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).
By creating a catalog of directions and rules, Hans-Jörn Brandenburg directs a theatrical performance without using words to communicate sonic directionality. The research center on the creation of musical restrictions that create, control, start, and/or stop a catalog of movements and spatial arrangements.