Ralf Illenberger: The Gateway
Produced by Ralf Illenberger and Gibbs Platen
with Buedi Siebert on flutes, saxes and percussion, Walter and Peter Keiser on drums and bass and Zirque Bonner on Fretless Bass, Illenberger created a fascinating soundscape with swirling guitars and driving rhythms. Recorded 1998
at Thundermountain Studio in Sedona.
“THE GATEWAY” from Ralf Illenberger is a stunning change in pace from the serenity of “SEDONA” his release in 1996.Though still experimenting with unusual harmonies, this album ramps up the intensity with a little more emphasis on rhythm and percussion, and even some electric guitar and keyboard touches. Its easily his most exotic sounding work since his solo debut “CIRCLE” and in my opinion his best since 1993’s “SOLEIL”. Some of this material features the kind of complexity that most of us would expect to hear in a movie score, as opposed to a more mainstream instrumental album, and in places it reminded me very much of Mike Oldfield’s very experimental “OMMADAWN”.
Composer, producer, guitarist Ralf Illenberger’s experience spans a varied and successful thirty-year career that includes hits in Europe and the US, sales of over 400,000 CDs, and performances in more than 50 countries.
He has produced 16 albums of his own compositions that resulted in three US top ten singles on the Narada label, and five hit albums in Europe. He has received a US Grammy nomination as well as the German Record Awards nomination (German ‘Grammy’ equivalent).
Illenberger has received many other prestigious awards for his productions and extraordinary musicianship throughout his long career. A well-known, and highly acclaimed, guitarist, he has played on compositions of many famous musicians who have reciprocated on his works.
Illenberger is known for his extremely dynamic instrumental music that is both accessible and experimental. His orchestral acoustic guitar-stylings create a unique woven tapestry that places him in the category of guitarists whose sound and technical mastery form a recognizable individual genre. His accessible instrumental guitar music borrows from classical, jazz, folk, blues, world, and ancient traditions. A talented musician and composer, Illenberger writes, produces, arranges and records his own material and well as other artists.
Illenberger has also produced numerous songs for many high-selling and award winning compilation CDs and has produced full length albums for more than 30 artists as well. A music engineer for thirty years, Illenberger has engineered over 40 full-length albums and countless individual songs.