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  • John Gürtler is a multiple award-winning film composer currently based in Berlin. He has written over 40 film scores, produces electronic music, songs and orchestral work and has won numerous awards, including ‘Best Song in a Film’ at the 2014 German Film Music Awards for What Love Is, the ‘German Documentary Award’ for Above and Below at DOK.fest München in 2015 and a Camille Award 2021 as well as the ‘European Original Score 2019’ for System Crasher, presented by the European Film Academy.

    Raised in London by Portuguese-German parents, he moved to Germany after living in the U.S. and Portugal and studied Saxophone at the University of Arts in Berlin. During his studies, he increasingly turns towards the piano, vocals and any instrument he could get his hands on. After touring internationally with different bands and orchestras, John studied film music at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. Ever since, John had the chance to work with the diverse Berlin music scene at his studio Paradox Paradise, always in close collaboration with Jan Miserre, co-composer and producer. Their recent film projects include the multiple award-winning documentary Space Dogs, the German television drama series Charité at War, Veins of the World and the upcoming feature film A Mouthful of Air. An adamant improviser, John uses the studio as a room for electro acoustic (sound) experimentation, straying away from standardized sounds whenever possible and finding an individual language for each project where the borders between score, sound and source music start to dissolve.

    Venturing out and returning to his roots as an experimental improviser and producer, John has released on Dial Records remixing Efdemin under his moniker The Borderland State, on Sky Walking with the Sollmann & Gürtler project and the latest release of his Field Kit project with composer Hannah von Hübbenet on Nonostar Records. John is associate lecturer for music and sound design at the Film Academy BW and the HSD in Düsseldorf.
    Jan Miserre (*1981) grew up in Erlangen, Bavaria as the son of a Jazz saxophone player and therefore was introduced to various kinds of music such as Debussy, Coltrane and the Beatles at an early age. He began to learn the piano at age 4 and the drums at age 12. His strong interest in different types of music showed quickly, when he gave a number of "Neue Musik" Concerts as interpreter and developed his improvisation skills in several bands.

    Since his Studies of Jazz-Piano at the University of Arts in Berlin he has toured almost every continent with many bands as sideman and musical director. The last years he worked much on Composing and Producing for cross-genre projects, which were released several times. In 2013 he won the GEMA Musikautorenpreis in the category New Talent together with Torsten Goods and the second prize at the Instant Composing Contest at the Filmfestival Transatlantyk.

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    Lars Voges (*1975) grew up in Kiel and learned many instruments like guitar, voice, contabrass and piano at an early age - and by himself. This took him on a tour around the world with multiple bands, to the hallowed Royal Albert Halls in London, among others. As a Musical Director he put together the backing band of The Baseballs who went on to take the European charts by storm (No. 1 in SWE, NOR, FIN, BEL, CH, No. 4 in UK, No. 5 in GER, No. 2 in NL etc.) and received various awards (Echo 2010 & 2011, EBBA Award 2011, Emma Award FIN 2009 as well as a variety of gold, platinum, double and triple platinum awards.

    Lars plays regular international gigs with his blues band The Love Gloves, together with blues and rock’n’roll legends like Louisiana Red & Big Jay McNeely. Lars composes his own songs courtesy of Universal Music, composed scores for film & commercials, acted in feature films, published poetry and produced multiple albums spanning multiple genres. Often he is booked as a solo musician. As of now, Lars focuses on composing and writing German-language songs as well as producing in his own studio.

    Hannah von Hübbenet (*1981) was born and raised in Berlin, where she learned violin and piano and played at different ensembles before she turned to writing her own music. She and her first band recorded their first album in 2001 in London, and the studio work there inspired her to compose and produce film scores - finding a new freedom to move between genres and styles. Still today, the experience of finding and shaping emotions of different scenes is what interests her most.

    She studied to be a violinist at UDK Berlin and went on to study film composing and sound design at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. The films she scored were widely seen across the world, at the Berlinale, the Zurich film festival, DOK Leipzig, DOK.fest München, Vittorio Veneto, Utah Film Award and Hot docs Toronto among others.

    In collaboration with John Gürtler and Jan Miserre, she wrote the score for the second season of UFA's show "Charité" which premiered in German television and has since become available on Netflix.