Holger Czukay

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“I was very sad to hear of the death of Holger Czukay.  

When we were trying to put WOMAD together in 1980 I fell in love with his ‘Persian Love’ song, which struck me as a really beautiful piece. He was very supportive of the idea of a festival of music from around the world, and very gracious in letting us use this beautiful music as part of the album that raised funds for the festival.

Like Holger, I have been influenced and inspired by the work and lectures of Karl Heinz Stockhausen, and I think that helped his love for and skill in sound exploration. Can, while not the most popular band, were hugely influential on a generation of experimenters.

I didn’t know him well, but it was very clear that Holger possessed a curious mind and a kind heart.”

– Peter Gabriel