John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

Biography

John Gürtler

John Gürtler is a multiple award-winning film composer currently based in Berlin. He has written over 40 film scores, produces electronic music, songs and orchestral work and has won numerous awards, including ‘Best Song in a Film’ at the 2014 German Film Music Awards for What Love Is, the ‘German Documentary Award’ for Above and Below at DOK.fest München in 2015 and a Camille Award 2021 as well as the ‘European Original Score 2019’ for System Crasher, presented by the European Film Academy.

Raised in London by Portuguese-German parents, he moved to Germany after living in the U.S. and Portugal and studied Saxophone at the University of Arts in Berlin. During his studies, he increasingly turns towards the piano, vocals and any instrument he could get his hands on. After touring internationally with different bands and orchestras, John studied film music at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. Ever since, John had the chance to work with the diverse Berlin music scene at his studio Paradox Paradise, always in close collaboration with Jan Miserre, co-composer and producer. Their recent film projects include the multiple award-winning documentary Space Dogs, the German television drama series Charité at War, Veins of the World and the upcoming feature film A Mouthful of Air. An adamant improviser, John uses the studio as a room for electro acoustic (sound) experimentation, straying away from standardized sounds whenever possible and finding an individual language for each project where the borders between score, sound and source music start to dissolve.

Venturing out and returning to his roots as an experimental improviser and producer, John has released on Dial Records remixing Efdemin under his moniker The Borderland State, on Sky Walking with the Sollmann & Gürtler project and the latest release of his Field Kit project with composer Hannah von Hübbenet on Nonostar Records. John is associate lecturer for music and sound design at the Film Academy BW and the HSD in Düsseldorf.


Jan Miserre

Jan Miserre grew up in Erlangen, Bavaria as the son of a Jazz saxophone player and was - at an early age - introduced to various kinds of music such as Debussy, Coltrane and the Beatles. He began to learn the piano at age 4 and the drums at age 12. His strong interest in different types of music showed quickly when he gave a number of "Neue Musik" Concerts as interpreter and developed his improvisation skills in several bands.

Since his studies of Jazz Piano at the University of Arts in Berlin Jan has toured almost every continent with numerous bands as sideman and musical director. The last years he focused on composing and producing for cross-genre projects. In 2013 he was awarded the GEMA Musikautorenpreis in the category New Talent together with Torsten Goods and the second prize at the Instant Composing Contest at the Filmfestival Transatlantyk.

Film

Selected Films:

A Mouthful of Air, 2021
Directed by Amy Koppelman
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Feature film

A Pure Place, 2021
Directed by Nikias Chryssos
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Feature film

Les Enfants Terribles, 2021
Directed by Ahmet Necdet Cupur
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Documentary
Special Jury Award Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

Niemand bei den Kälbern, 2021
Directed by Sabrina Sarabi
Music: John Gürtler
World Premiere: Locarno 2021 (Concorso Cineasti del presente)
Feature Film

Kids Run, 2020
Directed by Barbara Ott
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges
Feature film

Veins Of The World, 2020
Directed by Byambasuren Davaa
Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Feature Film

System Crasher, 2019
Directed by Nora Fingscheidt
Music: John Gürtler
European Original Score 2019 by the European Film Academy
Camille Award 2021 for Best Electro-Acoustic Score
Feature Film

Space Dogs, 2019
Directed by Elsa Kremer & Levin Peter
Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Documentary

Charité - Season 2, 2019
Directed by Anno Saul
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Hannah von Hübbenet featuring the Oriel Quartet and many others
Television drama

Fig Tree, 2018
Directed by Alamork Davidian
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Feature film

The Cleaners, 2018
Directed by Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges
Documentary

Precrime, 2017
Directed by Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges
Documentary

Without This World, 2017
Directed by Nora Fingscheidt
Music: John Gürtler
Documentary
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2017 - Winner Documentary Competition

Liebling, lass die Hühner frei, 2017
Directed by Oliver Schmitz
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges
TV Movie

House Without Roof, 2016
Directed by Soleen Yusef
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges
Feature film

Dog Soldiers, 2016
Directed by Lena Leonhardt
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges
Documentary

Eisen, 2015
Directed by Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Documentary short

Verfehlung (The Culpable), 2014
Directed by Gerd Schneider
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Feature film

Wintergast, 2014
Directed by Andy Herzog & Matthias Günther
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Feature film

Above and Below, 2014
Directed by Nicolas Steiner
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges
Documentary fiction

Majub’s Journey, 2013
Directed by Eva Knopf
Music: John Gürtler
Documentary

Battle of the Queens, 2011
Directed by Nicolas Steiner
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Documentary

Meanwhile in Mamelodi, 2011
Directed by Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Documentary

FILMSCORE

VEINS OF THE WORLD

Director: Byambasuren Davaa
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

“The mountain spirit exists. If you believe in him with all your heart, he’ll give you all kinds of power.”

