Björn Gottschall’s journey as a musician began at the age of 6 when he first started playing the piano. When he turned 18, he took up the accordion as a way to carry his love of music with him as he set off to travel around the world. Björn gave his first public performances in the streets of Paris and Berlin and has since been instilled with a sense of wonder at music’s ability to connect people across borders. After several years on the open road and living in Spain, Israel and Japan, he returned to Europe to settle in the South of France where he studied Jazz at the Conservatory of Toulon and was an active member of the young local jazz community, organising regular jam sessions along the Cote D’azur.
After moving to Biarritz, a surfing hot-spot in southwestern France, Björn spent the winter of 2016 composing his first solo album on a piano he built into the back of his family’s camping car. He often spent hours writing and improvising just after a long surfing session, still sandy and soaked in sea spray, with a backdrop of infinite waves and endless sky around him. Inspired by the surging Atlantic Ocean, a kaleidoscope of musical memories from his travels and his new- found joy of being a father, Björn wrote Marche sur la Lune (Walk on the Moon) as a tribute to the places and cultures he has experienced and a celebration of the beauty of life that surrounds us all.