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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

"Fischerlehners krummtaktiger Swing ist total abgespeckt, Ockham´s Rasiermesser in Aktion. 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

"Er macht Musik, als würde er Zufälle herstellen."
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 quickly started playing in bands as a teenager around Linz. Following a 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, RMF with Rupp and Matthias Müller, La Tourette with Tonia Reeh Fiium Shaarrk.

Rudi works or has also worked in collaboration with Gorilla Mask, Lake Felix, Parrot´s Feathers with Matthias Schubert and Antonio Borghini, Julie Sassoon Quartet, Erste Stufe Haifisch, Andreas Willers, Tristan Honsinger, Dominique Pifarely, Ingrid Laubrock, Frank Paul Schubert, Zsolt Sőrés, Sound8Orchestra, Bonaparte 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 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


Selected Festivals:

A L´Arme Festival Berlin /D
Berlin Biennale 8 /D
Kaleidophon Ulrichsberg /A
Jazzfestival Saalfelden /A
Elbjazz Hamburg /D
Mama Jazz Vilnius /LTU
Transmediale Berlin /D
Fusion Festival Lärz /D
Rewire Den Hague /NL
London Jazzfestival /UK
Klangfestival Gallneukirchen /A
Jazzwerkstatt Peitz /D
Basics Festival Salzburg /A
Brechtfestival Augsburg /D
Tsuki Jazzfestival Aarhus /DK
Approximation Festival Düsseldorf /D
Imaxina Sons Vigo /SP
Vancouver Jazzfestival /CAN
Ottawa Jazzfestival /CAN
Edmonton Jazzfestival /CAN
Halifax Jazzfestival /CAN
St. John´s Jazzfestival /CAN
Kingston Jazzfestival /CAN
MIB Jazzfestival Bremen /D
Moozak Festival Wien /A
Jazzjuice Aarhus /DK
Jazzmeeting Berlin /D
Jazzfestival Cheltenham /UK
Lydfestival Aarhus /DK
Contemporanea Udine /IT
Moving Silence Athens /GR
Jazz and More Sibiu /RO
Emerge and See Berlin /D
Stimmenfang Festival Nürnberg /D
Belluard Bollwerk Fribourg /CH
F-ire Festival London /UK
Jazzwerk Greiz /D