Bernd Klug is an Austrian born, Brooklyn based audio engineer, sound artist and double bassist. As current Head of Audio at Knockdown Center, he oversees sound system developments and mixes shows at the forefront of a wide variety of musical genres. Working closely with Jim Toth’s Jupiter Sound, he has built sound systems for events and exhibitions at Guggenheim, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1 and the Red Bull Music Academy, working with artists such as Solange Knowles, Tierra Whack, Meshell Ngedeocello, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Sun Ra Arkestra. Bernd has worked as a live sound engineer for MoMA PS1 Sunday Sessions, contemporary music ensembles Alarm Will Sound, JACK Quartet, and The Rhythm Method, and at venues/series such as Roulette, Issue Project Room, Ambient Church, and Blank Forms.
As a sound artist, Bernd creates sound installations which use acoustic phenomena such as feedback, room frequencies and electromagnetic waves, exploring strings, wood, metal and other materials as audiovisual components. He has shown his works at Harvestworks, Monmouth University, Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, Groundswell (Olana, NY) and Klangmanifeste (Vienna). As a bassist/improviser, he has played with Shelley Hirsch, Butch Morris, Radu Malfatti, Franz Hautzinger, Bernhard Lang, and John Butcher; his solo album ‘Cold Commodities’ (Innova) explores the world inside and around the double bass. He holds an MFA in Music/Sound from Bard (Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts) and a BA in bass performance and education from the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts.