Jan Heinke was born in Dresden in 1968. He described himself as a world musician, playing percussion from Africa, didgeridoo from Australia and doing harmonic singing from Mongolia/Tibet.

Jan began his musical training at the children's choir of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden. Later he studied saxophone at the Dresden University of Music. In addition to these studies he had developed interests in harmonic singing and ethnic instruments.

Jan's fascination with the sound characteristics of metal began early. A musical encounter with the American artist Bob Rutman in the mid-90s gave him the impulse to develop more complex instruments.

Jan lived as a freelance musician in Dresden, built sound sculptures and composed for various groups.

Jan died after a short, serious illness on April 20, 2022.

We have put a Book of Condolences online.

In 2003 he founded Lausch-Rausch, an international festival for harmonic singing including concerts and workshops with international artists.
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