There is quite a story behind Joachim's humble link: Many years ago he was visiting a club in Berlin called Quasimodo. During the band's intermission they play the CD of an artist that he is not familiar with. He asks about him and finds out that it is a CD by Peter D. Harper from Australia, who had performed at the club a couple of days prior. Joachim spontaneously tries to get in touch with Peter... more than 16 years ago that meant homing pigeons had just become obsolete. They decide to meet and Joachim invites Peter to come to Hamburg to visit him and his wife at the time for three days. Although not planned the first collaborative songs take shape.
At another visit in 2002, Peter and Joachim record 9 recently composed songs.
BSC Musik is handling the promotional aspect and 'Mr. Jones' goes on an almost daily rotation on Munich radio stations . A tour is in the making.
But then - caused by a tragic misunderstanding - Peter and Joachim part ways for the next 16 years. Peter and his wife Bobbi move from Australia to the USA, Peter has been signed by a record company and it seems like they can participate no longer in the 'Harper & Griebe' project.
... Disappointment... lack of communication... by Achim... 16 years pass.
At the spur of the moment following a gut feeling, Achim finally writes to Peter.
A speedy reply says: 'Hey, I am performing in Germany 3 weeks from now at the Grolsch Blues festival'. Remarkable, as he had not played a gig in Germany in many years. - Apparently invisible connections DO exist between people -
They arrange for a meeting at the festival - at the hotel after all these years, Peter and Achim meet face to face. Peter looks at Achim and says: 'I'm so tired', gales of laughter, it was their running gag 16 years ago - and suddenly the magical connection is back. They discuss their misunderstandings and spend a great weekend together. (photo in the comment section)
After 16 years the 'Harper & Griebe' project starts anew. Achim and Peter are still composing new songs, a tour is in the making ...it's about to get exciting.
Peter & Achim , Hotel - Grolsch Blues Festival 19.05.2018