Christian Willisohn is one of the outstanding
figures on today's music scene.
No matter where he performs, critics and audiences alike applaud his supreme
his creativity and his technical virtuosity.
In his own compositions,
pianist and singer Christian Willisohn goes back to the roots of the blues, taking his
listeners on a trip from the basics to the myriad facets of the music.
His musical career began in 1980 in the Munich
clubs; from the mid-eighties onward he toured across Europe and the USA with blues greats
like Zora Young, Aron Burton, Amos Garrett, Vince Weber, Lousiana Red and many others. Festival
appearances including Montreux, Ascona, Burghausen, Vienna, Hamburg, Lyons, Paris,
Chicago, New Orleans, Sydney, and Auckland assured him of an impressive international
1991 saw the release of his
critically-acclaimed first solo CD, Boogie Woogie and some
Blues, recorded in Munich.
The same year, Christian and his good friend
Lillian Boutté recorded their first duo CD,
Lipstick Traces, at Allen Toussaint's legendary Sea Saint
Studios in New Orleans, using Fats Domino's rhythm section. The ongoing success of this
recording has secured the duo a multitude of tour dates and television appearances in
Europe and the States.
In 1993, Christian and Dutch saxophone player
Boris Vanderlek recorded a live CD, Blues
News, which was
presented to the public in New York City.
In 1995, the Christian Willisohn Trio released
an album entitled Blues on the World. In the same year,
Christian published his first book of sheet music, The Real Blues'n
Boogie Book, written in collaboration with Professor Herbert Wiedemann.
The Christian Willisohn Band's CD
Heart Broken Man followed suit in 1996.
In 1997, Christian and Rainer Schmidt founded
the ART BY HEART label, for which he produced his second duo album with Lillian Boutté,
2000, at Marians Jazzroom in Bern / Switzerland Christian Willisohn recorded
his double CD Live
Next to special projects, as for instance with Boris Vanderlek, Christian Willisohn can be heard in
Christian Willisohn, solo
Christian Willisohn Trio, with Rick Hollander (drums) and Rocky Knauer
Christian Willisohn Band, with Rick Hollander (drums), Rocky Knauer
(bass), Titus Vollmer (guitar)
Christian Willisohn & Lillian Boutté