Christian Artmann, a New York-based flute player and composer, is passionate about bridging musical boundaries and showcasing the flute in jazz. Having grown up immersed in classical music in his native Germany and Austria, Artmann was invited to the prestigious Aspen Music Festival as a teenager where he performed under world-renowned conductors Claudio Scimone and Lawrence Foster and gave solo recitals of Debussy, Hindemith and Bartók. Increasingly fascinated with composition and improvisation, he realized that jazz was his true calling and committed to developing his own musical voice.
Following studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and collaborations in the Vienna jazz scene, Artmann moved to New York and released his first record as a leader, Uneasy Dreams, to critical acclaim in 2011. His follow-on recording, Fields of Pannonia, was released on Sunnyside Records in 2015 and explores influences from Bach over 20th century classical music to Wayne Shorter. All About Jazz notes in its review: Fields of Pannonia is “rooted in the notion that art can and will stretch as far as the imagination will take it”. The National Flute Association Quarterly calls the album a “mythical journey in sound”.
In the summer of 2017, Artmann went back into the studio to record his latest work, Our Story, with long-time associates Laszlo Gardony (piano), Johannes Weidenmueller (bass), Jeff Hirshfield (drums) and Elena McEntire (voice). Released on Sunnyside Records in May, 2018, Our Story marries a rich and alluring harmonic palette with a strong sense of groove that is at home equally in straight ahead jazz, funk, neosoul and Brazilian music. More so than his previous recordings, Our Story has strong spiritual connotations and is in many ways a reflection of Artmann’s Buddhist faith.
Artmann studied at Harvard Law School, Berklee College of Music and Princeton University. He has toured throughout Europe and has performed at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Prague’s Smetana Hall, the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival near Paris as well as clubs in New York, Boston, Paris and Vienna.
Artmann is a Miyazawa Artist and a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He plays Miyazawa and Kotato flutes and uses Applied Microphone Technology microphones.