Profile of Dr Jochen Eisentraut

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Dr Jochen Eisentraut
+44 (0) 1248 382490
School of Music, College Road


Originally from Germany, Jochen Eisentraut gained a BA in Psychology at Bangor and went on to compose music professionally for film, television and theatre in the ‘80s and ‘90s. This included many drama series for S4C, and the network ITV series We Are Seven, which won the Gold Award for Family Drama at the New York International Film and TV Festival. He also collaborated with art animator Clive Wally, composing and sound designing on several projects including the award winning Light of Uncertainty, which was broadcast on BBC2.

In 1995 Jochen began lecturing in music at Bangor University. He conceived an MA in Creative Music Technology, which was one of the first of its kind, but also began to do ethnographic fieldwork on samba in the UK. This research led to a larger project exploring musical accessibility on which he completed a PhD thesis, which was later published by Cambridge University Press. The book deals with the ways in which we engage with music, or not; particularly in terms of music associated with different cultures, social classes or historical periods. At present Dr Eisentraut is researching adopted cultural practices such as capoeira, salsa and yoga.

Jochen is also a saxophonist and pianist who has played with a number of bands, often performing his own music. He has released several albums and performed at many concerts in places including Paris, Mexico, Malaysia, Belfast, London and Brazil. He works mainly in styles related to jazz, African and Latin music. This experience informs his teaching at Bangor where he leads modules on world music cultures, Brazilian music, and women in jazz. Furthermore, he teaches ‘Fusion Ensemble’ which enables students to improvise in a wide range of styles using instruments from various parts of the world.

Jochen Eisentraut’s Website

Research Interests


  • Seven Women Singer-Pianists in Jazz
  • Fusion Ensemble
  • Songwriting
  • Music Cultures of the World
  • Brazilian Music and Culture

Main Publications


The Accessibility of Music: Participation, Reception and Contact. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Sound and Music in Film and the Visual Media: an Overview. Harper, Doughty Eisentraut (eds.) (2009) New York: Continuum.

Chapters in books

"Hitchcock and Herrmann: Music, Sexual Violence and Cultural Change in Vertigo, Marnie and Psycho." in Harper, Doughty, Eisentraut (eds.) Sound and Music in Film and the Visual Media: an Overview. (2009) New York: Continuum.

Articles in journals

“The new mimics? Cross-cultural learning in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.” Journal of Cultural Geography. (2015). DOI: 10.1080/08873631.2015.1056405

Review of From Pac-Man to Pop Music (Collins, K. 2008) in British Journal of Ethnomusicology 18.1, 2009.

"Samba in Wales: Making Sense of Adopted Music." British Journal of Ethnomusicology. (2001) 10.1: 85-106.


Ritmeloxá Ubiraci Santos & Jochen Eisentraut (2014) Ubira Records. Composer, performer, producer. Performed at the Teatro XVIII in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Chillax Jochen Eisentraut Trio (2009) Sain. Composer, performer, producer.

Danza Negra Banda Bacana (2009) Joscyn. Saxophone, composer of one track.

Penmon Lleuwen Steffan (2007) Gwymon. Recorded one track and co-wrote another.

Moelyci Steave Eaves (2007) Sain. Piano and saxophone.

Cyfnos Acoustique (2002) Sain. Producer, composer and performer.


Você Tem Ritmo,documentary on street samba in Brazil and the UK, broadcast on S4C digital and shown at British Musicological Societies’ conference, University of Surrey, 1999.

Música Nossa, documentary on three youth music groups in Brazil, produced for Anglo-Brazilian NGO Estrela, 2005.


Triptych for Jazz and Film Composition, performance and video project. Performances in Welsh arts venues. Screened at Oakland University Honors College, Michigan, published online and available on DVD, 2012. 

Triptych Jazz & Ffilm 3 - Jazz & Film Triptych 3, Jochen Eisentraut, Eilir Pierce

Selected composition commissions

Iesu, Dir. Cefin Roberts (2008) Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. Play by Aled Jones Williams, premiered at the National Eisteddfod. Includes writing for oud (played by Hassan Erraji) and choral work.

