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 BIOGRAPHY

oliver strauchTHE DRUMMER OLIVER STRAUCH WAS BORN IN
SAARBRUECKEN (GERMANY) IN 1966.

OLIVER STRAUCH HAS NOT ONLY MADE A NAME
FOR HIMSELF IN EUROPE, BUT HAS ALSO PLAYED,
TOURED AND RECORDED WITH MANY OF THE
JAZZ GREATS:

 

  • TRUMPET: BENNY BAILEY, ROY HARGROVE, BOBBY SHEW, DUSKO GOIJKOVITCH,
    KENNY WHEELER, RANDY BRECKER, CLAUDIO RODITI
  • SAXOPHON: LEE KONITZ, SCOTT HAMILTON, LEW TABACKIN, JESSE DAVIS, TONY LAKATOS
  • TROMBONE: NILS LANDGREN, ADRIAN MYERS, PHIL ABRAHAM
  • GUITAR: PHILIP CATHERINE, BIRÉLI LAGRÈNE, RUSSELL MALONE, SYLVAIN LUC
    MARC FOSSET, LOUIS STEWART
  • PIANO: MARTIAL SOLAL, RENÉ URTREGER, BOB DEGEN, ERIC LIGNINI, DADO MORONI,
    SIEGFRIED KESSLER, ALAIN-JEAN MARIE, KENNY WERNER.
  • GERMAN SWING LEGENDS: PAUL KUHN, HUGO STRASSER, BARBARA DENNERLEIN
  • BASS: JIMMY WOODE, REGGIE JOHNSON, MATT PENMAN, JOHANNES WEIDENMUELLER
     

PERFORMANCES:
 

INCLUDING
 

  • THE SLANI JAZZ FESTIVAL, CZECH REPUBLIC IN 1987
  • TO POLAND, IN 1995
  • TO RUSSIA, ON BEHALF OF THE GOETHE INSTITUTE IN 1999 (MOSCOW, URALS)
  • LEVERKUSENER JAZZ TAGE IN 1999
  • TO THE USA, IN 2000 (PERFORMANCES AT THE “KENNEDY CENTER”, WASHINGTON,THE “AMBASSY”, NEW YORK CITY) AND TO CANADA (INCLUDING MONTREAL)
  • TO BUDAPEST, ON BEHALF OF THE GOETHE INSTITUT IN 2000
  • THE “OLIVER STRAUCH GROUP” WAS CONTRIBUTION OF THE FEDERAL STATE OF SAARLAND TO THE “EXPO 2000” IN HANNOVER
  • "DJANGO D’OR", BRUSSELS IN 2000
  • NANCY JAZZ PULSATIONS, IN 2000
  • “NEW MORNING” ,PARIS IN 2002
  • "SUNSET",PARIS IN 2003
  • TO SIBERIA, ON BEHALF OF THE GOETHE INSTITUT IN 2004 (INCLUDING NOVOSIBIRSK)
  • TOURED BRAZIL, IN 2003 (GUARAMIRANGA JAZZ FESTIVAL)
  • JAZZ FESTIVAL DEAN BENEDETTI IN TORRE DI LAGO, ITALY IN 2005
  • TOURED VIETNAM, ON THE “EUROPEAN JAZZ FESTIVAL” IN 2005 (INCLUDING HO CHI MINH, HANOI)
  • JAZZ BRUGES, BELGIUM IN 2006
  • JAZZ FESTIVAL OF BANSKO & SOFIA / BULGARIA IN 2007
  • KULTUHAUPTSTADT LUXEMBOURG IN 2007
  • IRELAND TOUR, 2008/09 (INCLUDING DUBLIN, CORK)
  • "RONNIE SCOTT'S", LONDON IN 2009
  • BERLINER JAZZTAGE, IN 2009
  • JAZZ A VIENNE, IN 2009
  • “DUC DES LOMBARDS”, IN 2009 & 2010
  • RADIO FRANCE JAZZ FESTIVAL, MONTPELLIER IN 2010
  • TURKEY TOUR, IN 2010 (INCLUDING ISTANBUL,IZMIR)

TEACHING ACTIVITIES:
 

  • PROFESSORSHIP AT THE "HOCHSCHULE FUER MUSIK SAAR" ( UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC, FACULTY JAZZ PERCUSSION) SINCE 2009
  • "GIANT STEPS"- WORKSHOP BERLIN / SAARBRUECKEN IN 2010 / 2011

TV AND RADIO SINCE 1995:
 

  • PRODUCTIONS FOR THE ARD, SENDER FREIES BERLIN,BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK,WESTDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK (ALSO WITH HANNS-DIETER HUESCH, DIETER HILDEBRANDT, KONSTANTIN WECKER AND MATTHIAS RICHLING AND WITH WITH ALFRED BIOLEK IN  “ALTER WARTESAAL”, KOELN)
  • FOR THE “REDWOOD STUDIOS”, REDWOOD CITY/SAN FRANCISCO 2005

COMPOSING:
 

  • "OEDIPUS",FIRST PERFORMANCE THEATER TRIER IN 1995
  • "DIE HUETTE GROOVT",KLANGINSTALLATION WELTKULTURERBE VOELKLINGEN IN 2007
  • "KLINGENDES MUSEUM",MERZIG SCHLOSS FELLENBERG ,FIRST PERFORMANCE IN 2008
  • WITH CAROLIN POOK:"BIRD ON FIRE",DEUTSCHE RADIO PHILHARMONIE/ ROY HARGROVE, FIRST PERFORMANCE IN 2011 INT. JAZZFESTIVAL ST.INGBERT

MOVIE SCORES WITH “OHR”:
 

  • "SCHATTEN-EINE NAECHTLICHE HALLUZINATION "(A.ROBISON) FIRST PERFORMANCE MATHILDENHOEHE DARMSTADT IN 1997
  • “OCTOBER” (S:EISENSTEIN) FIRST PERFORMANCE WELTKULTURERBE VOELKLINGEN IN 2000
  • "FAUST" (F.W.MURNAU) FIRST PERFORMANCE SAARBRUECKEN SOMMERMUSIK IN 2003
  • "THE LODGER”" (A.HITCHKOCK) FIRST PERFORMANCE SAARBRUECKEN SOMMERMUSIK IN 2003
  • "SAARLAND-GLUECK AUF" (HENRI ALEKAN) FIRST PERFORMANCE LUXEMBOURG KULTURHAUPTSTADT IN 2007
  • "CINEMEMOIRE" (J.RENOIR) FIRST PERFORMANCE SAARBRUECKEN SOMMERMUSIK IN 2010

WITH "Die Redner":
 

  • "JFK SHOW",FIRST PERFORMANCE SPARTE 4 SAARBRUECKEN IN 2007
  • "EUROVISION:BRANDT DE GAULLE", FIRST PERFORMANCE ALTE FEUERWACHE
    SAARBRUECKEN IN 2009
  • "response.UN.ability",FIRST PERFORMANCE GROSSES HAUS STAATSTHEATER DES SAARLANDES,SAARBRUECKEN IN 2010