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Bonnen, Aigui & Burghaus (DE/RUS)

Already five years ago Dietmar Bonnen (vocals, piano, organ), Alexei Aigui (violin) and Lothar Burghaus (clarinets) played the Zappanale prelude at Hamburg’s Katharinenkirche under the motto „Dylan, Hendrix, Zappa play for Bach“. This year they are coming to Bad Doberan for the first time.

The composer, interpreter and trained church organist Dietmar Bonnen, born in 1958, studied music and art in Cologne and Düsseldorf. The combination of new music, rock and jazz led early to the recording of John Cage music like "Five". For the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) Bonnen created the soundscape composition "Beijing" in Beijing and Cologne. New recordings on CDs of his Cologne music publisher "Obst" range from Hildegard von Bingen to Frank Zappa.

The violinist Alexei Aigui, born in 1971, from Moscow, Russia, studied at the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music Academy and founded the Ensemble for New Music 4'33 ''. Participation in various international jazz and ballet festivals as well as commissioned work on the remaking of classic films such as "Metropolis".

Dietmar Bonnen played his first concert with violinist and composer Alexei Aigui in Moscow, 1994. The same year Alexei founded his Ensemble 4‘33‘‘, named after John Cage’s composition. It was the first Russian Ensemble to perform works by La Monte Young, Toru Takemitsu, Morton Feldman and Terry Riley.

As a duo they have produced CDs with own versions of music by as different coposers as Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Weill. Furthermore they present one half of the Russian-German Composers Quartet. And Alexei is the solo violinist in Dietmar‘s Ensemble de Plainte.

One focus of Alexei's compositional work lies in the field of film music. Dietmar Bonnen had the pleasure to be the singer on some of his soundtracks. A theme music, the version of a soviet hit of the 80s "Do not Cry", became a little underground hit in Russia. Alexei's father is the Russian-Chuvash poet Gennady Aigui.

Clarinetist and saxophonist Lothar Burghaus, born in 1969, has been working regularly with Dietmar Bonnen in various ensembles since 1995. In addition, the physician was a member of the Cologne saxophone quartet "Brassless" and the only true wind orchestra "Dicke Luft". Burghaus also is a member of the Arf Society.

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