Rudi Fischerlehner
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Rudi Fischerlehner
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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

"Fischerlehner 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 gets tough."
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


Selected Festival and Club Appearances:

Alarm Festival Berlin, Elbjazz Hamburg, Fusion Festival Lärz, Kaleidophon Ulrichsberg, Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Jazzwerkstatt Peitz, Approximation Festival Düsseldorf, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Transmediale Berlin, Berlin Biennale 8, Akut Festival Mainz, Rewire Den Hague, Mama Jazz Vilnius, Imaxina Sons Vigo, Klangfestival Gallneukirchen, Basics Festival Salzburg, Porgy and Bess Wien, London Jazzfestival, Heaven and Cafe OTO in London, Jazzfestival Cheltenham, The Stone New York, Vancouver Jazzfestival, Ottawa Jazzfestival, Edmonton Jazzfestival, Halifax Jazzfestival, St. John´s Jazzfestival, Kingston Jazzfestival, Jazzjuice Aarhus, Lydfestival Aarhus, Contemporanea Udine, Jazz and More Sibiu, Brechtfestival Augsburg, and many more.




Discography and work overview

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