Peter Bayreuther: Presse
world music composer, jazz violinist, overtone singer - NEW MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE
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Peter Bayreuther, born 12.2.1955 in Minden/Westfalia in the West/North of Germany. In spring 2003 Peter released his first solo album ACCEPTANCE , available worldwide at CDbaby.com/bayreuther/, in May 03 the first Peter Bayreuther fan club was founded by enthusiastic Youngsters. In July 03 Peter gave a long interview at Radio Aktiv/Hameln. In Aug 03 he played the Schüttorf Open Air with great success and made international Contacts at Popkomm/Cologne. In 2004 he is founding his own world music orchestra: a stunning live program is available: his own songs with his own voice in an intriguing artful and entertaining live show, with a bunch of great musicians! Peter Bayreuther & his World Music Orchestra. In 2005 he played in his home town Melle a concert every week in a socially deprived area around the station and gained a big fan community from all ages, professions and ethnical backgrounds! Peter is able to bring his concept of the Helden der Liebe (Hero of Love) across, to encourage his audience to accept, appreciate and love themselves and so develop the courage and ability to love others… This weekly concert series was performed for nearly two years! On April 12, 2006 Peter and Karin got married, after 22 years of being lovers and artist colleagues to confirm their lifelong strong love for each other; there was a great wedding party with lots of live-music! In spring 2007 the new album “violin 9 sisters” was released. Subject are nine aspects of our personality in a modern interpretation of the 9 muses myth by Kris/Toronto. For May, 26th Alte Stadthalle, he composed a night long serenade for E.I.S.Stringorchestra, children tap dancer and Tekkno-Dj with the title “Peter Pan”: the wild, magic inner child… The rock band TRANS4MATION was founded by Josef A.Balcar (6stringBass), with Peter on Violin, Karin singing, and Daniel Rudka, drums. In Aug 2007 their first live-Album appeared, and made great Impression on the Krautrock-community! In December 2007: Om Tara – a new band with Indian music: sitar, tabla and Peter on violin: it felt like coming home, the inner sweetness of the ancient Vedic tradition – the violin in playful interaction with sitar. 3 Live-Albums available: “Ekstase des Herzens”, “Mut des Schmetterlings” and “Liebe ist der Weg” . In January 2008 his Mother Gisela is moving in at his place and inspired by his dear mother Peter records his new album in his own studio: “7 Spirituelle Lieder” German Bhajan-songs to sing along – the yoga and new age community is welcoming Peter Bayreuther to expand their beneficial influence for the people in Germany and all over the world… April 2008: Peter again teaching at the University of Oldenburg: Jazz- and Rock improvisation for violin, big applause for Brain&Body;live in concert. Sept 2008: the new album of Trans4mation “Karma” is out in the public… cdbaby.com/cd/trans4mation Nov 2008: Special prize for musical life achievement for Peter and Karin by German rock-and pop musicians association. Jan 2009: “Pan meets Daphne” Overtone suite for meditation in 5 sets. Recording of “Neptun meets Arielle” on the Atlantic coast in La Palma, Canary islands - More than 1000 followers on www.Twitter.com
Album Title: Let’s Work Together
Artist: Peter Bayreuther
Reviewers Name: Julian Gorman
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Title of Review: Bayreuther’s magic works
Peter & Karin Bayreuther are on the right path to an inspired and energetic new collection of work if Let’s Work Together is any sign of what’s yet to come. The blend of classical experimental understanding in multiple musical styles and meditative chanting greatly enhance the importance of their art. Elements of German folk, English poetry and Indian Bhajan blend in harmonious triumph.
Music for meditation is somewhat of a novelty in the west. Most do not understand that all matter resonates, from the tiniest particle spin resonance to the drifting planets and stars all create sound when moving through space. Much traditional eastern music is in tune with these natural sounds, utilizing their harmonic overtone resonance to encourage states of energy in the mind, body and environment. It is then especially exciting when artists fuse multicultural music from ancient songs and chants. Peter and Karin Bayreuther have done just that, experimenting with traditional German folk music, playful English poetry and a world sense of musical technicality to blend in Indian Bhajan creating new experimental music with a solid sense of tradition. The new single, Let’s Work Together is hopeful, exuberantly happy and a wonderful exercise in interconnected transpersonal meditation with friends. Though strange to the unfamiliar ear at first, it is only in so much as the new music is so fresh that it requires many plays to understand; it grows and blossoms with time and familiarity.
The first time one puts on Let’s Work Together it is quite a shock. There is little in our postmodern culture to prepare us for Bayreuther’s musical genius. The violin parts are oft so complex, that one feels a sense that perhaps this music is ahead of its time. The complexity derives inspiration from German greats such as Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. This classical European music sense is forged together with a classical Indian perspective similar perhaps to the legacy of Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, whom helped to decentralize Gharana hold on cultural norms popularizing fusion raga throughout India, much as many German composers did for Europe. Now we have Peter Bayreuther taking those previous incarnations and again making then new by combining two very distant cultures with their intrinsic musicality. It is possible that this new combination of harmonic understanding with the fun of folk is revolutionary. Much in the same way music from the 60’s is more worldly and experimental; we may just be at the cusp of a whole new generation of musical synthesis. The resulting synergy from the combined styles is wonderful inward meditative journeys, a peaceful state of mind and ultimately a sense of happiness that one wishes to share with others. Perhaps the only critical problem is the technical complexity and hyperactivity of the violin and mouth harp. A few more chances to slow down and appreciate the serenity would do well to balance their somewhat frenetic style. However, one must appreciate the sheer amount of energy being put into each performance. A few more meditative moments similar to the end of the single, where the progression can be aloud to take place in a more gentle fashion would be comforting and complimentary to the philosophical outlook of the lyrics. The childlike bliss of the music is, without a doubt, joyful.
