André Müller, a.k.a. aNDREmu, was born in Switzerland and moved on to live and work in Vienna in 1997. He is a multi-instrumentalist (Chapman Stick, electric bass, piccolo bass, piano, guitar) and a composer. Today he focuses mainly on the rather “exotic” Chapman Stick*. As a virtuoso player, aNDREmu is exploring the full sonic range of this unusual instrument.
aNDREmu’s musical trajectory began at the age of nine, when he started taking classical piano lessons. However, he soon discovered his love for the low notes, which led him to pick up the electric bass in 1983. He has been working intensively with this instrument ever since. He went on to study at the American Institute of Music in Vienna (he was the only musician of the class of 1994 to graduate with the highest distinction, the Professional Diploma) and at the jazz department of the Lucerne School of Music (from which he graduated in 1997, after only three years of studies). In his search for new possibilities of musical expression, aNDREmu discovered the Chapman Stick around the turn of the millennium. This new instrument dovetailed perfectly with aNDREmu’s musical vision.
During his performances, aNDREmu alternates between Chapman Stick and electric bass. He uses a looper to record certain sections of his songs on the fly and then add further layers of music on top. This way, aNDREmu creates vast musical landscapes that take the listener full circle from spherical sonic spaces to hot rhythms and back again. In addition to solo performances, duo projects (with Chapman Stick or bass and vocals) are a second major facet of aNDREmu’s work.
* The Chapman Stick, named after its inventor, Emmett Chapman, is an electric, fretted string instrument. It consists of a large, wide fingerboard with twelve strings and no additional body branching out of it. Thus, it is basically a guitar and a bass guitar neck merged into a single instrument. (www.stick.com)