Born in postwar Germany, Deuter taught himself the guitar, the flute, harmonica and just about every instrument he could get his hands on, though it wasn’t until after a near-fatal car crash in his early twenties that he decided to pursue a career in music. His first release in 1970, simply entitled D, was to become a modern classic. D marked the beginning of Deuter’s spiritual and musical journey, ostensibly paving the way for a new genre of music known as “New Age”, which combined acoustic and electronic elements with ethnic instrumentation and nature sounds, such as whale and bird songs, the open sea, and wind in the trees.
Over the years, Deuter has continued to learn and master a vast array of instruments, including flutes, shakuhachi, guitar, banjo, sitar, santoor, piano, cello, tibetan bells, koto, bouzouki, keyboards, and viola da gamba. He’s recorded and released over 60 albums and has sold too many to count. All the while, Deuter has never ceased to explore new frequencies and resonances. “One thing that is important for me is that I love dancing on the edge of the unknown—to play around and open doors I haven’t walked through before”, says Deuter. It is this very outlook that has kept him at the forefront of musical evolution for over 40 years.
Deuter currently lives and works in the mountains outside of Sante Fe, New Mexico, creating the contemplative, healing music he has become known for today. Over the years, Deuter has released albums with Kuckuck Schallplatten, Higher Octave Music, Celestial Harmonies, and New Earth Records. His most recent albums include the compilation Eternity, an album of nature sounds he recorded himself, and his newest release, Reiki Hands of Love, an offering for the powerfully healing art of reiki.