Born: June 4, 1960 Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic
This is bordercrossing music far beyond stylistic categories and popular stereotypes - dynamic soundtrips, born out of silence. Rhythmic energy, explosive dynamics, percussive attacks, spheric soundscapes and long melodic lines are striking characteristics of a highly individual musical cosmos which is higly evocative and mesmerizing. Axel Schultheiss found his own musical language, in which content and expression are the most important ingredients, despite all of his virtuosity. He takes the listener into a different world - fascinating and full of magic moments.
It was at the age of fifteen, when he was fascinated by the sound of steel string acoustic guitars for the first time. He began composing his own music and formed a guitar duo, that played concerts all over Germany. In 1985 his first record “Guitaristic Paintings” was released. Beginning in the middle of the nineties he has been concentrating on solo acoustic guitar playing in combination with the delicate use of delays, liveloops, and other electronic effects, which lead to the CD’s “Free Mind” and “Departure”- highly individual music without musical borders. “The Uplift” was released in 2007. On this solo guitar album Schultheiss develops surprising aspects between percussive grooves, experimental sounds and melodious ballads. In 2009 “on wings” was released. With it’s trancelike, athmospheric and at the same time exciting compositions it opened a new chapter. Shortly after it’s release “on wings” reached the Top10 in the USA.
Axel Schultheiss plays concerts both in Germany and abroad, leads workshops, writes guitarbooks und has released several CD’s worldwide. His music is used for film- and TV-productions.
Axel Schultheiss is a wizard who balances on a high wire with incredible competence... it’s a special joy, a really special experience. —jazzpodium, GER
Highly evocative and mesmeriting in an ambient sort of way. —AcousticGuitar; USA
...driving rhythms...spirited improvisations...mastery of melody and harmonic movements...a masterful guitarist and composer who can call to mind moods ranging from fear and sadness to uninhibited joy. His use of dissonance and subtle tonal shifts will reward careful listeners. —minor7th,.com, USA
Axel Schultheiss,Free Mind (Acoustic Music, 2000)
Axel Schultheiss,Departure (Acoustic Music, 2002)
Axel Schultheiss,The Uplift (Acoustic Music, 2007)
Axel Schultheiss,On Wings (Ozella Music, 2009)
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