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Andreas Vollenweider

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 needs. Not only did he construct a damper to expedite more rhythmic playing, he broadened the harp's tonal range by electrifying it. His buoyant funk beats, exotic pan-cultural influences, and colorful harp improvisations began to sweep Europe in the early '80s as Vollenweider signed with CBS Records to release Behind the Gardens...Behind the Wall. Three albums later, he won his first Grammy for 1987's Down to the Moon. Over the years, Vollenweider has managed to maintain his artistic integrity and vision despite increasing commercial success. The harpist's 1991 album Book of Roses is a testament to his ability to expand his scope as a composer while keeping his trademark sound intact; after a lenghty hiatus, he issued Kryptos in 1998, followed two years later by Cosmopoly. Numerous reissues and collection followed, including a new set of holiday material called Midnight Clear in 2006. ~ Linda Kohanov, Rovi
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Agree with you MartyvH. I first discovered Andreas with the White Winds album & though I've added others to my collection over time, that one will probably always be my favourite.
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I became tired of waiting for the White Winds album to be added and bought the CD. To have it playing in my car when it was such a special part of my childhood (see comment from 2 years back) is a surreal and positive experience, but the fact that it's not here is still disappointin g . I'm paying for Pandora One as well.
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The very first time I heard AV was when I was in complete darkness inside a sensory deprivation tank... What an amazing experience that was! Loved his music ever since. Transformati v e and relaxing.
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fred78874
Have loved AV a long time. Used to ice skate to it on headphones w/ a walkman! (back when walkmen were new!) (and back when ponds actually still froze over!) Named our second border collie Andreas....
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first seen him in Germany love him ever since
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christinecre s s i e i s o m
HE IS THE BEST
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He is not Herbert we reach
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He is dead, Jim
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brandydanett e
Die!!!!
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pamelaarsene a u 3
this is the real soul music!! Love you Andreas!
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it is marvelous artist. it makes me so relax and happy
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where is down to the moon?
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Reminds me of the happiest time of my life. Working in a health store deli in Athens , Ohio. Simple. Whole. Healing. Fresh carrot juice. Those were the days.
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How does 1 begin to describe and classify this genre of music. You cannot. Trying to would just destroy the essence of the message being propagated by Mr.AV.He introduced the Swiss electracoust i c HARP,a very unique instrument in the world of New Age music.Saw him 1st at a London theater in 1989 in white regalia flowing outfit looking like a fairy angel in an enchanted forest darting from 1 instrument to the other. This music touches your soul;been hooked ever since.Thanks Mr.Andreas V.GODBLES
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angela.toowe y
Love it!
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I also used his music and similar sounds in many Homebirths as a midwife when women were in transition, very soothing and helpfuldurin g natural birth when it gets tuff and its nice to have spacey music to let go with and let the baby arrive into this earthly realm
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I was blessed to see AV in early 80's in Eugene Or,wonderful concert, the whole stage was etherical- music came out of a smokey cloud, slowly the lights came on and he appeared all in white like an angel through the clouds. Wonder if he willplay in OR, or northern CA in near future? definately worth seeing hi an amazing experience
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mewilcox5
I've been listening to AV since he first emerged in the early 80s. I've been fortunate to see him twice (also in the 80s). His concerts were a magnificent performance of both sight and sound. He is so innovate and entertaining .
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willeebee
I used to install window treatments several years ago (Mid eighties) and remember vividly one customers home we had gone to who happened to be an audophile. He had a superior sound system that I still envy today and on that day was the very first time I had heard AV. He had the down to the moon album playing and I just remember being completely blown away by the clarity and soothing quality of this music. I've been a fan since that day and it never ceases to relax me. Love it!
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I just listened to the track The Glass Hall, from the White Winds album, through less-than-ko s h e r means (I only streamed it, it didn't save a copy) and I heard the greatness we are missing here. It takes me right back to times and places long ago where there was absolutely no stress or worry! The sounds. The effortlessly exotic, truly timeless, otherworldly but entertaining sounds! We need White Winds on Pandora.
