Bettina Köster, student of the Berlin art school, began playing Saxophone for the Berlin underground band DIN A Testbild. In 1979 Köster started an all-girls-band project Mania D and opened her own store Eisengrau (with Gudrun Gut), showing underground fashion, Super 8-movies and artwork as part of the concept. Köster's Eisengrau-concept emerged to a scene hot-spot for Tabea Blumenschein, Alexander von Borsig, Blixa Bargeld and others. 1980 Eisengrau began publishing small editions of tapes with the musical works of underground bands, classifying thereby Eisengrau to a medium for music. Bettina Köster belonged to a group of Berlin artists named genius dilettantes, who, starting in 1980, performed in quick changing band-formations such as Liebesgier, Nachdenkliche Wehrpflichtige and Einstürzende Neubauten among others. The British radiohost John Peel referred to Köster, Gut and Beate Bartel as his "Queens of Noise".

The Malaria! years: 1981–84

In the same year Köster and Gudrun Gut started the Indie band Malaria! Malaria! gained international recognition with their song "Kaltes klares Wasser”. Malaria toured with Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Birthday Party among others. As a lyricist Köster influenced succeeding girl Bands, such as Chicks on Speed, who released a cover version of Malaria's 1981 Hit "Kaltes Klares Wasser".[4]

Solo career: 1984–2015

Köster lived in New York from 1983 to 2001, where she worked as a film author and producer with the director Isabel Hegener. In 1997, Köster composed the music for the film Peppermills, which won 1998 at the Berlinale the Teddy Award in the category Best Short Film. In 2005 Köster performed with the musician Jessie Evans in the supporting program of The Vanishing. This led to the music project Autonervous, releasing an album in 2006. Since 2009, when "Queen of Noise" was published on Assinela Records, Vienna, Köster performs regularly with the Viennese drummer Ines Perschy in Clubs and on Festivals like the Gothic Festival in Belgium, Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig/Germany.

What to expect from Betinna Kôster on Bimfest 2015?

On BIMFEST Bettina Köster will go through her complete back catalogue performing of course some of the legendary Malaria! songs!

Video (Malaria)
Discogs (Malaria)
Discogs (Bettina Köster)

Relevant BIMFEST news Items:
22.10 Bettina Köster - 10 albums that changed my Life
15.09 Interview with Bettina Köster on Peek-a-Boo Magazine