Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy 60th Birthday Günther Fischer

Günther Fischer was born on June 23, 1944 in Teplitz Schönau, Austria-Hungary. He received from his parents’ violin and piano lessons, and in 1960 founded his own trio for guitar, bass and accordion. From 1960 to 1963 he studied music at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Zwickau. 1965 to 1969 he continued in his studies at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" in East Berlin. He took lessons in clarinet, saxophone, conducting, composition and arrangement. At the same time he played in the Klaus Lenz Band. In 1967 he founded, together with pianist Reinhard Lakomy, drummer Wolfgang bitch Schneider and bassist Hans Schaetzke his own jazz band in 1969 when guitarist Fred Baumert pushed himself to the Günther Fischer quartet to a quintet (and 1979 with trumpeter Hans-Joachim grass worm advanced sextet). The band gave concerts with Uschi Brüning and Manfred Krug, later also with Veronika Fischer and Regine Dobberschütz.
In 1967 he founded a jazz group, which still exists today as Günther Fischer Band. Concert tours have taken the ensemble including through Europe, Asia and Africa. From 1969 to 1970, Armin Mueller-Stahl was a member of the band.
His compositions are stylistically diverse, ranging from funk and soul-jazz, beat and rock to Song Broken what continues in his later film music. He wrote, among other things, the film music for “Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo” (Federal Republic of Germany 1978) and “Didi und die Rache der Enterbten” (Federal Republic of Germany 1985). Even after unification, he wrote many film scores, such as for the TV series ‘Unser Lehrer Doktor Specht’, ‘Unser Lehrer Doktor Specht’, ‘Für alle Fälle Stefanie’, ‘Familie Dr. Kleist’.
Fischer composed the scores for three Euro-westerns: “Tecumseh” (1972), “Death for Zapata” (1976) and “Severino” (1977).
Since 1997 Günther Fischer lives in Cork, Ireland and is the father of Laura Fischer, who is herself a singer in the band Laura Fischer & Band and with whom he occasionally appears.
Today we celebrate Günther Fischer’s 70th birthday.

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