A native Berliner, Bob Rutman fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, eventually emigrating to the United States, where he studied art and, in 1966, designed the prototype of his steel cello and bow chimes. He founded and toured with the Steel Cello Ensemble in the United States and Europe the 1970s. Did most of his paintings, sculptures and multimedia work in Boston and New York in the 1980s, Rutman returned to Berlin in 1990, toured with Einstuerzende Neubauten and performed at Berlin’s Atonal music festival. He has performed and had exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States and has worked with Peter Sellers, Merce Cunningham, Dorothy Carter, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Wim Wenders. He’s a Berlin institution.
Bob Rutman´s Steel Cello Ensemble feat. Ginsberg, Hentz, Irmler.