FRANZ KIRMANN

Biography

Franz Kirmann has been releasing music since 2006, both as a solo artist and with composer/multi-instrumentalist Tom Hodge with their electronic/post-classical crossover project Piano Interrupted. Between 2012 and 2016, Franz released three solo albums and three Piano Interrupted albums (primarily on German label Denovali) in addition to touring around Europe. In 2009, he founded electronic music label Days Of Being Wild.

In 2016, Franz met film and TV producer Paul Ritchie and the pair became friends. After seeing a performance of Piano Interrupted in London, Paul asked Franz and Tom to score his BBC/AMC series McMafia. The series, written by Hossein Amini and directed by James Watkins, was a success and a second season was ordered, which the two are continuing to score. In early 2018, following signing to Decca Publishing, the pair wrote the score for the documentary The Man Behind The Microphone about Hedi Jouini, the godfather of Tunisian music (film of the month, MUBI July 2019), and the score soundtrack was released through 1631 Recordings. Both projects saw Franz and Tom collaborate with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

In 2019, Franz released his 4th solo album, Madrapour, on London label Bytes / Ransom Note. Entirely composed on a modular system and synthesizers, the album is a return to Franz’s purely electronic sound.

Franz is now collaborating with painter Roberto Grosso on a series of augmented reality artworks combining music, painting, and video, and he is currently scoring the BBC Four Storyville documentary Locked In, directed by Xavier Alford.

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