Edgar Froese | Artist
Edgar Froese was a German artist and electronic music pioneer born 1944 in Tilsit, East Prussia. He was best known as founder of the electronic music group Tangerine Dream. Froese was born on D-Day during World War II and his father and other family members had been killed by the Nazis. His mother and surviving family settled in West Berlin after the war. He took piano lessons from the age of 12, and started playing guitar at 15. In 1965, he formed a psychedelic rock band called The Ones. While playing in Spain, the band was invited to perform for Salvador Dalí at his villa in Cadaqués. Froese's encounter with Dalí was highly influential, inspiring him to pursue more experimental directions with his music. After returning to Berlin, Froese began recruiting musicians for the free-rock band that would become Tangerine Dream in 1967. Froese was a vegetarian and a non-smoker, he also did not drink alcohol or take drugs. His son Jerome Froese was a member of Tangerine Dream from 1990 through 2006. Froese was a friend of such artists as Davis Bowie, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop and Friedrich Gulda. Pop and Bowie lived with Froese and his family at their home in Schöneberg before moving to their apartment on Hauptstraße. Froese also helped Bowie with his recovery and introduced him to the Berlin underground scene. Froese released eight solo albums of progressive electronic-ambient music. Standouts include Aqua, Epsilon in Malaysian Pale, Macula Transfer, Stuntman and Pinnacles.
Artist Website: tangerinedream-music.com
Featured Albums: Edgar Froese
Related Artists: Tangerine Dream