Christian Zehnder

Christian Zehnder

Biography: 

Christian Zehnder (http://www.zehndermusic.ch), was born in Zurich in 1961 and now resides in Basel. He is one of the most sought after overtone singers of the international musical scene.
 
Christian began his musical career by studying guitar. He then turned to singing and studied under baritone singer Rapael Laback, among others. Graduating with a diploma as a voice instructor, he then went on to study overtone singing with Tokne Nonaka and Alfred Wolfsohn’s body-voice techniques with Daniel Prieto.
 
Christian has spent many years researching the non-verbal communication of the human voice and the yodel as a form of communication. With his idiosyncratic approach to overtone singing, Zehnder belongs to a new generation of vocalists who are providing new impulses for a form of singing long dominated by the Western New Age movement.
 
In 1996, Christian founded the project stimmhorn with wind player Balthasar Streiff, which went on to gain international recognition and several awards. He currently works as an actor-musician in theatre projects, as a singer in various musical groups and on solo projects in the field of theatre and performance (including “Genom Genesis” in Berlin and “Talk with my turntables” in Basle/Berlin/Lausanne). He has composed many pieces for film, television, and radio and taught overtone singing, voice techniques, and choral singing in Switzerland and abroad.
 
"Take Christian Zehnder, who’s developed his own freestyle vocals, incorporating elements of jazz and contemporary music. Unclassifiable stuff, but his vocal range makes him one of the world’s most amazing performers."
Time Out England, August 2009
 
The voice is a mysterious instrument. You think you know it—after all, it’s something you use every day. It seems to have already been fully explored, its dimensions defined, and then along comes someone like the singer […] Christian Zehnder […] and questions begin to arise.
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