Peter Bayreuther’s voice is hauntingly reminiscent of the Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg, calling in the same deep bellowing tremolo over raga scale Bhajan with similar peaceful and meditative purpose. Peter’s poetry is less radical and much more practical then Allen’s. In fact, Bayreuther too would also be quite good at spoken word. His voice is comforting and the words are simple, yet incredibly wise. The primary focus is a sort of entrancing march of positive communal values that builds to a wonderfully silly crescendo of “fun!” That type of humor echoes the happiness of dharma bums the world over, no matter the generation or in which culture they experience it -as these mantra and yatra have been discovered and forgotten again in every age, by every society- that they are indeed timeless lessons of affirmation though peace. The most difficult is remembering to practice peace and happiness everyday. Honest lyrics refrain in mantras of hope such as “Hey, Let’s do it all together, Life is much more fun like this… Make the magic work!” Such proclamations of mirth are so rare these days that it’s utterly refreshing to here such positive hope from these profound German musicians.
There is a sort of childlike playfulness to Let’s Work Together. Perhaps it’s the vibrant bouncing style of the fiddle and hand drums, it could be the chanting vocals, or maybe it’s the mouth harp twangin’ away in harmonic resonance, but whatever it is, the Bayreuthers seem to be having so much fun one can’t help but smile and laugh. The end of the single builds up into a youthful explosion of rolling instruments, Karen performing beautiful raga style riffs and Peter rolling his lips on the mouth harp finale; a wonderful song for young and old.
Peter & Karin Bayreuther are part reincarnate kirtankar (Indian devotional chanter) and part meistersingers (German lyricist) and part English troubadour poets. Their love for life is eminent in the hopeful music of Let’s Work Together. They are on the right path to a wonderfully inspired and energetic new collection of work if this is any sign of what’s yet to come. The blend of classical understanding in multiple musical styles and chants greatly enhance the importance of their art. However, many will not understand it and may require a little encouragement, but the payoff is worth the effort to have mini-enlightenments about how we understand sound resonance and fundamental philosophical poetry. Peter Bayreuther is a musician’s musician, an illustrator of the new sound landscape with ancient maps in hand to make a new path through the wilds and a great understanding of how to utilize different aspects of many cultures creating powerful songs with meaning that only becomes more important over time. And that’s just one song!
Song: “The Heart Is My Compass”
Artist: Peter Bayeuther
Reviewed By: Rhonda Readence
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Title of Review: Eclectic Harmonies
Peter Bayreuther has apparently mastered the art of creating eclectic and oddly-endearing harmonies, as evidenced by the song “The Heart Is My Compass.” There are elements of cultures all across the globe in this piece including Scotland, Ireland, Germany, China, and something that comes straight out of Peter Bayreuther’s head. Accompanying him, and echoing his every word, is Karin Bayreuther. The two Bayreuthers compliment each other especially well, as Karin’s softer voice evens out Peter’s deeper and harsher voice.
The composition of the song is exceptional. There are many layers to this piece and some rather intricate instrumentation. There is clearly a classical influence in Peter’s viola/violin playing and his extraordinary vocals. Likewise, Karin demonstrates a classically trained voice with her almost operatic contributions. Peter and Karin sing about the goodness of life, the wonderfulness of it; the coolness of it. Although the repetitive refrain and rhythm tend to get a bit monotonous at times, it is indeed a catchy rhythm that has a tendency to stick in one’s head for hours, perhaps days, after listening to it.
At a little more than halfway through this song, Peter adds some vocalization that sounds a bit like a kazoo but is, in all probability, coming from a human throat. While this is occurring, Karin doesn’t let the listener down. She continues the rhythm of the song with her angelic singing and then the Bayreuthers pick up the tempo. The song reaches its peak as Peter plays hard and Karin continues to add balance to the piece. The Bayreuthers do a wonderful job of bringing the tempo to its climax and then gradually slowing it down until it reaches its completion.
“The Heart Is My Compass” can best be described as eccentric, eclectic harmonious multiphony. It is a beautiful and somehow orderly multiphony, however, and Peter closes the song with his signature kazoo-like vocalizations and stellar instrumentation. The Bayreuthers are talented and trained musicians and this song is clearly a testimony to that. This piece is not easily forgettable. It is strangely addictive, much like a good dose of heroin to a junkie.
The Bayreuthers have been making music together for much of their lives and “The Heart Is My Compass” is only a small sampling of the achievements they have made. Listeners of eclectic cacophony will indeed be pleased with this masterpiece of brilliance.
Review by Rhonda Readence