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“Music affects the smallest as well as the largest things. In Planck’s world and in the entire universe. We make it, it makes us.”
About the artist / press information
Frank Woelfer – trained carpenter, professional musician and teacher – is active as guitarist, keyboarder, composer and producer in live performances and studio recordings in a wide range of different music styles. Well-known due to the band Univerve with which he, amongst other things, performed as a support band for such famous acts as Saga, Manfred Mann, Simple Minds, Lake or Kraan and in 2007 received a prize at the German Rock & Pop Awards in the category “Best Progressive Rock Band 2007” (2nd place). In 2012 his debut album Unification was chosen as the “Best Jazz Rock Album 2012” (1st place) at the German Rock & Pop Awards. Furthermore, he received the award for “Best Instrumental Soloist 2012” (1st place). More positive reviews followed (for example in the German music magazines MusikZirkus, RockTimes and Gitarre&Bass (Act of the Month January 2013)).
In the summer of 2014 the second solo album The Human Factor was released, which continued along the line of the first album – this time purely instrumental – with Daniel Hopf (bass), Fabian Koke (drums) and Niklas Hauke (keys), who also form the current line-up of the Frank Woelfer Group. At the German Rock & Pop Awards 2014 this album received two prizes: “Best Instrumental Album 2014” (3rd place) and “Best Jazz Rock Album 2014” (1st place). Also, for the second time since 2012 , Woelfer was awarded the prize for “Best Instrumental Soloist 2014” (1st place) and was even presented with the honour of “Best Guitarist 2014” (1st place).
The third solo album (Fuego) from Frank Woelfer will be released in March 2017. It carries the title Multiverse and is, like its predecessor The Human Factor, purely instrumental, using different styles like, for example, Jazz, Blues, Electronic Music or Minimal Music and combines these together in a unique fashion. Apart from a few bass parts that again were contributed by the great Daniel Hopf, Woelfer played all the instruments on his new work himself. In contrast to his first two albums Unification and The Human Factor, Multiverse stands for less of a band sound and more for the focus on the creation of very different moods and sound combinations that are often
danceable and groove orientated but are also spiced with virtuosic guitar and bass parts, that will appeal to both enthusiasts of real “handmade” music as well as sound freaks and friends of atmospherically dense productions.
Live events from Frank Woelfer and from Univerve are due to take place in the second half of 2017. Information to that effect will appear on this page shortly.
Jazzrock TV (episode no. 84, 8/2014) about the second solo album:
“(…) this has really bowled us over! (…) one of the best German records this year!”
Joachim Joe Brookes (RockTimes, 9/2012):
“Frank Woelfer’s skills on his instrument are like an exciting book with many twists and turns. The man has class!”
Stephan Schelle (MusikZirkus Magazine 7/2014):
“(…) that the second release will be no problem, this Frank Woelfer proves on The Human Factor in an impressive way. He has collected ten instrumental pieces on this album, that all demonstrate high quality and combine Funk, Jazz Rock and Progressive Rock with ethnic elements. In addition there are plenty of great solos. What more can you ask for? I love his music because it effuses energy and wellbeing.”
Joachim Joe Brookes (RockTimes, 8/2014):
“(…) Frank Woelfer’s The Human Factor is a journey in the Microcosm and the universe. The means of transportation has been tanked with the fuel of fantasy and so turns almost sixty-five minutes of total playing time into a real event.”
Gitarre&Bass (one of the most important music trade magazines in Germany, January edition 2013) about the Unification album:
“(…) accompanied by competent colleagues Woelfer expertly rocks right away on the first track with great high-speed single note lines that remind one of Joe Satriani or Yngwie Malmsteen. In quiet pieces beautiful melody lines and long improvisations impress, often enriched with funky wah-wah passages. Woelfer’s phat distorted sound always has a jazzy impact. Very impressive on this accomplished album is the versatility of the skilled musician (…).”
Supports, awards & references
German Rock & Pop Awards:
3rd place: Best Instrumental Album 2014 (for my second solo album The Human Factor)
2nd place: Best Progressive Rock Band Univerve 2007
1st place: Best Instrumental Soloist 2012
1st place: Best Jazz Rock Album 2012 (for my first solo album Unification)
1st place: Best Jazz Rock Album 2014 (for my second solo album The Human Factor)
1st place: Best Instrumental Soloist 2014
1st place: Best Guitarist 2014
Gitarre&Bass (one of the most important music trade magazines in Germany, January edition 2013):
Act of the Month January 2013
He has shared the stage with the following bands to date:
Saga, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, (Ex-) Simple Minds, Lake, Kraan & Helmut Hattler, Richie Arndt & Bluenatics, amongst others
Check it out …
MULTIVERSE - Promotion Mix (P 2017)
SOME NEW INSTRUMENTAL PARTS / 2017
The third solo album from Frank Woelfer is, like its predecessor The Human Factor, purely instrumental, using different styles like, for example, Jazz, Blues, Electronic Music or Minimal Music and combines these together in a unique fashion. Apart from a few bass parts that again were contributed by the great Daniel Hopf, Woelfer played all the instruments on his new work himself. In contrast to his first two albums Unification and The Human Factor, Multiverse stands for less of a band sound and more for the focus on the creation of very different moods and sound combinations that are often danceable and groove orientated but are also spiced with virtuosic guitar and bass parts, that will appeal to both enthusiasts of real “handmade” music as well as sound freaks and friends of atmospherically dense productions.
The album is to be released by Fuego (Bremen) and can be purchased on Amazon, as well as other online retailers, from the end of March 2017 and is available on all standard download and streaming portals like iTunes, TIDAL, Spotify, Deezer, etc.
THE HUMAN FACTOR
As previously on the debut album “Unification” (Fuego 2012), the guitarist, keyboarder and composer Frank Woelfer combines very different styles and song concepts on his second solo work “The Human Factor” (Fuego 2014) to form original music that this time presents itself in a purely instrumental fashion. Although groove, melody and sound dominate, the music occasionally sounds like fusion jazz from the 70s or like a suitable soundtrack for the educational TV programme Space Night. Often virtuosic and electric – but also acoustic and calm – Frank Woelfer creates these worlds of sound with his unique and expressive guitar playing.
Supported by the excellent rhythm section Daniel Hopf (bass), Fabian Koke (drums) and Niklas Hauke (keys), an organic band sound evolves, with which one can sense the skilful musicianship as much as the elaborate studio production.
Whether Pop, Fusion Jazz, Soul, Rock or Ambient – on Unification, the first solo album of the guitarist and composer Frank Woelfer, very different styles, moods and song concepts are not only skilfully combined together but are also deliberately placed in contrast to each other, without making this sound contradictory or even arbitrary, because it is all ONE music.
Danceable Pop songs, complex instrumental pieces and sentimental ballads: brought together on one album, on which Frank Woelfer forms a central theme with his expressive and distinctive guitar playing, supported by seven exceptional musicians and the wonderful soul singer Nora Saadhoff, who can be heard on four of the ten pieces.
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