Johannes Mann is a guitarist and composer born in Herrenberg, Germany.
After starting his musical journey on the alto saxophone, he moved to the electric guitar. Initially influenced by rock guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Angus Young, he quickly found his way back to jazz through his father’s record collection.
Since his move to Berlin in 2017, where he studied at the Jazz Institute with Greg Cohen, Hanno Busch, and others, he has become a vital part of Berlin’s emerging jazz scene. Today, he plays in bands including Phillip Dornbusch’s Projektor, the Joshua Jaswon Octet, and kapelle17. He has also collaborated and performed with people like Kit Downes, Johanna Summer, Elias Stemeseder, and Felix Henkelhausen.
Johannes was a part of the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and has performed all over Europe and Germany (Bimhuis Amsterdam, Jazzfest Bonn, Getxo Jazzfest [Spain], and festivals in Montenegro, Albania, and Bosnia), as well as internationally (Kennedy Center Washington D.C., Festival do Jazz do Capão in Bahia, Brazil). His music has been released on labels including Berthold Records, Ubuntu Music, and Doublemoon Records, and has been played on radio stations including hr, rbb, and BBC Radio.
In his Band “Sun Ark,” he brings together some of the most exciting young musicians of the Berlin scene to create a new and forward-thinking, colorful vision of what music can sound like today.