Meet Cassis B Staudt (Film Music Composer) – In A Minute Portrait (Week 315)

This week, film music composer and friend Cassis B Staudt came to Colorado for a super quick fly-by visit.

Cassis B studied music and music theater at the Hamburg State University and orchestration and film scoring at Juilliard in New York City. She composes and plays music both on stage and for films. There are many highlights in her career. My subjective choices: the music for the Oscar-nominated documentary Ferry Tales, winning a Golden Palm for producing Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, and playing with Michael Gira of Swans.

She is an incredibly hard-working, talented, fun, generous and open person. I can only hope that a glimpse of that comes through in this video. To get a real sense of her talent, please check out here website to find samples of her music:

Cassis and I met through our mutual friend Ann Rose during a time when we were both bouncing back and forth between Brooklyn and Berlin. We’re both originally from Germany, spent most of our adult years in NYC and married American men. Great match-making, Ann!

During her stay in Colorado, we had just about enough time to catch up and squeeze in an interview for this series before she was off to meet other creators. Her visit left me feeling so inspired, invigorated and encouraged. It reminded me how lucky I am to be part of a global creative community. Thank you, Cassis!

The music in this video was, of course, composed by Cassis B Staudt herself. It’s part of a symphony recently performed in Berlin by the 60-piece orchestra Otto-Sinfoniker to accompany three experimental films. More specifically, it’s an excerpt from Water Thief, which is the 2nd movement for the film Clepsydra by Phil Solomon.

Additional photographs in this video were taken by Gudrun Arndt ( and Johnna Davis. Thank you for letting me use them.

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Other Moving Postcards with music by Cassis B:

Viktoriapark, Kreuzberg – In A Berlin Minute (Week 125)

Berlin Churches of the 1989 Peaceful Revolution / Kirchen der Friedlichen Revolution – In A Berlin Minute (Week 126)

Clouds / Wolken – In Memory of Franc Tausch – In A Berlin Minute (Week 131)

Brooklyn Sunrise (Time Lapse) – In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 172)


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