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Niko Schäuble

Niko Schauble is an award winning drummer, composer and audio engineer.

Born in 1962 Niko grew up in a family of musicians, singers, a record producer & lyricist and a famous jazz bassist (Eberhard Weber). 

He started to play piano at age 4 and drums at age 11. His first forays into audio recording were on a 4-track tape machine in the late 1970s.

Niko has performed with many of the world’s leading artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lee Konitz, Enrico Rava, Paul Grabowsky, Trilok Gurtu, Karaikudi R. Mani, Arthur Blythe, Steve Lacy, Ray Brown, Sheila Jordan, Mike Nock, Deborah Conway, Archie Roach. His work is documented on more than 60 albums as a musician, leader and composer.

Niko’s work as composer includes TV & film scores (over 200 hurst’s of screen credits), ballet music and works from small ensembles to symphony orchestra. 

He has received commissions from the Australian Art Orchestra, Queensland Festival, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Berliner Saxophon Quartett, Michael Kieran Harvey and the West Australian Ballet.

Niko has lectured in jazz studies and film music at Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, as well as conducting workshops in Berlin and Greece.


Awards:

2020 – Apra Amcos Nomination (Luminary Award)

2019 – Finalist Apra Amcos Art Music Awards

2016 – Finalist Apra Amcos Awards (Best Jazz Work with ‘Spiel’)

2005 – Finalist at Annecy Film Festival

2004 – Nomination for the ‘Leo’ award (music for short film) @ Braunschweig Filmfestival

1998 – Finalist at the ‘Wildscreen’ Festival, Bristol 

1997 – Honorable Mention Julius Hemphil Awards, Ne- York

1996 – 1st and 2nd Prize ‘Tage der leichten Musik’ des SFB, Berlin

1995 – 2nd prize Franz-Josef Reinl Stiftung für ‘Ohne Ende’

1994 – ‘Unsigned Bands Competition’, Rhythms Magazine, Australian

1992 – Australian Jazz Award/Best Drummer

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Mirko Guerrini

Mirko Guerrini was born in Florence, Italy, in 1973. He studied piano, saxophone, classical composition and jazz music at the Conservatorio “Cherubini” in Florence, as well as Jazz saxophone with Dave Liebman in New York.

An eclectic multi-instrumentalist, composer and orchestra conductor, Mirko has 16 CDs to his credit as a solo artist and leader of jazz ensembles and more than 50 CDs as a sideman. He is now leading the band ʻMirko Guerrini Horizontal Quartetʼ (Andrea Keller, Tamara Murphy and Niko Schauble) and  is also the co-leader of the acclaimed band ʻTorrio!ʼ with Paul Grabowsky and Niko Schauble.

Guerrini has released 6 books: two of which, released by the well known label Carisch Ed, feature a selection of his compositions , and three educational books dedicated to the Jazz Tenor Saxophone, focussing on Stan Getz, Joe Henderson and Oliver Nelson.

Guerrini hosted the radio show “Dottor Djembè” together with the comedian David Riondino and the jazz superstar Stefano Bollani. The radio program was aired on the Italian national radio channel Radio3. The program won several awards for best radio show, and continued for 6 years with more than 180 shows produced.

Mirko has played with premier jazz artists , such as Billy Cobham, Brian Auger, Mark Feldman, Stefano Bollani, John Taylor, Enrico Rava, Stefano Battaglia, Paul McCandless, Caetano Veloso, Hermeto Pascoal, Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould, Niko Schauble, Andrea Keller, Monash Art Ensemble.
Mirko has also collaborated with noted singers-songwriters such as Ivano Fossati and Giorgio Gaber.

He is in great demand as a composer/conductor with different Symphony Orchestras (Orchestra “A.Toscanini” of Parma, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Orchestra della Campania and others).

In Australia, Guerrini was commissioned  by the Melbourne Museum to compose music for their Aztecs Exhibition, producing all the music for both TV ads and live performances.

In 2019 Mirko composed and produced the soundtrack for the stop motion VR movie ʻThe Passengerʼ, which was finalist at the Mostra Internazionale del cinema di Venezia.

Mirko has performed internationally in Brasil, Japan, Australia, Canada, Usa, France, Spain, Russia, Finland, Indonesia and in many other countries.

As an educator, Guerrini was a Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Small Jazz Ensemble at the Conservatorio “Mascagni” in Livorno. Since permanently moving to Australia in 2013 he started teaching in Melbourne. Mirko has been appointed Adjunct Fellow and Teaching Associate at Monash University and teaches in several different colleges.

Has been invited as visiting professor at UTAS in Hobart in Australia as well as at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts in Canada (2010, 2012). Mirko was the Keynote speaker at a Conference on “Musical Perspectives” at the Warwick University, in Warwick, UK in 2012.

Awards:

2019 – Finalist with the sound score for the VR movie ‘The Passenger’ at the ‘Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia’

2013 – ‘Fleck Fellowship’ Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Canada

2012 – ‘Satire Award’, Italy

2012 – Best Italian Radio Show, Italy

2011 – ‘Cristal Microphone Award’, Italy

2005 – International Competition of Composition ‘2 Agosto’, Italy

2000 – International Competition of Composition ‘2 Agosto’, Italy 

1998 – ‘Summertime in Jazz’, Italy