"Basho" is an adopted part of his name, from another guitarist Robbie Basho (who in turn took it from a Japanese poet). He as also a visual artist and sometimes exhibits photographs and paintings as simply "Steffen Junghans".

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Steffen Basho-Junghans (born Steffen Junghans in 1953) is a German guitarist and composer. He was born in North Thuringia in the former German Democratic Republic. At the age of 17 he taught himself to play acoustic guitar and in 1978 formed the folk band Wacholder. In 1979, influenced by the American guitarist Leo Kottke, he began performing solo instrumental music on 6- and 12-string guitar. Throughout the 1980s he became influenced by artists on John Fahey's Takoma Records label. During this period he discovered the music of Robbie Basho, and consequently became interested in Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Bashō, who had influenced Robbie Basho. Steffen Junghans incorporated the name 'Basho' into his own, as a mark of respect. Throughout the 1980s he lectured on acoustic guitar history and performed numerous concerts.

Steffen Basho-Junghans has released recordings on the German label Blue Moment Arts; the American labels Sublingual, Strange Attractors and Locust; the Italian label Sillyboy; the Australian label Preservation; and Kning Disk in Sweden, appears on several compilations. His music, unorthodox explorations between traditions and experimentation, is influenced by North American Indian, Asian, New music and European classical music.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1996 Fleur de Lis 1 1
2000 Song of the Earth 1
2001 Inside 1
2001 Landscapes in Exile 1
2003 Rivers and Bridges 1
2003 Waters in Azure 1
2005 Unknown Music 1: Alien Letter 1
2005 Unknown Music II – Transwarp Meditation 1
2006 Late Summer Morning 1
2006 Last Days of the Dragons 1
2009 IS 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 7 Books 1
2006 In the Morning Twilight 1

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