I am Harlequin

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Creado el: 12 Ene 2012

I am Harlequin

I am Harlequin has been founded by German-born musician/singer/songwriter and producer Anne Freier. Her music blends elements of pop, indie and electro pop. She plays the piano, harp and recorder.

Anne was born in Dresden, Germany, daughter to a teacher (mother) and landscape architect (father) and the family moved to Erfurt when she was two years old. After the wall came down the whole family traveled a lot within Europe and later internationally. Early on, she was exposed to classical music and her father regularly took her to see the opera and ballet.

She recounts having sung "Der Hoelle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" from Mozart's "The Magic Flute" when she was six years old.

Her and her sister then regularly performed dances and musical shows in front of family and friends. Whilst on family vacation, she used to sing along to tapes of Kate Bush, Cindy Lauper and the Shakespeare Sisters. She wrote her first English song at the age of seven.

She moved to London whilst in school and studied music in the capital.

Anne has been largely influenced by classical music. Amongst her favourite composers are Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams, Borodin, Tchaikovsky as well as Stephen Sondheim. Kate Bush remains to be one of her biggest influences from the pop world, alongside Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Grace Slick and other progressive musicians from the 70s and 80s.

Since 2005 she has been composing music for film, ads, musicals as well as theater and art projects.

2006-2008 was a largely anti-folk inspired phase, in which she wrote song material worth five albums, making use of innovative structures, and quirky lyrics. The music remains largely unreleased, but has been widely played during her live gigs in London.

By 2008, she had started working on I am Harlequin, a larger project, involving many more instruments and eventually a live band to play with. I am Harlequin has been launched in November 2010 and brings to life a sophisticated vocal sound, previously compared to that of Grace Slick, and a professional production as well as songs of commercial appeal.

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