Rainer Dost


Rainer Dost, born in 1967, is a composer, guitar-player and singer. He is working as a professional musician since 1995.

Since 1990 he composed contemporary music for children’s-, youth- and adult’s theatre:
Spring awakening (Frühlingserwachen) by Frank Wedekind (1990)
The ox on the roof (Le boeuf sur le toit) by Jean Cocteau (1992)
The excursion of Mr Tiny (Der Ausflug des Herrn Winzig), children's theatre (1994)
Outside the door (Draußen vor der Tür) by Wolfgang Borchert (1997)
Caucasian chalk-circle (Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis) by Bertold Brecht (1998)
The 7 yellow fairy-gowns (Die 7 gelben Elfenkleider), puppet-theatre (2003)

Since 1995 he plays as a soloist with rocksongs in various clubs and at Festivals.

1997-2003 he was touring in a duo with the Argentinian singer-songwriter Dave Mendoza. At times the violin-player Chris Herzberger joined the duo.

1998: CD Woodcraft

1999: Duo-CD Mendoza / Dost live

Rainer on the jump

Also in 1999 Rainer Dost founded his band Element 58 with the South-African piano-player Surendran Reddy, drummer Daniel Löble and bass-player Markus Frank.

May 2000: CD by Element 58: April Fools' Day

October 2000: Element 58 is placed first (out of 1500 bands) in the live-competition for the Landesrockpreis Baden-Württemberg (as best newcomer rockband in BW) by the German Rock- and Popmusician’s Assocation (DRMV). The band is now playing as a trio without piano and with the new drummer Sascha Kaisler and continues till 2002.

2000-2005: Weltreise (world tour), a yearly one-week workshop for drumming and singing, together with percussionist Anke Lauterborn.

January 2001: The song 1,2,3 of the album April Fools’ Day becomes the best rating of the month in the musician’s magazine Soundcheck (Democheck Singer/Songwriter)

March 2001: CD Dost - Live im S'Bokle

2002: CD-releases Dost - Favourites and Dost - Open Picture

October 2002: The Baraka Worldmusic Choir is founded.

2003-2004: Tour with the stageplay The 7 yellow fairy-gowns (Die 7 gelben Elfenkleider) by the puppet-theatre Zampano and the Mimopoly-theatre. Music: Rainer Dost.

2003-2005 Translations of Musicbooks for the Bosworth-Verlag:

(1001 Guitar Tips and Tricks, The Gig-Bag book of Bass-Scales, The Gig-Bag Book of Tab-Chords for guitar, The Beatles for classical guitar, The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Songbook for guitar), Classical guitar, Hal Leonard Guitar Method (DVD), The complete picture guide to playing guitar, The complete Rock and Pop guitar Player 1-3, The complete Keyboard Player 1-3)

2005: Live-CD Dost - Gig

2005: The Musica Optica-project: A spontaneous combination of pictures and music with Luis Angulo (Mexico, git.), Volker Wagner (sax) and Dragan Trifunov (projections).

2003-2007: Member of the afro-oriental Ensemble El Nour with Mohamed Badawi (Sudan; Oud and voice) and Martin Huber (percussion).

2007-2011: Working on the book Worldmusic for Choir (original title: Weltmusik für Chor) that includes worldmusic-arrangements for choir. Released in 2011 by Bosse-Verlag (Kassel, Germany)

2012-2013: Music for the "Clearmind-Relaxation-Training" of the "Fit im Job"AG (CH)

2015-2016 Recordings for the CD of the "Baraka-Worldmusic-Choir" (Release 2017).

2017 Opening of the "Böhringer Kino-Nest" (Village-Cinema)

2021 Conductor of the "Hummelsummer"-Choir of the Storchenschule, Böhringen (primary school)

Rainer in his center