In the mid-eighties, Lässer was part of Andreas Vollenweider & Friends, with whom he toured Europe and America, playing some 80 gigs.
Following this he went on to play as a jobbing guitarist for the likes of Vollenweider and Stephan Eicher, and as a producer for Jellyfish Kiss and Les Reines Prochaines.
Lässer's highly individual and quite unmistakable sound was fully realised with 4 of his albums by 'Max Lässer's Ark'.
Earthwalk, his 1987 album, made its way to the top of the American jazz charts, but it is only recently that Lässer realised how well known this music was and still is in the townships of South Africa.
The album was originally planned as a solo project, but then Max got a shot of Afro-rhythm while recording on Robert Trunz's invitation in Johannesburg with local musicians from the M.E.L.T. 2000 family.
He followed the album and its rhythm by touring Switzerland with such artists as Pops Mohamed, Busi Mhlongo, members of Amampondo including Lungwisa Plaatjies, Dizu Plaatjies, Mzwandile Qotoyi and Simpiwe Matole, all of whom appear on the album, Between, along with the likes of Jessica Lauren, Sipho Gumede and Mabi Thobejane.
Max's continuing love affair with South African music and people has culminated in further collaborations with South African guitarist Madala Kunene and Lungiswa on the unique album Madamax compared by many journalists with Ali Faka Toure's work with Ry Cooder...
The collaboration came about when Max was in South Africa and MELT founder Robert Trunz got the two master guitarists together in Downtown Studios in Johannesburg.
The second album of the two accomplished guitarist, Bafo, released in September 2005 was joined by Madala's long time friend and bass player Sibusiso Bernard Mndaweni.
Max and Madala are unique guitarist, both have their own style and yet when playing together the result is something else, something primordial and confrontational.
The two artists complement each other in an extraordinary way, and this album can only be described as an organic unity of the best of two cultures.
Robert Trunz has described the collaboration as an "epiphany" a "profound connection" between Europe and Africa.
Max Lässer Discography
- 8 Vocals
- 70 Instruments & Performance
- 22 Writing & Arrangement
- 2 Featuring & Presenting
- 23 Production
- 7 Technical