UWE OBERGs MUSIC FOR SILENT FILMS

Since 1990 pianist Uwe 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 extended piano-techniques,
like playing with prepared strings or live-electronics and thereby he brings them to the present.

2018/19 he composes and performs music for KINO VARIETÉ RHEIN-MAIN with vocal artist
Silvia Sauer.

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

Uwe Oberg performed at Goethe-Institut Skopje (Mazedonia) and Goethe Film Week Kairo.
Festivals: Exground On Screen, Go East!, StummFilmMusik-Festival Erlangen, Open Ohr Mainz,
FilmKunst-Festival Ulm, Stummfilmtage Karlsruhe, Trier (Opening-Festival), Filmfest. Tübingen,
furthermore in Esslingen, Gütersloh, Köln, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Marburg, Heidelberg, Cottbus,
Clausenburg und Hermannstadt (Romania) and many more.





LIST OF SILENT FILMS WITH SOUND SAMPLES



UWE OBERG LIVE WITH SILENTS

2019

Jan 16
Wiesbaden, Murnau Kino
DIE WUNDERBARE LÜGE DER NINA PETROWNA (AU 1929, Hanns Schwarz)

Jan 20
KINO VARIETÉ RHEIN-MAIN, Hanau, Kinopolis

Jan 26
Nürnberg, StummFilmMusikTage KAFKA GEHT INS KINO (Lesung, Filme & Musik m. Hanns Zischler)

Feb 8
KINO VARIETÉ RHEIN-MAIN, Darmstadt, Centralstation

Feb 20
Wiesbaden, Murnau Kino
ADIEU MASCOTTE (D 1929, Wilhelm Thiele)

Feb 25
Wiesbaden, Caligari FilmBühne
NOSFERATU (D 1922, F.W. Murnau)

March 22
KINO VARIETÉ RHEIN-MAIN, Wiesbaden, Caligari

April 11
KINO VARIETÉ RHEIN-MAIN, Hofheim, Showspielhaus

April 14
go East, Wiesbaden, Caligari
ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION

April 17
Wiesbaden, Murnau Kino
DIE CARMEN VON ST. PAULI (D 1928)

April 25
Darmstadt, TU
FRAU IM MOND (D 1928/29, Fritz Lang)

April 26
KINO VARIETÉ RHEIN-MAIN, Offenbach, Capitol

April 29
Wiesbaden, Caligari
DR. MABUSE Teil 1 (D 1922, Fritz Lang)

May 7
Frankfurt Filmmuseum
DER MÜDE TOD (D 1921, Fritz Lang)

May 9
KINO VARIETÉ RHEIN-MAIN, Oestrich-Winkel, Kulturscheune

May 20
Wiesbaden, Caligari
DR. MABUSE Teil 2 (D 1922, Fritz Lang)

May 21
Frankfurt Filmmuseum
BRÜDER (D 1929, Werner Hochbaum)

June 24
Wiesbaden, Caligari
tba

June 27
Stuttgart, SWR Doku-Festival
ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION (RUSS 1918, Dziga Vertov)

September 9
Wiesbaden, Caligari
SALOME

November 8
Ingelheim
KINO VARIETÉ RHEIN-MAIN w SILVIA SAUER



SELECTON OF PAST PROJECTS

- KAFKA GEHT INS KINO w. Hanns Zischler, Nürnberg 2018
- KINO VARIETÉ RHEIN-MAIN w. Silvia Sauer 2018/19
- 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