About

Biography

The composer, pianist, sound artist and radio drama author Ulrike Haage is one of the most multifaceted artists in Germany today. She once starred on the piano with all-women big-band Reichlich Weiblich, and went on to join up with Katharina Franck as the core of the highly acclaimed Rainbirds.

She collaborated on genre-crossing and experimental projects with musicians like Alfred Harth, FM Einheit, Phil Minton, Angelika Niscier and contributed to theatre productions in Zürich, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin. Haage works regularly with the drummer Eric Schaefer, percussionists Almut Lustig, Brigitte Haas and saxophone player Uwe Steinmetz. In 2017 she began to work again with her long time partner for dance music, the electronic musician and film music composer Christian Meyer.

Ulrike Haage composes and directs contemporary works for films and radio, mostly published with the audiobook label Sans Soleil and the record label Blue Pearls Music. Her latest film scores are Landstück (Berlinale 2016) by Volker Koepp and Grüsse aus Fukushima (Berlinale 2016) by Doris Dörrie. Since 2004 she releases highly respected Solo CDs. Following Sélavy (2004), Weisses Land (2006) and In:finitum (2011), she has released her forth solo album entitled Maelstrom in 2015.

Awards + Prizes: In 2003, Haage received the German Jazz Award (Albert-Mangelsdorff-Preis) for her outstanding and versatile life work to date – especially for her musical projects at the interface of pop, art and avant-garde. In 2010 the documentary film Zwiebelfische won the North German Film Award and the special prize for Haage’s soundtrack. Her music for the film Meret Oppenheim – eine Surrealistin auf eigenen Wegen received the Documentary Filmscore Prize 2014.

“Every single tone and sound possesses meaning, every moment of suspension integrates into the structure, every song is a piece of art. What has never been heard departs on a tone & returns on a sound wave, measured in time immemorial and doubled in mirrors. Ulrike Haage brings to light hidden sounds – in the moment and for all eternity.” (Klaus Hübner)

Klaviermusik von purer Schönheit
Hamburger Abendblatt

Discography

  • 2017 Night Radio play soundtrack CD (BMP)
  • 2016 Grüsse aus Fukushima OST CD (BMP)
  • 2016 Landstück OST CD (BMP)
  • 2015 Maelstrom CD (BMP)
  • 2015 Erzählung des Gleichgewichts 4: W CD (BMP)
  • 2014 For all my walking – Haage · Schaefer DVD (absulut Medien)
  • 2013 Meret Oppenheim: 1 Surrealistin auf eigenen Wegen  DVD (absolut Medien)
  • 2013 Goldrausch DVD (realfiction)
  • 2012 Flügel und Katze – music for children and grown ups (Sans soleil)
  • 2012 Goldrausch – Filmsoundtrack CD (Blue Pearls Music)
  • 2011 In:finitum (Blue Pearls Music)
  • 2011 Ana:mnesis – Bonus CD (Blue Pearls Music)
  • 2010 Komponiert in Deutschland (Normal Records)
  • 2009 Alles aber anders (Sans soleil)
  • 2009 Heimsuchung – Jenny Erpenbeck · music by Haage (Eichborn)
  • 2008 Die Stille hinter den Worten – Carlos Bica · Haage (Sans soleil)
  • 2007 Le Pianoscope – piano solo pieces (UPPM Universal)
  • 2006 Weisses Land (Edel Records)
  • 2005 Pianoscope – piano edition book (Ricordi)
  • 2004 Sélavy (Edel Records)
  • 2004 Exakte Vision CD (Sans soleil)
  • 2003 Ding fest machen CD (Sans soleil)
  • 2002 Bombsong CD (Sans soleil)
  • 2001 Fragiles – Becker · Sacher · Haage (Universal Classics)
  • 2001 Last Words – Qui vivre verra (Sans soleil)
  • 2001 Reise, Toter – Grünbein · Haage (Sans soleil)
  • 2000 Die Wüste Lopnor – Raoul Schrott · music by Haage (Hörverlag)
  • 1999 Bei unserer Lebensweise – Bowles · Franck · HaageHaage (Sans soleil)
  • 1999 7 Dances of the holy ghost – Ammer · Haage (Sans soleil)
  • 1999 Rainbirds 3000 – live (Rough Trade)
  • 1998 Odysseus 7 – Ammer · Einheit · Haage (Rough Trade)
  • 1997 Hunger – Franck · Haage (Rough Trade)
  • 1997 Rainbirds – Forever (Rough Trade)
  • 1996 Rainbirds – Making memory (Rough Trade)
  • 1996 Goto – Einheit · Minton · Haage (Rough Trade)
  • 1995 Rainbirds – The Mercury Years (Mercury)
  • 1994 Apokalypse Live – Ammer · Einheit · Haage (Rough Trade)
  • 1994 König Zucker – Einheit · Franck · Haage (Rough Trade)
  • 1993 Rainbirds – In a different Light (Rough Trade)
  • 1992 Rainbirds – Two Faces (Phonogram)
  • 1992 Stein – Einheit · Haage (Rough Trade)
  • 1989 Vladimir Estragon – Three quarks for Muster Mark (Enja)
  • 1987 Reichlich weiblich – Live at Moers (Moers Music)
WIE FILMMUSIK, OHNE FILM
Tagesspiegel Berlin

Press

NAU NUA FESTIVAL
by Juan Carlos Romero

2014 • Interview (english)

DIE WELT IST IHR KLANG, VIELE KLÄNGE
Die Zeit

Photos

Fotosession 01

GEMA Wohnzimmerkonzert

Photos by Darek Gontarski
2016

Fotosession 02

Maelstrom Cover Shooting

by Thomas Nitz
2015

Fotosession 03

Haage Schaefer Duo

by Jörg Steinmetz
2014

Fotosession 04

In:finitum Cover Shooting

by Thomas Nitz
2012

Fotosession 05

The Müggelsee Shootings

by Barbara Braun
2010

Fotosession 06

Weisses Land

by Sabine Schruender
2006

Fotosession 07

Sélavy

by Sabine Schruender
2004

Fotosession 08

Out of sequence

by Stefan Müssigbrodt
2003