BEYONDMUSIC
Sandro Friedrich

ABOUT ME

As a composer, performer and studio musician I play a spectrum of over 200 different wind instruments. I mostly work in the field of film music, game music and CD productions. I have recorded for numerous international films, video games and CDs with composers including Howard Shore, Mychael Danna, Atli Oervarsson, Shigeru Umebayashi, Tina Turner, Atli Orvarsson and many others. For over 40 years I have been working with instruments and music of many cultures. I have played in various bands and combinations, including Andreas Vollenweider's 2011 live band. I have performed as an orchestral soloist for presentations of film music at various international film festivals. As musician and composer I think my strength lies in the intensity and passion of my melodic lines, the power of rhythmic grooves and my ability to flexibly support diverse musical atmospheres. I love collaborating with musicians from all over the world!
  • Adventure
  • Authenticity
  • Compassion
  • Contribution
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Growth
  • Making a difference
  • Openness
  • Reliability
  • Respect
  • Family life
  • Healthy lifestyle

Cultural background

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Switzerland

PROJECT MUSIC

6:40
Born Today
What emotions go through a migrant’s heart as they realize they are alone, far away from home? The amount of courage it takes to open their heart to a new life, find new love, and form new bonds is unfathomable, yet it's possible when strangers extend a compassionate hand amidst the affliction of having lost everything. They are Born Today, on the day they face their new life with new fears and dreams. This song is a cry for help that is full of hope and trust in the human spirit of love, compassion and empathy. It is a collaboration between musicians of very diverse cultural backgrounds as listed in the submission form. It features a powerful African voice, rich Celtic bagpipe cries, intricate Greek bouzouki, pensive piano, and a yearning Arabic cello all shining within a lush orchestral texture laced with percussive fusion flamenco heartbeats and a touch of electronics. We wanted to explore what a 'cry of hope' would sound like through aspects of music stemming from our own cultures as well as others. 'Born Today' is dedicated to Syrian musician Iyad Osman, who refused to carry a weapon in order to keep playing saz. A kind soul who loved mixing cultures in his music, he fled Syria only to die a year later as a result of a mistreated mild illness. He united the music community worldwide in happiness through his music, and bitter grief over his loss, despite their diverse political views.To Iyad, who is ‘Born Today', on the day he died, and the love he spread to the world.
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323 votes
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  • African
  • Arabic
  • Flamenco
  • Fusion
  • Instrumental
  • Soundtrack
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • Singer
  • Piano
  • Bouzouki
  • Cello
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Castanets
  • Duff
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Percussion
  • Tambourine
  • Bagpipe
  • Clarinet
  • Horn
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Congo
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Syrian Arab Republic
3:23
The Journey
Inner movement and development is like a journey of its own. Hiking in the wilderness in various countries with not much more than a tent and a sleeping bag has shaped my inner landscape like nothing else. This track contains instruments, elements and influences from Corsica, Hungary, Mongolia, Turkey, Morocco and Scotland. Sandro joined forces with Max Keller who beautifully enhanced the power of the beats.
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18 votes
  • Dance / EDM
  • Instrumental
  • World
  • Bongo drum
  • Darbuka
  • Drum machine
  • Jaw harp
  • Pivana
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
3:12
Luxforblue
Our new recipe: Just throw Jews Harp, Bass, Bass Duduk, Duduk, electric Guitar, Ney, drums, samples, synthesizers and fujara in a big acoustical pot, let it cook at medium heat for a few days and be surprised at what musical meal comes out! Add ethnic spices and be surprised! :-)
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12 votes
  • Ambient
  • Instrumental
  • Lounge
  • Oriental
  • World
  • Bass
  • Synthesizer
  • Electric guitar
  • Drum set
  • Jaw harp
  • Bass Duduk
  • Duduk
  • Fujara
  • Nay / Ney
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
3:01
Mopepe
Mopepe means “Wind” in Lingala. The song is inspired by a female artist touring the world and touching people’s heart through her music. Travelling from place to place, unhindered by borders or language, her precious gift heals the souls, eases the minds, and lifts spirits up, just like the wind…
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14 votes
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bansuri
  • Belgium
  • Congo
  • Switzerland
2:52
Dill de Burn
Classic western rock instruments combine with exotic sounds such as dilruba ( a bowed instrument from India) and pivana (a flute made from a goat horn, from Corsica) to bring you a style that Sandro Hussel describes as “meditation punk”. A multicultural musical collaboration that truly defies boundaries.
