Fredy Studer

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Fredy Studer
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Fredy Studer, Moers Festival, 2012
Background information
Born (1948-06-16) 16 June 1948 (age 70)
Lucerne, Switzerland
Genres Avant-garde jazz, 20th-century classical, rock, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Om, Hand in Hand, Singing Drums

Fredy Studer (born 16 June 1948 in Lucerne) is a Swiss percussionist in jazz and 20th-century classical music.[1]


In 1972, he founded the jazz fusion quartet OM with guitarist Christy Doran, saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, and double bassist Bobby Burri, who were all his classmates. The group toured successfully for ten years in Switzerland and Germany.

Studer has also worked with Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Joe Henderson, Miroslav Vitous, Larry Schneider, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Pierre Favre, Dom Um Romão and David Friedman.

In the 1980s, he played in a trio with Rainer Brüninghaus and Markus Stockhausen; with Stephan Wittwer and Christy Doran in Red Twist & Tuned Arrow; in the group Singing Drums with Pierre Favre, Paul Motian and Nana Vasconcelos; and in the Charlie Mariano-Jasper van 't Hof group.

Studer has played as an interpreter of 20th-century classical music compositions by Charles Ives, Steve Reich, John Cage, and Edgard Varese in the percussion ensemble of Robyn Schulkowsky.


  1. ^ "Fredy Studer | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 October 2016.