During the past 25 years saxophonist Christina Fuchs has developed an instantly recognizable sound and a unique language as a composer. Her large-ensemble work is most frequently performed by the United Women’s Orchestra, which she leads with Hazel Leach. She has also conducted performances by the NDR and WDR Radio Big Band, which has commissioned her compositions. Other large groups, such as the Blue Art Orchestra, also play her work from time to time.
Fuchs’ primary small ensembles include a quartet and two duos. The Christina Fuchs Quartet “NoTango” released three CD’s so far and has toured widely as far as Australia and Marocco. Her long-standing duo KontraSax, with contrabassist Romy Herzberg, is her most intimate forum for musical communication. This duo has released three CDs, has scored several documentary films, and has worked in innumerable settings over the past decade and a half. Her most recent ensemble is the duo “flux music” together with the renown accordionist Florian Stadler.
Fuchs’ work includes traditional concerts as well as collaborations with other art forms, such as dance, visual arts, literature, spoken word, movies, and theatre. What is common to all of these settings is Fuchs’ emphasis on blending written and improvised music.
Her originality has been felt in just about every corner of the German and international jazz scene, including concerts, radio broadcasts and TV productions. Fuchs has received awards and scholarships at NAIRS – Centre for Contemporary Art, Switzerland 2016 *** 1st Price International Composition Award ‘Scrivere in Jazz’, Sarrari/Italy 2016 ***WDR/Cologne Jazz Price for Composition/WDR Radio Big Band commission Germany2014 ***Banff Centre of the Arts/Leighton-Artists-Colony/Canada 2014 ***Künstlerhaus Ahrenshoop/Germany 2007 ***NDR Radio Big Band commission/Germany 2005 ***Nairs/Art in Engadina Bassa/Switzerland 2004 ***Art Omi Music Program NY 2003 ***Julius Hemphill Composition Awards for Large Ensemble U.S.A. 2002***Jazz a r t – New Music in the 21st century – composition award NRW/Germany 2001***BMI composers program NYC with Jim McNeely, Michael Abene 1999/2000***Banff Centre of the Arts/Canada 1997/98