new musicians have arrived on the scene with their debut album. Sönke
Meinen, who, as a teenager already, made it to the finals of the Open Strings
Festival guitar competition – studied guitar in Dresden in the meantime and met
up with Philipp Wiechert there. The names Philipp and Sönke soon
amalgamated to form the duo “PhiliSöphen”.
their role models, like Tommy Emmanuel or Buster B. Jones, are
clearly audible in their music, the two musicians have a clearly personal
handwriting. They practice and play almost obsessively, as if their life depended on
it – and they still manage to sound relaxed in the process. This is no
doubt a gift of their youth, the ability to mix styles in a carefree manner. For
example, the CD features an Irish reel (that is called a “Rööl” here as a tip
of the hat to the band’s name) next to a gypsy swing tune, and it all sounds
And it is this relaxed quality that makes the music sound fresh. The
listener gets a strong feel for the enthusiasm of these two guitarists, who
give everything, know everything, and want to show everything.