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9 votes
  • Alternative
  • Indian
  • Instrumental
  • Oriental
  • Rock
  • World
  • Bass guitar
  • Dilruba
  • Guitar
  • Drum set
  • Pivana
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
3:35
In Silence - Mandala Gates Canon
The Composition is in the form of an eight bar canon. There are four entry points for each individual instrument and four vocal parts. The four parts symbolize the four gates to a Tibetan mandala. Entering through the gates assists the process of removing obstacles. The auspicious number eight is represented in the eight bars and also the eight parts. The opening of the tune is a free interpretation of the eight bar melody enhanced by the haunting Australian native sounds of the didgeridoo. The didgeridoo re-appears at the end of the song, before going into primordial space and complete silence. The next section gradually builds up to the four parts before it branches out into eight simultaneous parts of instruments and voices combined. Other instruments include the Indian bansuri, European cello and piano, and American vibraphone. The main male vocals are by a Kazakhstan vocalist and the soprano by a German vocalist. The combination of instruments, players and vocals span the world and come together in a united song. The nature of a canon is equanimity as the same musical line repeats throughout unchanged. The simultaneous occurrence of the same line in a staggered manner creates a new dimension which is bigger than each individual statement. At the same time the line never looses its integrity and authenticity. Quite the contrary - without its balanced uniqueness it would never be able to serve as the basis of the bigger picture.
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31 votes
  • Ambient
  • Classical
  • Easy Listening
  • Indian
  • Instrumental
  • New Age
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Ritual
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Bass-baritone
  • Choir
  • Soprano
  • Piano
  • Cello
  • Vibraphone/ Vibraharp
  • Bansuri
  • Didgeridoo
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Nepal
  • Switzerland
3:28
Dream of Us
When someone you love is at a distance, either physically or emotionally, you reach out to them, sometimes even in your dreams.
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146 votes
  • Pop
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Drum set
  • Bansuri
  • Tin whistle
  • Traverse flute
  • Kazakhstan
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America
3:59
TSARY NY TANY
When you live in a beautiful place like Madagascar, it nourishes the soul. It's not just a landscape, it's a home that grounds you and eases suffering. Minah Bolimakoa's music nourishes the soul as well! Her uplifting composition and strong, sure voice, combined with Sandro Friedrich's collage of ethnic wind instruments create a sunrise of sound which will make you feel grateful to be alive.
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2543 votes
  • African
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Contralto / Alto
  • Electric guitar
  • Drum machine
  • Jaw harp
  • Bansuri
  • Pinkillo
  • Madagascar
  • Switzerland
3:10
Banyan Tree
The banyan tree, also known as the tree of life, is a significant multicultural symbol. Almost wherever it's found, deep meaning is attached to it. It appears in Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and almost every world religion. Buddha is said to have sat under a banyan tree for seven days after he attained enlightenment. It is venerated in India, and in Hinduism it is associated with the fulfillment of wishes. The banyan tree is mentioned in many scriptures as a tree of immortality, and it is truly a cross-cultural link between us all. Our song features the voice of Sharon Ben-Zadok, who adds her own special touch to the banyan tree story, singing in Hebrew as well as English. Backing track: iZaya, Uganda Vocal melody and flutes: Sandro Friedrich, Switzerland Lyrics in English: Kate Northrop, USA/Switzerland Vocals and additional lyrics in Hebrew: Sharon Ben-Zadok, Israel
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19 votes
  • African
  • Electronic
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Contralto / Alto
  • Singer
  • Synthesizer
  • Jaw harp
  • Bass traverse flute
  • Transverse Flute
  • Traverse flute
  • Israel
  • Switzerland
  • Uganda
  • United States of America
3:34
TEEDEEVEE x SANDRO FRIEDRICH - BABY OH (THE MASH UP)
Temix Teedeevee, an Afro pop musician and lyricist from the western part of Africa, Nigeria joined forces with Sandro Friedrich A composer and Flutist from Switzerland, to create this collaborative music titled BABY OH, THE MASH UP. This project is a combination of the Afro sound and The American styled flutes.
