Rudi Zapf & Zapf’nstreich (DEU)
Rudi Zapf & Zapf’nstreich (DEU)Without Rudi Zapf, born in December 1959, few Germans outside of Bavaria would know or care about the Hackbrett (hammered dulcimer). As, deep breath, combination musician-teacher-festival organiser-composer-arranger-bandleader, Zapf single-handedly uncorked the champagne bottle of interest in the instrument. He elevated it way beyond its tight parameters on the Alpine trad. music circuit. He played whatever took his fancy: folk (naturally) and ambient music, rock and pop and classical. That innate curiosity about the instrument never left him. He granted the Hackbrett multiple lives. That’s why he is receiving the main prize of the RUTH Awards 2019.