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Christoph Hillmann, born 1964, studied music at the Conservatory Arnheim. As a Drummer he won prices at the Jazzfestival Leipzig, Eurojazz Brüssel, Jazzfestival Münster and "Leverkusener Jazztage".

projects and continuos work...



He lives in Cologne since 1993 and worked on stage and in studio with german and french greats such as: Peter Bolte, Henning Berg, Frank Gratkowski, Michael Heupel, Hartmut Kracht, Tom Lorenz, Hans Lüdemann, Julia Hülsmann, Florian Weber, Pablo Held, Harmen Fraanje, Céline Rudolph, Ramesh Shootham, Hendrik Soll, Norbert Stein, Claudius Valk, Nils Wogram, Musicians of ARFI-Lyon: Xavier Garcia (-Triennale Köln 2000), Jean Mereu, Alain Gibert, Christian Rollet (Multimediatheater: Die Schöne Und Das Biest - the beauty and the beast), Cologne Radiosynfonie Orchestra (Zimmermann98 und Gershwin 2000).
He is continously working with these formations: Angelika Niescier "SUBLIM", Andre Nendza Quartett, A.Tronic, Christina Fuchs Quartett, Andreas Wahl Experimentle Band, Florian Weber "Farbenweber"

...and the special moments



Annie Whitehead, Mark Bassey, Ingrid Lode, Uli Beckerhoff, Roger Hanschel, Charlie Mariano, Frank Köllges, Andy Lumpp, Jerome Savary, Manfred Schoof, Steffen Schorn (Kölner Saxophon Mafia), Christoph Spendel, Kenny Wheeler, The European Jazzensemble with a.o. Stan Sulzman, Jiri Stivin, Jarmo Hoogendijk and Alan Skidmore. Musicians of ARFI-Lyon: Xavier Garcia (-Triennale Köln 2000), Jean Mereu, Alain Gibert, Christian Rollet (Multimediatheater: Die Schöne Und Das Biest - the beauty and the beast), Cologne Radiosynfonie Orchestra (Zimmermann98 und Gershwin 2000)

style/ musical instruments



His stylistical range on the drums consists the more open and free conceptions of the modern Jazz with a strong focus on improvising and grooving with "sounds"
He achieves this by treating the drums with sticks and hands, prepared instruments and sounding objects. Depending on the project these are are also manipulated electronically.

The improvisation with a flexibel mixture of DJ-samplers, pick-ups und echotools is a world of its own. Christoph Hillmann is creating live - manipulated soundscapes, bizarre noises und ethnically inspired phantasygrooves on stage. In several projects under the label of Norbert Steins "Patamusic" he is using his electronic setup purely - in Andre Nendzas "A-Tronic" it is added to the acoustic drums.


And of course there is use of some percussion instruments: Hillmann is specialized in playing the persian Tombak (Zarb), big framedrums, the Udu and the indian Dholak. From time to time he is using the Kalimba, the Doumbek and the Darabuka and finally the Garrahand.

CDs



Diskographie



Lutz Potthoff Trio ( special guest: Andreas Wahl )
"Personal View"
1994 Drops/THS/WDR

De 8-Baan (feat. Peter Weniger und Eric Vloeimans )
"8 x g"
1995 Rollercoaster Records (NL)

Andre Nendza Septett
"Into The Gap"
Drops/ THS

Stephan Max Wirth Quartett
"Mythos"
Bos Records

Stephan Max Wirth Quartett
"Jazzchanson"
1999 Doublemoon Records

Lutz Potthoff Quartett ( special guest: Ulli Beckerhoff )
"Windrush"
1997 Acoustic Music

"Das letzte Kammerensemble"
"Jazz Violin 1"
1998 ANA Records

Andre Nendza Septett
"Songs From A Red Notebook"
( Suite mit Texten von Paul Auster, produziert für die Leverkusener Jazztage 1997 als Träger des rheinischen Kulturpreises )
1997 Shaa Music
1998 ANA Records