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12 votes
  • African
  • Dance / EDM
  • Indie Pop
  • Background vocals
  • Bass-baritone
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Bass traverse flute
  • Flute
  • Nigeria
  • Switzerland
5:21
Lil paradise
Lil paradise est un petit monde imaginaire,jardin secret,petit paradis dans lequel je me retrouve pour composer en toute intimité. Dans ce monde il y a des fleurs,des chutes d'eau,des montagnes,des oiseaux bref...tout le monde à son petit coin où il se retrouve pour être en paix avec lui-même...lil paradise
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21 votes
  • African
  • World
  • Bass
  • Piano
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Kalimba
  • Occorso flute
  • Traverse flute
  • Bass flute
  • Cameroon
  • Switzerland
4:37
Water
In this song, water is a metaphor for the emotional connection between people which can bridge cultures and cross borders. It is also a basic universal human need that we share. Water is a critical natural resource, and in many countries, the lack of it affects predominantly women, who often have to carry it over extremely long distances with great effort. But collecting water also brings women closer together in their shared mission. Featuring the beautiful and powerful voice of Sheryl Gambo.
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15769 votes
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  • African
  • Fusion
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • World
  • Singer
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Organ electric
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Gambus
  • Harp
  • Tambura
  • Djembe
  • Dombak
  • Drum set
  • Flute
  • Congo
  • Kazakhstan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
5:42
Musaik por Tanura
"Musaik por Tanura" is a real meltingpot of different styles and languages, composed by Christian Fotsch: The intro to "Tanura tari Ssassa" was originally composed as film music. The Iraqi dancer Assale Ibrahim later sparked the idea to evolve the song into a Tanura piece (whirling dance). Thus, an expedition through fragments of Armenian, Spanish, Arabian and Roma elements arose. In the lyrical Spanish part "Letra por Martinetes", Miguel develops the narrative of the Indian "Arai", who was born into a wealthy family clan, but who now prefers to live as a poor yet free gitano. In Romanes, Denis then poetically compares the countenance of his fair maiden with the bright shine of the moon. The last, uptempo part of the song explores in Spanish the exciting meanderings of courtship, and how to - finally - win over the heart of the beloved one. Daddou, the Egyptian singer, expresses with her wonderfully ornamented singing unconditional love.
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139 votes
  • Arabic
  • Flamenco
  • Fusion
  • Gypsy
  • Improvisational
  • Instrumental
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • Singer
  • Tenor
  • Bass guitar
  • Cello
  • Cumbus
  • Flamenco guitar
  • Darabukka
  • Dombak
  • Duff
  • Duduk
  • Zurna
  • Trumpet
  • DJ setup
  • Armenia
  • Egypt
  • Macedonia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
2:44
The Dance
A fusion of Celtic, African and modern music.
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147 votes
  • Fusion
  • Instrumental
  • Soundtrack
  • World
  • Harp
  • Santur
  • Sitar
  • Violin
  • Darbuka
  • Djembe
  • Bagpipe
  • Flute
  • Ireland
  • Kazakhstan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
3:42
KAPANGO
'Kapango' is a busy City where everything is made. A man is singing to his mother telling her about life in the city. A very upbeat composition between African grooves and European flutes. When we collaborate over big distances, totally new music can be created!
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35 votes
  • Alternative
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Acoustic bass guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Conga
  • Steel drum
  • Occorso flute
  • Pivana
  • Tenor Pivana
  • Kenya
  • Switzerland
7:23
Raqsa
“Raqsa” - is all about dance and love to move with music. Its a complex and energetic piece that united under one “roof” classic, rock, folk and jazz musicians form Uzbekistan, Russian Federation, South Africa and Switzerland. Have a nice ride :-)
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1093 votes
  • Electronic
  • Fusion
  • Jazz-Rock
  • World
  • Accordion
  • Synthesizer
  • Electric guitar
  • Violin
  • Drum machine
  • Flute
  • Zurna
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Russian Federation
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Uzbekistan
3:34
TEEDEEVEE x SANDRO FRIEDRICH - BABY OH (THE MASH UP)
Temix Teedeevee, an Afro pop musician and lyricist from the western part of Africa, Nigeria joined forces with Sandro Friedrich A composer and Flutist from Switzerland, to create this collaborative music titled BABY OH, THE MASH UP. This project is a combination of the Afro sound and The American styled flutes.
