Hucky Eichelmann

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Hucky Eichelmann (born March 1956) is a German classically trained world guitarist, living most of his life in Asia, particularly in Thailand, where his name has become "synonymous with the classical guitar".[1]

Studies[edit]

Master's degree at the State Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Stuttgart.

Biography[edit]

Eichelmann originates from Sulzburg in Markgräflerland in south-west Germany. He has lived in Thailand since 1979,[2] where his recordings of the music of King Bhumibol have made the classical guitar a fashionable instrument.[3]

Though holding a master's degree in classical music, Eichelmann has developed his own diverse musical repertoire bridging the cultures of East and West[3] as well as those of classical with folk and popular music.

Eichelmann has promoted Asian music throughout the world.[2] His recordings are among the bestselling guitar recordings worldwide.

Collaborations[edit]

Hucky has collaborated with Ravi Shankar, Richard Harvey,[4] Nina Corti and Carlos Bonell, played alongside such guitarists as John Williams, David Russell, Jorge Morel, Paco Peña, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Juan Martin, Costas Cotsiolis and Kazuhito Yamashita.

Performances[edit]

He has performed at guitar festivals in Germany, Great Britain, Thailand, Singapore and Australia.[3] He was also invited to perform his last concert of the 20th century at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Eichelmann has performed various Royal Command Performances for members of the Thai Royal family[2] and he has conducted popular guitar classes on Thai TV.

Recordings[edit]

He has made recordings for Peacock, WEA, Pacific, EMI and AMI Records.

Educational work[edit]

Between 1978-2000 Eichelmann held teaching positions at the University of the Philippines,[2] Chulalongkorn University,[2] St. Cecilia Academy of Music and Mahidol University, Bangkok.

Discography[edit]

  • Magical Melodies of Thailand (2010). Thailand's most famous melodies arranged for acoustic guitar (AMI Records CD 2010-20)[5]
  • Sweet Words (2007). The music of His Majesty the King of Thailand Vol 2 (AMI Records CD 2007-12 / LP 2007-14)
  • Silk & Bamboo Tour (2005). Hucky & Harvey / Hucky & Harvey Band (AMI Records DVD 2005-10)
  • Gamgah Gamgah (2003). Audiophile re-mastering of the 1984 recording (AMI Records CD 2003-09)
  • Silk and Bamboo (2001). Hucky & Harvey (AMI Records CD 2001-05)
  • With Love from Asia (2000). (AMI Records CD 2000-02)
  • Candlelight Blues (1999). The music of the King of Thailand (AMI Records CD 1999-01)[6]
  • Sai Fon (Falling Rain) (1996).[3]
  • Gum Gah Gum Gah (1984).[3]
  • Khern Neung (One Night) (1981).[3]

Producer work[edit]

As a record and event producer he has worked with Ravi Shankar,[7] Stuttgart Ballet,[1] Chico & The Gypsies (formerly Gipsy Kings),[7] Martin Taylor, Pat Metheny, George Winston and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal to name but a few.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A classic love tale". The Nation (Thailand). 15 October 2004. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Hopkins, Jerry (2005). Thailand Confidential. Tuttle Publishing. pp. 51–53. ISBN 978-0-7946-0093-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "His Majesty's a Hit". The Nation (Thailand). 9 August 1997. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Fairs, Exhibitions, Music, Dining". The Nation (Thailand). 26 January 2001. Retrieved 27 April 2010. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Hucky Eichelmann: Magical Melodies of Thailand". Thai Post. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "More musical tributes to the king on the stands". The Nation (Thailand). 7 September 1999. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "Ravi plucks his sitar, Boy Thai play fusion". The Nation (Thailand). 3 January 1997. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 

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