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Andreas Vollenweider

Vollenweider was born in 1953 and is the son of Hans Vollenweider (1918-1993), an organist and composer. Andreas grew up in a creatively diverse and inspiring environment. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, he searches for ‘his’ instrument. In 1975, Vollenweider discovered the harp and, finding its traditional versions too limited for his own musical ideas, developed his own playing technique, tailoring the instrument according to his needs. He created the electro-acoustic harp.

Early life

Vollenweider was born in 1953 and is the son of Hans Vollenweider (1918-1993), an organist and composer, while his mother was a painter. In 1971 he married Beata with whom he has two sons (Jonathan and Sebastian) and a daughter (Noëmi). In 1975, Vollenweider discovered the harp and, finding its traditional versions too limited for his own musical ideas, developed his own playing technique, tailoring the instrument according to his needs. He created the electro-acoustic harp. In 1975 he formed the trio ‘Poesie und Musik’ together with René Bardet (voice, guitar) and Orlando Valentini (bass), recording interpretations of the poetry of François Villon and Heinrich Heine which he left in 1978. During this period, Vollenweider also wrote music for films, mainly nature documentaries. Career 1980s

In 1979 he released his solo debut, “Eine Art Suite in XIII Teilen” in Switzerland. He subsequently began forming his ensemble “Andreas Vollenweider and Friends”, which included Walter Keiser (drums) Pedro Haldemann (percussion) Bobby Reveron (percussion) and Jon Otis (percussion). This five-piece debuted on July 11, 1981 at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Vollenweider was discovered by the German record-producer and manager Vera Brandes, who oversaw the release of “Behind the Gardens - Behind the Wall - Under the Tree…” through her label VeraBra Records. The album was distributed through CBS Records International and reached No. 32 in the German album charts in March 1982. The follow-up album “Caverna Magica” was recorded during the period May–November 1982 while Vollenweider and his band performed around Europe. Released in January 1983, the album managed to reach No. 11 in the German album charts. In 1983, he underlined his commitment to environmental issues with the EP &“Pace Verde” (“Peace Green”) in support for Greenpeace, which was accompanied by a video Vollenweider directed and produced himself. In October of that year he was awarded a Dutch Edison in the Instrumental category for “Caverna Magica”.

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