Not From There, his work reached critical acclaim as well as a global audience. The band released two albums in Sand On Seven,[10] Latvian Lovers,[11] along with numerous EP's and singles, performing from 1991 through to 2000.


Riegler went on to collaborate with Lawrence English and Tam Patton (Full Fathom Five) in the Brisbane-based experimental/improv group I/O3. The group released two limited edition LPs, Powerhouse Sessions and A Picturesque View, Ignored[12] on the Room40 label. As a member of I/O3, Riegler has collaborated with the likes of sound artists Mike Cooper, David Toop, Robin Rimbaud (Scanner), Ben Frost and DJ Olive. Around the beginning of the decade Riegler also contributed guitars to Lawrence English's Transit [13] and Calm[14][15] LPs as well as adding lyrics and vocals to Adam Franklin’s solo debut project Toshack Highway.[16]

Riegler formed the Brisbane-based group Nightstick in 2004 with Tam Patton and Martin Lee. A short-lived project, the group toured Australia frequently and released a self-titled EP on the Dot Dash label.

Following some time out from musical endeavours, Riegler has since returned to work on material for a solo album as well as performing live. Riegler has also curated an extensive season of improvised live scores for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. The three-month season in late 2008, titled Out of The Shadows: German Expressionism And Beyond, saw Riegler hand-pick a selection of artists to perform live scores to silent films. During the season, Riegler also took on a number of improvised performances in solo mode.[17]

Twice shortlisted for the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship[18] in 2008[19] and 2009,[20] Riegler began to perform new material live in concert around the same time.[21][22] Containing audio recordings from the previous ten years, Riegler released a limited edition of 60 audio cassettes in 2009. Titled Survey #1, the cassette contained demo songs, excerpts from The Shadows: German Expressionism And Beyond instrumental works; as well as other previously unreleased compositions and collaborations.[23][24]

2009 also saw Riegler exhibit 'Five Frames’, a debut collection of visual art works as part of a group exhibition at Brisbane’s Doggett Street Studios.[25][26]


In October 2010, Riegler released a limited edition 7inch vinyl single titled "And The Lovers Make A Scene" / "Andy Looks Up At The Sky",[27] collaborating with three visual artists (Bo Stahlman, Alex Gillies, Stephen Mok) to create three sets of artwork. The entire collection of 7inch vinyl was then released as part of an exhibition at Brisbane's Doggett Street Studios gallery.[28]

To mark 10 years since Room40's release of A Picturesque View, Ignored LP in 2001, Riegler returned to perform with I/O3, David Toop and Scanner (Robin Rimbaud)[29] for the Open Frame Festival at London’s Cafe Oto.[30][31]

Riegler spent large parts of 2011 in his native Austria working on recording projects, as well as completing a single channel video piece titled Motion Portrait #1. This work was named winner at MICA TonBild 2011[32] in Vienna, Austria in November 2011 and two years later was selected for the inaugural Channels Festival[33] and Ikono Festival,[34] where it screened at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in September 2013.[35]

At the end of 2011 Riegler returned to perform at London’s Cafe Oto as part of Lawrence English’s Lonely Women’s Club[36] and released of a number of online single channel video vignettes titled ’60 Seconds in Flachau’ and 'Keep that Heart Pumping'.[37][38]

Audio recordings made in Austria during an 80-day spell in an alpine mountain cabin[39] were released titled Survey #2 (One Thousand Dreams I Never Had) on Room40’s new A Guide To Saints imprint in May 2012.[40][41][42][43] An accompanying single channel video piece titled No Colour / No Sound, Part I was subsequently premiered on Australian music website Mess & Noise.[44] A track titled ‘Morning’ formed the basis of the soundtrack to a Paul W Rankin short video piece titled BNE 6:07AM.[45]


  1. ^ Dowsett, David. "Sunken Houses exhibition reflects Bundaberg's record flood". ABC Australia. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Luxner, Johannes. "Viele Paare Schuhe, Heinz Riegler im Portrait (in german)". Music Austria. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Channels, 'Video Visions'". The Thousands. 
  4. ^ "Heinz Riegler in Salzburg's Kapitelplatz". Arthives Australia. Archived from the original on 2014-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Score for a Mineral Landscape". Arthives. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Sunken Houses Exhibition". Bundaberg Regional Gallery. 
  7. ^ "Arthives Galleries". Arthives Australia. 
  8. ^ "minus20degree art and architecture biennale". minus20degree. Archived from the original on 2015-04-22. 
  9. ^ ARIA Awards 1999
  10. ^ In Music We Trust Not From There - Sand On Seven - review
  11. ^ Howlspace Not From There - Latvian Lovers - review
  12. ^ Pitchfork I/O3, Toop, Scanner - A Picturesque View, Ignored - review
  13. ^ "Transit - Lawrence English". Discogs. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "I/O - Calm". Discogs. 
  15. ^ "I/O, Tam Patton, Heinz Reigler - Sunday Nights (Original Mix)". Soundeo. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. 
  16. ^ "Toshack Highway - Toshack Highway". Discogs. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Out of The Shadows: German Expressionism And Beyond, Silent film accompaniment". Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  18. ^ "Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship". Arts Queensland. 
  19. ^ "Winner of 2008 Grant McLennan Fellowship announced". Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  20. ^ "Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 2009 announced". Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  21. ^ Condon, Dan. "Sick Tunes". theMusic.com.au. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  22. ^ messandnoise.com Heinz Riegler at Frankly Festival - review.
  23. ^ messandnoise.com Heinz Riegler Announces Tour, Cassette.
  24. ^ heinzriegler.tumblr.com Heinz Riegler blog, Survey #1 Announcement.
  25. ^ doggett.com.au Doggett Street Studios, Exhibition No. 715.
  26. ^ heinzriegler.tumblr.com Heinz Riegler blog, Images from exhibition.
  27. ^ CollapseboardIan Rogers - 'Songs about Brisbane – 16: Heinz Riegler' - review
  28. ^ Noel Mengel - The Courier Mail, 'Vinyl Revival Verges On Artform'; 8 October 2010, p 20.
  29. ^ modisti.com Video excerpt of I/O3 performance for Open Frame Festival at Cafe Oto.
  30. ^ Hobart, Mike (8 November 2010). "Open Frame 2010". Financial Times. 
  31. ^ londonjazznews.com Live performance review.
  32. ^ musicaustria.at TonBild 2011: Gewinner stehen fest. (in german).
  33. ^ channelsfestival.net.au Channels - The Australian Video Art Festival.
  34. ^ artconnectberlin.com Artconnect Berlin - ikono on air festival.
  35. ^ "Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival, Video Visions". Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  36. ^ importantrecords.com Lawrence English, Lonely Women’s Club
  37. ^ vimeo.com 60 Seconds in Flachau on Vimeo.
  38. ^ vimeo.com Keep that Heart Pumping on Vimeo.
  39. ^ Baker Fish, Bob. "Fragmented Frequencies". 
  40. ^ the wire.co.uk Lawrence English starts cassette label A Guide to Saints; 8 May 2012.
  41. ^ the music.com.au Heinz Riegler, Survey #2 (One Thousand Dreams I Never Had) - review, 21 May 2012.
  42. ^ vitalweekly.net Vital Weekly No.838, Week 27 - review
  43. ^ beat.com.au Beat Magazine - Steve Phillips review
  44. ^ messandnoise.com Video Premiere: Heinz Riegler ‘No Colour No Sound.
  45. ^ vimeo.com BNE 6:07AM on Paul W Rankin vimeo.

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