Markus Faller

  • Born in Rastatt (Germany)
  • Longtime studies of drums and percussion at University and private teachers. Since 1987 with Jo Koinzer (drums and percussion). Since 1994 with Hermann Mutschler and Klaus Kugel (drums).
  • From 1994-1998 Studies at the “Pädagogische Hochschule” in Karlsruhe in Major Music and English.
  • From 1998-2002 Jazz studies at the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Mannheim“. Diplom 2002 in percussion (José J. Cortijo) and drums (Michael Küttner, former Keith Copeland). Also Masterclasses and workshops with John Riley (drums), Portinho (drums/percussion) and more.
  • Bands and projects: After beginning in rock bands member of a lot of bands and orchestras in different styles! (see media and links)
  • Former member of the “Jazz Orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany” conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer.
  • Toured: Italy, France, Poland, Switzerland, Argentina, Uruguay, Korea, Netherlands, USA, Turkey, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Norway, Czech Republic, India, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Luxembourg, Estonia, Russia, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Moldavia, Haiti, etc.
  • Worked with: Jo Koinzer, John Marks, Friedemann, Torbjorn Sunde, Peter Lehel, Rüdiger Oppermann, Herbert Joos, Jerry Bergonzi, Philippe Geiss, Thomas Siffling, Peter Schindler, Birelli Lagrene etc. Also Studio work for CDs, TV productions, theater and film music, etc. (see media) and teacher for drum students (private lessons, clinics, workshops, etc.

Festivals and concerts

  • Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland)
  • Jazz Open Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Jazz Festival Straßbourg with Birelli Lagrene (France)
  • Tongyong International Music Festival with Saltacello (Korea)
  • European Jazz Nights Oslo with Thomas Siffling Trio (Norway)
  • Krakau Jazz Festival with Thomas Siffling (Poland)
  • Enjoy Jazz Festival Mannheim with Thomas Siffling SWR2 (Germany)
  • Festival Mitte Europa Sokolov with Saltacello (Czech Republic)
  • Expo 2000 with “Jazz Orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany”, Hannover (Germany)
  • World Culture Open Seoul with Saltacello (Korea)
  • Missa In Jazz Genua with Pipes and Phones (Italy)
  • Das Fest Karlsruhe with Saltacello (Germany)
  • Theaterhaus Jazztage “Germany Jazz” with Thomas Siffling Trio (Germany)
  • Donaufestwochen Aardagger Stift with Art Is Fact (Austria)
  • Folk and Modern Jazz 2 Seoul with Triomediterraneo (Korea)
  • Tavaszi Festival Budapest with Klezmorim (Hungary)
  • Festival Der Leisen Töne Kitzingen with Friedemann (Germany)
  • Club Babylon Istanbul with Carribean Breeze (Turkey)
  • Festival D’estiu De Deltebre with Triomediterraneo (Spain)
  • Donne In Jazz, Rome, with Monika Herzig (Italy)
  • Boomtown Jazzfestival Stuttgart (Germany)
  • The Hindu Festival Madras/Chennai with Siffling Trio (India)
  • Jazz Utsav New Delhi with Siffling Trio (India)
  • The Barefoot Gallery Colombo with Siffling Trio (Sri Lanka)
  • Jazzkaar Tallin (Estonia)
  • Sylt Arts Festival (Germany)
  • Jazz Arts Club Moscow (Russia)
  • Lowbap Festival Athens/Gagarin (Greece)
  • Sib Jazz Fest Novosibirsk (Russia)
  • Ascona Jazz Festival (Switzerland)
  • Sion Festival (Switzerland)
  • PAP Jazz Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
  • Enjoy Jazz Festival Mannheim with Caroll Vanwelden (Germany)
  • etc.

Awards

  • Pipes and Phones as best ensemble at the contest „Jazz and Churchorgan“ 2001 in Hannover
  • “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” in Jazz for the CD „Suites“, Pipes and Phones
  • Winner of the “Daimler Chrysler Jazzcontest” 1999 with the CD „Soft Wind“ from Thomas Siffling Quartett
  • Jazz Award in Gold for more than 10.000 CDs sold from „Passion and Pride“ of Friedemann in Germany
  • Jazz Charts place 8 with „Passion and Pride“ from Friedemann
  • Jazz Charts with the CD „Kitchen Music“ from Thomas Siffling Trio
    „Kitchen Music“ as Top Ten Jazz Album in itunes in Germany, USA and Japan in March and April 2007

Projects

  • Since 1994 I work together with Thomas Siffling in his trio and former quartett. We played a lot of concerts, national and international. Also CD productions, radio- and TV shows, for example: SWR, Bayrischer Rundfunk, HR, 3Sat, WDR, etc. (see media)
  • Since 1998 I’m member of the band project named “Friedemann“. With this group which is half German and half French we toured Germany a lot of times. Friedemann, which is the name of our guitar player, is also the owner of the “Biber Records” record label where I often worked for studio sessions as a drummer and percussionist. (see media)
  • Since 1998 I’m also percussionist for the trio „Pipes and Phones“. Our first record in 1999 received the „Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ in Jazz, which is one of the best reputations in Germany for records. From this time on we played a lot of concerts, national and international. 2001 we recorded our second CD which is called “MISSA“. It combines the text of the christian mass with the sound of our music. (see media)
  • Since 2004 I’m also the drummer for the group named „Saltacello“. With this group we recorded two albums for SONY Music Korea and we work with the National Dance Theatre of Korea.
  • 2001 I started to teach drums and percussion at the “Musikakademie und Musikschule” in Germersheim.
  • 2003 I released a book about drumset playing called „Floating Feet“. You will find all the information and a video about the method on my page.(see floating feet).
  • Since 2012 I’m the drummer and percussionist of the “Anne Wylie Band“, which is touring constantly Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy etc. The latest release “Songs From The seas” is a wonderful piece of music.