Composer Cassis Birgit Staudt
Cassis specializes in writing irreverent, offbeat songs but she also prides herself on finding a different musical language specific to each score she works on.
Besides her quirky pop music work, Cassis, has studied music at the Hamburg Music University and symphonic orchestration & film music at Juilliard in New York.
Cassis scored the documentary ‘Einzelkaempfer’ (‘I will not Lose’), which premiered at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and is currently in German cinemas.
She also scored the Oscar-nominated short doc ‘Ferry Tales’ as well as came up with the idea for the film.
For her feature films, Cassis often collaborates with her friends on the music and/or the songwriting – J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and Herbie Flowers, the bass player of ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, for instance.
Cassis also regularly teaches songwriting at Herbie’s Rock Shop (music workshops in England).
Cassis played accordion on the latest Swans Album and also toured as the accordionist with Swans founder Michael Gira as a member of his band ‘Angels of Light’.
Playing the accordion/piano/guitar and singing, Cassis fronted her band b-blush, which featured the renowned drummer David Cossin (Bang on a Can All Stars/Sting). B-blush performed regularly in New York and often toured Europe and Mexico. As Rolling Stone said, b-blush takes “pop to new places”.
Always learning, Cassis was selected in 2011 for Rick Baitz’ master class sponsored by BMI.
In 2012, Cassis won a full scholarship for the prestigious residency of Atlantic Center for the Arts where she continued her film music studies with master artist Paul Dresher.
Cassis’ many varied interests and talents outside of scoring inform her music scores. For example, one of her sound sculptures was featured at the Denver International Airport.
Also, working for director Jim Jarmusch, Cassis produced three of the ‘Coffee and Cigarettes’ segments – the one with Iggy Pop and Tom Waits winning the Golden Palm at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Press: “b-blush is a New York trio with the German singer Cassis, whose voice at times is heavily reminiscent of chanteuses Debbie Harry and Nico. The music of the unusual band swings somewhere between pop, chanson and electronica. Instruments like saxophone, vibraphone or accordion take equal place with sequencers and different synthesized sounds, without being embarrassing. How b-blush pulls this off is unexplainable. Maybe it is due to the cosmopolitan Big Apple atmosphere, or the determined will of these three musicians to create something new. Keep an eye on b-blush in the future. This band is taking pop to new places.”
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