I was born in Westfalia, product of 1964. I live in some nice place in Southern Germany. I am a writer, editor, painter, started music as a selftaught guitar and bass guitar player.

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In 1997 my rather passive and noise-guitar centered interest in archetypes of stringed  instruments found a new object of desire, when Shivnath Mishra handed me my first Sitar in Varanasi. For this act of confidence I am forever thankful and owe him all kinds of respect.
 
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I received valuable lessons, instruction and orientation towards Imdadkhani Style from Rafat Khan (Mumbai) and Subroto Roy Choudhury (Calcutta).  

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Insights into other styles and Gharanas came from Daniel Bradley (Austria) and Mita Nag (Calcutta). Saibal Chatterjee (Calcutta) gave me some basics of Tabla playing.

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Current projects/bands are:
 Varjitswara with Thomas Schmid (Tabla). light and classical and sometimes with some electronic background, ambient ragaism, sometimes in cooperation wiht Bharata Natyam dance group Rupakam
Halfindian with Maiki Mai (Tabla), classical.
Ingo A (A for Alap), me solo, never ending Alaps.
Classical duet with Bodek Jahnke (Tabla).

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I am lucky I have found some great instruments over the years, Sitars from Rikhi Ram, Hemen, Kanai Lal, Mohan Lal Sharma and a gorgeous Surbahar from the last mentioned maker. Strings are Pyramid.

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Besides playing Sitar and Surbahar I learned to repair and maintain these instruments, can do open and closed Jawari and everything that is needed for sound, recording etc.


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