PARADOX PARADISE is a composers and producers collective SPECIALIZING ON AUTHENTIC SOUNDTRACKS AND SONGS. TO CREATE EMOTIONAL MUSIC AND SOUNDS WHICH ARE STRONG IN THEMSELVES. USING ALL REAL AND LIVE INSTRUMENTS IS OUR TRADEMARK.
John Gürtler (*1981) was raised in London by Portuguese-German parents. After briefly living in the U.S. and Portugal he moved to Germany at age thirteen, where he started to learn saxophone and piano. In 2001, John moved to Berlin to study Saxophone at the University of Arts. By then his interest had shifted from Jazz to the works of Gustav Mahler, Hanns Eisler, Heiner Goebbels, Oskar Sala, Tom Waits, Radiohead and Aphex Twin. After touring internationally with different bands and orchestras, John left Berlin for three years to study film music at the Film Academy BW. He found the perfect ground for himself as a composer writing film scores, producing anything from electronica to songs and orchestral works, always drawing inspiration from the themes, characters and sounds of each project.
He has won multiple awards, including Best Song in a Film in 2014. Venturing out and returning to his roots as an experimental improviser and producer, John has released on Dial Records remixing Efdemin under his moniker The Borderland State and on Sky Walking with the newly formed Sollmann & Gürtler project. John has been associate lecturer for music and sound design" at the Film Academy BW, the Media Academy Darmstadt and the HSD in Düsseldorf for many years.
Jan Miserre (*1981) grew up in Erlangen, Bavaria as the son of a Jazz saxophone player and therefore was introduced to various kinds of music such as Debussy, Coltrane and the Beatles at an early age. He began to learn the piano at age 4 and the drums at age 12. His strong interest in different types of music showed quickly, when he gave a number of "Neue Musik" Concerts as interpreter and developed his improvisation skills in several bands.
Since his Studies of Jazz-Piano at the University of Arts in Berlin he has toured almost every continent with many bands as sideman and musical director. The last years he worked much on Composing and Producing for cross-genre projects, which were released several times. In 2013 he won the GEMA Musikautorenpreis in the category New Talent together with Torsten Goods and the second prize at the Instant Composing Contest at the Filmfestival Transatlantyk.
Lars Voges (*1975) grew up in Kiel and learned many instruments like guitar, voice, contabrass and piano at an early age - and by himself. This took him on a tour around the world with multiple bands, to the hallowed Royal Albert Halls in London, among others. As a Musical Director he put together the backing band of The Baseballs who went on to take the European charts by storm (No. 1 in SWE, NOR, FIN, BEL, CH, No. 4 in UK, No. 5 in GER, No. 2 in NL etc.) and received various awards (Echo 2010 & 2011, EBBA Award 2011, Emma Award FIN 2009 as well as a variety of gold, platinum, double and triple platinum awards.
Lars plays regular international gigs with his blues band The Love Gloves, together with blues and rock’n’roll legends like Louisiana Red & Big Jay McNeely. Lars composes his own songs courtesy of Universal Music, composed scores for film & commercials, acted in feature films, published poetry and produced multiple albums spanning multiple genres. Often he is booked as a solo musician. As of now, Lars focuses on composing and writing German-language songs as well as producing in his own studio.
1st Talent Award at DOK.fest Munich 2016 for the project "STRAY DOGS"
German Film Music Award 2014
Best Song in a Film für "What Love Is"
"German Documentary Music Award" 2015 for "Above and Below"
"Gema Young Talent Award" 2014 for Jan Miserre
Instant Composing Competition Jan Miserre
Best Song in A Film: "Would You Want To Know" in Above&Below
(German Film Music Awards 2015)
Best Music in a Feature for The Culpable (Verfehlung)
(Festival International du Film d'Aubagne 2016)
Best Music in a Feature for Meanwhile in Mamelodi
(Festival International du Film d'Aubagne 2013)