Mar
03


The Hurdy-Gurdy has an undeserved reputation as a “medieval” instrument.  In truth, it has been developing since then, with many innovations added to it along the way. In the hands of Matthias Loibner, recognized as one of the great players of the instrument, it moans, growls and coos within a startling dynamic range.  Beyond the modifications he has personally developed with Wolfgang Weichselbaumer,  who crafts the instruments, he also uses pedals and computer technology to expand the palette of the  instrument even further.

Mr. Loibner was in town for two back-to-back gigs, one at Joe’s Pub and the other at the Austrian Cultural Forum. I had the opportunity to see both performances, and I snagged him for an interview and explanation of his instrument.

Even if you already know a lot about the Hurdy Gurdy, I recommend watching this all the way through to catch the last bit of performance in which Loibner plays a passage worthy of Bill Frisell.

Also, the venerable Rootsworld website has published an article and overview of Loibner’s oeuvre.



4 Responses to “An Interview with Matthias Loibner, Hurdy-Gurdy Virtuoso”

 
  1. […] What is apparent from this video is that in the hands of the right musician, the Hurdy-Gurdy is a fully modern instrument, and not a relic from another time. And if you want to know more about Mr. Loibner and the Hurdy-Gurdy, you can learn more here. […]

  2. […] What is apparent from both of these videos is that in the hands of the right musician, the Hurdy-Gurdy is a fully modern instrument, and not a relic from another time. And if you want to know more about Mr. Loibner and the Hurdy-Gurdy, you can learn more here. […]

  3. […] What is apparent from both of these videos is that in the hands of the right musician, the Hurdy-Gurdy is a fully modern instrument, and not a relic from another time. And if you want to know more about Mr. Loibner and the Hurdy-Gurdy, you can learn more here. […]

  4. Sasha says:

    Thanks, just made a disk sharing Hurdy gurdy music with some friends, and am happy to be able to show them this too. I love the sound of the hurdy gurdy and have organically ended up with many disks in my personal library that include it.

 

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