Ulli Boegershausen

Ulli Boegershausen

BandFolkAcoustic

Acoustic sologuitar, fingerstyle guitarist

Biography

Styles may come and go, but good music will weave its ageless magic no matter what the current fad. Ulli Bögershausen is a guitar wizard with a truly remarkable craft at his command. He possesses a gift for making time stand still. And while the moment lingers, his solo guitar playing paints pictures upon the very soul of his audience – inobtrusive, yet unforgettable; vignettes glowing with the serenity of a day in late summer, a slight melancholy blended wonderfully with a mediterranean joy of living in a steady dance-like flow of notes in the air of an endless blue September day.

After more than twenty years of performing and recording, the seasoned German guitarist can boast stacks of rhapsodizing concert reviews from newspapers and magazines anywhere between Los Angeles, Bonn, and Taipei. He has held audiences spellbound at intimate rural German venues, and he has left them open-mouthed at guitar festivals in Nashville and in the concert halls of Japan and Taiwan. His playing has been called “breathtaking in its intertwined harmonies and its unfailing timing”, his performances have been considered “as if from a fairy tale”, and his albums have been regarded as models of “sensitive string wizardry” and of “guitar music for the 21st century”.

Steeped in the tradition of the folk guitar, but constantly refined by his classical studies, Bögershausen’s playing continues to leave the audience with the best of both worlds. A breezy lightness pervades everything, tastefully balanced by an almost classical sense of formal depth and compositional coherence. Ulli Bögershausen has taken his time to develop a style all his own, quietly incorporating state-of-the-art skills, styles, and techniques all the while.

As a result, Bögershausen not only plays two or more independent lines at the same time, but also manages to give each line its distinct voice as if a complete orchestra were at work. His crystal-clear single-note runs make the 32nd notes sparkle intensely like effervescent water. Like legendary John Renbourn, Ulli Bögershausen has given the steel-string guitar an unheard-of sound of effortless elegance, whose liveliness owes little to the strict classical-guitar ideal of tone.

His international breakthrough, 1995’s landmark album “Ageless Guitar Solos”, deftly summarizes more than 30 years of fingerstyle guitar, easily matching original renditions by the likes of Leo Kottke and Alex DeGrassi in terms of feeling and virtuoso performance.

In his mostly balladlike original compositions, Ulli Bögershausen never seems to run out of surprising and intriguing melodic inventiveness. Executed with an airy charm and yet with the devotion of a real pro, Bögershausen’s pieces are accessible enough to make for instant listening delight, while crafted sufficiently complex to yield discoveries with each new encounter.

His 2004 release, “Chocolate And Wine” – its mere title suggesting a garden of delight for the connoisseur – breathes the spirit of Bögershausen’s new home on the picturesque Moselle River (where he also welcomes students for weekend guitar workshops in his “Mosella Music School”): The dreamlike view from his studio to the barges on the river and the vineyards on the opposite hillside has made his new pieces emerge even more intensely serene.

“Chocolate And Wine” leaves the audience again wonderfully loosened by the magic of good music. The melodies are so memorable, the performance is so relaxed that only upon very close listening will you notice the mastery behind such recordings.

His latest CD “Ballads” (2006) contains 10 arrangements of famous pop-ballads such as Robbie Williams’ “Eternity” or Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”.

Discography

DISCOGRAPHIE
1981 GANZ BESTIMMT VIELLEICHT
1983 IM ZWIELICHT
1984 GEGEN DIE ZEIT
1986 AUTOGEN
1988 LIVE with Mohammad Tahmassebi
1991 APRIL with Reinhold Westerheide
1993 BEST OF ….
1995 AGELESS GUITAR SOLOS
1998 PICTURES with Reinhold Westerheide
1999 SOLOGUITAR
2000 PERSONAL FAVOURITES – Super Audio CD,
Asia Only (Enrich Music Taipei)
2002 PRIVATE STORIES
2002 CHISTMAS CAROLS
2004 CHOCOLATE AND WINE
2006 BALLADS
2007 VINYL
2008 CRIMSON

BOOKS
Acoustic Music
PROFIPICKING LEICHTGEMACHT
FINGERSTYLEGUITAR LEICHTGEMACHT
OPEN TUNINGS LEICHTGEMACHT“
VON ANFANG AN! Vol. 1
VON ANFANG AN! Vol. 2
AGELESS GUITAR SOLOS
MEIN DADGAD SOUND
EASY FINGERSTYLE Vol. 1
EASY FINGERSTYLE Vol. 2

Heinrichshofen
CHRISTMAS CAROLS in Open Tunings

Mel Bay:
FINGERSTYLEGUITAR MADE EASY

Ulli Bögershausen Music Publishing:
MY SONGBOOK
CHOCOLATE AND WINE
GANZ BESTIMMT VIELLEICHT

DVD
Acoustic Guitar leichtgemacht
Best of Ulli Bögershausen (concert DVD)

Set List

Two sets at 45 minutes each