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Johannes Wallmann

German-Canadian pianist and composer Johannes Wallmann has spent the last fifteen years as a prolific performer with his own groups and as a sideman on the New York City and San Francisco’s jazz and New Music scenes. Prior to "The Coasts," he released three critically acclaimed CDs, "The Johannes Wallmann Quartet" (1997), "Alphabeticity" (2003), and "Minor Prophets" (2007), a program of all original compositions that Cadence Magazine describes as a "glowing statement of rippling inventiveness." Wallmann’s distinctive compositions juxtapose complex, new harmonies with ebullient grooves and joyfully exuberant melodies.

Born in Münster, Germany, Wallmann grew up on Canada's Vancouver Island, where he studied classical piano and guitar. Deciding to study and pursue a career in music, Wallmann moved first to Boston (Berklee College of Music) and then New York City (New York University, Ph.D. in jazz studies, ’10). In New York, he performed or recorded with the Dennis Mitcheltree Quartet, the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, the American Music Group, jazz tubaist Howard Johnson, drummers Jeff Hirshfield, Danny Gottlieb, and Tim Horner, bassists Jeff Andrews and Martin Wind, saxophonists Gary Bartz, Seamus Blake, and Pete Yellin, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, operatic tenor Dr. Francois Clemmons, the Billings Symphony Orchestra, and Canto-pop star Faye Wong. A two-time Canada Council artist grant recipient, Wallmann has also toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

A fervent advocate for music education, Wallmann relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007 to take up an appointment Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, East Bay (he previously taught at New York University and at the New School for Jazz). He continues to perform frequently on both coasts of the U.S. and Canada.

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