I spent my most interesting times in Berlin (or New York), in big cities ie. But never the world of peasants has stopped to have influence in me. The daughter of a carpenter in the countryside took me (aged two) from a children’s home in a big city (Wuppertal). 20 years later I put the residence of my family into this rural idyll. My daughters (now in Berlin and Munich) learned to ride horses there – as my wife and me. I have always understood the country life as a kind of resistance to the fault of city life. Perhaps the simplicity of my music (and my naive paintings) can be understood from this attitude.