boris bergmann

composing • piano

SLOW – Scardanelli Lieder Ohne Worte

For 10 years I read those late Hölderlin poems over and over again, but I laid it aside. But then … suddenly everything moved on it’s own, and within a few weeks SLOW was completely composed, taped, edited and mixed. It feels great to see this mission finally accomplished.

 

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Soloalbum
Hölder / Scriabin Night Sessions

A limited edition!

> Interview on »hölder«
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News & Press

Live Concerts With Scenic Reading

SLOW Scardanelli Lieder Ohne Worte - a Hölderlin Evening (Reading in German) 5.9.2020 Schlosskirche Bad Homburg 25.9.2020 Tartu Saksa Kultuuri Instituut, Tartu, Estonia +++ cancelled due to Covid-19 +++ 20.11.2020 Centre Franco-Allemand de Provence, Aix en Provence,...

“Wem sonst als Dir” (Who Else but You) – a Hölderlin movie

After our Hölderlin evening in March, planned as a live concert with reading, was postponed for the well-known reasons, the Franco-German cultural institutes (Fédération des Maisons Franco-Allemandes) commissioned the actress and director Silvina Buchbauer and me to...

Facts and Arts

“A classical-trained German pianist working in a range of musical disciplines has just launched his most audacious experiment yet – an original piano sonata consisting almost entirely of creations from his unconscious mind. Boris Bergmann’s 'Hölder/Scriabin Night...

Clavier Companion

"I came for Scriabin and stayed for Hölder. The first disc of a two-disc set features Bergmann's compositions from 1998–2015, which are subtly performed. (...) The works unfold gracefully, with an improvisatory quality. They vary in style, too: for example, Piano...

nmz neue musikzeitung

“The pianist Boris Bergmann approaches the Préludes of Alexander Scriabin in a completely different manner than one would expect. He uses the historic Schwechten piano built in 1910 to remove the patina from the body of sound of the commonly held Scriabin perception...

PIANO News

"In many ways, Bergmann's piano music also reminds the listener of Conlon Nancarrow and his 'Player Piano Studies'. Dissimilar things appear to be combined spontaneously and explosively, smoothly or falteringly. Yet in all of this, the artist-cum-composer retains...

Frankfurter Neue Presse

"And although Bergmann is a devotee of classical music, he never regarded it as a contradiction to play in bands as a drummer. On long walks in the Taunus hills, he preferred classical music but his feeling for music is very broadly based." - Tatjana Seibt Link to the...

Boris Bergmann

Biography

Boris Bergmann took at least five years to forget everything he’d learned during his studies in Frankfurt and Darmstadt. He went to Berlin to compose film music and join an electro-blues trio as a pianist.
On extended concert tours through Europe, he learned that Italian sports clubs like to produce their own wine, Spanish sound engineers spare no expense in fitting grand pianos with microphones and that Monaco is the most hazardous place to organise an open-air festival.
After growing up with the music of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, Bergmann fulfilled a childhood dream and recorded an album with Scriabin’s piano compositions. Thereafter he published another solo album of piano music – but this time of his own work: “Hölder”.
Most recently he worked on a musical version of the Richter magnitude scale and released his new album “SLOW Scardanelli Lieder ohne Worte”.
Boris Bergmann lives and works in Berlin.

List of Compositions

A Selection

SLOW – SCARDANELLI LIEDER OHNE WORTE
Piano (2019)


THE RICHTER SCALE
Self-playing piano plus one pianist (2018/19)


SIX WALTZES
Piano (2010 – 2017)


MARION SAMUEL SUITE
Orchestra (2016)


ROTE SCHUHE (Incidental music)
E-piano, organ, drums and electronic music (2014)


TRAIN VOX
Piano, voice and electronic music (2013)


TWO POEMS
Piano (2012)


SONATA NO. 3 „HÖLDERLIN“
Piano (2011)


ES GIBT KEINE GESPENSTER (Incidental music)
Ensembles and electronic music (2009)
Co-composer: J. Drescher


SONATA NO. 2
Piano (2008)


LOVE SONG
Piano (2004)


LOVE SONG
His own arrangements for orchestras (2004)


VIER ELEKTRONISCHE STUDIEN
Octophonic playback tape (2003)


BARDO
Ensembles (2002)


NETZE
Soprano and flute (2001)


LA DANSE DE PUCK
Claude Debussy
His own arrangements for orchestras (2001)


NACHTSTÜCK UND IMPROVISATION ÜBER BACH
Prepared piano (2001)


PROLOG
Chamber choir and trombone (2000)


EINE FABEL
Violoncello (2000)


