Barbara Morgenstern

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Barbara Morgenstern
BornMarch 19, 1971
Hagen, West Germany
OriginBerlin, Germany
GenresElectronic, Synthpop[1]
Occupation(s)Vocalist, remixer, producer
Instrument(s)Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active1999—
LabelsMonika Enterprise

Barbara Morgenstern (born March 19, 1971) is a German electronic music artist, keyboardist and singer.


Born in Hagen, Germany, Morgenstern describes herself as self-taught, although she had piano lessons as a child and jazz lessons at the school of music in Hagen. In addition to having played in a band, she decided on a career in music in 1991 after completing her schooling at the Ernst Meister Gymnasium in Hagen-Haspe.

From 1992 to 1994 she lived in Hamburg and was active there as a musician, with her own music and as a singer in an a cappella group. At the Hamburg University of Music she took part in a six-week popular music course.

In 1994 she moved to Berlin, where she first played as a keyboardist in a band and from 1996 concentrated on her own music, especially electronic music.

From 1998 to 2017 she released her solo albums[2] on Gudrun Gut's label Monika Enterprise.

In 2004, at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut, Morgenstern undertook a 34-date world tour together with Maximilian Hecker.

Bill Wells' 2004 mini-album Pick Up Sticks featured contributions from Morgenstern on two tracks. She also joined Paul Wirkus and To Rococo Rot's Stefan Schneider in September Collective, a project which had its origins in encores that they joined together to play at their own individual concerts while on tour in Poland. September Collective's eponymous debut album was released on the Geographic label, an offshoot of Domino Records run by the Pastels' Stephen Pastel. Morgenstern's next solo album was The Grass Is Always Greener (2006).

In 2008 Morgenstern's fifth album bm was released, this time less electronic but more orchestral. The track Come To Berlin paints a pessimistic picture of Berlin's current urban development. In 2011 Morgenstern released a cover version of the Prince song Sign o' the Times from his album of the same name.

The records "Fan No. 2", "Sweet Silence" and "Doppelstern" were following. "Doppelstern"[3] is a collaboration album with Gudrun Gut, Justus Köhncke, T. Raumschmiere, Lucrecia Dalt, Tonia Reeh, Corey Dargel, Hauschka, Richard Davis, Jacaszek, Coppe und Julia Kent.

"Unschuld & Verwüstung"[4] (2018) is her first release on the berlin based label Staatsakt. The main components of the album are harmonium, piano, vocals, electronics and saxophone.


From 2007 to 2021 she directed the "Choir of World Cultures"[5] at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt[6]/ Berlin together with Philipp Neumann. She composed and arranged for the choir and curated the musical programme in collaboration with the HKW.

Collaborations in the context of choral conducting took place with:

Matthew Herberts & Brexit Big Band,[7] Arto Lindsay,[8] Van Dyke Parks,[9] Harmonia,[10] Fatima Al Qadiri,[11] Roedelius,[12] September Collective,[13] The Meridian Brothers,[14] Ari Benjamin Meyers, Hauschka[15] and others.


Since 2012, she has worked regularly[16] with the theatre group Rimini Protokoll. In past productions, Barbara Morgenstern has appeared both as a live performer and as a composer (compositions for children's choir/ "Do's & Dont's" and compositions for chamber orchestra/ "All right. Good night") and sound designer.

The productions „Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas.“[17] and „All right. Good night.“[18] were both invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen.

She also works frequently with the performance collective Showcase Beat le Mot.[19]


Morgenstern performing in 2006
  • 1997: Enter the Partyzone (Tape, Hausfrau im Schacht (Wohnzimmer-Mailorder-Vertrieb aus Berlin))
  • 1997: Plastikreport (Mini-CD, mit Michael Muehlhaus, Klub der guten Hoffnung (Label aus Hannover))
  • 1998: Vermona ET 6–1 (CD, Monika Enterprise (Gudrun Gut))
  • 2000: Fjorden (Album, Monika Enterprise)
  • 2003: Nichts Muss (Album, Monika Enterprise / Labels)
  • 2005: Tesri (Album, mit Robert Lippok, Monika Enterprise)
  • 2006: The Operator (Single, Monika Enterprise)
  • 2006: The Grass Is Always Greener (Album, Monika Enterprise)
  • 2008: Come to Berlin (Single, Monika Enterprise)
  • 2008: BM (Album, Monika Enterprise)
  • 2010: Fan No.2 (Album, Monika Enterprise)
  • 2012: Sweet Silence (Album, Monika Enterprise)
  • 2015: Doppelstern (Album, Monika Enterprise)
  • 2018: Unschuld und Verwüstung (Album, Staatsakt)

