Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records
AOHRAR01DD - 2009
Whether working with the paintbrush, the guitar or the pen, Steffen manages to conjure up works of extreme intensity, focus and creativity. Initially, highly influenced by Basho, the Japanese poet and diarist of 17th century… Living on the ‘wrong’ side of the then still standing Berlin wall (wrong side for collectors of world music, probably the right side for internalising a persons unique creativity). Not everything from ‘out side’ culture penetrated through the wall, but fortunately one very important track did: Elk Dreamer’s Lament by 60s Guitarist Robbie Basho. The style of playing heard on the record completely changed Steffen’s approach to music, so much so that Steffen Junghans become Steffen Basho-Junghans. Listening to Robbie Basho’s playing, you can indeed hear the influence/similarities but don’t be fooled, SB-J is certainly his own man.