Eleven-year-old Amra is a child of the Mongolian steppe, where he lives in a traditional nomad community. His father drives him to school in the morning, and in the evening the boy helps to round up the family’s sheep and goats. Amra watches YouTube clips with his friends and dreams of making an appearance on Mongolia’s Got Talent. At home, the grown-ups convene to discuss the group’s future. Global mining companies and their hunger for gold represent an imminent threat to the herders’ way of life. When his father falls victim to a fatal accident, the challenges of harsh reality force Amra to abandon his childhood fantasies. Summoning all the strength he can muster and pushing beyond his limits, the boy sets out to honour his father’s legacy.

World premiere: Berlin International Film Festival 2021
Mongolia's official entry for the 2021 Academy Awards (Best Intl. Feature)
Preselected for the German Film Award 2021 (Best Children's Film)

FILMSCORE

SYSTEM CRASHER 

Director: Nora Fingscheidt
Music: John Gürtler

Nora Fingscheidt’s Systemsprenger (System Crasher) outlines the story of nine-year-old Benni, a problem child whose mother, unable to cope, hands her over to the authorities. But Benni proves resistant to all corrective measures – that is, until social worker Micha decides to risk establishing a personal relationship with the child and in doing so crosses a line.

World premiere: Berlin International Film Festival 2019

European Original Score 2019 by the European Film Academy
Camille Award 2021 for Best Electro-Acoustic Score

Creative Energy Award (Nora Fingscheidt & Helena Zengel) & DBG Fimpreis des Publikums Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney
Golden Lynx FEST - New Directors New Films Festival
Grand Prize & Taiwan Critics Society Award 台北電影節 Taipei Film Festival
Best Feature Film Vukovar Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize & Special Mention Helena Zengel Drugi Sombor Film Fest
Transatlantyk Distribution Award from the audience Transatlantyk Festival

FILMSCORE

SPACE DOGS 

Director: Elsa Kremser & Levin Peter
Music: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Following her trace, and filmed from a dog’s perspective, SPACE DOGS accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow. Their story is one of intimate fellowship but also relentless brutality, and is interwoven with unseen archive material from the Soviet cosmic era. A magical tale of voyagers scouting for unknown spaces.

World premiere: Locarno Film Festival 2019
DokLeipzig 2019 - International Programme
Viennale 2019
34° Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar Del Plata
Mostra Internacional de Cinema São Paulo
Kompositions-Förderpreis DOK.FEST MUNICH 2016

FILMSCORE

ABOVE AND BELOW

Directed by: Nicolas Steiner
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges

Far, far away and out of sight, that’s where April, Dave, Cindy, Rick and the Godfather are creating life on their own terms. From the depths of the flood channels under Sin City, to a reclaimed military bunker in the middle of the dusty, heated Californian nowhere land to beyond the stratosphere where Mars now lives on earth. Each individual has been flung into periling circumstances on this rollercoaster ride called life. Through the hustle, pain, and laughter, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world where we discover its inhabitants to be souls not unlike our very own.

German Film Award 2016 Best Documentary & Best Camera
Nominated for Best Documentary - Max Ophüls Film Festival 2015
Hivos Tiger PREISE Competition - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015
Winner German Documentary Filmmusic Award 2015
Winner Zurich Film Award 2015
Swiss Film Award 2016 (Best Documentary Film, Best Editing, Special Prize for Sound Mix)
Best Documentary Filmschau BW 2015
Winner Fipresci International Critics Prize
Millennium Award 12th Docsagainstgravity
Winner Best Documentary Feature 2015
50th Karlovy Vary IFF Variety Critics Choice
IFFR Rotterdam Tiger Award Competition
Official Selection Doc NYC 2015
Official Selection Hotdocs 2015
Official Selection Camerimage
Official Selection Anchorage International Film Festival