I am a composer now living in Berlin after 24 years in NYC.
I am looking to write music for a Berlin orchestra for a Spring 2016 performance in one of Berlin's churches that I'm commissioned (no money exchange) to write a piece for.
I envision to find about 3-4 films that come to 30 min in total, possibly by different experimental filmmakers who I could write music for - kind of like a symphony with 3 or 4 movements. The style of music will be influenced by Arvo Part.
Here's a little more about me:
I studied music at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg and have been writing filmmusic since the '90s. The filmmaker, Katja Esson, used one of my ideas for a short doc and, utilizing my music, made it into the Oscar-nominated 2004 'Ferry Tales'.
For a long time, I had an alternative pop band in New York with David Cossin (Bang on a Can Allstars) called b-blush. We often performed while projecting 16 mm films rented from the Donnell Library or to a slideshow where I had burned and scratched slides showing underwater scenes. In 1999, we wrote our first score together for Katja Essons' film 'Vertical Traveler'.
Since then, I have continued to write music for film and to study orchestration at Juilliard where I had my first piece written for orchestra performed a few years ago.
This is what I wrote for members of Ethel when I was selected to participate in Rick Baitz's BMI Masterclass:https://soundcloud.com/cassis-birgit-staudt/zodiac-kills?in=cassis-birgit-staudt/sets/cassis-orchestral-pieces
With J Mascis from Dinosaur JR, I developed this piece when I wrote the score for a German feature film called 'Ants Go In Many Ways' (Ameisen Gehen Andere Wege) by Catharina Deus: https://soundcloud.com/cassis-birgit-staudt/coming-close-j-chucks-by-j?in=cassis-birgit-staudt/sets/ameisen-gehen-andere-wege
Something for electronics that's recent: https://soundcloud.com/cassis-birgit-staudt/dancing-cellophane?in=cassis-birgit-staudt/sets/the-next-great-american-game
for the same film: https://soundcloud.com/cassis-birgit-staudt/wind-vac?in=cassis-birgit-staudt/sets/the-next-great-american-game
As an accordion player myself, I developed this piece for the art/performance film 'Reconciliation' by the Greenland filmmaker Ivalo Frank (not released yet) https://soundcloud.com/cassis-birgit-staudt/walter?in=cassis-birgit-staudt/sets/reconciliation
For the film 'About a Girl' (Die Boxerin), I assembled a girls choir which sang my piece 'Feel You' ('Miss You'). This piece was later adapted for the documentary 'I Will Not Lose' (Einzelkaempfer) which premiered at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival: https://soundcloud.com/cassis-birgit-staudt/miss-you-by-cassis-birgit?in=cassis-birgit-staudt/sets/einzelkaempfer-i-will-not-lose
Contact me at [email protected]