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 started playing in bands as a teenager around
Linz. Following a brief 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 the drum solo project 15 8 SLUM, Xenofox with Olaf Rupp, Der Dritte Stand with Matthias Müller and Matthias Bauer, and Ohlmeier / Khroustaliov / Fischerlehner. He also plays or has played with Gorilla Mask, Joke Lanz, Mia Dyberg, Zsolt Sőrés, Julie Sassoon, Fiium Shaarrk, Tonia Reeh in La Tourette, Tristan Honsinger, Matthias Schubert, Andreas Willers, Frank Paul Schubert, Erste Stufe Haifisch and many more.
Projects in which he features have been regularly invited to festivals and clubs internationally and featured on radio stations as Ö1, BBC Radio 3, SWR 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 art, video or performance work of Alterazioni Video, Tarek Atoui (Berlin Biennale 8), Katrin Plavcak, Wilhelm Groener, Rainer Kohlberger and Haroon Mirza.
"In general, Fischerlehner’s music covers avant-garde, improv and advanced post-rock, he’s able to improvise freely and to use preconceived ideas. Projects like his duo Xenofox, Willing Suspension of Disbelief, and Gorilla Mask prove that he’s one of the most interesting drummers in the German-speaking area at the moment."
Martin Schray, freejazzblog
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
Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes
"He makes music as if he would produce chance."
Kristof Schreuf, Junge Welt
"Really great kit playing: intricate and inventive without being showy."
Chris Elcombe, BBC Radio 3