Guitar & Composition

Sebastian Böhlen has an active performing career throughout Europe, North America and Australia including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Montreux Jazz Festival. Among others he worked with Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Sanders and Ziv Ravitz. Böhlen can be heard on countless radio broadcasts as a bandleader, sideman and composer and has recorded over twenty CDs. In addition to that Sebastian received numerous awards in various competitions including the Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition in 2015, the Best Composition Award at the Tremplin Jazz D'Avignon Festival 2012 and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award 2011 and 2012.  Furthermore he got scholarships from the German Exchange Service, Manhattan School of Music, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. He studied Jazz Guitar at Manhattan School of Music and the Mannheim University of Music and Composition at the Cologne University of Music.


 The great promise that the title signals is made good by Sebastian Boehlen with bravura and reverberates in the ear as a musical and intellectual sensation light-years away from all cliches, all eclecticism, and all epigonism.

Just Jazz Guitar

...especially Sebastian with some surprising soli, full of unexpected twists and turns, while at the same time staying with the song.

Wulf Muller, Sony Music

Sebastian Bohlen in his debut recording excels with inventive compositions and arrangements that highlight his warm and expressive guitar sound. Surrounded by an excellent cast, he weaves his way through eight adventurous landscapes, always keeping an impressive balance of emotion and complexity.

Phil Markowitz