Syrinx Call is the new project of recorder player Volker Kuinke. During the past few months and in collaboration with musician/producer Jens Lueck and many other guest musicians, they created a diverse album consisting of 13 tracks, from Art-Rock spanning to World Music to classically inclined songs. The album introduces the recorder as a most versatile instrument, revealing its unusual and surprising qualities and will be released in late Autumn 2015.
Sometimes, the path is longer…..
1979: What does a young recorder player, who loves sophisticated rock music, do? He writes a letter to Eloy front man Frank Bornemann, and visits him soon after. This is the beginning of a long friendship between them, and so the inevitable happens: Volker appears as guest musician with the recorder on an Eloy album for the first time in 1998. Subsequently, he plays recorder on the Eloy albums ‘Ocean 2 – The Answer’, ‘Timeless Passages’ and ‘Visionary’.
Leap in time:
2011: What does a recorder player who loves many styles of music do, after he finds himself fascinated with the soundtrack of a multimedia show about Iceland? He writes a Facebook message to Isgaard, the voice of the soundtrack, and Jens Lueck, the composer of the music. Very soon it crystallizes that Volker is to play the recorder on the next Isgaard album ‘Playing God’, 2012.
During the recording session it soon becomes clear to all that there is a strong common wave length, so that Volker Kuinke also plays on the subsequent Isgaard album (‘Naked’, 2014).
In the studio, talk is a lot about music, personal preferences, ideas and visions. Out of this emerges Volker’s long heeded dream: An album, on which the recorder plays the main ‘red thread’ and which shows the versatile qualities of the recorder outside its otherwise common genres such as Baroque or Folk music.
As a musician who lives and moves between the worlds for his entire musical career, Jens Lueck is immediately taken by this concept and sees a thread running from Art-Rock over to medieval sounds over to classical or film score music. Isgaard offers to contribute some vocal parts, as a “thank you” for Volker’s playing on her last albums.
In January 2015 the composing phase begins. Volker delivers many ideas and melody lines, around which Jens composes the songs. In the course of three months, 12 widely varied songs develop, one of them a homage to a famous rock band of the 70s who profoundly influenced both Volker and Jens.
During the recording sessions, other guest musicians make their appearance, one of them Volker’s wife Doris Packbiers, aka ‘Angel’, with additional vocal parts.
After much brain storming, the project name is finally found just before production’s end: Syrinx Call, album title: ‘Wind in the Woods’.
During his search for a melodic name for the project, Volker finds the following text on Wikipedia (quoted):
“In classical mythology, Syrinx was a nymph and a follower of Artemis, known for her chastity. Pursued by the amorous Greek god Pan, she ran to a river’s edge and asked for assistance from the river nymphs. In answer, she was transformed into hollow water reeds that made a haunting sound when the god’s frustrated breath blew across them. Pan cut the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which were thenceforth known as Syrinx”.
Syrinx Call – ‘Wind in the Woods’ is an album on which the recorder glides through a wide variety of styles; Rock music, World music, Chill-out music…. – always highly emotional.
An album for listeners who simply love good music.
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