Mit September Collective[edit]

  • 2004: September Collective (Album, Geographic / Domino)
  • 2007: All the Birds Were Anarchists (Album, Mosz Records)
  • 2009: Always Breathing Monster (Album, Mosz Records)


  • Enter The Partyzone (cassette release, 1997)
  • Plastikreport (1997)
  • Fan No.1 (1999) Remix-EP, Monika Enterprise; remixes by Console & Heimtrainer, Robert Lippok, Schlammpeitziger, Michael Muehlhaus und Jo Tabu)
  • Eine Verabredung (10" vinyl, 2001)
  • Seasons (with Robert Lippok, 2002)
  • Himmelmixe (2003)
  • Come To Berlin Mixes (2008)
  • Silence Sweater EP (Remix EP of the track 'Sweet Silence', 2012)
  • Spring's Sprung EP (Remix EP of the track 'Spring Time'. Released on the Bit-Phalanx label, 2014)

Theater Productions

  • 2012: Lagos Business Angels/ Rimini Protokoll[20]
  • 2014: Qualitätskontrolle/ Rimini Protokoll[21]
  • 2016: Brain Projekts/ Rimini Protokoll[22]
  • 2018: Do´s & Dont´s/ Rimini Protokoll[23]
  • 2019: Chinchilla Arschloch, was was/ Rimini Protokoll
  • 2020: Die Schwarze Mühle/ Showcase Beat le Mot[24]
  • 2021: All right. Good night./ Rimini Protokoll[25]


  1. ^ The Top 100 Tracks of 2006 Pitchfork December 18, 2006
  2. ^ "Barbara Morgenstern – Monika Enterprise". Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  3. ^ "Doppelstern | Barbara Morgenstern". Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  4. ^ "Barbara Morgenstern - Unschuld Und Verwüstung" (in German). Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  5. ^ "chor der kulturen der welt" (in German). Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  6. ^ "HKW". HKW (in German). Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  7. ^ Gumz, Alexander (2018-07-28). "Brexit Big Band und Go-Kart Mozart eröffnen die Wassermusik". (in German). Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  8. ^ Welt, Haus der Kulturen der (2016-07-19). "Arto Lindsay". HKW. Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  9. ^ "Kultur: So klingt der kalifornische Traum Rührend: Van Dyke Parks im Haus der Kulturen". Der Tagesspiegel Online (in German). ISSN 1865-2263. Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  10. ^ Welt, Haus der Kulturen der (2015-08-13). "Worldtronics: Opening". HKW. Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  11. ^ "Fatima Al Qadiri – Nothing Forever › chor der kulturen der welt" (in German). Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  12. ^ Welt, Haus der Kulturen der (2022-10-31). "Lifelines #4: Roedelius". HKW. Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  13. ^ Welt, Haus der Kulturen der (2019-06-05). "Überlebenskunst – Berlins internationale Musikszene vertont den Klimawandel". HKW. Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  14. ^ Welt, Haus der Kulturen der (2022-04-04). "Bogotá Boom". HKW. Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  15. ^ Welt, Haus der Kulturen der (2016-01-15). "Hauschka, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Barbara Morgenstern und der Chor der Kulturen der Welt: Lautarchiv". HKW. Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  16. ^ "Team - Rimini Protokoll". Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  17. ^ Berliner Festspiele. "Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas - Theatertreffen" (in German). Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  18. ^ Berliner Festspiele. "All right. Good night. - Theatertreffen" (in German). Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  19. ^ "Die Schwarze Mühle - Website showcasebeatlemot". Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  20. ^ "LAGOS BUSINESS ANGELS" (in German). Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  21. ^ "Qualitätskontrolle" (in German). Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  22. ^ "brain projects" (in German). Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  23. ^ "DO's & DON'Ts" (in German). Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  24. ^ "Die Schwarze Mühle - Website showcasebeatlemot". Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  25. ^ "All right. Good night" (in German). Retrieved 2022-05-11.

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