Axel Schultheiss has developed a unique musical language, which enthuses critics from around the world. It's his aestetics, his musicality and his deep emotional quality which runs like a golden thread throgh his music which feeds itself from New Age and Jazz, from archaic and far-eastern sounds, from improvisation and composition – always fascinating and full of magic moments
Rhythmic energy, spheric soundscapes and long melodic lines are striking characteristics of a voyage which evokes manifold pictures – an eciting and intense soundtrip deeply touching the soul and always shaped by sensitive intensity and passion.
He plays concerts both in Germany and abroad, leads workshops, writes guitarbooks und has released several CD’s worldwide. His music has been used for several film- and TV-productions.
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.