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, Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis, Best Composition Award at the Tremplin Jazz D'Avignon, ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and Praetorius Musikpreis Niedersachsen. 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. In addition to that he studied Composition at the Cologne University of Music.
From 2013 - 2017 Sebastian taught improvisation at the Mannheim University of Music, since 2019 he teaches electric guitar at the Berlin University of the Arts.
The great promise that the title signals is made good by Sebastian Boehlen with bravura and reverbates in the ear as a musical and intellectual sensation light-years away from all cliches, all eclecticism, and all epigonism.
Just Jazz Guitar
Sebastian Böhlen is one of the best younger German guitarists.
How nice that there are musicians like the guitarist Sebastian Böhlen. He is one of the rays of hope of German jazz and fulfills the high expectations in every respect.
In short: Böhlen fourth: masterful again, what else?