born 1964 in Lower Saxony, lives in Berlin since 1995. As a composer/performer, working in the non-academic fields of experimental music, he is known for his widely abstracted use of percussion instruments in combination with found objects and small electric devices. Since the late 1980's he is performing at internationally renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe and overseas as diverse as the LMC Festival (London), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Musique Action (Nancy), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Taktlos (CH), Computing Music (Cologne), MoMA (New York), or Maerzmusik (Berlin). He is a member of groups like Perlonex, Activity Center, Polwechsel, Trio Sowari, Phosphor, BBB and The Sealed Knot, and also works with Keith Rowe, Sven-Åke Johansson, Phil Minton, Orm Finnendahl, John Tilbury, Charlemagne Palestine and many others. Meanwhile he has released more than 30 CDs and LPs on labels like 2:13 Music, Zarek, Erstwhile, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth or Confront. His first Solo-CD "Disco Prova" has been released in 2007 and combines field recordings and percussion material with digital multitracking.
"... simply one of the most imaginative percussionists around, indeed making the tag 'percussionist' seem hopelessly deficient."
All Music Guide
"Beins transforms percussions fundamentally into resonators aimed at amplifying the sound produced by a series of different objects."
"Burkhard Beins has proven to be one of those players delivering consistently intriguing releases."
Signal To Noise
"One of the strengths of Beins' playing is his ear for the strange."