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Chris Wiesendanger

Piano, Switzerland

Born 1965, started to improvise and play along with records at the age of 3 on the piano and the harpsichord of his parents. Founded his first group at 16, started to compose his first pieces and played many different concerts with this group in Switzerland. Also starts at that time to play more and more in the legendary Zürich Jazzclub „Bazillus“; pianist of the house trio and accompanies many national and international musicians. Franco Ambrosetti, Isla Eckinger, Roman Schwaller, Hans Kennel, Eddie Harris, Ray Anderson, Michael Brecker, Lester Bowie, Sal Nistico, Woody Shaw, Benny Golson, Gil Scott Heron, Joseph Bowie, Aron Neville and so on. Concerts and Tours in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium,Germany, Russia. Stays also more often in New York, where he plays many concerts and sessions with different younger jazz musicians like Chris Cheek, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Kurt Rosenwinkel. Played at the North Sea Jazz Festival Den Haag, Montreux Jazz Festival, Estival Jazz Lugano, Pori Jazz Festival Finland, Newport Festival NYC.

His current groups are the trio WWU (with Christian Weber and Dieter Ulrich), and his New York based group „Urban Village“ (with Mark Turner, Ben Street and Nasheet Waits). Both groups recorded CD`s. WWU on the Swiss label HatHut and “Urban Village” on the Spanish label FreshSound.

He also recorded a cd with his nonett “Undersong” on his own label KnockKnock, which was founded 2005 . The music is all original compositions with influences of rock music, free improvising and live electronic.

His work also include electronic music compositions. In April 2006 his composition for the Chinese Dance Company Wen Shei will be performed in Hongkong and Singapur. It is music for dancers, erhu, voice, violin, trombone and computer.

As a composer, improviser and pianist, he searches to develop a music, that goes beyond borders of traditional musical forms. To broaden musical limits is an important point in his musical work.

Chris Wiesendanger