Musician - Composer - Producer
Creativity is not about
inventing new things. Creativity is the art of making
something new with the elements which are already given
Aug 1, 2016: I just came back from Berlin, where I
played on Saturday a huge concert with Frei.Wild
in occasion of their 15th anniversary. It has been memorable!
Wuhlheide with 18.000 screaming fans!!!
In May I did the last tour of our Fockelotti cabaret. 9
venues in our area, almost all of them sold-out! Thank you Thomas
Hochkofler for being such a great actor and friend!
Now it's official: the new Ska relaease of Frei.Wild
will be released on July 30 2016 in limited edition. I co-produced
the tracks with the band and with Warthy, a well-know guitar player
and producer. Fans who will come to the big 15-years concert in
Berlin will receive a free copy. This is something unique for the
band and it was fun to play on it. Check it out! BTW, I will be on
stage in Berlin as guest musician.
I am working right now the soundtrack of a new documentary-film.
This is about the life of Oswald von Wolkenstein, a poet, musician,
politician of the XIV/XV century. His poetries and songs are of high
value. I will be also playing a small role in the fiction which is
part of the documentary. The film is produced by Klaus Romen and
Gerd Staffler. Recently another film with a soundtrack of mine has
been presented. The documentary is about the "Riegler brothers"
climbing the Nanga-Parbat. We had already a good feedback from the
audience. Director of the film is Markus Frings.
Feb 25, 2016: A couple of nice updates. I produced
with my pal Mattia Mariotti the first single of a young and very
talented artist, Philipp Trojer. He is a 19 years old very gifted
and extremely nice guy. Please check out his music. Here is the video
with the song "Do it now". I am also happy to announce that I
have a new publisher for my film and tv tracks. It's the UK-based
Jan 6, 2016: First off, I wish everybody a great
and marvellous 2016! A quick look-back at 2015: 3 Gold-awards with
a very succesful original theater piece with Thomas
Hochkofler, scores for many documentary films (one of them
presented in various film festival around the globe, another one on
the exeptional athlete Armin Zoeggeler), a brand new recording of
Nikolaus Bruhns' Cantatas to be released in 2016. I would like to
thank all artists I had the privilege to work with in the last
On the film side, I am working on two big documentary films. One is
about the life of Oswald von Wolkenstein (musician, composer,
politician of the Medieval Times), the second one is about two
climbers, the "Riegler brothers". And of course my Early Music
festival ANTIQUA in August with many fantastic musicians and groups
from around the globe.
Sept. 28 What is better than a Gold-award? Three of them!!! I just
came back from the "Frei.Wild Gold award party" which took place a
couple of days ago in Hamburg. It has been a memorable evening: it
took place on a ship with a great concert of the band and the price
ceremony with lots of musicians and industry people. I am very
thankful to the band Frei.Wild
for having me as a guest-musicians on those records and sharing with
me the awards ("Feinde deiner Feinde", "Opposition" and the DVD "Live
in Frankfurt"). I congratulate them and the whole artistic and tech
staff for the phenomenal achievement!
My Early Music festival ANTIQUA
ended on Sept. 5. We had great artists such as Red Priest, Venice
Baroque Orchestra, Jos van Immerseel, and the Ensemble Trifolium. I
played with this last group with the great soprano Mar Codina and
with the phenomenal dancer Isabel Sanchez. We had a great time.
Watch some picture on my FB page here.
I played the show "Fockelotti" with Thomas Hochkofler a very last
time on Sept. 5th in Algund for the last time - at least before the
next!-. We had the pleasure to have nearly 1000 people in the
Aug 12, 2015:A track of mine has been used by the National
Geographic Channel for the series "Taboo". Nice! Thank you Mike
Baiardi @ Soundfile Publishing for this placement.
May 18, 2015: Right now I'm recording all Nikolaus Bruhns
(1665-1697) cantatas with Claudio Astronio and the Ensemble Harmonices
Mundi. This is breath-taking music. JS Bach loved Bruhns, and so do I.
We performed two concerts in Bolzano and Trento. The instrumental and
vocal cast is exceptional with such singers like Christian Hilz
(bariton), Marina Bartoli (Soprano) and two great young tenors
(Richard Resch, Johannes Weiss).
On the "rock" side, I'm proud to annouce thet the new Frei.Wild
album "Opposition" reached #1 of the German Chart and stayed there
for 3 weeks. I did play keyboards on a couple of tracks.
I did an update on my "Music" page. Everything is now on
Soundcloud, and the streaming is faster. I did upload more recent
tracks and will now update more often.
Jan 2015: Looking back at 2014, I have to say it has been a
fantastic year! The Gold-award with Frei.Wild
for the STILL album; two sold-out tour with the cabaret-show “Fockelotti"
with my pal Thomas Hochkofler; several interesting soundtracks for
documentary films for RAI (World War I, The climbing of the “Grosse
Zinne” by Christoph Hainz, The Man of the Ice,
among others). All this is giving me energy for my next
Let’s see what’shaking in the next future: definitely
something new with Thomas Hochkofler. This time, not a live
show, but probably an audio-book. Then I’m going to pimp-up my
studio and do a bit more work as arranger and producer. I’m teaming
up with Mattia Mariotti, a fantastic guitar player, for some new
I’m also working on improving my Music page. I’m
putting everything on Soundcloud. This will make browsing the track
much easier and faster. Please be patient. Thanks for stopping by!
