Biography

Bas Broekhuis

Born out of a marriage of musical and creative parents in 1963, Bas, the youngest of four children, was the only one who didn't seem to be interested in music.

Through education and his membership of “The Society for Young Scientists and Inventors”, Bas concentrated on techniques. However, through these techniques, Bas started to build machines that could produce and manipulate sounds in an electronic way. Influenced by Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Vangelis, he began composing with his own generated sounds. Together with a few friends, Bas played in several electronic music based bands like:”El Sueno” (Spanish for “The Dream”), “The Evolution Project”, “Live Support System” and “the System” and performed on stage and in radio-& television shows. After this period of six years of composing, performing and experimenting with sounds and music, Bas started to make music on a solo base. The result of this was the tape ' Face Behind the Mask', released on the first Dutch electronic music festival (KLEM-day) in 1988. One year later, Bas and Ron Boots performed together on that same festival as “project 2.1” and released the double-tape 'Hydrhythmix'. In 1991 the first solo CD 'The Escher Drawings' was released. In 1992 Bas called Mario Schönwälder with the simple question “Do you need a drummer for your performance at the IGEM-Tag in Berlin”. 1994 was the year that Bas came in contact with Detlef Keller and Detlef had that same question: “Do you need an extra man?” 

Now, Bas can frequently be found on stage with his electronic drums and acoustic percussion, performing together with his friends Mario and Detlef.
In 1995 the second solo album "The Synchronicity Of Life" was released and after that many, many releases with his two friends. 

Detlef Keller

Born in Duisburg in 1959 and bought his First synthesizer, a Crumar DS2 in 1974. His collection of synthesizer’s growled in the following years, influence by the music of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis and the wish to produce “those kinds of sounds”. (Crumar performer, Korg MS10 / SQ10, Roland JX3P / JX8P ect.)

In 1993 he released his cassette “Klanggedanken” in a small circle of friends. November that same year he got acquainted with the Dutch drummer and keyboarder Bas Broekhuis at a gig in Gelsenkirchen and released his first album, “The Story Of The Clouds” on Bas’ record label Audio Works. Through Bas he got in contact wit Mario Schönwälder in the spring of ’94. Detlef visited a summer party concert of both in the Berlin planetarium at the Munsterdamm and Detlef was invited to take a part and to support them in their upcoming concert in September on the spot. His first public appearance ever!

Mario Schönwälder

Born in Berlin in 1960. Started autodidactic experiments in 1984 on a Korg MS20 synthesizer in combination with the Korg SQ10 sequencer. (The analogue touch of a synthesizer or step sequencer still apeals to him). One of his first musical productions “The Ghost of the plateau from Nazca”, that was composed on borrowed instruments. This piece even had some airplay on a local radio station. More compositions saw the day in the periode between 1984 and 1987, sometimes with the aid of a guitarist ore a second keyboard player from the band “the nightworkers”. 1988 was the year that first two products were released on Bernd Kistenmachers Musique Intemporelle label; “Le Mur & Force Down”. (These two releases were also the last ones that were released on vinyl, all releases after that came on CD.) The next two CDs: “The Eye of the Chameleon” (1989) and “Hypnotic Beats” (1991) were also released on the Musique Intemporelle label. In this periode Mario performed on several concerts in Germany and Polen. Mario founded his own label Manikin Records in 1992. Until today his Manikin label released over more then 100 titles of Ashra, Klaus Schulze, Rolf Trostel, Edgar Froese and many more.

In this year Mario also got acquainted with Bas Broekhuis and two years later with Detlef Keller. Here started the base of the Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder trio.

BK&S (of 1994)

Broekhuis, Keller en Schönwälder consisting of the Dutch rhythm designer Bas Broekhuis (1963), The German harmonics designer Detlef Keller (1959) and the sound designer Mario Schönwälder (1960) from Berlin.
Since September ’94 these three man can frequently be found on stage. Concerts in the USA, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, the UK, Polen, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany are already on their list.
They also released 25 CD’s albums sofar.

What makes BK&S so special? Well, that must be their common musical taste and the synchronization within and their deep friendship that connects them over the hundreds of kilometers that they live apart.

BK&S always have a lot of fun with all their musical adventures. Those who have had the opportunity to travel with them in their tour bus, knows what is mend.
Broekhuis and Keller do both have a technical background and developing new, changing or repairing their instruments and all other things that comes with it and soldering, building and programming most things for this trio.
Schönwälder is the organizational mind and is taking care of CD releases, concert planning and the so beloved bookkeeping.
That's what gives BK&S their solid base.
During their concert they are technically supported by a Frank Rothe.

BK&S is Electronic Music, ...and more.