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About the Artist
Gandalf's music is inspired by the beauty of nature and by the wisdom and myths of various cultures. He tells sound stories and describes moods and magical moments that point to other realities behind the scenes in this fast-paced modern world. He wants us to discover our incomparable and individual selves as we relax and "lose" ourselves in the listening. The music is intimate, tender, rich with grandeur and always heart opening.
Gandalf plays many and varied instruments (acoustic and electric guitars, sitar, saz, charango, bouzouki, balaphon, piano, synthesizers and sample-keyboards, and various percussion), blends acoustic with electronic and spherical sounds and weaves folk-elements into symphonic structures to create his unmistakable and unique style. He has worked with international artists, including former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Tunesian vocalist and oud player Dhafer Yossef and English cellist and vocalist Emily Burridge a.k.a. White Horse, whom he met while on a concert tour in Brazil. Gandalf has also written music for theatre and film.
Top Customer Reviews
He's one of several musicians from the 70's and 80's that grew up with Tolkien and took his musical persona from what until Star Wars came along was the most popular fantasy "franchise" in the English language. And so we have David Arkenstone, still active today and named after a mystical gem; Shadowfax, one of the first groups to record for Windham Hill and named after a sorcerer's horse; and Gandalf, the sorcerer himself.
Like the wizard for whom he is named, Austrian Heinz Strobl has a masterful command of the elements, which he employs to great effect on his latest recording, Lotus Land. Featuring nine original compositions, the album is a literal one-man show, with Strobl playing acoustic nylon and steel string guitars, electric pedal-guitar, bouzuki, saz (a kind of lute), electric sitar, piano, keyboards, percussion, and programming.
Conjuring blissful images of tranquil gardens, or perhaps a heavenly realm of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Lotus Land is a collection of serene, languid melodies suitable for either. Half the compositions are performed without rhythmic accompaniment, and of those with percussion two are so understated as to be missed. Even so, the melodies themselves have enough rhythm and movement to accompany a yoga workout.
Six of the album's eight tracks clock in at over 6 minutes, giving the artist plenty of space to develop his themes. Most of the songs begin with light synth effects, creating the aural canvas on which the lead instruments paint their pictures.Read more ›
Lotus Land represents another true solo effort as the album is composed, performed and produced by Gandalf with absolutely no guest appearances. His multi instrumental performances include top execution on guitar, bouzouki, saz, sitar, keyboards and percussion. The bouzouki, saz and sitar express elements of Greek, Turkish and the Indian cultures respectively, furnishing the exotic touch one has come to expect from Gandalf.
The album opens in a very reflective manner with the rather subdued "A Seed Dreaming Inside". Nevertheless, it is followed by the sitar driven "Life Is Love" bringing the album to life. The sitar theme is revisited later courtesy of "Just A Glimpse Of Paradise" as well as the closer, "Waves Of Delight". They bring out the more exotic qualities of Gandalf.
In complete contrast there is the carefree and light "Where The Heart Finds A Home" that includes the gorgeous string and piano work of Gandalf that dances with his soft nylon guitar strings. Needless to say the song will certainly find a home in your heart as it is warm and inviting as a soft lush king size bed with 800 threads of smooth silky sheets. And if that is not inviting enough then journey on over to "Mystic Voyage" where the melody will whisk you away to distant sun blessed horizons.Read more ›
To see the beauty of divine...
A man lives among the routine of the surrounding world of people. Befogged by the train of day-to-day affairs he stops to realize that these everyday troubles are imposed on him from the outside. And the man cannot be alone any longer, in private with himself. He always hurries up. He rushes through his life but for all that he does not feel it absolutely. A man has no time already to sense its flavour, to feel a joy of life and its everlasting love. It presents in splutters of a baby, in a glance of a beloved, in a gentle rustle of leaves, in a singing of birds and flickering lights of far stars. And this love presents inside every person and all one needs is to pause for a while and to look inside oneself. There is an inexhaustible ocean inside, and if one feels it, it can burst outside as a torrent, and flood everything around. A divine gladness slumbers like a lotus seed but the moment this beautiful flower starts blooming you can hardly find the words to describe this elation, delight, this divine love which is you yourself...
Gandalf is a great musician. From the very first seconds he plunges a listener into a stream of his music. And you are being gently guided by it, you are just drifting on the waves of this music. Gandalf creates placatory surroundings with his gentle guitar passages, tender rhythms of keyboard instruments and pulsatile percussion rhythms. His music is full of forgiving love and heart-healing tenderness. It is very expressive and full of images.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yeah ! That is fine ! Especially the title track (A Seed Dreaming inside) and Love will open the gates !Published 6 months ago by Markus Fantastikus
This music is amazing. We are truly enjoying it in our yoga class.Published 22 months ago by Muddy Rose Reviews
I love this CD of Gandalf. Very pleasant music to listen too. I like Gandalf because music is soothing and doesn't blare into your ears.Published on January 9, 2014 by yooperanna
I had heard one selection on Pandora, and foolishly ordered the cd without listening to all the tracks.
Most of them are just not my taste.
I absolutely love this CD. It is so relaxing and soothing. I just received it today and I am already looking forward to tomorrow when I am going to meditate to it. Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Trisha
I bought this CD for my parents and they listen to it while going to sleep every night. They tell me all the time how much they love it!Published on August 3, 2008 by GoyjussChk
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