I am happy to announce, that the Frei.Wild "STILL" album received
Gold-status for the 100.000 copies sold. Since I took part in the
production with piano, strings and brass arrangements, I also got
the Gold-Award! It is such an unbelievable achievement, I really did
not expect it! I'd like to thank the band, Alex Lysjakow, Jörg
"Warhty" Warthmann, Stefan Harder, Kai Michaelmann, everyone of the
live-crew and the staff at SPV and Rookies & Kings. This is
AWESOME!!!! Btw, I am probably the one and only harpsichordist in
the world who received this award.
The two Frei.Wild dvd "Still - tour" and "The Frankfurt show"
reached #2 and #5 of the German chart only one week after the
release! I'm glad I could take part to that tour and to the
unforgettable performances in Frankfurt.
I have been so busy in November and December, that I could hardly
update this page. After the successful local Tour with the new
cabaret (Fockelotti with Thomas Hochkofler), I left for rehearsals
and tour with Frei.Wild's latest show "Still". What a wonderful
time!!! Awesome venues in Germany and Austria, ending with the two
huge concerts at the Frankfurt Halle (more than 30,000 people in two
days). The recording, on which I played piano and arranged strings
and brass together with the band and with guitar-hero Warthy, was
released on Nov. 22nd. One week later it reached # 1 of the German
album chart. Amazing!!!! Watch some pics of the Frankfurt
The new year has started with a lot of songwriting sessions. One
nice song I wrote with Schlagersänger "Graziano" and Bernd Meinunger
(incredible famous German writer) is going to be on Graziano's next
My Fall quote is: "sold-out!" In fact, the shows in which I am
currently involved are sold-out. The first one is the new
cabaret-program "Fockelotti" with Thomas Hochkofler. This is really
our baby, please watch our FB
page. Our Fall tour is packed, and we are enjoying it a lot.
Tom is a real blast on stage, and the songs rock!
The next big thing is the new Frei-wild recording and tour. The CD
"Still" has been recorded in the Summer and will be issued on Nov.
22nd. I played piano and did some strings arrangements. It is an
acustic album, but much more than simply unplugged. There are
orchestral ballads, high-energy rock'n'roll and punk tunes, fun
songs with brass section. Go to the Frei-wild
homepage and read more about it. I will be on tour with them
from Nov. 21, and of course all venues are...SOLD-OUT!!!!!!
My new CD with Manuel Randi DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS is now available
on Amazon, iTunes and other digital distributors. In our town
Bolzano it is available at the Cd-store Disco-New. We played music
by Bull, Morley, Farnaby, Mudarra, Kerll, Handel, Scarlatti. It's an
experimental program with transcriptions and improvisations,
definitely something new for the Early Music scene. On this website
you'll find information and soundbites!
New release by Harmonices Mundi of the Handel's duet just appeared
by Brilliant Classic. Susanne Ryden and Gemma Bertagnolli, soprano,
Claudio Astronio, director, and the usual suspect Pietro Prosser,
Alessandro Palmeri and myself as continuo group. Check it out here!
I played in a brand new single of the band Frei-Wild.
This is an awesome occasion, because all revenues will be given to
an association devoted to a charity project for children. Lots of
special guests on this one. Watch the trailer here.
On the film side, I just wrote the music for two more films of the
series "History of South-Tyrol", directed and produced by Klaus
Romen for RAI.
I have two great new publishers: Black
Toast Music and
Hoolywoodtrax. Things are getting more exciting....I'm also
writing new songs with my co-writers Manuel Randi and Stefano
Pisetta. It's awesome to work with such phenomenal musicians. Tracks
After a fantastic gig with vocalist Doris Warasin, I invited her to
my studio for a session. You can hear the result of our
If you are a true Elvis fan, you may find it outrageous...
If you are a rock music fan, check out these guys: OCTOBER
RAGE. Pretty amazing...
I uploaded new tracks and a new trailer. Check them out in the Music
section! For local friends: a long interview with me will be issued
by the magazine "IN-Suedtirol" on Nov. 3rd. At that time I shall be
in Los Angeles for a big music convention. I will be also in Boston,
visiting old friends.
One track of mine received a Nomination (July 2011) for the
Hollywood Music in Media Awards! This is one of the biggest events
in the Hollywood scene when it comes to music used in the media
industry. Check out the website
here and the nominees
I'm working with two new boutique music libraries: Mutliversesound
Other tracks of mine have been included in two releases of the
exclusive high end music catalogue Twisted
Jukebox. All tracks on their catalogue are very impressive. My
cues are in following releases: THE
STORY and TWISTED
The Complete harpsichord concertos of Wilhelm Friedeman Bach has
just been released by Brilliant.
I am playing on the two double harpischord concertos, my friend
Claudio Astronio played all solo ones. It's incredible music, and
still pretty unknown. Check out here the first movement of the Concerto
in F maj for two harpsichords.