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Artist biography Samuel Rohrer
Percussionist Samuel Rohrer (1977, Berne, Switzerland) is an undogmatic non-conformist who does not allow himself to be dictated to by the current raging fashions of retro chic and contemporary hipness. He previously appeared predominantly as a clairaudient and adroit sideman on the international scene. With his band, for which he acquired two awesome musicians from the current scene, he has increasingly been the leader and composer. His music oscillates leisurely between different worlds, is full of surprises and forces us to discard embedded listening habits.
Samuel Rohrer's music moves in a climate between euphoric ardour and melancholy reflectiveness. In highly intensive trio interaction with departures into free areas, concentrated interplay and a remarkable feeling for nuances of mood, Rohrer created his melodically expressive compositions for the clarinettist Claudio Puntin and the bassist Peter Herbert.
Like a restless spirit, Samuel Rohrer strikes around the other two instruments, unswervingly engaged in ripping something open here, stopping a hole there, keeping the fragile fabric of music in vibration. He has written a type of suite designed specifically for him and his trio partners, in which the physical states are constantly changing.
Samuel Rohrer himself, who at times understands how to sing wonderfully on the drum set, describes these states as solid, liquid and gas. In this way, the band achieves a harmonious balance of structural awareness and openness, of intelligence and playful sensuality.
Samuel Rohrers' Tree is an excellent example of European Jazz self-confidently going its own way: The band convinces with profound and inspired music making. Playfulness, openness and surrender to the moment are the order of the day.
Samuel Rohrer received his professional education in Berne and Boston, where he studied with Billie Brooks, Hal Crook and Ian Froman.
His flexibility and capability to move around effortlessly in different styles, from atmospheric and free sounds to straight jazz, make him a very dynamical drummer in the European music scene today.
Performances and recordings amongst others with artists such as Erik Truffaz, Matthieu Michel, Charles Gayle, Mark Levine, Harald Haerter, Vincent Herring, Hal Crook, Reggie Johnson, Susanne Abbuehl, Michel Portal, Claudio Puntin, Joao Paulo, Markus Stockhausen, Arild Andersen, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Reggie Johnson, Mark Levine, Christophe Schweizer, Minino Garay, Yaya Ouattara, John Lockwood, Herwig Gradischnig, Philippe Aerts, Joe Haider, Eric Alexander, Jasper Blom, Stephan Oliva, among others.
He is touring with his own group Tree (with Claudio Puntin and Peter Herbert), BraffOesterRohrer, Joyosa Cor (with Puntin-JoaoPaulo), BrederodeEilertsenPuntinRohrer and others…
Samuel Rohrer has toured and performed at Festivals with his own groups and other ensembles through Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Eastern Europe and Canada.