We challenge anyone to listen to five minutes of Christoph Sietzen’s new GENUIN release without twitching their toes, tapping along with their fingers, and being seized with the irresistible urge to get up and start dancing. The prizewinner of the 2014 ARD Music Competition takes us on a trip through the percussion worlds of the late 20th and early 21st centuries that 70s groupies would have taken large quantities of drugs in order to emulate. Sietzen dazzles us with his sheer precision, seemingly endless range of tonal colors, and musical drive. From Arvo Pärt to Iannis Xenakis, from Emmanuel Séjourné to Bruce Hamilton – expanded consciousness guaranteed!
"Awesome technique, unrelenting intensity, tremendous power, breath-taking speed, idiosyncratic presence and a profound musicality would be some of the superlatives needed to describe the talent of the Luxembourgish-Austrian percussionist Christoph Sietzen."
Review on the magazine Pizzicato by Rémy Franck, 6.12.17
"Mr. Sietzen had just completed a fiercely athletic rendition of “Rebonds” by Iannis Xenakis and was composing himself for the crystalline stillness of Arvo Pärt’s “Variations for the Healing of Arinushka.” (The combination is a percussionist’s equivalent of the Olympic biathlon.) When the applause, now even louder and mixed with laughter, had died down, he took up position at a marimba and coaxed from it sounds of rapturous fragility."
Besprechung der ECHO Rising Star Konzerttour der New York Times von Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheimjan, 30.1.18