Music is a feeling then, not a sound (W.Stevens)
On my 11th birthday on 26 October 1971 my father
presented me with a concert guitar. However, at that time
the consequences of this action were neither to be foreseen
by my parents nor by me. Although my basic background in classical
music had afforded me the ability not only to read letters
but notes as well, I realised early on that classical music
would never be my passion.
After erroneously having started a bank career
I broadened my musical horizon by joining a big band and a
blues band. Finally I wound up touring through Germany with
a country band, yet this ended rather suddenly when I heard
a record of the late French fingerpicking artist Marcel Dadi.
His vigorous alternating bass line play influenced by the
great American legends Merle Travis and Chet Atkins fascinated
me in the same way as did the very notion of transferring
a song initially composed for an entire band into one played
on a single instrument.
From that moment on I started to transform my
classical picking technique which by that time had become
rather neglected, into a fingerpicking technique. Without
realising it, I had thereby laid the foundation for my solo
I left my hometown Remscheid in North-Rhine
Westphalia in 1988 for my first "road tour" with
my camper and gave exceptionally well attended open air concerts
in countless pedestrian areas in cities throughout Europe.
More and more compositions and arrangements of my own eventually
replaced the well known "cover version" favorites
and gave way to the release of my first CD and a music book.
In 1992 after 4 years on the road I eventually
established myself in Salzburg and have since been very busy
performing at clubs, festivals, exhibitions, fairs, art exhibits
and numerous other celebrations and events. My repertoire
comprises instrumental pieces from a wide variety of music
such as jazz, pop, blues, folk and classical as well as my
own compositions. Many years of experience have afforded me
the luxury of being in the position to apply the finger picking
technique to nearly any genre of music without stylistic limitations.
From Bach to Led Zeppelin - everything
is possible. Together with the occasional use of my own singing
voice I am capable of organising and personalising performances
of any kind for any occasion.