I was born in the year 1953 in Marburg/Germany and I still live near my home town.
After finishing school and university I became a Special Education teacher.
This was the main reason why I quit playing in the band and playing piano. For some reason, becoming a professional musician has never been an option for me and when I quit making music I thought I had closed that chapter of my life forever.
Bands that influenced me the most are Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, King Crimson, Can, Eloy but I also loved listening to Bob Dylan, Donovan, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez and of course the great Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
When I retired I suddenly realised that I had made too less music during my life.
I started practising again (very hard after more than 30 years) and looked out for a band. I was expecting to easily find other elderly people in the same situation but unfortunately it wasn't so.
After a very frustrating year of trying to find the right people (well, no hard feelings, tho ;-) I finally quit but wasn't ready to give up on making music again.
I decided to start homerecording.
Not the easiest task for someone who- at that point in time- could hardly handle a mobile properly.
I found a great piano teacher who was very supportive and always had an open ear for my sometimes strange musical ideas ;-)
2022 I finished a 12-weeks coaching program in Music Production.
The following pictures show some stations of my musical life.
I love to experiment with different styles and to collaborate with other musicians.
Last year I took part in the HOFA Song Contest 2022 with an instrumental song called "Circle Of Life".
I made it to the 4th place in the category "Progressive" and was very happy and thankful for a lot of really nice comments I received:
1978 The Beginning
The photo was taken in front of our gorgeous rehersal room in Stadtallendorf.
I'm the one with the short hair.The band was looking for a keyboardist and I was willing to help out for a limited time. Turned out to be for quite some years though.
Until then I had played classical piano only, a real challenge.
1979 At A Gig
I think it was the traditional Christmas concert in Kirchhain. The organ in the background was unfortunately not mine.
1980 Another Gig
Meanwhile with another drummer.
This was my equipment:
HOHNER Logan String Ensemble
KORG MS 10
My (still) best friend lent me the money!
YAMAHA CP 70
I just looooved it! The guys and roadies (if we could afford some) not so much, heavy stuff!
I wish I had kept it.
sounds and music for Super 8 films and commercials at KINAX Studio Dillenburg
An interesting and sometimes funny job.
2022 In My Home Studio
After about 45 years without a band and without actually making music I started home recording in 2018.
What began as a collection of ideas will soon be an album. No matter how old - never give up on your dreams!
I think I'm blessed to be able to still do what I love the most.
Current instruments and gear
ROLAND FP 7 Stage Piano
ROLAND Jupiter 80
ARTURIA Keylab 61
MOTU M4 Audio Interface
MONICON Passive Monitor Controller
KALI N 8 Monitors
YAMAHA HS 5 Monitors
SPEAKEASY 122 Absolute Modeling Amp
NEO Ventilator Rotary Cabinet Simulator
HARDTKE KM 200 Amp
SHURE SM 58 Microphone
LOGIC PRO X Digital Audio Workstation