Hans-Jörn Brandenburg is a German musician and composer. Brandenburg studied music/composition in Hannover and Hamburg. As musical director of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, he worked with the British band The Tiger Lillies. In 2001 he arranged their album “Gorey End” with Kronos Quartet, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2003. As a composer, he created incidental music for productions by directors such as Frank Castorf, George Tabori, Phelim Mcdermott, Julian Crouch and Robert Wilson.
Brandenburg has been a consistent collaborator of Robert Wilson. He was the musical director and musician, alongside Tom Waits, in Wilson’s 1990 production of The Black Rider at the Thalia Theater. He was also the musical director and arranger for a number of Wilson’s productions at the Berliner Ensemble including Leonce and Lena (2003), The Winter’s Tale (2005), The Threepenny Opera (2007), Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2009), Peter Pan (2013), and Faust I and II (2015).
Fredrik Kinbom is a Swedish lap steel player/multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter based in Berlin. Since first picking up the lap steel in 2005, his original style and sound has led to recording and/or international touring with acclaimed acts like Gemma Ray, Gurrumul, Alberta Cross, Moulettes and Ned Collette.
His second solo album with the lap steel in focus. "Oil" (Capstan Records, 2014), received much critical praise. He has contributed as a co-writer to albums by Sarah Blasko and Gemma Ray, and has since "Oil" released two albums with his theatrical side project Kinbom & Kessner (featuring a stellar cast of guests like James Williamson (Iggy & The Stooges) and members of Moulettes, Hazmat Modine and Augie March). His latest solo release is the album "Songs For Lap Steel And Harmonium" (Sotones Records, 2018).