Werner Tian Fischer

'the jazzy guitarist with a predilection for catchy tunes'

[bio] [education]

@ CD Blues Café Beijing
CD Blues Café Beijing (Winter 2010)

Guitarist and composer Werner Tian Fischer grew up at the foot of the Swiss Alps a little while before video killed the radio star. During the 1990s, he performed with the widely acclaimed folk-pop group STARFISH throughout Switzerland and Northern Europe before leaving for Boston to expand his musical horizon on the North American East Coast.

Upon his return, he initiated several bands, among them the FISCHER-WICKIHALDER JAZZ COALITION, the transatlantic octet SAM TRUEMPY MEMORIAL JAZZ COALITION and the guitar duo ALL STANDARD GUITARS. From 2008 until 2012, he was also a member of the Mya Audrey Trio.

In 2010/11, Werner resided as house guitarist at the legendary CD Blues Café in Beijing and regularly performed with the Big John Blues Band as well as the Beijing Jungle Big Band. He went on tour with his jazz unit TRAVELOGUE in China and Europe - featuring Swedish singer Sophie Dunér and Swiss saxophonist Jürg Wickihalder - to promote their seminal album 'Chinese Soul'. They have carried on as a working unit with slightly changed line-ups and released two more albums in recent years: 'The Light Is On' in 2016 and 'Foreclosure' in 2018.

Since 2004, he has frequently toured in China: Heilongjiang and Beijing in 2004; Beijing Olympic Games in 2008; MIDI Festivals in Beijing and Shanghai in 2011; Beijing International Blues Festival in 2011, 2012, 2013 (with guitarist Shun Kikuta) and 2014; Grammy All Stars in Chengdu in 2013; The Ordos World Music Carnival (Inner Mongolia) and The Xixia Music Festivals in Zhongwei & Yinchuan (Ningxia) in 2014 (with The Big John Blues Band); The Chinese Allience of Performing Artists' Conference in Beijing in 2017 (with Zhang Ling).

In June 2013, he was part of the international backing band led by Zhang Ling that performed with Diane SchuurPattie AustinYolanda AdamsJody WatleyShawn ColvinRodney CrowellRichard MarxLeo SayerMichael BoltonSong ZuyingTan Jing and Lang Lang in the spectacular '2013 Night of Fortune Grammy Superstars' at Chengdu's Olympic Stadium: "12 very diverse artists. GREAT international band. 48000 people sitting in the pouring rain - a wonderful show! Lots of speeches, toasting, superlatives, and laughter." (Rodney Crowell)

He has played on over thirty recordings, published several articles and books on the History of Jazz in Switzerland and 'Chinese Soul', a pop novella about his Chinese experience.



[education]

2000-2003

Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (USA)
Diploma in Professional Music, Concentrate in Guitar Performance and Arranging
Private Instruction with Richie Hart, Jack Pezzanelli, Bret Willmott, Bob Harrigan and Garrison Fewell

1984-1993

University of Zurich (Switzerland)
Master’s Degree in General History, English Literature and Linguistics

Private Studies

Jazz Guitar w. Beat Baumli (Berklee alumni) in Zurich (1996-2000)
Classical Organ w. Hans-Beat Hänggi in Glarus (1977-82, 1986-91)
Classical Piano w. Stanley Hahn in Owatonna, MN (1980-81)
Classical Piano w. Ruth Blumer-Batt in Glarus (1971-78)

Workshops with

Pat Martino, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Steve Swallow and Karl Berger

with Dianne Reeves, Berklee College of Music (Spring 2003)
with Dianne Reeves, Berklee College of Music (Spring 2003)