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release November 13, 2015
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Matthias Loibner - „Lichtungen“ [Glades]
Europe-wide there are not many musicians, who have committed themselves entirely to the hurdy-gurdy. Virtuosos, who sustainably widen the ancestral horizon of this instrument, are even more rare. Matthias Loibner has played and studied folk and baroque music. He was the first to record Joseph Haydn’s compositions for Lira Organizzata, the organ lyre, as well as pieces from Vivaldi and Chedeville. But furthermore, Loibner entered new terrain for the hurdy-gurdy, was inspired by traditional music from the Balkans to East Africa, interpreted Schubert’s “Winterreise” [Winter Journey], fathoms connections to jazz and experiments with electronics. Thereby he often works with prominent and sometimes equally style-defining partners, for example the nonconformists of folk music Deishovida, the pan-European Sandy Lopicic Orkestar, the Jazzbigband Graz, the avant-garde trumpeter Franz Hautzinger, the singer Nataša Mirkovic and the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges. In addition, Loibner was involved in film and theatre productions with Hubert von Goisern, Henning Mankell, Dimiter Gotscheff and many others. . . .
" . . . you can talk about "Hurdy-Gurdy-Soul" from now on." Jazzthing/Blue Rhythm, Stefan Franzen, 11/2015