Sven Gordon Williams
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- 1982 - 1984
Childhood & family roots...
I was born in Edinburgh, August 21th 1963. My father, Alan David Williams, was a Naval officer. His mother was maternally related to the Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw . My mother Maren is from Germany. She met my father in the late 50's during a holiday on the beautifull island of Sylt, where my father was on a NATO mission.
Beside my early years activities, I've been working on many other projects. I will try to give a short and chronological overview:
1983 - 1985 Art studies in Hamburg at Hochschule für bildende Künste, Lerchenfeld
1984 "Für eine Handvoll D-Mark" musicvideo-magazin format produced by Ute Kampmann, Thomas Meins and Tim Renner, feat. videos of Markus Oehlen, Thi Tho, Cocomicos and Vanity Fair. Cutt: Oliver Hirschbiegel (2004th director of "Der Untergang"). In the same year the Cocomicos did another video directed by Tim Renner and we had several recording sessions but the Cocomicos never published any album.
1985 - 1986 Interior- und graphic design at Mathias Colbatzki, Hamburg.
First and only album of The Butterfly Collectors, mini Lp presenting 4 songs. I had left the band before the Lp was published - and than they were three.
1986 - 1990 Junior art-director/art-director at Klein & Weiss, Hamburg. In 1989 I stopped smoking and became a sportsman again.
1990 - 1993 Music for theatre plays at Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg / William Shakespeare's - Romeo & Juliet and a free music project with German actor Christian Redl - François Villon. The album was first published as "Vierzehn und ein viertel Jahr" and reissued in 2005 (new recordings).
1993 - 1994 Music for Jugendtheater auf Kampnagel - JAK, the youth theatre of Hamburg. In 1993 Ralf and I started our music project The Sea Change.
1994 - 1998 Founding of Williams & Williams creative cooperation, agency for strategic communications, a cooperation with my brother Kirk Roderick Williams.
1996 Drums, percussion and cover design for the album Sol of the German Folk-Rock-Band legend Ougenweide.
1998 - 2006 Freelance - creative consultant, multi media design, book-/script author, composer, radio shows for NDR-info, German broadcasting. Collaborations with several music projects such as M' blue et moi (promoted by a Japanese broadcasting company in Tokyo - best foreign act 1998), Migrane, Circus Men. Songwriting for André Peters and other singers. In the good days of the New Economy I was consulting more than 25 .com’s.
2001 The Sea Change recording their album - The Letter - based on the novel The Catastrophist by irish writer Ronan Bennett. After the cataclysm of the New Economy and the Sept. 9.11. depression, my business went into the doldrums, so I took some time to think over my perspectives and my future. Turning 40 (holy shit), I decided to focus even more on music & the arts. So I started serious jazz guitar studies.
2004 Artistic cooperation with Hamburg based artist Frank Otto for one part of his multi media project Trip. Together with Austrian artist Dragan and Frank, I was putting into paint the story of the little mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. The size of the painting was enormous - about 270 square meters. I in fact was hired, shortly after they had started, mainly as a supporting artist to ensure the piece could be finished on time. It was planned as a background painting for the Trip-Art movie. Trip is a multi media art-project. It is covering 4 different movies based on the same music performed by the element project - for more information please visit http://www.trip-movie.com.
In the same year we founded our own production company - Ralf Marquardt & Sven Gordon Williams Musikproduktion - MWM™ Ltd. and we were launching our label - I Sea Music™ - ISM™ LC 13826.
2005 - 2006 We started planning our own studio and The Sea Change is preparing their next album. We were working on Moby Dick - the famous novel by Herman Melville. The result is musical journey in the footprints of Ishmael, Queequeg and Capt. Ahab told in 16 songs, enriched with the tasty flavor of New York based Trumpet player Lew Soloff. Frank Otto gave us financial support for this production.
Remembering the great time I spend with Frank, I decided to invite him to join me putting the songs of the Moby Dick album into paint. Ralf and I had made the concept, I was preparing sketches and layouts and Frank added the idea to use a limited amount of colors for the artwork. He also gave us the financial support for the material. 19 beautiful paintings (each sized: 1.8 x 1.8 m) where realized in spring and summer 2005.
Being able to work with world class musicians like Lew Soloff was a great honor wich we cherish to this day.
Our next step will be to present this excelerating program to an international audience...
"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."
Antoine de Saint Exupéry
..."To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time."
Yours, Sven Gordon Williams
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