Oud, Bouzouki, Flamencoguitar, vocals
Christian (1962) lives as a professional musician in Mellingen, Switzerland. He’s specialized in string instruments such as bouzoukie, oud, flamencoguitar, tambura, cifteli, cümbüs, double bass and more. He composes songs, arranges tunes and produces CDs. His rhythmical technics on the Bouzouki are influenced by many yeas of Flamenco guitar studies in Sevilla, where he learned the art of accompanying the complex flamenco dancing. His impulsiv and humourous expression and his multi linguistical talents (German, French, English, Spanish, Turkish, Greek and some Italian) are the base for a nice contact with his audiences.
Based on his pedagogical experience, Christian Fotsch has successfully developed his concept for the design of intercultural school shows and project weeks. Based on three Schnabelwetzer CD productions, which have been awarded the German media prize “Good Music for Children”, he created a program with 7 songs in 7 languages to participate in, with which Ssassa is intensively on tour from St.Gallen to Geneva. For the CD “Ssassa Germanofolies” he composed German songs, which are performed in schools of The Romandie. Click here for a direct entry of the list of his CDs: www.fonoteca.ch
Christian Fotsch is the driving force of the artist group Ssassa. He composes songs and melodies, initiates new CD and video productions and manages the group. In 2001, he also launched the Oriental & Flamenco Gypsy Festival”, which has been on extensive tours for thirteen times since then, with well over 30,000 enthusiastic spectators and guest performers in renowned venues such as the KKL Luzern, the Kongress House Zurich or the Beausobre Theatre in Morges. Since 2013 he has also been leading the intercultural children’s music project “Beyond Cultures”, which has been running since 2019 with the new name “Musaik”. On top, Christian Fotsch plays in these formations: Ceól, Ssassa-Ektaal and Rosetta Lopardo Combo.