Hubert von Goisern: Biography
Hubert von Goisern was born in 1952 in Bad Goisern. Spent seven years in South Africa, Canada and Asia. Returned to Austria in 1983, studied at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. Founded the Alpinkatzen (Alpine Cats) in 1987 and began to deconstruct alpine folk music. Musical breakthrough in 1992. HvG deemed to be the founder of so-called "alpine rock" and best-known representative of "new folk music". Numerous musical projects since this time between the poles of world music and folk music, tradition and the modern. His tours and musical journeys have led him across Europe, the USA, the Arab world, to Tibet and Africa. In addition he has designed fashion, acted in films, composed film music (including the soundtrack for Joseph Vilsmaier's Schlafes Bruder (Brother of Sleep)) and is a man who speaks his mind on political, social and ecological issues. 2007-2009 he toured on the Danube from Linz to the Black Sea and then along the Rhine to the North Sea with a stage ship. More than 100 musicians took part in the tour. The logbook of the journey was published under the title Stromlinien (Streamlines). Autumn 2011 Hubert von Goisern topped the charts for 5 weeks with his single Brenna tuats guat (It Burns Well) and his album Entwederundoder (Eitherandor), released in September, also performed well in the Austrian and German charts. In 2012 he was awarded 2 Amadeus Austrian Music Awards for the album and the Brenna tuats Tour in the same year was one of the most successful tours of his career. An honorary Amadeus Award for music that combines genres and brings people together followed in 2013. The live double album Im Jahr des Drachen (In The Year Of The Dragon) was released in June 2013. Hubert released the soundtrack to the film Österreich - Oben und Unten (Austria – Above and Below) on the Filmmusik album in autumn 2014. HvG was on the big screen himself from April 2015 in the biographical documentary Brenna tuat's schon lang (Still Burning). The studio album Federn (Feathers) with tastes of country and bluegrass was released on 8th May 2015 and Hubert von Goisern and band set off on tour soon thereafter. The tour continued in 2016, starting in America with concerts in New York, Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas. Federn Live 2014-2016 was released in April 2017. In May 2018 the Hubert von Goisern Culture Award was announced, a development prize for artists totalling €15,000 each year. In May 2020, Hubert's first novel, Flüchtig (Fleeting), was published under his real name Hubert Achleitner. The new studio album Zeiten & Zeichen (Times & Signs) will be out on 28th August 2020; Hubert von Goisern will be on tour again from 2022.
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