OM
Photo by Jean-Marc Foussat

The ElectroAcoustiCore Band OM with Urs Leimgruber, Christy Doran, Bobby Burri and Fredy Studer is rehearsing intensively for the next album. It will be recorded and produced by Roli Mosimann at the beginning of February 2022. It's gonna be titled 50 and it will be released on INTAKT Records in autumn 2022. More to come...

 

Fredy Studer, Jürg Halter
Photo by Rob Lewis

This is a video from one of the four tracks of the recording session with JÜRG HALTER and FREDY STUDER during late summer of 2020. Nothing was planned, neither the text (in German) nor the music. It's completely FREESTYLE. Watch here:

https://youtu.be/xDTeU8czbXM

 

A NEW BAND IS BORN

Fredy Studer, Dominik Blum, Dave Gisler, Photo: Ben Huggler

DR.O.G.E (Drums, Organ, Guitar Ensemble) is a new trio with the musicians FREDY STUDER (Drums), DOMINIK BLUM (Hammond Organ) and DAVE GISLER (Electric Guitar). This band includes musicians out of three different generations. To check out some music, listen here to three different takes out of a first demo-recording:

https://soundcloud.com/user-461156743/sets/droge

 

OM
Christy Doran, Bobby Burri, Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber, Photo: Ralph Kühne

After twelve years, the band OM released their new CD "It's about Time" on INTAKT Records. Here's a quote out of a longer review:

"If OM had just materialized in the present day, it would be easy to place them on the forefront of improvised music.They were first doing this almost fifty years ago, however, and today they are doing it as well as they've ever done it. Turns out, some of the old guys are still leading the way into the future of jazz." (S. Victor Aaron, SOMETHING ELSE, USA)

 

JÜRG HALTER and FREDY STUDER were invited for a spontaneous Corona recording session. Nothing of the four tracks was planned, neither the text (in German) nor the music. It's completely FREESTYLE! Listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/life-at-the-zoo/jurg-halter-fredy-studer-100-freestyle15-8-20

 

AS YOU LIKE IT BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Joana Aderi, Fredy Studer and dancer Andrea M. Thompson

FREDY STUDER and JOANA ADERI will compose the music for a dance version of this piece by William Shakespeare. It will be the official opening of the season 20/21 of the LUZERNER THEATER, in cooperation with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Under the direction of KATHLEEN MCNURNEY and the work of British choreographer CAROLINE FINN, the DANCE COMPANY of the LUZERNER THEATER will perform this creation, including the two musicians.

Therefore FREDY STUDER is stepping back in playing concerts until November 2020.

 

The legendary band OM - still with all four original members Urs Leimgruber, Christy Doran, Bobby Burri and Fredy Studer - will go to the studio in February 2020 to record a new CD for INTAKT records.

 

A new interview with Fredy Studer in the August 2019 issue of the U.S. magazine MODERN DRUMMER. Including some transcriptions written by drummer Marc Halbheer of solo-tunes from NOW'S THE TIME.

Click on the picture on the left to read it

 

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Here's an interview with Fredy Studer (in Italian only) by the Italian online music magazine MUSICOFF.

Click on the picture on the left to read it

 

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An other interview with Fredy Studer (in French only) in the April 2019 issue of the French BATTEUR MAGAZINE.

Click on the cover on the left to read it

 

PHALL FATALE IS HISTORY

It’s been more than 10 years since PHALL FATALE was founded by it's members Joana Aderi, Joy Frempong, John Edwards, Daniel Sailer and Fredy Studer. In the mean time, many circumstances of all kinds have changed, which has made it very difficult to keep the band alive. Even though the good spirit in the band was always present, PHALL FATALE finally decided to stop and let it be.

Phall Fatale

 

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An interview (in German only) in the November/December 2018 issue of the German magazine DRUMS & PERCUSSION.

Click on the cover on the left to read it

 

Now's the Time

OUT NOW!!!

Today, August 24th the box of NOW'S THE TIME is released, which includes two solo-drums LPs (180 g vinyl), a free download code and a 224-pages book in German and English.

All the music was recorded without overdubs and without electronic effects!

You can order the box here: www.everestrecords.ch

You can order the music also just as a download.

 

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The cover story (in German only) in the July/August issue of the magazine JAZZ 'N' MORE is about FREDY STUDER and his solo recording NOW'S THE TIME, including an interview by Steff Rohrbach plus texts by Peter Rüedi and Joana Aderi.

Click on the cover on the left to read it

 

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NOW'S THE TIME

Three weeks from now, on August 24th, a box called NOW'S THE TIME will be released, including two SOLO DRUMS-LP'S (180 g vinyl) and a 224-page book.

There are four quotes from four grandmasters of the drums - out of four completely different genres. Here's the last one:

QUOTES INSTEAD OF LINER NOTES
"When, suddenly and unexpectedly, so many doors swung open in the late sixties, European musicians finally turned their jazz influences into 'Free Improvisation'. The drummer's role changed, and to play alone as a soloist did not break any of the new rules. From a sideman in a rhythm-section he could now become a storyteller. And one of those is Fredy Studer: He sows his prose that flows -- as he goes ... And getting close, he knows -- as it shows".

