Embryo are considered one of the most important German Krautrock bands of the 1970s.
[audio:Embryo – Abdul Malek.mp3] The musical collective from Munich has been active since 1969, although its story started in the mid-1950s in Hof where Christian Burchard and Dieter Serfas met for the first time at the age of 10.
In 1969 the band was founded by multi instrumentalist Christian Burchard (drums, vibraphone, santur, keyboard) and Edgar Hoffmann (saxophone, flutes).
To date more than 400 musicians have played with the collective, some, such as Charlie Mariano, Trilok Gurtu, Ramesh Shotham, Marty Cook, Yuri Parfenov, Allan Praskin, X.Nie, Nick McCarthy, Monty Waters and Mal Waldron, have played on multiple occasions. Longtime members are Edgar Hoffmann (sax,violin) ,Dieter Serfas (drums), Roman Bunka (guitar, oud), Uve Müllrich (bass), Michael Wehmeyer (keyboard), Chris Karrer (guitar, oud, violin, sax), Lothar Stahl (marimba, drums), and Jens Polheide (bass, flute).
With Ton Steine Scherben a. o. founder of the first German independent label Schneeball in 1976.
In 1979 the band started a nine month tour to India by bus, which was documented by the movie “Vagabunden Karawane”. Embryo developed from jazzy Krautrock to a world music band, which is able to merge different styles and trends.
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