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Aurelio
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Born in 1960 on the Austro-Hungarian border, Aurelio began his musical studies in 1975 with classical guitar, completing his baccalaureate in 1979. Shortly after, he made the first of his many journeys to other countries and cultures to immerse himself in the local traditions of music, travelling overland to Pakistan. Although he enrolled at the University in Vienna to study Latin, linguistics and ethno-musicology in 1980, by 1981, he embarked on a five year sojourn which took him first to California, then to the South Pacific islands of Marquesas, Tahiti and Fiji, to the Maori and Aboriginal communities in New Zealand and Australia, Papua New Guinea, and China. In each country, Aurelio studied the indigenous music traditions and their role in community life. Fascinated by the varied materials, forms and acoustics of the musical instruments in these diverse cultures, he also began building his first musical instruments.

In the second half of the 1980s, Aurelio collaborated with various experts to deepen his understanding of acoustics and different musical traditions, such as Pythagorean tuning, Indian classical music, Gregorian modal chant, and Buddhist meditation practice. He also became involved in community music by organising education groups in music, movement and theatre, as well as heritage markets and festivals. The projects soon grew in scale and Aurelio began conducting workshops, seminars, performances, and conferences in Europe as well as India.

During this time, he developed his concept of sound therapy, ' A Sound Approach to Life', which inspired a series of specially constructed and tuned instruments of his own invention. After moving to Auroville in South India in 1991, Aurelio became intensely involved in studying Indian scriptures on music, medicine, and performing arts, bringing these elements together in a wide range of cultural and healing activities. Aurelio's biggest undertaking so far, the SVARAM Musical Instruments and Research Station.

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