PAUL LOVENS

 

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NOW'S THE TIME

Six weeks from now, on August 24th, a box called NOW'S THE TIME will be released, including two SOLO DRUMS-LP'S (180 g vinyl) and a 224-page book.

There are four quotes from four grandmasters of the drums - out of four completely different genres. Here's the third one:

QUOTES INSTEAD OF LINER NOTES
"Your musicality and how you incorporate the many varied sounds from your palette is always inspirational and so much fun to listen to - killin'. We have been fiends for many years; I know you have always been a man of great integrity, and it shines all through your playing and your music".

JIM KELTNER

More to come...

 

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NOW'S THE TIME

Eleven weeks from now, on August 24th, a box called NOW'S THE TIME will be released, including two SOLO DRUMS-LP'S (180 g vinyl) and a 224-page book.

There are four quotes from four grandmasters of the drums - out of four completely different genres. Here's the second one:

QUOTES INSTEAD OF LINER NOTES
"Fredy Studer's new solo recording Now's the Time is a fantastic audio-visual soundscape with melodies, sounds and rhythms that will keep your body, mind, soul and spirit captivated while you are listening to Fredy's music. Buy this two LP set".

JACK DEJOHNETTE

More to come...

 

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NOW'S THE TIME

Fifteen weeks from now, on August 24th, a box called NOW'S THE TIME will be released, including two SOLO DRUMS-LP'S (180 g vinyl) and a 224-page book.

There are four quotes from four grandmasters of the drums - out of four completely different genres. Here's the first one:

QUOTES INSTEAD OF LINER NOTES
"Your use of textures and rhythms is masterful. They cover a plethora of emotions and imaginative situations. You played absolutely great and you have engaged the listener in composition ... whether spontaneous or planned. The point is, one will hear music, not just "licks" and fast combinations of notes. This, to me, is vitally important. It's vital to be able to recognize this and be immersed in it, and focus on that. Finally someone is doing that again".

VINNIE COLAIUTA

More to come...

 

In 1985 Harry Sokal and Heiri Känzig founded the band DEPART. They asked Fredy Studer to join as their drummer. After several tours Fredy had to cancel another upcoming tour because he broke one of his middle hand bones during his Karate training. He recommended Jojo Mayer to replace him.
Now, after more than 30 years Fredy Studer was asked to join DEPART again which is now a quartet, together with guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly.
Photo: Peewee Windmüller

 

Fredy Studer is recording now his solo music for the albums NOW'S THE TIME - with a big help from Roli Mosimann.

 

For more special performances, the duo of JÜRG HALTER and FREDY STUDER turns into a trio, including ROBERTO DOMENICONI on piano and keyboards.

 

THE HARDCORE CHAMBERMUSIC TRIO
KOCH-SCHÜTZ-STUDER IS HISTORY

"Each work of art is a child of it's time, often it is the mother of our feelings. That's how each cultural period brings about it's own art, which can not be repeated. An intention to revive past art principles, can at it's best bring about works of art, which are like a stillborn child."
Wassiliy Kandinsky (Über das Geistige in der Kunst)

This words fit the situation, since HANS KOCH, MARTIN SCHÜTZ and FREDY STUDER made the decision to disband their trio on June 14th, 2017 - after 27 years in a row.

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Fredy Studer is taking a three month break, working extensively on the music for his upcoming solowork, which will be recorded and released next year.

 

JÜRG HALTER and FREDY STUDER are performing in Germany in June.

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

FREDY STUDER

plays a SOLO DRUMS performance at the 28. JAZZFESTIVAL SCHAFFHAUSEN
For more information: www.jazzfestival.ch

 

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
52nd SOLOTHURNER FILMTAGE
Premiere of the great documentary music-movie

SUPERSONIC AIRGLOW

featuring
KOCH-SCHÜTZ-STUDER & THE YOUNG GODS
directed by Davix and Karim Patwa

 

FREDY STUDER SOLO

Check out this SOLO DRUMS TRAILER
Live at NEUBAD, Lucerne, Switzerland

 

"First impressions are important, though often times they can be very misleading and/or disappointing. Such is not the case when it came to listening and to meeting Fredy Studer.

It was Fredy's page in the Paiste Artist Profiles Book that first caught my attention as a young player. Sure there were plenty of drummers sporting big drum kits with lots of cymbals, gongs and sound sources, but it was the combination of Fredy's tiny 'bop' kit, peppered with an array of cymbals and a wall of gongs that attracted me - I knew he had something different to say rhythmically and musically. The first recording I sought out and heard was OM, and from that point on, I was a fan for life.

Meeting Fredy is an amazing experience. Speaking with him, watching him work and listening to him play, you realize straight away that this is no ordinary person or player. He sees and hears things differently, and it doesn't take long before you do too. Whether it's designing new cymbals for Paiste or creating new sounds on his kit, music and art always comes first, and always comes with integrity.

While recording in the South of France, I took the opportunity to visit Fredy at his home in Lucerne, Switzerland - the perfect setting to spend an afternoon with a true artist and visionary."

This is the introduction for the interview with FREDY STUDER by Grammy-award winning drummer JONATHAN MOVER (Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Mick Jagger, Beastie Boys) and chief editor of the Los Angeles based Drum Magazine DRUMHEAD. To read the whole interview from the July/August issue of DRUMHEAD just click on the cover to the left.