Christian Scholze has been producing
world music for over 20 years.

Christian Scholze has been producing world music for over 20 years. To encounter the different cultures around the globe on a deeper level, he has travelled to more than 60 countries.

After long stays in Africa, Zanzibar, Australia, in many Balkan countries, in the Caribbean and in South America, he travelled to Armenia in the summer of 1999 to record an ensemble of the country's best musicians at the legendary studio of Radio Eriwan. The hospitality of the most prominent duduk player, Djivan Gasparyan, was one of the highlights of his eventful journies. Just prior to that — only a few days before the outbreak of war in the Balkans — he'd been in Skopje, Macedonia to record the gypsy queen Esma Redzepova. Approximately 50,000 Roma live in the city's Shutka district.

Ongoing work on the project "Musica Negra in the Americas" recently took him to the black cultures in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.

As the founder and director of the record company Network Medien in Frankfurt, Germany, he publishes his recordings as well as productions devoted to specific themes, such as "Desert Blues" or "Road of the Gypsies," on his own label, working with the same team for many years.

Network Medien CDs are distributed worldwide through partners in more than 30 countries.

An interview with Christian Scholze follows below.

To learn more about Network Medien and its productions, visit the company's Web site.