Bettina Köster

Bettina Köster (born 15 June 1959 in Herford) is a German musician, saxophonist, composer, singer, songwriter and producer. Köster and Gudrun Gut started the Indie band Malaria!. Malaria! gained international recognition with their song Kaltes Klares Wasser, they performed at the New Yorker Studio 54 and Mudd Club. Malaria! toured with Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Birthday Party among others. As a lyricist Köster influenced succeeding girl bands, such as Chicks On Speed, who released a cover version of Malaria!'s 1981 Hit Kaltes Klares Wasser. Köster lived in New York from 1983 to 2001, where she worked as a film author and producer with the director Isabel Hegener. In 1997, Köster composed the music for the film Peppermills, which won 1998 at the Berlinale the Teddy Award in the category Best Short Film. The film was directed by the Swiss Isabel Hegener, later producing a 2003 released documentary Burma: Anatomy of Terror which was co produced by Köster. While researching Burma for the film, Köster came across material about the drug princess Olive Yang, laying the foundation for the thriller Mandalay Moon, which she wrote together with Martin Schacht, published 2007 by Rowohlt. In 2005 Köster performed with the musician Jessie Evans in the supporting program of The Vanishing. This led to the music project Autonervous, releasing an album in 2006. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional term...

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