"A music journalist once wrote: "Peter Jack
'sings' his bass". I would rather say: "my bass can sing".
Obviously the sound has a lot to do with the fingers and dexterity of
the player, but the instrument itself plays a major part in turning a
nice musical moment into a really magical one. When I get a call from
a producer who wants "my sound", then 80% of the time it's the
sound of my 5-string Jonas fretless he's got in mind. My bass and I have
been singing together now for over 14 years, and in that time I haven't
come across anything comparable."
Peter Jack about
| Peter Jack,
Born in 1959. Resident in Berlin, Germany.
Piano lessons from age 9, changing to guitar at 12.
1977-80 guitar teacher at a private music school - main emphasis song-accompaniment,
finger-picking/ragtime solo guitar.
After the obligatory school bands came the first solo concerts as a singer-songwriter.
Move to Berlin in 1981. Along with at least 200 other singer-songwriters
worked the Berlin folk scene in clubs like GO IN, FOLKPUB, STEVECLUB and
BANANA. In 1982 prize-winner at the New Talent Festival of the German
Record Academy (with Ian Melrose as additional guitarist).
Joined Ian Melrose's folk formation TWILIGHT as bass player (prize-winner
HÖRFEST Hamburg 1984; 1st prize in folk group competition at the
Edinburgh Folk festival 1985 and record deal with Scottish label LISMOR)
1984 - 1987 studied pop and contemporary music at the University of Music
and Performing Arts in Hamburg.
1989 - 1999 bass player and songwriter in the "chamber-pop"
band BE MINE OR RUN. Countless concerts in Germany and Europe, TV- and
radio appearances, 5 CDs (German Critics Prize for "Beautiful People"
1989 - 1996 bass player with Celtic formation "NORLAND WIND"
(including Thomas Loefke, Kerstin Blodig, Noel & Pádraig Duggan
of CLANNAD). CD "Norland Wind" on Celtic Heartbeat/Universal
1997 founded Hippie-Yippie-Folk Band ALMOST HEAVEN. Here as guitarist
Over the years bass player (speciality: fretless in acoustic formations)
in many further projects and record productions. Theatre-, blues, jazz,
folk, rock/pop and world music.
Currently bass player in the Indian/Irish crossover band "Midnight-Court
Extended", guitarist with "Indijana and the Jones" (hillbilly-pop),
in duo "Almost Sober" with Gina Faber and solo as singer-songwriter.