Cusco (band)


Cusco (band)

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Cusco is a German andean new age band named after the Peruvian city of Cusco, which at one time was the capital city of the ancient Incan Empire. The band's music contains influences from music around the world, with a general emphasis on ancient South American flute sounds and melodies. Compared to the music of other new age artists, Cusco's music is quite melodic and usually energetic, and the band focuses on creating a fusion of modern and ethnic styles with classical music influences and solid rock music sensibilities. Most of the ethnic instruments are keyboard-generated, giving the sound a synthetic quality.

The band is led by founders Michael Holm and Kristian Schultze. Michael Holm, already a successful vocal artist, had long been fascinated with ancient cultures from around the world, and wanted to capture this fascination in the form of a musical tribute to the ancient worlds he wished to remember. He was already a friend of Kristian Schultze, formerly a member of the jazz band Passport, and the two discovered that they shared very similar musical and historical interests. In 1979, Cusco the band was formed and they released their first album in 1980, before terms such as "new age music" or "new instrumental music" were in use. They eventually signed with Higher Octave Music, releasing their first album on that label in 1988. During their years on Higher Octave from 1988 to the present, Cusco has sold well over two million albums (the Apurimac series alone selling well over one million),[citation needed] despite their genre remaining relatively underground. Their albums consistently reach very high peaks on the instrumental/new age music sales charts. They have been nominated for a Grammy award three times.[1]

Some of their music is used as pre-show background music in Epcot prior to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, and has been used as bumper music for the popular American syndicated radio program Coast to Coast AM, as well as several television advertisements including a Bud Ice beer commercial. Additionally, Cusco composed and performed fully symphonic new age music for the German television special Sielmann 2000. They currently reside in Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany.

As of 2010, there has been no discussion on Kristian Schultze's official MySpace page of any new Cusco music.

Contents

Discography

Refer to the following pages for more detailed information on each Cusco album.

* indicates a Higher Octave Music release

Studio albums

Compilations

  • The Magic Sound of Cusco (1988)
  • The Best of Cusco (1997) *
  • Best of Cusco: Dreams & Fantasies (1998)
  • The Early Best of Cusco (1999)
  • Essential Cusco: The Journey (2005) *
  • The Best of Cusco (Ales) (2008)

External links

References


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