Stephan Micus

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Stephan Micus
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Background information
Born (1953-01-19) January 19, 1953 (age 66)
Stuttgart, Germany
GenresAvant-garde, New-age
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
InstrumentsMulti-instrumentalist
Years active1976–present
LabelsECM
Associated actsLisa Gerrard, Steve Tibbetts
Websitewww.stephanmicus.com

Stephan Micus (/ʃtɛˈfɑːn ˈmkəs/; born January 19, 1953) is a German classical and world musician and composer whose musical style is heavily influenced by his study of traditional instruments and musical techniques from Japan, India, South America, and other countries around the world. With the exception of his album The Music of Stones (1989), he plays all of the instruments on his recordings, combining styles from different countries and using the instruments in unprecedented ways in each of his pieces. He often uses layers of a single instrument to create unusual combinations of sounds. He is one of the only ECM Records artists whose records are not produced by Manfred Eicher.[1] He has mixed instruments from around the world, or used whatever was at hand: stones, ordinary flowerpots tuned with water, and his voice—singing improvised syllables over ten years before others made this approach fashionable.

Micus has played bagpipes, Japanese bamboo flute, rabab, steel drums, and zither.[2]

Discography[edit]

  • 1976 - Archaic Concerts (Caroline/Virgin)
  • 1977 - Implosions (Japo/ECM)
  • 1977 - Koan (Japo/ECM)
  • 1978 - Behind Eleven Deserts (Wind)
  • 1978 – Till the End of Time (Japo/ECM)
  • 1981 – Wings over Water (Japo/ECM)
  • 1983 – Listen to the Rain (Japo/ECM)
  • 1985 – East of the Night (Japo/ECM)
  • 1986 – Ocean (ECM)
  • 1987 – Twilight Fields (ECM)
  • 1989 – The Music of Stones (ECM)
  • 1990 – Darkness and Light (ECM)
  • 1992 – To the Evening Child (ECM)
  • 1994 – Athos (ECM)
  • 1997 – The Garden of Mirrors (ECM)
  • 2001 – Desert Poems (ECM)
  • 2002 – Towards the Wind (ECM)
  • 2004 – Life (ECM)
  • 2006 – On the Wing (ECM)
  • 2008 – Snow (ECM)
  • 2010 – Bold as Light (ECM)
  • 2013 – Panagia (ECM)
  • 2015 – Nomad Songs (ECM)
  • 2017 – Inland Sea (ECM)
  • 2019 – White night (ECM)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelman, John. "Stephan Micus: Solitary Pursuits". All ABout Jazz. Retrieved October 30, 2016. Manfred was with me in the studio for the first two records, Implosions (JAPO, 1977) and Till the End of Time (JAPO, 1978, reissued ECM, '1993) but since then he hasn't been involved with my recordings at all.
  2. ^ Berendt, Joachim-Ernst; Huesmann, Gunther (2009). The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to the 21st Century (7 ed.). Chicago, Illinois: Lawrence Hill Books. p. 543. ISBN 978-1-55652820-0.

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