?THE ART OF SOLO PIANO?
The talented Jazzpianist Christoph Spendel is returning, after a long soloabstinence, with a new production "The Art Of Solo Piano". Many happenings in the past years gave the virtuoso musician new impulses: almost 3 years of living and spending endless jazz nights in New York, his membership with the band SPECIAL EFX and last, but not least his regained consciousness back to "The Art Of Solo Piano". The songs on his new album represent Spendels musical developement between classic music and jazz music. He does, however not shy away from using current trends best example is his song "Acoustic Hip Hop" and integrates these in his compositions.
Christoph Spendel belongs currently to the most wanted jazzpianist, keyboarders, composers, producers and music teachers of Germany. He received his first piano lessons at the age of five and then later, a firSm grounding in formal music education at the RobertSchumannInstitut in Duesseldorf, Germany. His professional jazz career began as a member of the group Jazztrack. Spendel was able to get an international reputation as a solomusician and was often guest musician by Albert Mangelsdorf, Michael Sameister, Lenny Mac Dowell, Charly Mariano, Eddie Harris or Airto Moreira.
1989 marked the year of Christoph´s breakthrough in the U.S. Together with Randy Brecker and other jazzcelebrities, he was part of Michael Urbaniak´s project "Milky Way". Convinced of Spendels talent, Urbaniak also produced the CD "Spendel", which had guest musicians like, Bill Evans, Steve Gadd, Jeremy Steig and Steve Khan. A little after this release, Spendel became a member of the band SPECIAL EFX, with which he toured the U.S. for about two years. The final breakthrough, in the U.S. market, though, was when George Jinda percussionist from SPECIAL EFX release,d together with Christoph the CD "Cool Street".
Christoph´s new CD "The Art Of Solo Piano" convinces through melodious and relaxing titles, like "An Evening In New York" oder "The Village". The wellknown magazine DOWNBEAT characterizes Christoph´s work as "the musical concept of the 90´s".
Things to know about Christoph in short:
Christoph Spendel belongs to the leading Jazz pianists and keyboard players in Germany. He became famous working with the band "Jazztrack" in the 70´s and in the 80´s he was able to establish a name world wide with his own projects. He has worked with many famous musicians from the German and international Jazz scene musicans like Albert Mangelsdorf, Charlie Mariano, Wolfgang Schlüter, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jeremy Steig, Bill Evans and many more. For the Goethe Institute he undertook many international tours in Canada, Israel, Scandinavia and Turkey. In the 90´s he spent a few years in New York as band member of "Special EFX".
To his career highlight he counts performances at the Philharmony in Berlin, a TVproduction in Switzerland together with Lee Ritenour and Don Grusin and a piano performance for the German piano manufacturer Schimmel at the NAMM Show in Los Angeles. In 1997 he produced the order composition "The Three Worlds" for the radio station WDR in Israel and USA. In the same year, he was invited as solo piano artist to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Christoph Spendel is teaching Jazz and Pop music at the Music Conservatory in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 1997 he is member of the piano duo "Jazz meets Classic" together with Ratko Delorko, he works in a duo together with guitar player Michael Sagmeister and leads the Christoph Spendel Electric Band. His trio with Kurt Bilker and André Nendza supported him in this Christmas production. Christoph Spendel has many productions available. His last production "Flight 408" has even been released with great success in Japan.