Stefan Bauer

Vibraphonist Stefan Bauer is active in a wide musical field between tradition and avantgarde. Inspiring travels, especially to Africa and East-India, and encounters with among others Dou Dou N’Diaye Rose, Ali Keïta, Rama Mani, Norma Winstone, Kakraba Lobi, Adam Nussbaum, Eje Thelin, Bernard Woma, Kenny Wheeler and many more, as well as memorable co-operations with Christoph Haberer, Matthias Nadolny/Tim Wells/Thomas Alkier, Helge Schneider, Ramesh Shotham, Michael Heupel, Laurent Roy, Bernie Senensky, Jim Vivian, WDR and NDR Radio Big Bands/Germany, David Friedman, Bauer’s Ensemble Voyage and many other fantastic musicians result in a cosmos of impressions and experiences which are reflected in nine CDs under his name so far (with Charlie Mariano, Kenny Wheeler, Mick Goodrick, Ted Poor, Paul McCandless, Tim Hagans, Bernie Senensky, Ramesh Shotham, Claudio Puntin and others). For decades now Bauer could be heard in venues between Abidjan – Zürich. He is part of Germany’s jazz scene as well as NY’s where he currently lives, as well as the Canadian scene due to living in Winnipeg, MB for a number of years. Recent activities of note were a (second) tour of several African countries, live concerts and broadcast productions with the WDR Big Band (under Vince Mendoza and Ansgar Striepens), concerts around NY, invitations to the Moers and the Jazzkaar international Jazz Festivals in Tallinn/Estonia. A week at Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, numerous concerts in Germany, Holland and at the legendary ‘Deerhead Inn’  in Pennsylvania led to Bauer’s membership in Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak – KLARO. Since 2010 Bauer infrequently played in an exciting duo with pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, which garnered immediate enthusiastic reviews, and with the Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra. In 2014 Bauer did a 14-city tour of Germany with his international ensemble Voyage (with Chris Bacas – soprano sax, Michal Cohen – voice, Pepe Berns – bass, Roland Schneider – drums) in support of their newly released CD “GEOGRAPHIA” (JazzHausMusik), followed by concerts in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and in Iceland. In 2017 Bauer was commissioned by the renowned recorder quartet FLAUTANDO KOELN to arrange several chorales of Martin, part of a program commemorating 500 years of reformation in Germany. Another tour of Ontario celebrated the release of his latest CD “VOYAGE WEST” (Tammy Scheffer – voice, Chris Bacas – sax, Bauer, Jim Vivian – bass, Greg Ritchie – drums). Bauer lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY. See also

“Bauer is a player of no uncertain gifts, strong in the technique and introspective feeling, whose instincts suggest a Euro-Canadian jazz connection. Hot, thoughtful sounds from the North.”
Josef Woodard, Jazziz