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Born Leap Day of 1960 in Bludenz, Austria
Bassist Peter Herbert has been living in Paris since 2003 (in New York from 1989-2003) and leads a busy schedule with an average of 100 concerts annually performing throughout the world.
Trained as a classical pianist/bassist, after years of successful 'main
stream' jazz activities, he is now developing his own voice in the field
of improvised music. Recent activities include solo concerts, in 2002
in New York (Glassfarm), London (The Vortex), Moscow (The Dome),
Herbert is also a prolific and versatile composer, mostly commissioned
by European orchestras and ensembles. He has written for orchestras,
choirs and chamber groups, designed experimental movie soundtracks and
incidental music for European avant-garde theatre groups
As a Jazz musician, he has worked with many artists and groups such as the John Abercrombie/Marc Copland Quartet, Bobby Previte's "The Horse", John Clark Octet, Art Farmer and Woody Shaw. His work has been well documented on over 120 recordings (please see COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY).
Herbert was recently awarded the Hans Koller-prize as 'musician of the year' This prize is given to a jury chosen person, who had 'significant impact on the Austrian music scene for a long time'. He also established his own internet-based label Aziza Music in 1999.
Herbert is teaching a small bassclass at the Anton-Bruckner Privat University in Linz/Austria since 2007.
|1987-1989: Berklee College of Music,
Boston; Bachelor of Music in Bass performance summa cum laude
1981-1986: College for Music, Graz, Austria; diploma in Bass performance with distinction
1976-1979: Conservatory for Music, Bregenz, Austria
|Performances Jazz and Jazz-related Music|
|Concerts/performances/recordings in Europe, Japan, North Africa, the Middle East and the US with Marcel Khalife (2000-present), Chris Culpo Trio (2003 - present), Eric Watson Trio (2005 - present), Joachim Kühn (2005 - present) , Marc Copland/John Abercrombie Quartet with Billy Hart (97-99), Bobby Previte's "The Horse" (95-98), the Vienna Art Orchestra (92), the Aydin Esen Group (89-96), the Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio (86-89),the Christian Muthspiel Trio ('94), the Art Farmer Quintet (in NYC 91/92), Art Blakeys Jazzmessengers ('86), the Tone Jansa Quintett featuring Woody Shaw (85/86), Paul Smoker/Phil Haynes "Double Trio" (91) and performances with musicians like Sheila Jordan, George Garzone, Alex Deutsch, Mick Goodrick, Lewis Nash, Joe Calderazzo, Gene Calderazzo, Mordy Ferber, Tom Rainey, Joe Diorio, Tony Trishka, Tom McKinley, Jeff Williams, Bob Moses, Fred Hersch, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, Richie Beirach, John Clark, Robin Eubanks, Richie Cole, Peter Erskine, Gene Jackson, Marc Copland, John Abercrombie, Billy Hart, Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Rudolph, Daniel Humair, Steve Shehan, Jamey Haddad, Skuli Sverrisson, Theo Bleckmann, Paul Simon, Franz Koglmann, Andy Manndorff, Wolfgang Reisinger, Hannes Löschel, Simon Shaheen, Marcle Khalife, Paul Skrepek, Klaus Dickbauer, Steve Lacy, Christoph Kurzmann, Philip Jeck, Johannes Barthelmes, Sunny Simmons, 'Little' Jimmy Scott, Kenny Drew jr., David Taylor, Daniel Schnyder, Wolfgang Mitterer, Lucas Niggli, Claudio Puntin, Samuel Rohrer, Mino Cinelu, Joe Chambers, Ed Neumeister, Karl Ratzer, Howard Curtis and many others.|
|people, Peter Herbert had the honor of working with and are no longer among us:|
Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan, Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, Thomas Chapin, Danilo Terenzi, Bob Berg, Baly Othmani, Bumi Fian, Bill Black, David Baker (the engineer), Michael Brecker, Alexandra Montano, Mahmoud Darwich, Mary Gardener, Aldo Kreml, Ed Renshaw, Fritz Pauer, Ahmad Mansour, "Little" Jimmy Scott, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copland, Clark Terry, Robert 'Pizi' Polak, Heinrich Schiff, John Abercrombie, Andy Manndorf, Kevin Mahogany,f
|Performance Contemporary Music|
Featured soloist on recording of Henry Wolkin composition for Trio
and The London Symphony Orchestra (June 1996);
Featured soloist with the Camerata Bregenz Tour in Austria (March 1994) with 4 contemporary bass concertos/pieces.
Featured soloist in original works such as 100 Y's (string quartet plus ADAT tape) and difficulties (piece for three choirs and bass solo) and Communications Error for Nonet (CD ensemble plus, ORF Austria) and Musique humaine with the Koehne string quartet.
|Numerous theater soundtracks for the
under the direction of Martin Gruber. Productions:
|Nathan der Weise 1992,
King Oedipus 1993,
Leonce & Lena 1994,
Das Mädchen des Poeten 1995 (Volkstheater Wien),
Danton's Tod spielen 1996,
Lorenzaccio. Un Medici 1997,
Kain Lord Byron for the Bregenzer Festspiele 1997,
Totentanz.Martyrium by Strindberg 1999
Bei den Fischer's 2000 (Stephan Eibl-Erzberg),
Ich Kanzler, ein Märchen August 2000.
Der Sturm Shakespeare 2001
Broker's Opera 2002
|CD: Peter Herbert - Aktionstheater Ensemble 2000 music for theater, AZM 102|
|From 2004 - 2008 Peter Herbert was the artisitic director of JIMS in Salzburg Austria, where he has been teaching every summer since 1998. Also teacher at numerous workshops in Groznyan/Slovenia, the conservatories of Innsbruck, Linz, Vienna and Feldkirch/Austria, and the summer workshop in Neuberg/Austria (1991/1995), as well as Fachhochschule Dornbirn (2000/02), Viktring/A (1995/1996/2002/2003/2004/2005/2006) and St. Georgen a.Walde/A (1995/1996/1997), 'outreach'-Schwaz (2001/2002/2006), Zeillern (2006/2007/2009/2010) and Happeranda/ Sweden (1995) with Mick Goodrick, and at Cornish College/Seattle with Marc Copland, Billy Hart and John Abercrombie (1997), the National Conservatory of Music/Bir-Zeit University East-Jerusalem/Ramallah/Bethlehem (2002). Since 2007 Peter Herbert is teaching a small class of contrabassists at the Anton-Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz/Austria.|
|A Movie about Peter Herbert|
"Peter Herbert-a portrait in music", a 20 min road movie by photographer Gerhard Klocker, continous soundtrack with music by Peter Herbert. Shot in New York City and New Mexico 1999, cars in use: Cadillac 1976 (NY), Toyota pickup truck (NM). Available formats: 16 mm, Beta, VHS.
"Peter Herbert - a portrait in motion', a 12min docu by photographer Gerhard Klocker, shot in a YAK 52, a russian fighterplane from WWII.
|Peter Herbert uses the DB-1 pickup system, and a AKG C2000, C 3000 or C214 Microphone, both made by AKG, and he plays Thomastik Belcanto strings.|