Gesine Bänfer

Gesine Bänfer plays shawm, bagpipe, soprano saxophone, whistles and old English guitar. She started her musical career at the of 13 when she played guitar and drums in her first all-girl band Jawbone. For many years she sang in a rock opera, and played saxophone in big bands and dance combos, before specialising in early woodwind instruments. She learnt shawm with Katharina Arfken in Basel, Switzerland. Together with Ian Harrison she founded the mediaeval band Les haulz et les bas which won the competition of the Bruges Early Music Festival. With her bagpipe duo Magic Pipes she was prizewinner at the International bagpipe competition of St. Chartier Folk Festival and with her world music band Contraband she received awards as best folk rock band and best wind instrumentalist 2007 from the German Pop Foundation. Aside from music her special interests lie in mediaeval iconography and photography. She has lectured on historical woodwind instruments at universities and music academies throughout Europe. Gesine Bänfer is a qualified Rudolf Steiner School teacher with a degree from the Free University, Stuttgart - Freiburg.


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