Abi Von Reininghaus Biography
-a biographical profile-
For an introduction to his work, listen to the CD "King of Heart". You will
instantly be struck by the sound of this guitarist - a gritty, wailing guitar
sound, intense, emotional, beautiful. It is lead guitar playing in the
classic Rock tradition, definitely, but that doesn't say it all. Here is a sound
and a way of playing that comes straight from the heart, with a deeply lyrical
His is an intensity that is tempered by a strong melodic sensibility.
This man sings on his instrument - his music is emotionally satisfying,
the work of a true artist.
Who is he? No, not a newcomer. A musicians' musician is a better way to
describe it. An instrumentalist, composer, arranger, seasoned studio player,
author of a guitar book, music journalist, guitar consultant for various
international guitar and electronic equipment manufacturers - a name
in the guitar world, especially in the German speaking countries.
Now, with a new project in the works - a romantic Rock guitar album
with lush orchestral accompaniment - he is entering uncharted territory
in the world of modern music, on his way to win over more and
much larger audience segments.
An artist with his own voice, identity, personal vision. It's all there on
"King of Heart" - the broad musical scope, the wide range of influences. Abi
started his professional career in the seventies, and you can tell he's been
aware of much that has been happening in music in the last decades, in
addition to having the general broad horizon of an educated player. The
well-rounded musicianship is evident on the album. You will not find any
complacent virtuosity, but the ease of execution betrays a Jazz player's
chops. You can also hear slide guitar Blues, R&B grooves, Folk touches on
acoustic guitar, ambient soundscapes of New Age. He himself stresses the
influence of Soul singers on his musical development, from Aretha to
Whitney Houston, and of violin music from the classic and romantic period,
and virtuosos like Itzhak Perlman, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Michael Rabin.
It's a rich mixture. Here's a soulful lead guitar player, and we understand
he's also a romantic European: "King Of Heart." What makes an artist?
That he started out by teaching himself guitar at age 13 and later studied
at GIT in Los Angeles may explain something about his professionalism.
And his artistic vision, his human concern? That he was put in state-run
boarding schools at age 10, that playing guitar became his release in that
rigid, impersonal environment, that he later continued the struggle as a
boxer - that may tell us more. "To express how much power is contained
in honest feelings and love" - here is the essence of his musical philosophy.
You can hear it in every note. And it's a message we all understand,
here, there, and beyond the Seven Seas...