Rudi Berger’s debut album "First Step" was first released on vinyl in 1985.
The 31 year old record, now newly relaunched as CD and download, is a landmark in the
world of jazz violin and has not lost his fresh appeal and originality.
Recognized for his unparalleled jazz violin approach and rare talent as a songwriter
Rudi Berger has regularly toured throughout Europe, South America, Japan and the USA
since 1990. His formations have been represented at festivals alongside the groups of
BRIAN AUGER, DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, LES MC CANN, ORNETTE COLEMAN, HERBIE
HANCOCK, MICHEL PETRUCCIANI, MARCUS ROBERTS, JOHN SCOFIELD, CEDAR WALTON, the TOKYO STRINGS QUARTETT and GIDON KREMER, among others.
Before moving to New York in 1986 he released his debut album "First Step" was voted
Violinist of the Year in 1985 & 1986 by the European magazine “Jazz Live” and made his
first international appearance as a bandleader at "Jazz in Athens".
In his New York time he performed and recorded with JAY ANDERSON, JEFFERSON
BALLARD, VICTOR BAILEY, CYRO BAPTISTA, JOSEPH BOWIE’S DEFUNKT, JOE
CALDERAZZO, MIKE CLARK, ARTT FRANK, MICHAEL GERBER, BILLY KILSON, PETER
MADSEN, JAMES BLOOD ULMER and worked with ASTOR PIAZZOLLA at the American
Music Theater Festival in 1989.
Rudi was appointed Honorary Board Member of the Chet Baker Foundation in 2009.
Since 2003 the Viennese Jazz Violinist & Contemporary Songwriter has lived in Brazil.
As a guest soloist and studio musician he has made over 200 recordings, including
award-winning soundtracks for animation, film and theatre.
Rudi Berger - violin, vocals (6)
Harry Gansberger - piano & keyboards
Christian Havel - guitar
Harry Putz - electric bass
Andy Weiss - drums
Roberto di Gioia - piano (1,4,6)
Paulo Cardoso - bass (1.4,6)
Joris Dudli - drums (1,4,6)
Andy Steirer - percussion (2,5,8)
Niki Bandian - electric Bass (8)
Mario Gonzi - drums (8)