Peter Michael Hamel ranks as one of the best-known and most successful German composers of his generation.
Peter and I double-billed in Berkeley in the early '80s, soon after I had arrived in California from the east coast. I remember the room was humming with a sense of anticipation, and packed with eager concert goers, many of whom had never heard either of us play in live concert. That period in the '80s when our genre was being birthed was a potent and exciting time.
Peter founded "Freies Musikzentrum München," an institute for musical education and therapy. In 1976, his book, "Through Music to the Self" was published, obtaining wide circulation in Europe and the U.S. The book discusses the transformational effects of music through the ages.