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The Magical Journeys of Andreas Vollenweider 2006

  • September 29, 2006
  • 60 mins
  • English

Andreas Vollenweider was one of the few musicians to gain superstar status as a "new age artist" back when the term was first used as a marketing category in the mid-'80s. The Swiss harpist, however, quickly transcended the need for alternative record sales when his albums simultaneously broached Billboard's pop, jazz, and classical charts in 1986. Born in Zurich in 1953, Vollenweider was ensconced in the city's fine art scene, courtesy of his father, one of Europe's leading organists. After becoming proficient on guitar, flute, and other instruments, the young Vollenweider developed a passion for the harp, which he modified to suit his needsdid he construct a damper to expedite more rhythmic playing, he broadened the harp. Not only 's tonal range by electrifying it. read more

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