The story of Axel Schultheiss’ path to mastering the acoustic guitar begins with his participation in John Pearse’s courses and with the influence of Leo Kottke’s memorable recording ‘6 & 12 String Guitar’. A bit later the duo Martin Kolbe and Ralf Illenberger were also to exert a most decisive influence. Axel Schultheiss has continued the legacy of this once popular guitar twosome– famous for their continually flowing interaction - in his own individual way. His massively stacked sound-structures, made up of rhythmic overlays and meditative chord expanses, are multifaceted and sensitive. And this makes the new CD a real sound experience: on the one hand melodious and appealing, and on the other hand embellished with polyrhythmic sequences and uneven meter - altogether played with flair and resolve.
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Axel Schultheiß: acoustic guitar