About this album:
'organica' features Christoph Bull on the pipe organ, piano, and other instruments with black-and-white keys. Co-produced by Dr Bull and electronic musician Steve Nalepa, it crosses over from Johann Sebastian Bach to Cole Porter, and from traditional classical to experimental electronica.
"Christoph Bull brings 1960’s cool to the organ."
"It moves Bach into the 21st Century in a nice way. I have always thought of Bach an innovative rocker anyway. Bach was really the world's greatest bass player of all time."
(John Blue, Writer)
"You're doing for the world of organ what Tiger Woods is doing for the game of golf!"
(Gerry Biggs McGrath, daughter of L.A. organ legend Richard Keys Biggs)
"The sound of your music is cause for our souls to rise to new heights."
(Mary Vaughn, parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood)
"That made me pee all over myself."
(Bootsy Collins, Parliament Funkadelic)
“He plays like an angel.”
(Marie-Claire Alain, Concert Organist)
“That guy is ridiculous.”
Christoph Bull was born in Mannheim, Germany. He improvised his first tunes on the piano at age five and started playing church services, organ concerts and rock shows at age twelve. He’s won first and second prizes in organ and songwriting competitions, including Jugend Musiziert, Bad Dürkheim Chamber Music Competition, Marcello Galanti International Organ Competition, and the Michael-Masser-Competition (UCLA). In 2006, he was a recipient of the ASCAPlus Award.
He studied at University of Church Music Heidelberg, Freiburg Conservatory, Berklee College Of Music, University of Southern California, and American Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Cherry Rhodes, Hermann Schaeffer, Ludwig Doerr, Charlie Banacos, Sam Swartz, Paul Jordan, and, in master classes, Craig Cramer, Guy Bovet, and Marie-Claire Alain.
Between 1990 and 2005 he worked as organist and music director at Blessed Sacrament Church Hollywood, German-language Christuskirche Glendale, and Seventh-Day-Adventist Church Eagle Rock. In the fall of 2002, Christoph Bull became the fifth university organist at UCLA.
He has produced several CDs with contemporary and classical music (www.christophbull.com), as well as a series of educational albums with children’s music (www.singlish.com). One of his songs, “Ali Ali Ali,” was licensed by Taschen Inc. to promote a collector’s book about Muhammad Ali (www.taschen-goat.com).
His concert and CD series 'organica' was conceived in 1999 to showcase the many facets of the pipe organ and other keyboards, ranging stylistically from traditional organ repertoire to original arrangements of popular and film music. It has repeatedly been Classical Pick Of The Week in the L.A. Weekly.
Among others, he’s recorded for Bootsy Collins and performed with George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic. He’s consulted for Harry Connick Jr.’s Christmas Album and Steven Spielberg’s movie Minority Report. TV credits include “The Wayne Brady Show” and “The God Squad.”
Recently, he has been teaching, recording and concertizing on his own and with violinist Lili Haydn. Haydn and Bull have opened up for Cindy Lauper and George Clinton.
As a solo artist, Christoph Bull has performed extensively in the United States and Europe. He also performed with Sitar player Nishat Khan in India. In addition, he’s taken to accompanying silent movies such as “The General,” “Cops” and “Peter Pan”.
In July of 2004 Dr Bull was a featured recitalist and workshop presenter at the National Convention of the American Guild Of Organists. Since then, he’s also performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as a solo performer and with the L.A. Master Chorale. He’s also performed with the Pacific Serenades and Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music.
Outside of music, Christoph has run the L.A. Marathon three times and won the German youth championship in baseball with this team, BC Tornados Mannheim.
To find out about future performances, recordings, and to sign up on Christoph’s e-mail list, please visit www.christophbull.com