Florian Bergmann (born in Berlin in 1984), saxophonist, clarinetist and composer, studied at the HfM and at the UdK Berlin. He works in the field of contemporary, improvised and jazz music and plays concerts world wide.
Together with Hannes Lingens and Pierre Borel he is founder of the Berlin part of the international musicians’ collective and record label „Umlaut Records“. Since 2009 they host the annual International Umlaut Festival Berlin and a concert series. Umlaut Berlin was funded by the Impuls Fonds for contemporary music, the Deutsche Musikrat and Pro Helvetia. In 2010 he released his own cd-production „Rendez-vous“ on Umlaut Records.
As a member of the alto sax quartet Fo[u]r Alto(with Frank Gratkowski, Benjamin Weidekamp, Christian Weidner) he elaborates extended techniques for the saxophone, microtonal playing and concepts for room acoustics. He performed and premiered numerous works by contemporary composers and was prize winner of the Hanns-Eisler-Preis for contemporary interpretation 2011.
He worked as a director, composer and performer in numerous interdisciplinary pieces, such as his own production “Perspectives”, “Reality’s Neighbour” by the Swedish dance acrobat Kajsa Bohlin, “The Wood Project” by the choreographer Felix Bürkle and “A Game of Fives” by the director Enrico Stolzenburg.
He played at the Münchener Biennale 2012, Favoriten Dortmund 2012, FestIsis Pargny-Filain 2012, TFF Rudolstadt 2011, Eurosonic Festival Groningen 2011, Umlaut Festival Paris 2010 und 2011, Glatt&Verkehrt Krems 2010, Performance Arts Festival Oldenburg 2010, OpenOp - Europäisches Festival für anderes Musiktheater Berlin 2010, De Nachten Antwerpen 2009, Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon 2009, Music Village Festival Agios Lavrentios 2009,Dresdener Jazztage 2008, 32. Internationalen Jazzfestival Leipzig 2008, World Forum on Music Los Angelos 2005. Concerts also in the USA, France, Brazil, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Poland.
Theatre music at the Berliner Ensemble, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Nationaltheater Weimar and the Neuköllner Oper Berlin.
Further cd-releases: Frank Gratkowski “Fo[u]r Alto” (Leo Records), Jörg Schippa “UnbedingT” (Konnex Records), Brumcalli “Privatleben” (ITM), Lyenn “The Jollity of my Boon Companion” and “Vowels fade first” (Munich Rec.).