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)