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rudi fischerlehner

"Fischerlehner leaves no issue unattended as far as drumming is concerned, either underlining what his comrades do with conscious respectfulness or exploding into destructive bubbles of counter-rhythms and thump-and-bang punkiness when the going gets tough."
Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

"Really great kit playing: intricate and inventive without being showy."
Chris Elcombe, BBC Radio 3

"Occam´s razor in action. Rhythm, isn´t it?"
Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy

"Rudi Fischerlehner shows a micromanager’s regard for detail, supplying constant percussive embellishment, but remains centrally committed to outright drum abuse ... fusing ferocity with finesse ..."
Neil Hobkirk, Wall of Sound

"He makes music as if he would produce chance"
Kristof Schreuf, Junge Welt

Rudi Fischerlehner plays drums in various different musical projects that fall between improvised and experimental music, jazz and post-rock. He also composes and produces music for bands, film and performances.

Born in 1977 in Austria he was introduced to the drums in his childhood and started playing in bands as a teenager around Linz. Following a brief period studying classical percussion he moved to Vienna, travelled to Africa and China, spent a few month in New York and now resides in Berlin.

His current projects include his drum solo project 15 8 SLUM, Xenofox with Olaf Rupp, Ohlmeier / Khroustaliov / Fischerlehner and a trio with Olaf Rupp and Meinrad Kneer.

Rudi works or has also worked in collaboration with Fiium Shaarrk, Gorilla  Mask, Parrot´s Feathers with Matthias Schubert and Antonio Borghini, Julie Sassoon Quartet, Erste Stufe Haifisch, Tristan Honsinger, Dominique Pifarely, Ingrid Laubrock and many more.

Projects in which he features have been regularly invited to important festivals and clubs worldwide and featured on radio programmes such as Ö1, BBC Radio 3, SWR and Deutschlandfunk.

As a producer and composer for film soundtracks he contributed to movies by Ella Raidel, Johanna Kirsch and Katharina Lampert and was involved in the video or performance work of Katrin Plavcak, Wilhelm Groener, Rainer Kohlberger, Haroon Mirza and Tarek Atoui.

Portrait in freistil #66

Photo: Rene Greffin



Ken Aldcroft, Lina Alemano, Alterazioni Video, Tom Arthurs, Tarek Atoui, Kriton B, Johannes Bauer, Blendwerk, Bonaparte, Antonio Borghini, Tobias Delius, Mia Dyberg, Korhan Erel, Erste Stufe Haifisch, Roland Fidezius, Fiium Shaarrk, Emilio Gordoa, Gorilla Mask, Frank Gratkowski, Nicola Hein, Paul Hendrickse, Tristan Honsinger, Anna Kaluza, Johanna und Helmut Kandl, Johanna Kirsch, Meinrad Kneer, Rainer Kohlberger, Andreas Krennerich, Klaus Kürvers, Lake Felix, Joke Lanz, Ingrid Laubrock, La Tourette, Edoardo Maraffa, Haroon Mirza, Wolfgang Mitterer, Barbara Morgenstern, Matthias Müller, Nichtseattle, Lothar Ohlmeier, Dominique Pifarely, Pinx, Katrin Plavcak, Princessin Hans, Ella Raidel, Tonia Reeh, Olaf Rupp, Julie Sassoon, Karl Sayer, Shoot the Moon, Frank Paul Schubert, Matthias Schubert, Linda Sharrock, Zsolt Sorés, Sound 8 Orchestra, Tankris, Martin Tetrault, Gebhard Ullmann, Peter Van Huffel, Simon Vincent, Hendrik Walsdorff, Wilhelm Groener, Andreas Willers, Zachov



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