JÜNGER UND MEISTER
Piano four hands (2000)


JÜNGER UND MEISTER
Piano four hands (2000)


DREI STUDIEN FÜR SCHLAGZEUG
Drums (1999)


ZWEI LIEDER
Mid-range singing voice and piano (1998)


SONATA NO. 1
Piano (1998)

 

 

Discography

HÖLDER/SCRIABIN NIGHT SESSIONS
Boris Bergmann
Double album/2 CD (2017)
SAMM0152


HÖLDER
Boris Bergmann
Album/DL (2017)
SAMM0154


NICHT NUR SEX
Khan Of Finland:
Album/CD/DL (2017)
Strike0162


SCRIABIN NIGHT SESSIONS
Boris Bergmann
Album/DL (2016)
SAMM0153


WILD STYLE LION
Wild Style Lion
Album/DL (2015)
IMS029


WILD STYLE LION FEAT. KIM GORDON
Wild Style Lion
12-inch/Vinyl (2015)
IMS028


THIN WHITE SINNER
Khan Of Finland
EP/DL (2013)
IMS024


WATERGATE – 05
Ellen Alien
CD/mixed (2010)
WG005


KHAN OF FINLAND
Khan Of Finland
Album/CD (2009)
IMS004


FINE MOUCHE REMIXES
Brigitte Fontaine & Khan
EP/DL (2009)
IMS007


ACHTUNG MUSIC! NEW BERLIN TALENT
Various
Compilation/CD (2008)
BMC0801


STRIP DOWN
Khan
7-inch/Vinyl (2007)
tom95s


THINGS I WISH I HAD NOT CALLED JUST THINGS
Cuba Missouri
Album/CD (2007)
MMD023


REMIX TOMORROW GOODBYE
Auch
12-inch/Vinyl (2001)
FIM220


ROLLING HEINZ
Wilde 13
EP/Vinyl (1991)
cop003


 

Filmography

A selection

WEM SONST ALS DIR
Literary film (2020)
Direction: Silvina Buchbauer


HOTEL AUSCHWITZ
Film (2018)
Song: “Scussel”, Direction: Cornelius Schwalm
“Achtung Berlin” Filmfestival 2018


FLIEGEN
Short film (2018)
Direction: Sören Senn


HOMELAND
Series (2016)
Song: „Woman in Church“, Episode: „A False Glimmer“
Direction: Lesli Linka Glatter


DER NACHTMAHR
Film (2015)
Song: “Grey Sedan”, Wild Style Lion feat. Kim Gordon
Direction: Akiz Ikon
Filmfestival Munich 2015, Berlinale 2016


UNTERM EIS
TV movie (2015), ARD
Direction: Jörg Grünler


AM ANFANG HELL, AM ENDE DUNKEL
Documentary (2014)
Direction: Andrea Simon and Fabio Stoll
Co-composers: Robin Schliep, Klaus Damm, Christof Kette

  • Winner of the Best Director Feature Film & Audience Award
    MICA Film Festival 2015, Brazil
  • Winner of the Best Film for Children – Germany
    The Kids Festival 2015, Spain

DER ACHTE SOMMER
Documentary (2012), WDR, 3sat
Direction: Andrea Schramm


 

ENTE, TOD UND TULPE
Dance film (2012)
Direction: Andrea Simon
Co-composer: Johannes Drescher


SCHLITTEN AUF SCHWARZEM SCHNEE
Film (2011)
Direction: Sylke Enders
Co-composer: Johannes Drescher


INSPEKTOR BARBAROTTI: MENSCH OHNE HUND
TV movie (2010), ARD
Direction: Jörg Grünler
Co-composers: Can “Khan“ Oral, Silvina Buchbauer


LAUTLOSE MORDE
TV movie (2009), ZDF, ORF
Direction: Jörg Grünler
Co-composer: Johannes Drescher


COMMANDER BOOMKOLD
Cartoon (2008)
Direction: Denis di Floriano
Co-composer: Johannes Drescher


IM SCHATTEN DER BLUTRACHE
Documentary (2007), SWR, WDR, arte
Direction: Jana Matthes and Andrea Schramm
Co-composer: Johannes Drescher

  • Winner of the 2007 German Television Prize (“Deutscher Fernsehpreis”)

JUREK’S KINO
Documentary (2006)
Direction: Eicke Bettinga
Co-composer: Johannes Drescher


KUSSKUSS
Film (2005)
Direction: Sören Senn

  • Winner of the Babelsberg Media Award 2005
  • Winner of the Film Festival San Jose 2006
  • Variety Critics Choice Karlovy Varo International Film Festival 2006