Benedikt Brydern is an award-winning composer and performer. His scores have been featured in film, television and on the concert stage in the United States and internationally. He studied violin and piano at the Richard-Strauss Academy of Music in Munich. He was invited to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival to perform in the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Bernstein in 1988. He returned to the Festival in 1990 for the TV series “Orchestra!” hosted by Sir Georg Solti and Dudley Moore. Besides his love for contemporary music with electric violins , he also performs 1930s jazz .
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Violin Passion – Postludium Noir (2020)
Written during the Pandemic for late night listening , relaxation and meditation.
Violin Passion – Winter Wonders (2015)
A collection of atmospheric songs reflecting the many moods of December and the holidays. Not a very typical traditional “Christmas” album per se, but an impression of the cold and quiet season. The featured solo violin has been recorded with my acoustic as well as electric 4 and 5 string instruments. The “North Pole Ride” features trumpet player Jason Carder.
Violin Passion – After Midnight (2007)
One of the hippest nights out in Europe is a visit to an “ice bar“ where the entire club is sub zero and you sip your cocktails in faux fur coats and winter boots.I mention it because Germany’s Benedikt Brydern and his electric violin could provide the perfect soundtrack for your chilled outing. His music is cool, sophisticated and ultra hip. VIOLIN PASSION (AFTER MIDNIGHT) features lots of reworked classical themes mysteriously given titles celebrating Tokyo districts and all featuring computer driven backdrops, lush orchestration and that icy synsithsized violin. Favorite tracks include “Motender,” “Tokyo Grammaphone“ and “Shibuya Passion.” AFTER MIDNIGHT is cooler than the other side of the pillow! ~STEWART COXHEAD. smoothjazz.com
Violin Passion – Symphonic Dreams (2005)
For more than 30 years I have been playing, studying and constantly exploring the mystery of this instrument. I have performed classical music, orchestral or chamber music, jazz, new age, Rock and Pop.As an arranger/producer/composer I had the pleasure of working with very talented people. I produced seven albums with violin stylist David Wilson, four albums with electric cellist Marston , and, most recently a double CD with compositions by actor John O’Hurley ( Seinfeld, Dancing With The Stars).
The following collection of songs have been in my head for quite some time. The idea of blending grooves with orchestral forces, ambient rhythms with electric violin has always fascinated me.I perform on a “silent violin” from 1900, customized with a pick-up for creating my sound.I hope you enjoy listening to the meditative, uplifting, sometimes quiet or simply “fun” selections on this album.
Violin Passion – Silent Night ( Single) (2014)
Growing up in Germany, “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” always had a special meaning in my Christmas celebration. Simplistic, yet profound and powerful, this little song made its way around the world and has been recorded a million times. Using a wide orchestral landscape from mysterious strings to majestic horns I decided to include it on my forthcoming Christmas CD. Enjoy.
If you are wondering what kind of violin I am playing on the cover photo, here the details. It’s a five string electric violin designed and made by Brandon McDougall @ LIQUID VIOLINS.
They sound great and come in 4 string or 5 string set-up. Either solid colors or beautifully varnished maple/spruce .