Shawm, vocals, yodeling. Born and raised in the area of Mostviertel in Niederösterreich, Andreas Helm received his musical education at the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam , where he studied recorders and early oboes. He is the permanent oboist of the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, the Wiener Akademie, Concilium Musicum Wien. Andreas Helm is involved in collaborations with Concerto Koeln, and Les talens lyriques. Additionally he is member of several ensembles like the Rossi Piceno Baroque Ensemble, the recorder trio 'tricorders', and A la Maresienne. From 2000 to 2002,Helm was oboist of the European Union Baroque Orchestra. Currently, he is engaged in concert activities throughout Europe, China, Japan und South Afrika. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Gradus ad Parnassum (A) und Premio Bonporti (I). He is also a lecturer at the Aestas Music Summer School in Varazdin (Cro).
Bag pipes (Schaeferpfeife, Bock), jaws-harp, vocals, yodeling. Born and raised in Germany, Albin Paulus obtained a classical education in clarinet. He obtained a master's degree in music sciences in Vienna and Cremona and wrote his thesis on the subject bag pipes and hurdy gurdies in Austria). Since 1994 he has specialized in bagpipes in continental Europe. He is also recognized as 18th century jaws harp virtuoso , and made first complete recording of the jaws harp concertos by Albrechtsberger in 2003. Paulus has appeared in International concert perfomances with Hotel Palindrone, Imbraxton, and other recognized groups. He has also been involved in collaborations with Piccolo Concerto, Concilium Musicum Wien, the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble de musique baroque de Limoges. Paulus was a second place winner in competition in St. Chartier (F). Currently he is a teacher of bag pipes, jaws harp, and ensemble in Austria as well as abroad. Mr. Paulus also holds lectureships in Music Sciences and Celtic Culture, and is a guide at the Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments, Vienna.
hurdy gurdy. Born and raised in Oberoesterreich in a family known for its folk music tradition, Simon Wascher studied hurdy gurdy with Valentin Clastrier, Gilles Chabenat, Matthias Loibner, and Riccardo Delfino. He has specialized in the hurdy gurdy since 1987. Wascher's concert activities range throughout Europe with Rundgeiger, Bilwesz and öAlpenland Meets Ostseestrandö. He has collaborated and made a CD recording with the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, and has appeared as the hurdy gurdy player at the Vienna State Opera in the production of öLinda de Chamounixö. Wacher received First Place at the competition in St. Chartier in 2003. Currently, he is an Instructor for several classes for hurdy gurdy, and ensemble in Austria as well as abroad. He is involved in research on the history of the hurdy gurdy in Austria, and about rural dance musicians and manuscripts of the 18th century. From 1993 to 2001 artistic , Simon Wascher has served as director and chairman of the BordunMusik-Fest in Kremsmuenster. He is an editor and publisher of music for the hurdy gurdy and for the online magazine öAbwegslungö.