Sandro Friedrich is a studio musician who plays over 200 different flutes and other wind instruments from all over the world (duduk, fujara, didgeridoo, low whistle, tin whistle, bass flute, traverse flute, soprano sax, jews harp, bag pipes, etc.)
As a studio musician Sandro has recorded with musicians such as Andreas Vollenweider and Tina Turner. He has recorded for numerous international films, video games and CDs with composers including Howard Shore, Mychael Danna, Atli Oervarsson, Shigeru Umebayashi and many others.
His musical styles vary from film music and world music to rock, folk and pop. He also plays live in various bands and combinations, including Andreas Vollenweider's 2011 live band.
He has performed as an orchestral soloist for presentations of film music, including an international debut performance of Howard Shore's "Lord of the Rings Symphony and performances of the music of Shigeru Umebayashi under the direction of Dirk Brossé at various international film festivals.
As musician and composer his strength lies in the originality and passion of his melodic lines, the power of his rhythmic grooves and his ability to competently and flexibly support diverse musical atmospheres. His technical knowledge also enables recording jobs via internet in addition to traditional studio work.
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Interview with Powerflute
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Andreas Vollenweider: CD Book of Roses. I provided overtone flute lines which just created very special athmosheres.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: "Breadwinner", an animation movie with composers Jeff and Mychael Danna, executive producer Angelina Jolie.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: short turn around time, high reliability, ready-to-use tracks
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To dive into the emotionality of the most diverse athmospheres in music productions.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: For over 30 years I have been working with instruments and music of many cultures. My skills have grown to include a spectrum of over 200 different wind instruments.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: World, Film music, Ethno
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Film music, Game music, CD productions
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strength lies in the originality and intensity of my melodic lines, the power of my rhythmic grooves and my ability to competently and flexibly support diverse musical atmospheres with more than 200 different ethnic wind instruments.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically composers send me orchestral playbacks over which I record ethnic wind instruments in my home studio.