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White Winds was the first Vollenweider I ever heard back in the 80's, and it's still my favorite.
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Very fascinating music. Beautiful harp music.
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citizenjps
Dancing with the Lions is one of my favorite recordings that everyone should check out, you'll love it.
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greg.ewing2
I agree with eap190, where is White Winds, AV's finest work?
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ushirshah
Pleasure in my brain--mind- - g e n e r a t e d by your music, since many years!!-- !!
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Where is White Winds?
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My first AV Love was definitely White Winds back in '84 and took that & Down to the Moon with me to college and turned a few of my friends on to him blasting it in my dorm room making it feel like we were in Paradise. I have all his albums and had to buy WW 3 times and DTTM twice ' cause I wore them out.
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ketterhagen1 2
I would love to hear White Winds also. This is my most favorite album, my Dad first heard this and urged me to listen. Never have I listened to such beautiful music, it stays with you forever!
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Why is White Winds not up on Pandora? I love that album so much. My late parents had it on cassette and played it in their acupuncture clinic.
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I was introduced to AV back in the eighty's. The homeopathic physician/ch i r o p r a c t o r I used to see would play his music. His music is mystical, enchanting, relaxing, refreshing, and good for your soul. Absolutely love how the music captivates your mind and takes you on a fabulous journey through the ether plane...
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Leaves a mark on my soul...same experience as teener8292
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Is one of the most relaxing artist playing Today enjoy this tremendously thank you Tim
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amplitudevib r a t i o n
We threw roses on the stage during the many ovations he got when I attended his concert in Beverly Hills during the 80's. That fantastic night reigns supreme in my memory!
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rswidemanjr
I've been in love with his music since 1986 when I saw him appear on the Johnny Carson show. I bought White Winds, Caverna Magica and Down to the Moon immediately. Later on came all of his others. Saw him at the Arie Crown Theatre back in October, 1989 for the Dancing with the Lion tour. Mellow, smooth and calming.
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rswidemanjr
When is he coming back to Chicago? It's been since '89 I believe for the Dancing with the Lion tour. His music is the truth!
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drchriscomfo r t
I have seen him and the band twice in concert! Time for another west coast tour!
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I turn on my sound system, crank up the digital delay... and play flute along with AV... for 25 years now...
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I first heard of andreas while dating my now husband. We went to one of his concerts while living in Atlanta, Ga., have LOVED his music ever since. Simply Beautiful!
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Refreshing!! !
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tlk3187
Love Andreas. Had a girlfriend in college who loved his music as much as me. Nothing better than a nice sunset, bottle of wine, Andreas playing and hanging out with someone who enjoys the type of music you do.
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semajf
simply gorgeous music!
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I was in an elevator the other day and this was on...... then, I was put on hold by a big corporation and I heard it again. After that, I was in the dentist's chair and what do you know? A.V. again! When I got home, I put the tv on the weather channel, and as they scrolled the forecast.... . m o r e A.V. music. .... But seriously, I do like the man and his music.
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Caverna Magica was divine music in 1983, and I am so glad he is still performing with his unique instrumentat i o n and meditative quality, which are forever young.
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I was blasting Down ToThe Moon from my college dorm room in 1985....ever y o n e thought I was crazy! Love Andreas.....
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laniercpl
I was introduced to this magical sound when this music was used as a background to an underwater video of the Belize Reef! Truly amazing!
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His harp is amazing! I can listen to this all day and not get bored.
keep up the good work, man!
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I love Andreas' music to work, think, laugh, play, relax and enjoy. Keep it up. Your music is for my soul and spirit!!!
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beashirley
I have been a fan since White Winds!
His music is magical! The mixture of music, nature sounds and voice is amazing!
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What fantastic mind moving music
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aposkibum
Down to the Moon has to be my favorite. His music is awesome.
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