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6 votes
  • African
  • Dance / EDM
  • Bass-baritone
  • Bass traverse flute
  • Flute
  • Nigeria
  • Switzerland
7:14
Last Creature
It takes four elements to create a human life. God created the soul from fire and air, and then created the body from water and earth. I have illustrated these elements musically, choosing Setar, Flute and Kamanche. I have great appreciation for the beautiful Bass Flute and Pivana performances of the accomplished musician Sandro Friedrich, and also many thanks to Hassan Khodayinia for playing the kamanche so magnificently. I dedicate this music to the world . Music Composition, setar, mix and production: Houman Esmailian Bass Flute, Pivana and co-composition: Sandro Friedrich Hassan Khodayinia: kamanche Amir Hossein Tat : Daf
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35 votes
  • Alternative
  • Electronic
  • Fusion
  • Improvisational
  • Instrumental
  • New Age
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Electric piano
  • Piano
  • Setar
  • Drum machine
  • Duff
  • Shekere
  • Alto flute
  • Bass Nay / Ney
  • Flute
  • Nay / Ney
  • Iran
  • Switzerland
9:11
Cocoons Fly
Houman writes: The piece “Cocoons Fly” is a metaphor for the liberation of human beings from their inner and outer imprisonment. I hope everyone will be able to feel the inner freedom when hearing this music. I have great appreciation for the beautiful duduk and bansuri performances of the accomplished musician Sandro Friedrich, and also many thanks to Hassan Khodayinia for playing the kamanche so magnificently. I dedicate this music to the world and to the excellent artists of BEYONDMUSIC . Sandro writes: For two weeks we have been working together and letting the music say more than words. It has been a great experience to work with Houman on this piece which has wonderful depth! _ music Composition, setar, Electronic, mix and production: Houman Esmailian. _ Duduk, bansuri: Sandro Friedrich. _ Hassan Khodayinia: kamanche.
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87 votes
  • Alternative
  • Electronic
  • New Age
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Piano
  • Setar
  • Drum machine
  • Bansuri
  • Duduk
  • Iran
  • Switzerland
3:20
China Town
Who doesn’t dream of world peace? This is our dream about what can happen when cultures unite musically across distant borders. “China Town” is a synthesis of western electronic instruments and Chinese flutes, all rolled up into a spicy spring roll of intercultural sound.
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4 votes
  • Dance / EDM
  • World
  • Jaw harp
  • Dizi
  • Switzerland
  • Uganda
6:58
FunkyLami
Based on an Iraqi Maqam called Lami, this piece has the elements of Funk, Jazz, and Iraqi Makam. That work is empowered by using a floating bridge Iraqi style Oud, playing a long the funky rhythm. The Flute, played by Sandro, beautifully blends with the Oud creating a passionate "dance" on the funky rhythm of Michael and the warm, artistic and elegant bass line played by Osmar. Adding to that, an improvised vocal "Mawal" singing an ancient love poem.
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7785 votes
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  • Arabic
  • Funk
  • Jazz
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer
  • Bass guitar
  • Drum set
  • Flute
  • Germany
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Peru
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America
4:07
Searching for the Pitch No.1
The piece "Searching for the Pitch No.1" is built on Iraqi Folk Music / Religious Ritual Genre of Singing. It is being vocalized and recomposed by Ali Asaad (main chant and choir-like vocals). This uploaded track is a collaboration with the Russian Swiss-based composer Sasha (Alexander) Shlain who I have met on Beyond platform, and we started discussing and shaping our project together, and also with the Swiss composer and multi wind-instrumentalist Sandro Friedrich. The track includes Sasha Shalin's collaboration as arranger in the electronic accompaniment, as well as the own-improvised recorded solo of Duduk played by Sandro Friedrich. This will show how we are working on the material, and it is surely not a final result of every composition I am submitting (compositionally and for studio-related conditions).
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543 votes
  • Arabic
  • Electronic
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Ritual
  • Vocal
  • World
  • A capella
  • Background vocals
  • Chanting
  • Singer
  • Tenor
  • Electric piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Duduk
  • Germany
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Russian Federation
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Ukraine
4:04
The 11th Hour
When I browsed the different participants in Beyond Music, I liked Sasha's musical background right away: Such an interesting blend of different cultures and skills! It is reflected in this track which is unconventional yet very groove-centered, including allusions to many different cultures and styles! In this track I play bass flute, traverse flute and Jew's harps.
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533 votes
  • Instrumental
  • World
  • Synthesizer
  • Jaw harp
  • Bass traverse flute
  • Transverse Flute
  • Traverse flute
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Russian Federation
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
3:08
Mountains of Men - Elly Kellner and Sandro Friedrich
Elly: When I heard Sandro's music on his profile I immediately could hear these beautiful sounds on this song. I was delighted that Sandro wanted to add his Bansuri flute to it. If we got the chance to re-record this we would make the song longer with more instrumental space for the Bansuri melodies.
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22 votes
  • Alternative
  • Easy Listening
  • Background vocals
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
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