UWE OBERGs MUSIC FOR SILENT FILMS

Since 1990 Oberg has been working for the German Filmmuseum Frankfurt and the German Filminstitut in Wiesbaden. Through the years he has accompanied most of the important silent films and is a film-pianist in demand. He creates music rooted in Jazz and Contemporary Music.

His music is more than illustration or mere accompaniment, each performance is unique. He colours the films in extraordinary sounds derived from advanced piano-techniques, like playing with prepared strings, to bring them to the present.

Oberg mostly plays solo for films, but also joins other musicians like Alfred Harth, Berlin clarinetist Rudi Mahall, chinese guzheng-player Xu Fengxia, the German vocalist Silvia Sauer, trombonist Christof Thewes, electronic-specialist Uli Boettcher.


LIST OF SILENT FILMS WITH SOUND SAMPLES


SELECTON OF PAST PROJECTS

- LECTURE & FILM: ERNST LUBITSCH, Filmmuseum Frankfurt, 2016/17
- Goethe Film Week 2016, Kairo
- SUMURUN (Lubitsch) w Valentin Garvie (trumpet, Ensemble Modern) Nürnberg 2015
- Festival "Bewusste Halluzinationen - der filmische Surrealismus", Frankfurt / Wiesbaden 2014
- STEAMBOAT BILL JR. (B. Keaton) w Silvia Sauer (voice & live-electronics), Wiesbaden 2014
- DIE HOCHBAHNKATASTROPHE (Valy Arnheim) w Silke Eberhard (altosax & clarinet), 2012
- French Avantgarde-films w Uli Böttcher (live-electronics), Goethe-Institut Skopje 2011
- DR. MABUSE (Fritz Lang) w C. Thewes (trombone), StummFilmMusik-Festival Erlangen, 2010
- Films by Murnau in Romania, 2008
- THE NAVIGATOR (Buster Keaton) w Christof Thewes (trombone), 2008
- DVD "Nitrospektive", music for rare silent commercials, 2008
- Music for the contemporary film UN COEUR GELÉ EN ÉTÉ by Mikko Linnemann, 2006
- DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI w C. (tb) & Jörg Fischer (dr), St. Wendeler Jazztage 2005
- JUHA by AKI KAURISMÄKI (Finnland, 1999) w C. L. Huebsch (tuba, drums), Cottbus, 2004
- French Silent Film-Avantgarde w Uli Boettcher, OPENING-FESTIVAL Trier a.o.,-November 2003
- THE KID by C. Chaplin with Rudi Mahall (bcl), Caligari Wiesbaden, December 2001
- Music for avantgarde-films, FILM-KUNST-MUSEUM Ulm w Xu Fengxia & Luigi Archetti, 2001
- FRENCH AVANTGARDE FILMS & live-music, Jazztage Freiberg/Sachsen 2001
- MAN RAY SHORTS & electro-acoustic music w Oberg, Uli Boettcher a. Axel Schrepfer
- Retrospektive Man Ray, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt/M. 2000
- ALFRED HARTH & U. O. play music for SILENT AVANTGARDE FILMS 1999
- WANDLUNGEN film / music / dance - perf. w Ch. Schlegel, Schliemann & F. Kwiatkowski, 1994
- Music for the experimental - short MEDITATION MACHINE by Franz Kluge, Wiesbaden, 1992
- SINFONIA METAGATROPOLI film / music - perf. w "Berlin - die Sinfonie der Großstadt", 1993


SOME REVIEWS

On the ground floor Uwe Oberg played Jazz and improvised music on the piano for the classic silent film "The Electric House" by Buster Keaton - as if nobody else had ever composed music for this 22 minutes-gem. FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU Nov. 2017

...exitingly Oberg coloured the dark and scary moods of the film and therefore intensified the funny moments perfectly...
NEUE OSNABRUECKER ZEITUNG

...with Oberg’s music the films get more energy and space… MAERKISCHE ODERZEITUNG

...Oberg’s piano, his playing on the strings, the plucked passages condense with the electronic sonority to an unique collage,which refers to the make of the dadaistic / surrealistic films. An experience for all senses.
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG