chuffDrone © Hans Klestorfer
chuffDrone © Hans Klestorfer


Genre(s): Jazz/Improvised Music
From: Upper Austria, Austria



11/20/19WrocławJazztopad FestivalPoland
Time: 12:00am.
01/16/20BudapestOpus JazzclubHungary
Time: 12:00am.


The five musicians of chuffDRONE aren’t really fans of the idea of following musical dogmas. Ever since their foundation in the year of 2012 they don’t feel bound to the traditional rules of jazz, preferring instead to set their own musical accents. The reckless improvisations, unconventional solos, varied arrangements, groovy rhythms are all playfully brought together and woven into a brand new whole. A sound of jazz combined with elements from other styles but avoids being over thought or unnecessarily complex while still being musically challenging.

For several years now the young quintet chuffDRONE a has been right in the middle of Austria’s experimental jazz-scene and had the opportunity to play at renowned international festivals like Jazzfestival Buenos Aires, 12 Points Festival (Aarhus, Denmark), Jazz in the Ruins (Poland), Jazzfestival Saalfelden,  or Kick Jazz  at Porgy & Bess (Austria), a.o.

Ever since the five strong musical personalities defined themselves as one big sound-organism, which develops his possibilities of musical expression further and further. Through continuous work on the basis of the different compositions by all band-members, they work out sophisticated musical-pieces, which contrast powerful collective-improvisations with fragile chamber music. In their current line-up you’ll find – besides the founders Judith Schwarz, Lisa Hofmaninger and Judith Ferstl – since 2018 Jul Dillier and Robert Schröck to complete the strong collective.


Austrian Day at Jazztopad Festival 2019

Jazztopad Festival 2019 (c) Jazztopad Festival

From November 15 to 24, 2019, the 16th JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL will take place in Wroclaw, Poland. At the Austrian Day on November 20, Jazztopad Festival introduces two exceptional Austrian jazz formations: CHUFFDRONE and SHAKE STEW. … read more »

Austrian artists at Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige

chuffDRONE (c) Hans Klestorfer

Since 1982, the Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige has presented hundreds of jazz artists throughout the whole of South Tyrol and beyond. The festival not only relies on well-known names and famous ensembles. Young musicians and … read more »


Fijuka (c) Matthias Hombauer

International Women’s Day is a good reason to emphasise the contributions female musicians have made to the Austrian music scene. Here is a small overview that should illustrate something that a lot of people know, … read more »