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Axel Zwingenberger

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1955, pianist Axel Zwingenberger is traveling the world as the »ambassador of Boogie Woogie« since the age of 19. Together with his friends Vince Weber, Martin Pyrker and George Moeller, he started out in the German speaking countries. Meanwhile, the keyboard virtuoso has given concerts in about 50 countries on four continents, in the Middle and Far East of Asia, in Africa as well as in the Americas. Besides that, he has performed in almost every European country.

Boogie Woogie is a very profound, expressive and powerful style of piano playing, firmly rooted in the Blues. It emerged in the South of the United States of America, around the turn from the 19th to the 20th century, created by African-American pianists in a most unusual manner, ignoring most of the rules of conventional piano playing. Nevertheless, its greatest exponents achieved an impressive level of pianistic virtuosity. Its rolling eight-to-the-bar rhythms, created by the player’s left hand, are the trademark of the genre, and these rhythms consequently had a lasting effect on the popular music until today. Following a brief period of huge popularity during the 1940s, Boogie Woogie dropped into obscurity for a while, but its rhythm has been perpetuated by Rock’n’Roll and other musical forms. During the 1970s, it started to regain popularity, especially in Europe, not the least through Axel Zwingenberger’s efforts.

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