born on 19/3/1973 in Lugano, TI, Switzerland
Silvan Zingg (born 19 March 1973) is a Swiss boogie woogie, blues and Jazz pianist and founder in 2002 of the International Boogie Woogie festival in Lugano, Switzerland.
Silvan Zingg is called the "Boogie Woogie Ambassador". He was born in Lugano to a musical family. Before he started school, he had learned to play the piano and was particularly inspired by the work of Afro-American blues pianists. After studies as a graphic designer he decided to become a professional musician. Zingg has since performed in more than 1,000 concerts in 30 countries: Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, Greece, Monaco, Andorra, the Vatican, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, England, Ireland, the USA, Canada, India, Arab Emirates, China, Russia, Mexico. He gave his first overseas solo concert at 18 years of age. He was the youngest pianist and only European at the Masters Of Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Night in Charleston, South Carolina together with Jimmy Walker, Skeeter Brandon. He has performed in other American venues including the Cincinnati, Detroit, Newport Festivals. In November 2005 he performed with Chuck Berry in a sold out concert in Zurich. Silvan Zingg has played with such other Blues artists as Ray Charles, Memphis Slim, Sammy Price, Champion Jack Dupree, Katie Webster, Michel Petrucciani and Jimmy Walker. In 2011 Silvan Zingg was invited by festival promoter Claude Nobs to perform with B.B.King at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Among other on stage: Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Randolph. Silvan Zingg recorded Solo and with Trio various CDs and DVDs. His last CD "Boogie Woogie Triology" won several awards and was top selling CD on CDBaby for more than 1 year.
International Boogie Woogie festival
In 2002 Zingg initiated the International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano. Since then it has been held annually in April and has attracted such entertainers as Little Willie Littlefield, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Carl Sonny Leyland, Mitch Woods, Axel Zwingenberger, Vince Weber, Joja Wendt, Jean Paul Amouroux, Michael Pewny and Chris Conz. In 2006, BBC World reported on the festival, which brought it world-wide attention. In November 2008 Silvan Zingg completed his first concert tour of China.
Boogie Woogie Masterclass and Lecture
In 2010 Zingg was invited to give a concert/lecture about the history of Boogie Woogie at the University of Texas in Brownsville.
- 1992: Boogie Must Go On (Solo CD)
- 1996: Changes In Boogie Woogie (with Lorenzo Milani on drums)
- 1998: Double Up Boogie (with Martijn Schok)
- 1999: New Orleans Jazz Ascona Festival Sampler-CD
- 2000: Boogie Woogie Duets (Live recorded on 2 January 2000 in Switzerland) (with Martijn Schok piano duets)
- 2000: New Orleans Jazz Ascona Festival Sampler-CD
- 2001: In Concert (Live aufgenommen vom Schweizer Radio RTSI)
- 2001: La Roquebrou Boogie Festival Sampler-CD (various artists)
- 2002: Fourth Annual Boogie & Blues Piano Summit Newport Sampler-CD (with Mr. B, Ricky Nye, Carl Sonny Leyland).
- 2003: Boogie Woogie Xmas (with Valerio Felice on drums)
- 2004: Boogie Woogie (with Nuno Alexandre on double bass and Valerio Felice on drums)
- 2007: Motor City Boogie & Blues Festival Sampler-DVD PBS- Television (USA) 1st price Gold Remy at the Houston Film Festival.
- 2007: Dancin' The Boogie (Live with the dancers William Mauvais and Maéva Truntzer) DVD and CD
- 2010: Boogie Woogie Ride CD (Live recorded in San Bernardino Switzerland)
- 2010: Trumpet Boogie CD (18 tracks recorded with his father Reinhard Zingg at the Trumpet, Drums, Banjo and Bluesharp)
- 2011: Hot Cat Session CD Studio Album (Pascal Ammann guitar / drums, Drew Davies tenor saxophon, guitar, drums).
- 2014: Piano Solo - Live & Studio CD
- Silvan Zingg (short biography) The Boogie Woogie Ambassador. boogiefestival.com, 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
- Official web site
- International Boogie Woogie festival
- Silvan Zingg's Night Train Trip (Blues Piano)