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Christian Zehnder



Releases:

schmelz     (10.09.2010)
kraah     (12.09.2008)

Genre: Jazz, Vocal
Web: http://www.zehndermusic.ch/
MySpace: https://www.facebook.com/OLOIDzehnderhilbe?fref=ts
E-Mail: info@zehndermusic.ch
Booking: http://www.zehndermusic.ch/

Vocalist, voice artist, yodeler or throat singer? Swiss musician Christian Zehnder is all of these, but this idiosyncratic performer in all his dazzling variety defies categorization. Archaic, urban and spheric his sound-world dishevels Swiss idioms through storms and chinooks, with critical clear views of the higher reaches of the Alps lost in reverie. For the first time he melts his non-verbal vocal artistry with lyrics in german and french and defines his very own imaginative alpine music between past and future on "Schmelz".

"...Take Christian Zehnder, who's developed his own freestyle vocalise, incorporating elements of jazz and contemporary music. Unclassifiable stuff, but his vocal range makes him one of the world's most amazing performer..."
Time Out England, August 09






Events

Date Country, City, Venue
31.03.2018 CH-Überstorf, Schloss : / solo
22.05.2018 CH-Basel, Gare du Nord : / solo
26.05.2018 NL-Rotterdam, Operntage
17.06.2018 CH-Biel, Bourgplatz Open Air


News

21.05.2017    

Christian Zehnder

new video out now




22.03.2013     Out now:

Christian Zehnder & Gregor Hilbe

Oloid
CD 4584
file under: world
release March 22,2013 - pre-order amazon.de

05.04.2013    CH-Zürich, Moods




21.01.2013     Christian Zehnder - Gregor Hilbe Oloid



05.08.2011    

Christian Zehnder - Stimmhorn - all CDs out now on iTunes

At the beginning, there is the alpenhorn. Then, there are the first few overtones. Bizarre sounds are generated before images of the sublime world of mountains. ?stimmhorn? leave behind all categories and pass beyond all genres: with references to various musical styles and combined with theatrical elements, the duo, using the means of instrument and voice, invents acoustic voyages between traditional and experimental worlds of sound. For their innovative joy in experimentation, Zehnder/Streiff have been given numerous award-winning commissions. ?stimmhorn? have become a label for a mixture of foreign and familiar sounds of the land from the Alps.



18.05.2011    

Chrstian Zehnder
on tour in China with Kraah Trio

20.05.2011 CN Beijing Hanggai Festival
22.05.2011 CN Shanghai World Music Festival

10.09.2010    

Out now:
Christian Zehnder Quartett

Schmelz
CD 4542-2
file under: Worldmusic / Switzerland

amazon.de

Schmelz
Vocalist, voice artist, yodeler or throat singer? Swiss musician Christian Zehnder is all of these, but this idiosyncratic performer in all his dazzling variety defies categorization. Archaic, urban and spheric his sound-world dishevels Swiss idioms through storms and chinooks, with critical clear views of the higher reaches of the Alps lost in reverie. For the first time he melts his non-verbal vocal artistry with lyrics in german and french and defines his very own imaginative alpine music between past and future on "Schmelz".

12.09.2008    

Out now:
Zehnder

kraah
CD 4515-2
file under: World Music





Biography

Christian Zehnder was born in Zurich in 1961 and now lives and works in Basle. He began his musical career by studying guitar but then turned to singing, studying with baritone singer Rapael Laback among others, and graduated with a diploma as a voice instructor. He went on to study overtone singing with Tokne Nonaka and Alfred Wolfsohn’s body-voice techniques with Daniel Prieto. He has also spent many years researching the non-verbal communication of the human voice and the yodel as communication form. With his idiosyncratic approach to overtone singing, Zehnder belongs to a new generation of vocalists who are providing new impulses for a form of singing long dominated by the western New Age movement. In 1996 he founded the project stimmhorn with wind player Balthasar Streiff, which went on to gain international recognition and several awards. He works as an actor-musician in theatre projects, as a singer in various musical groups and on solo projects in the field of theatre and performance (including “Genom Genesis” in Berlin and “Talk with my turntables” in Basle/Berlin/Lausanne). He has composed many pieces for film, television and radio and taught overtone singing, voice techniques and choral singing in Switzerland and abroad. Now Zehnder is presenting his solo project “kraah,” with contributions by Georg Breinschmid, Thomas Weiss, and the  casalQuartett.

" ...vocal acrobat Zehnder is a divine clown moving between despair and beatitude with his breathtaking glottal escapades…"
Die Welt

" Zehnder is an unbelievable singer on all levels...ranging between yodeling and Meredith Monk, his work brings to mind the metaphysical clowning of a Samuel Beckett. How often does one experience art that cannot be distinguished from a natural phenomenon?"
Weltwoche





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