MATADOR was founded in 1982 by BEATE BARTEL, MANON P. DUURSMA and GUDRUN GUT for experimenting in sound and visual arts. Their first performance was in june 1982 at the Documenta in Kassel at which time Beate was still busy with LIAISONS DANGEREUSES and Gudrun and Manon with MALARIA!. This was followed by performances in women centers and artschools, releases on cassette-labels in England, Japan and Germany and involvement in experimental movies. After the 1987 release of their first album A TOUCH BEYOND CANNED LOVE on WHATS SO FUNNY ABOUT they began to explore the unlimited worlds of MIDI and sampling. The cover version single STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE and their second album SUN were released 1989/90 by NORMAL Records and recieving consistantly good reviews i.e." most intelligent pop heard for a long time...", they continued to remain outside the established pop world. In 1991 their 3rd Album ECOUTE which was released on MOABIT Records. Produced by themselves it is a sum total of the Matador experiments to that date. Their music reflects an exploration of sounds and styles, while daring to combine commercial cliches. MATADOR MEMBERS: Beate Bartel, Manon P. Duursma, Gudrun Gut and: Susanne Kuhnke, Lysanne Thibodeau, Kloie Picot, Petra Wende, Christian Graupner, Jan D’Arc Schade, Peter Piet Essens, Lisa Wicklund. Guests: Henry Rollins, Blacky, Jayney Klimek, Alexander Hacke, Rainer Lingk, Nainz Watts (Raymond Watts), Johnny Klimek.
PARADIESISCHES TOR A COLLAGE OF FILM, TEXT and MUSIC Joint project by Sonja Bender and Gudrun Gut for "DIE NÄCHTE DES RAMADAN" (The Nights of the Ramadan) - Istanbul / Berlin Sessions 27. August 2011, Kesselhaus at the Kulturbrauerei, Berlin A Production of Piranha Kultur GmbH CAST: ISTANBUL: Music: Alper Maral & Gözen Atila, Video: Bengü Karaduman BERLIN: Matador plays "Paradise" Music: Gudrun Gut, Beate Bartel, Manon Pepita, with videos by SONJA BENDER SPECIAL GUESTs: Myra Davies (Music + Spoken Word) Annika Reich "para dies & das" (Text) Andrea Hanna Huenniger "Das Paradies" (Text)
GALLERY 0. Trumpet Pic © P.Gruchot 1. Sun © P.Gruchot 2. Band pic with Kloie Picot © Matador 3. A Touch Beyond Canned Love © P.Gruchot 4. Masks Video © Matador 5. Polaroid © Karin Luner
DISCOGRAPHIE: AUDIO Matador – Tulip 1, Tulip 2 1983, MC Unikum - ROT Independent Berlin Musicmag Matador – Nowever, Ornever 1983, MC Meridians One [T2] Compilation, Touch UK Mata D’OR – Maze 1984, MC Sleep? Compilation, Kartell Matador - Blood / Sand 1983, MC TRA SPECIAL - BERLIN, Book with MC, Japan A TOUCH BEYOND CANNED LOVE Album 1987, LP WHATS SO FUNNY ABOUT Records STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE 1989 12“ MaxiSingle NORMAL Records SUN Album 1990, LP, CD NORMAL Records ECOUTE Album 1991, CD MOABIT Records VIDEO + FILM Mutter Erde die Blätter fallen 1982, Film Regie: Yana Yo Music + Performance: Matador Karl Hofer Symposium Released on MORGANA - Flowers From Underground (VHS, 75 Min.) Video Compilation, Kartell Last Supper Scene (w. Matador and others) 1984, Film Bad Blood For The Vampire Regie: Lysanne Thibodeau Matador – Myland (w. Lysanne Thibodeau, Kloie Picot) BERLIN NOW 1984, Film Regie: Wolfgang Büld, Sissy Kelling Matador - Gumbo 1991, Videoclip Regie: Lysanne Thibodeau Camera: Rolf Wolkenstein Prod: Weltbild Berlin Staub 1991, Film Regie: Rolf Wolkenstein Music: Matador (Bartel, Duursma, Gut)