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The First Album : "Fishmoon - Music By Axel Manrico Heilhecker"

Produced by Axel Manrico Heilhecker - Fishmoon

1994 ,the idea came up, to record a instrumental album, which should be routed more to atmospheres, than to structural aspects in music.To accomplish this Heilhecker collected relics of his guitar-laboratories during his work as producer for Phonoroid, Sunya Beat, Thomas Kagermann, Samson Gassama,or  Andreas Ludwig. This was done between 1995 and 1998. As a result this album established a visual sound, mainly leaded by Heilhecker's guitar, but far away from common string-acrobatics. Most different musical styles and guitar-specific playing-technics had been dismantled and brought together in new aspects. All instruments were played mainly by himself this time.
"Listening to my album today, i find all influences of my collaboratories in the 90's very clearly comin' upfront.
For example my work with the, meanwhile late, indian sitarplayer and music prof. from Benares T.N. Nagar .
Same as Ravi Shankar,a student of Villayat Khan, he was a great architekt and storyteller on his instrument.
 No picture - no sound ,this formula always has been putting a spell on me.
Steve Baltes and Harald Grosskopf , my longtime fellows since those days ,represent the musical caesura of the late 90's, the moveover from linear recording to virtual tracking.
Fishmoon ,moon in pisces
,is analog to a situation of sensitive processes and expressions, or a time
, when one is not able to lock up from in- and external sensations - a state of unlimitation.
What started as a collection will be continued as a conceptional edition and released Nov -  06
titled "Two Moon Music".
Axel's music is very visual, no wonder that he just won the IIFF AWARD for the best US-Documentary with "CINDERELLAS OF SANTA FE", directed by VANESSA VASSAR (Axel's partner in PHONOROID, which he musically supported and co-produced,too. check out http::// for further information.

The passionate guitarplayer started up in Cologne, had his first recording contract in England end 70's
and played since the 80's for major audiences. Numerous wellknown German-Rock recordings
 as well as touring builded a platform for him as one of best known players of Germany and a composer .
 As a teenager he had lessons from DON CHERRY, the legendary Jazz and Ethno musician, trumpet player, and father of EAGLE EYE and NENEH CHERRY, which inspired him since then, and gave him a universal understanding of music. Workin' with german musicians like WOLF MAAHN, KLAUS LAGE or HERBERT GRÖNEMEYER ,
 and as well the later connection to the TV showband of HARALD SCHMIDT,
where he met KING CRIMSON saxplayer MEL COLLINS and again long time fellow ROSKO GEE,
member of CAN and TRAFFIC, and backed up numerous artists like BRIAN FERRY, ERIC BURDON,
OLETA ADAMS or GRACE JONES, made him noticable for the major german public.
But his personal roots came strong in his projects and album releases within' a high output since the 90's,
featuring both, his music as well as his facilities as a producer.
Besides productions of african and indian music, he produced some Experimental-Rock albums and
released a couple of albums and soudtracks with his Avantgarde-Folk band "PHONOROID",based in the USA.