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Artist biography Fredy Studer
Fredy Studer was born in Lucerne, Switzerland where he still resides. He is a self - taught drummer and percussionist, who's experiences as an active musician since the seventies are as various as playing with musicians from "A" like Abercrombie to "Z" like Zorn.
In 1972 he was a founding member of the group Om (along with Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri). From 1977 on Dom Um Romao was occassionally the percussion player of the band.
Fredy Studer has been a member of the Franco Ambrosetti Quartett, the Franco Ambrosetti / George Gruntz Quintett (with Joe Henderson and Miroslav Vitous or with Larry Schneider and Dave Holland) and the project Percussion Profiles (with Jack DeJohnette, Pierre Favre, Dom Um Romao, David Friedman and George Gruntz).
During the eighties Fredy Studer was the drummer in the trios Brüninghaus / Stockhausen / Studer and Red Twist & Tuned Arrow (with Stephan Wittwer and Christy Doran), the percussion ensemble Singing Drums (with Pierre Favre, Paul Motian and Nana Vasconcelos), the Charlie Mariano - Jasper van't Hof Group and the trio Bourquin / Francioli / Studer.
Fredy Studer has also been in the percussion ensemble of Robyn Schulkowsky, performing compositions of Charles Ives, Steve Reich, John Cage and Edgard Varèse.
During the nineties Studer was involved with groups like Doran / Studer / Burri / Magnenat (later Doran / Studer / Gerber / Magnenat), Doran / Studer / Minton / Bates & Ali (later Doran / Studer / Minton / Ali & Cora) play the music of Jimi Hendrix and Doran / Studer / Tacuma / Jenny-Clark.
Current groups include the hardcore chambermusic trio Koch - Schütz - Studer, the quartets Koch - Schütz - Studer & Saadet Türköz and Koch - Schütz - Studer & Christian Uetz, and the project Roots and Wires (Koch - Schütz - Studer plus DJ M. Singe and DJ I-Sound).
Other bands and projects are the the percussion-trio Schulkowsky - Studer - Baron (with Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron), Magnoni / Sordet / Studer, Earth Bound (with Bonnie Barnett and Hermann Bühler), the duo Drum Orchestra with Pierre Favre, The Drummers, the trio Amstad / Burri / Studer and the drum-quartet Four in Time (with Pierre Favre, Fritz Hauser and Daniel Humair).
Studer is also developing his series of duo recordings with female musicians (so far with Robyn Schulkowsky, Jin Hi Kim, Joëlle Léandre, Dorothea Schürch and DJ M. Singe). He also plays solo concerts, works as a freelance drummer and gives workshops.
Fredy Studer has toured and played concerts, gave workshops, has recorded for radio and TV, created music for dance-performances, made the music for theatre and film in Europe, Africa, Japan, Southamerica, the Caribbean, Taiwan, India, Russia, the United States and Canada.
Fredy Studer is one of the few drummers who incorporate open improvisation as well as straight beats into his style.