Stefan Schmidt

Born 1974 in Baden-Baden/Germany - is a guitarist, composer and improviser. He gathered his first musical experiences as a member of various punk bands and then studied classical guitar at the Hochschule Für Musik Trossingen with professor Andreas Higi and the Conservatorio Juan José Castro in Buenos Aires with Victor Villadangos. Since 2000 he has released more than 20 albums (from 2001 till 2014 using the moniker 'farang') and created music for films, plays, exhibitions and dance performances. He is also working as a teacher for classical guitar in Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe. His sound may be described as a melting pot, integrating elements of industrial and noise as well as of Asian, Arabic and contemporary classical music. While early projects put focus on distorted sounds and rhythms, recent works center about slowly evolving structures, sounddesign and free improvisation giving more emphasis on his main instrument, the classical guitar and the exploration of other stringed instruments as the tenor ukulele and the bass ukulele.