Talcen Caled, Dir. Sion Humphreys, S4C. Series I (1999), 6 x 1h. Series II (2001), 6 x 1h. Series III (2002), 6 x 1h. Series IV (2004), 8 x 1h. Series V (2005), 8 x 1h. TV Drama Series; all incidental and title music by Jochen Eisentraut. New incidental music commissioned for each series.

Adagio, Dir. Clive Walley, S4C (2002). Art animation with continuous music.
Jochen Eisentraut composer and collaborator. Premiered at the 2002 London Film Festival. Invited to the 2002 Rotterdam International Film Festival and the 2002 Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Rownd a Rownd, Dir. Dennis Pritchard Jones et al., S4C (1995 – 2007).  Young people’s soap opera. Won Best Children’s  Programme BAFTA Wales 1996 & 1999.

Light of Uncertainty, Dir. Clive Walley, BBC2 (1997). Art animation with continuous music for ensemble of 7 incl. Alexander Balanescu, vln. and Chris Lawrence bass. Won ‘Best Film at the Cutting Edge’ at British Animation Awards at the ICA 1998.

Y Mynydd Grug, Dir. Angela Roberts, S4C (1997). Period drama feature. Premiered at Aberystwyth International Film Festival, theatrical release in Wales, and broadcast on Christmas Day.                                             

A Manager in Exile, Prod. Alun Ffred, BBC Wales 1994. Documentary.

Fireworks, Prod. Andrew Holmes, Channel 4 (1994). Drama-documentary on English Civil War. Music for archaic instruments.

A-Z of Greek Democracy, Prod. Andrew Holmes, Channel 4 (1994). Drama-documentary. Music includes oriental voice.

Home Ground, Prod. Wil Aaron, HTV (1993-4). History documentary magazine series.

Môr a Mynydd, Dir. Aled Evans, S4C (1993). Includes original music for brass band. Won BAFTA Wales Best Children’s Film.                                                                                                                                                                                  

Divertimento 4, Dir. Clive Walley, BBC2 (1994). Art animation with continuous music. Soundsculpture composition.

Llygad am lygad, Dir. Gareth Lloyd Williams, S4C (1993)  4 x 1h True 19th-century story murder series.                          

Sgid Hwch, Dir. Alun Ffred, S4C (1992). TV Play, broadcast Christmas Eve. Music for 2 violins, soprano sax, bassoon, percussion.

Spring and Port Wine, Dir. Peter Edwards , S4C (1992). TV Play. Music for flügel horn, piano, cello.

Hel Straeon, Prod. Wil Aaron, S4C(1992 – 1995). Weekly magazine programme.

We Are Seven II, Dir. Ken Horn HTV (1991) Period drama. Orchestral music. Won Best Series, BAFTA Wales.

Chwilio am y Nefoedd, Dir. Mark Evans, S4C (1990). Drama series; atmospheric jazz.

The Heart of the Country, Prod. John Pickstock, S4C (1989). Natural history film. Widely sold abroad.

Barbarossa, Dir. Gareth Wynn Jones, S4C (1990) Thriller series (8 x 1 h). Ensemble music for 8 players.

Deryn I & II,  Dir. Alun Ffred, S4C (1986-9). 2 drama series + 2 single dramas.

Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dir. Graham Laker, Cwmni Theatre Gwynedd (1998). Welsh theatre production of Brecht’s play with new score in Eastern European folk style.

We Are Seven, Dir. Alan Clayton, HTV (1989). Family drama Networked UK and several European countries. Won Gold Award for Family Drama  at  the New York International Film and Television Festival.

Fel Dail Ar Bren, Dir. David Lyn, S4C (1987). Period biographical film of hymn writer Ann Griffiths. Orchestral score. UK networked.

Cysgodion Gdansk, Dir. Gareth Wynn Jones, S4C (1987).. Thiller series. Music for piano quintet.

Wild Heritage, Prod. John Pickstock, HTV (1987). Natural history film. Widely sold abroad.

Blumenfeld, Dir. Gareth Wynn Jones, S4C (1985). Thriller. Piano, cello and voice, performed by Bryn Terfel. Networked Spain.                              

Sglyfaeth, Dir. Gareth Wynn Jones, S4C (1984). IRA thriller. Atmospheric ‘celtic’ music. Sold widely abroad.