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The name of the band „KOYAANISQATSY“ comes from the language of the Hopi-Indians and means as much as „Crazy Life“, “Riot life”, „Out Of Balance“, “A state that has to be changed”.

1994 - after having taken a break from music for 2 years - guitar player Markus Glanz (ex-Brainstorm, ex-VAIN VISION) started to look for suitable musicians for a new project, which should be placed musically somewhere between classical music, soundtracks and Heavy Metal.

After an extensive search he finally found the ideal partner in drummer Stefan Petzoldt (ex-Dreamscape). Regarding musical ideas he had similar visions and was also inspired by the same bands and composers. Right after the very first jam session it became clear that this was the beginning of a joint musical journey.
The first songs for this new project saw the light of day in a rehearsal room in Munich where Markus and Stefan began to create a story to be told and arranged the song material accordingly.
They had the vision to create a musical fairytale and to make it come alive with a combination of a story and pictures.
Markus recorded the first passages with a keyboard and Stefan contributed the beats and breaks with a drum computer.

In 1995 the virtuoso keyboarder and pianist Wolfgang Schneider, winner of the German MIDI AWARD for compositions in 1991, joined them. Wolfgang’s original background is the world of classical music, but ever since joining KOYAANISQATSY he has refined their music with his own musical background and his outreaching symphonical sounds and arrangements.


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