|AXEL MANRICO HEILHECKER
BLUES TURN RED GRAND JAM
Manrico Heilhecker’s early musical experiences included learning from
legendary trumpet player Don Cherry and improvising music with Can and
Kraan early on in their careers. His first official releases included
the 1977 debut of his own Food Band (on the UK’s Pye label) and an
album with Richard Schneider, which also featured the playing of Jaki
the 80's, Axel became an integral part of the German rock scene as a
live session player and composer. Working with Wolf Maahn, Klaus Lage,
Westernhagen, and Herbert Gronemeyer, Axel’s playing is heard on over
2.5 million records sold during those years. This gave Axel prominence
within his German environment and acclaim on an international scale.
the early 90’s, Axel started self-producing with two albums, Heilhecker and Culture Cross,
both released on EMI. During this decade, Axel also produced the first
German Surround Sound album for jazz and folk violin player Thomas
Kagermann, worked with the Unknown Cases, produced the work of Indian
sitar player T.N. Nagar, and released an album with Gambian
Djembe-player Samson Gassama.
1995, Axel started the avant garde folk band Phonoroid with New Mexico
natitve, singer, poet, and filmmaker Vanessa Vassar. Phonoroid released
three albums produced by Axel for Intuition / Schott and produced the Cinderellas of
Santa Fe, which won the 2007 IIFF award for Best US Documentary.
1996 until its demise in 2008, Axel was a member of the original Harald
Schmidt Show band with Mel Collins (King Crimson, Camel, Dire Straits),
Rosko Gee (Traffic, Go, Can) and Helmut Zerlett. With this band, Axel
shared stages with the likes of Nina Hagen, Brian Ferry, Meatloaf,
Grace Jones, and Eric Burdon.
At the same time Axel founded Sunya Beat, a band that features Ashra drummer
Harald Grosskopf and eletronic engineer Steve Baltes. Since 1996, Sunya
Beat has released three albums, part of it on Axel’s own label, Phonokultur.
He also designed sound illustrations for German light artist
Mischa Kuball and collaborated with Stefan Schneider of To Rococco Rot.
also keeps busy with Fishmoon, a solo project playground for electronic
and “spacesound” guitar-instrumental music. Additionally he writes a column for the guitar magazine,
one of his video productions, “Riley's Game", was nominated for the
festival awards. Same year he was on tour with singer Chris Norman
through Europe, Russia and Asia. Lately he's been touring with Harald
“Synthesist“ in USA, Southamerika and Europe.
On his label “Phonokultur Records“ he released in 2015 the album “Blues
Turn Red“ of his band called same with singer Jane Palmer.
Axel Manrico Heilhecker- Strange Sex (EMI 1991)
Axel Manrico Heilhecker- Culture Cross (EMI 1993)
Phonoroid - Two Many Frames (Intuition 1996)
Sunya Beat - EFA 1998
Sunya Beat - Delhi Slide (Think Progressive 1999)
Phonoroid - Two Many Frames (Intuition 1999)
Gassama / Heilhecker - Wandyah (Think Progressive 1999)
Fishmoon - S/T (Think Progressive 2000)
T.N. Nagar - Raga Moods (Think Progressive 2000)
Baltes, Grosskopf, Heilhecker (Manikin Records 2001)
Phonoroid - Cravin' Astonishment (Intuition 2004)
Grosskopf, Baltes, Heilhecker - The Jelena Gora Sessions (Ricochet 2005)
Sunya Beat - Comin' Soon (Phonokultur 2006)
Fishmoon - Two Moon Music (Phonokultur 2007)
Fishmoon - Special Edition - Music by Axel Manrico Heilhecker (Phonokultur / Viana 2008) Riley's Game - Video (Ricochet 2010)
Blues Turn Red - Same (Phonokultur Records 2015)