Bernhard Günter

Bernhard Günter – A Short Biography Bernhard Günter, born 1957 in Irlich, Germany, begins his musical life playing the drums at age 12, then changes to electric guitar at 17. He moves to Paris in 1980, where he takes up auto-didactic studies of contemporary composition techniques in the libraries of IRCAM and the Centre Pompidou, and attends Pierre Boulez's lectures at IRCAM and Collège de France. Returning to Germany in 1986, he starts working on computer-based music in 1987; after four years of preparation and one year of work he releases his influential first CD 'Un Peu de Neige Salie' (1993), followed by 'Détails Agrandis' (1994). In 1995, he founds his own label, trente oiseaux. During the following decade, Günter releases numerous CDs and performs his music around the globe. 'Un Peu de Neige Salie' is listed as one of the Top 100 Albums that set the World on Fire by The Wire, one of his works receives an Honorable Mention at the 1999 PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA. After a decade of composing electroacoustic music, Günter re-discovers his interest in playing instruments and improvised music in 2004. He records two albums that combine pre-recorded electroacoustic basis tracks and improvisation with Graham Halliwell and Mark Wastell under the name of +minus, and an entirely improvised album with Reinhold Friedl and Michael Vorfeld, playing a self-devised string instrument he calls the electric cellotar. Both trios also perform live concerts. In 2005, Günter adds va...

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