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Ralf Gauck

Name Ralf Gauck
Genre Folk
Capo(s) used Performance 2, Performance 1
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"... Ralf plays so beautifully. One of the best fretless players in the world! ..." 

 “... you rule ...”

“... great to hear you play - you sounded awesome! ...”

“... I am very impressed by your solo CD ...”

“... I finally had the chance to hear your CD ... it sounds incredible ...”

Polyphonic Sounds

What one musician hardly could do on a piano or guitar Ralf Gauck succeed on bass: the polyphonyic sound. He plays in a fascinating balance of melody, bass lines and rhythms, like its the most normal thing in the world. Gauck plays without technical aids, created orchestral sounds with only 4 strings on his own style.

Redefined Bass Playing

Ralf Gauck has redefined the bass playing. His playing style gives him the status, to be unique in Europe and thus to present a two-hour solo concert. The press calls him "Basswonder," the audience "master of the soft sound" and the German Popstiftung awarded him the German Rock & Pop Award in 2007, 2008 and 2010 in the categories "Best German Bassplayer" and "Best German Instrumental Soloplayer". The world famous weekly press DIE ZEIT posted his CD FIELDS OF GOLD in the highscoretable "best CDs of 2007"

He was invited to prestigious festivals around the world, such as the Guitar Festival Ballainvilliers / France, the Bassday UK in Manchester or the world's largest Beatles festival, "Abbey Road on the River" Louisville / USA, "Beatle Week" Liverpool / UK, Nemzetközi Akusztikusgitar Festival / Hungary or the "Open Strings Festival" in Osnabrück. In addition, he can boast to have played as the first and only bass player in the world's most famous music club, the Cavern Club in Liverpool / UK a solo concert. His CD FIELDS OF GOLD was supported by STING personally.

Gauck has high claims. For this reason he recorded his music in the world-famous "Abbey Road Studios" / London or in the "Rainbow Studios" / Oslo. Ralf Gauck worked with artists such as Michael Manring, Sandor Szabo, the instrumental ensemble Chantal, Tony Sheridan, Bob Bonastre, Peter Ratzenbeck, Chris Jones, Kosho (Söhne Mannheims), Jacques Stotzem, Andres Godoy, Claus Boesser Ferrari, Herman´s Hermits, Ian Melrose or the Wings drummer Denny Seiwell. He produced refernez CDs for the company Bose and Dynaudio and works as a author for European magazines.

In 2014 the German bassluthier Franz Bassguitars released the Sirius Ralf Gauck signature fretless bass.