An internationally acclaimed musician/composer, Deuter has become known as a pioneer, combining contemporary and traditional musical forms. He has created music that is at once meditative and inspiring.
A product of both East and West, he was born in 1945, in a small village of post–war Germany. As a child, he learned flute and taught himself guitar and harmonica. As a young adult, he worked as a graphic designer and newspaper columnist in Munich, but the musical drive within him persisted. Eckart Rahn, a young record producer at that time, recognized Deuter’s talents, and in 1971 released Deuter’s first recording, D, on the then fledgling Kuckuck label.
Deuter began to go into the mountains to record birds, water and wind to accompany his music. He was one of the first artists to do so, and his deep relationship with nature persists to this day. He also began his spiritual search, spending much of his time at the Osho ashram in Poona, India. Deuter was also one of the first artists to blend that Eastern influence into his music. He did that blending in such a gentle fashion that it never jarred Western ears, unaccustomed to Eastern rhythms and tonalities.
Today, he lives in New Mexico, deep in a forest he shares with birds, deer, roadrunners, snakes and coyotes. He keeps bees, crafts zen-like wood furniture, and continues to experiment with instruments from all over the world: Shakuhachi flutes, sitars, tablas, santoors, a Turkish sasz, and a Persian tar; Chimes, bowls and Tibetan bells and of course, keyboards, guitars, and synthesizers.