Frank Speer - Acoustic Quartett
"Dread Nay"
1997 Jazz4ever

Mark Joggerst and Eda Zari
"The Art Of Time"
1998 Laica Records

Norbert Stein Pata Masters / Michael Rüsenberg
"Pata Maroc"
1999 Patamusic

Andre Nendza Quartett
"The Invention Of Rooms"
2000 Crecycle Music

Frank Speer - Acoustic Quartett
"Mind Move"
2000
Zerozero

Patamusic meets Arfi:
"The Beauty And The Beast"
(available in german and french language)
2001 Patamusic


Angelika Niescier – Sublim
"Sublim"
2002 shaa-music

A.Tronic
"Lichtblau"
(with Dave Liebman and Celine Rudolf)
2002 crecycle music

Norbert Stein Patamasters:
"Live in Australia"
2002 patamusic

Claudia Anthes
"Hellweg Suite"
2002/2003 musicom

Claudia Scholz
"By the moon"
with Thomas Rückert (p), Rainer Wind (b), Christoph Hillmann (dr/perc), Guest: Ron van Stratum (dr/perc)

unreleased

Andreas Wildenhain
"Terra Incognita"
crecycle music/ shaa-music
jazz-network.com

Norbert Stein Patamasters
"PATA JAVA"
2004 Patamusic

Andre Nendza Quartett
"Wild Open Rooms"
2004 crecycle music/ shaa-music
jazz-network.com

Angelika Niescier – Sublim
"Sublim II"
2004 shaa-music/
jazz-network.com

Francesca Simone
"Ad Alta Voce"
2005 Minor Music

Lemke - Nendza – Hillmann
"El Arte"
2005 crecycle music/ shaa -music
jazz-network.com

Andreas Wahl
"Experimentle Band"
2005 Artists Own
NRW - Vertrieb

German Jazzmeeting
(Sampler)
www.germanjazzmeeting.de

Phillip Van Endert Trio
"Khilebor"
2006 JazzSick Records

Lemke - Nendza – Hillmann
"Kyrillis"
2007 crecycle music/ JazzSick Records

Christina Fuchs Quartett
"No Tango"
2007 NRW Vertrieb

Angelika Niescier
"3Wünsche3Frauen1Jahr"
(Filmusik)
2008

A.Tronic
"Spectacles"
(with Dave Liebman and Celine Rudolf and Inga Lüning)
2008 crecycle music

Caroline Thon - Patchwork
"Inner Voice"
(with Julia Hülsmann, Junia Vent, Matthias Nowak)
2008 JazzHausMusik

Phillip Van Endert (diverse)
"Ballads & Chills"
2008 JazzSick Records
(diese Compilation enthält unter anderem Material der Produktion "Khilebor")

Der Jazz in Deutschland
2008: BEAR FAMILY RECORDS
(mehrteiliger dokumentarischer Sampler mit Wiederveröffentlichungen - enthält Material von Norbert Steins Patamasters aus: PATA JAVA))

Radioproduktion - Uwe Ochsenknecht: "Songs Are Memory"
WDR BB /WDR Rundfunkorchester
Leitung + Arrangement: Peter Herborn
feat. Uwe Ochsenkencht, voc

Radioproduktion: "African Partnership"- WDR Bigband und Gäste:
Cecile Verny (voc), Christoph Hillmann (perc), SISTERS (voc)
Leitung + Arrangement: Ansgar Striepens

Angelika Niescier – Sublim
"Sublim III"
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 3. Quartal 2009
ECHO JAZZ 2010
2009 ENJA/

Christina Fuchs Quartett
"No Tango & Strings"
mit: No Tango und Sunship String Quartet
(2009) 2010 NRW Vertrieb

Brigitte Angerhausen
"Beyond The Border"
2010 - Westpark Music

Axel Fischbacher
"The World Is Not A Disc"
Kooperation mit Schweizer Radio - JazzSick Records
Info: www.the-world-is-not-a-disc.com
Lemke - Nendza – Hillmann
"TRIA LINGVO"
feat. Zoltan Lantos & Mark Bassey

2010 JazzSick Records

Phillip Van Endert Trio
"Rosebud"
(Hillmann plays Framedrum/ Dholak/ Udu on selected Tracks)
2011 JazzSick Records

