Stoa formed in 1991 and consisted then of musician Olaf
Parusel and vocalist Conny Levrow. Both have extensive classical training,
which is quite effectively reflected in their music.
Conny is an accomplished violinist, but her involvement with Stoa is mostly
vocal in nature. Olaf provides the accompaniment and composes the pieces they
The first piece published by this German duo was the self titled "Stoa" on the Hyperium
compilation "Hy! - From Hypnotic to Hypersonic". Shortly
thereafter, they released their first full length album "Urthona". In
1994, their second album "Porta VIII" came out. Both were received well
critically and did relatively well in several new-age charts.
Stoa has never toured, per se, but they are occasionally known to play
a concert or two sporadically. They performed alongside labelmates Chandeen in
As of 1997, Conny Levrow left the band to pursue other musical challenges. A new
vocalist, Antje Buchheiser, is now the voice of Stoa. She too has extensive
orchestral training: a violinist for 11 years, as well as being a choral performer
for the Hallenser Madrigalisten.
As a personal side note, I can't wait to hear what's brewing with this new lineup. It
sounds like there have a perfect match in Antje, hopefully we will have a new album
out soon to find out! Incidently, there is a new Stoa sound clip to download, available
on the official site, you can download directly it by clicking here for mp3, and here for a realaudio version.