Original, minimal, ludicrous, playful; these are some words to describe
the music of Christian Wolfarth. In any case, his music is very
The centre of his attention is the sound, which is mostly very compact.
His music is partly played with extremly reduced material. Christian
Wolfarth is going his own way. Few of his eight compositions remind
of the original drum set. One piece e.g. is arranged for an old
children marching drum and two cymbals, another one for four prepared
cymbals; a thirdone is composed for tin and scrap.
The drummer comes from the jazz, just as well as from the contemporary,
written and improvised music. He is also regularly working with
dancers and actors.
Christian Wolfarth studied with Billy Brooks at the Swiss Jazz School
in Berne and with Pierre Favre at the conservatory of Music in Lucerne.
The music was recorded by Andreas Litmanowitsch in the basement
of the castle of Fraubrunnen near Berne (Switzerland).
Music to be remembered....
Eine differenzierte Richtung schlägt der Pierre Favre-Schüler
Christian Wolfarth ein: der Minimalkünstler in der Rolle des
Mediateurs. Sein Spiel fasziniert von Anfang an durch eine originelle
Klangsprache und man folgt wie gebannt einem „Hörspiel“
im ureigenen Sinne........es bleibt die Erinnerung an eine höchst
ungewöhnliche Reise durch skurille, intelligente Klanglandschaften.
JAZZ PODIUM, Hans-Dieter Vötter