Duonita & Christoph Hillmann
"Hotspot"
2011 Shaa

Frank Scheele
"It’s You"
2011 Phonector

Andre Nendza Quartett
"Rooms Restored"
2011 JazzSick REcords
ECHO - JAZZ 2011

Christina Fuchs – No Tango
"No Tango II"
2012 NRW Vertrieb

       TRIA LINGVO
               "Tria Lingvo – At Its Purest"          
      Johannes Lemke, Andre Nendza, Christoph Hillmann
2012 JazzSick Records  und Deutschlandfunk


Danceproductions



"Tales From My Horse"
Tony Thatcher ( Arnhem/ Amsterdam )
Music for Drumquartet: Jim Fulkerson
Musical Director: Christoph Hillmann

"Sens Dessus Dessous"
Barbara Cleff ( Arnhem / Gelderland )
Music: Han de Groot/ Christoph Hillmann

"Intelligent Lif"
Keith Ormand (Köln)
Music: Heiko Kuhlenkampff/ Christoph Hillmann

"Three Dancers Approaching"
Sebastian Weber ( Düsseldorf )

Music: Christina Fuchs

"Brake Dubbel"
Tony Thatcher (Arnhem and Stockholm)

Music: Christoph Hillmann

"Spherical Shell"
Domenico Strazzeri /Angelika Niescier
Music: Angelika Niescier

"Summit Talks"

Tapdance: Sebastian Weber/ Ulrike Neth
Concept/ Music: Angelika Niescier

"The Edge"
Balance Beam: Lisa Brüggemann
Concept/ Music Christoph Hillmann

"Die sieben Todsünden"
Domenico Strazzeri und andere

Music: Angelika Niescier/
additional arr. and electronics: Sebastian Räther/
Christoph Hillmann


"Beben - Vibrato"
Britta Lieberknecht, 2006

Music: Christoph Hillmann
additional arr. Britta Lieberknecht

"Funky Waltz"
Britta Lieberknecht, 2007

Musik: Christoph Hillmann
The Drum also waltzes by Max Roach

music for movies




Music for Movies

"Steingeil- Der Künstler Arne-Bernd Rhaue"
(1996 Alpha – Entertainment)

"Eckfliesen"
(1998 Oliver Paulus, Motorfilm)

"Suzhou-River"
(2000 - ARTE)

"Das Geschenk"
(2002 Oliver Paulus, Motorfilm)

"Probewohnen"
(2002 Gerrit Lucas)

3 Frauen - 3 Wünsche - 1 Jahr
(2004/2005 WDR/ARTE)

"Meine schöne Bescherung" .
Regie: Vanessa Jopp. Produktion X-Filme 2007.

Filmmusik: Loy Production


ARTE-Reihe „Ateliergespräche“
Bildersturm Filmproduktion, Köln
Kasper König ist einer der einflussreichsten Ausstellungsmacher weltweit und sicher auch 
der unkonventionellste und eigenwilligste Kenner des globalen Kunstbetriebs. 
In unserer ARTE-Reihe „Ateliergespräche“ trifft Kasper König Künstler in Paris, Berlin, New York 
und der Schweiz. Eine 4teilige Serie von Corinna Belz.
Musik: Laurence Owen, Andreas Henze, Christoph Hillmann 
Im Januar 2016. Auf ARTE. Immer sonntags ab 11:15 Uhr:
 
10.01.2016 / In Paris: Niele Toroni und Sophie Calle
17.01.2016 / In New York: Claes Oldenburg und Nicole Eisenman
24.01.2016 / In Berlin: Monica Bonvicini  und Ay?e Erkmen
31.01.2016 / In der Schweiz: Peter Fischli und Roman Signer

Audioplays

"Adam Haberberg"
Audioplay SWR 2004
(CD announced)

"Die ??? und der Superpapagei"
Live Version - 25th Jubilee of the Famous Audioplay Sequel by Alfred Hitchcock
Hamburg, Colorline Arena 2004
DVD 2006 - Sony BMG

"Alptraum mit Signora (1/2)"
von Nino Filastò
Krimi am Samstag Februar 2005
Produktion: WDR 2005/je ca. 54'
(CD announced von D-A-V)


"Die Kinder des Djinn"
Audiobook
Oetinger Verlag

"Gregor" (1&2)
Audiobook
Verlag

"Unten am Fluß"/"Watership Down"
Audioplay
Regie: Leo Koppelmann
Musik: Henrik Albrecht
Produktion SWR2/ 2006

Jesus und die Mühlen von Cölln
Part 1: Die Mühlen des Teufels
Part 2: Das Gold in den Gassen
Part 3: Die Mühle im Mond

Broadcasted Eastern 2006, Lilipuz, WDR


"Die dunkle Seite der Liebe"
Rafik Schami, Audioplay in 4 parts
Music: Henrik Albrecht
Production WDR/ 2006
Audiobook, 3 CD's
Verlag: Steinberg Sprechende Bücher

"Agatha Christie"
Audioplay/Audiobook
Music: Henrik Albrecht
Produktion WDR/ D-A-V

"Robinson Crusoe"
Audioplay/Audiobook
Music: Henrik Albrecht
Produktion Deutschlandradio/ D-A-V


Kids

"Jazzstories"
theaterplay by Sven Post and Angelika Niescier
Brotfabrik Bonn

Die Schöne und das Biest
Multimedia theaterplay/ interdisciplinary artwork directed by Norbert Stein
Producer: Bayer Kulturstiftung
more performances: Jazzfestival Münster
Theater Esch sur Alzette, Luxemburg

KlangArten

Introduction to Jazzinstruments and Concert Lecture
Concept/ Directors: Jürgen Becker/ Angelika Niescier
Instrumental/ pedagogical concept: Claudia Scholz, Stefan Meinberg, Rupert Stamm, Sebastian Räther, Christoph Hillmann, Angelika Niescier

Response 2005
Producer: KölnMusik and WDR
Organisation: Agnes Rottland
Art conception/music/teaching: Christoph Hillmann
very helpful partitionars:
six 4th year classes and their teachers of primary schools in Cologne:

KGS Olpener Straße - Köln Brück

KGS Forststraße - Köln Eil

Albert-Schweitzer-Schule - Köln Weiss

Montessori-Grundschule - Gilbachstr.


"Jazz - A Melting Pot"
multinational Primaryschoolproject
Producer: Jazzklub Krefeld und Lutherschule Krefeld
Organisation: Karin Mast, Uschi König, Monika Schumacher, Christoph Hillmann
Art conception/music/teaching: Christoph Hillmann

Theater/Lyrical Poetry




Reichtum Schönheit Glück und Liebe
(1988 Düsseldorf JUTA)

"La Pericole"
(1999, Regie: Jerome Savary, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus)

"Alice"
(2000 org. Tom Waits, Kölner Schauspielhaus)

"Die Schöne und das Biest"
(2000 Patamusic/ ARFI Lyon, Leverkusen)

"Resonanzen"
(2001/2002 Niescier, Düsseldorf/Köln)

"Der eingebildete Kranke"
Moliere
(2005, Regie: Helmut Lohner, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus)

"Kätchen von Heilbronn"
Heinrich von Kleist
(2005, Regie: Amelie Niemeier, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus)

Festivals

a.o.: Le Percussion Du Monde (Köln), Eurojazz (Brüssel), regularly Leverkusener Jazztage, Festival Münster, Leipziger Jazztage, Montreaux Jazzfestival, Bologna -cultural Capital of Europe 2000,regularly Viersener Jazztage und Subway/WDR - Festival, Hildener Jazztage, Rheinisches Musikfest Köln, Ringfest / Popkomm Köln, regularly Triennale Köln, Joe - Festival Essen, Glasgow Jazzfestival, Europe Jazz Odyssee 2003, Festival for contemporary Rabat (Marokko), Freiberg, Merlin Jazzfestival Stuttgart, Titania Festival Frankfurt, Podium Ruhr, Jazzfestival Münster, Opening Festival Trier, Traumzeit Duisburg, Festival Leeuwarden (NL), Jazzfestival Groningen (NL), Kemptener Jazztage, Wangaratta-Jazz (Australien), Rochester (NY) Jazzfestival, Jazztime 2004 RijeckaBielsko, Katowice, 's-Hertogenbosch(...).


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