Lisa Hofmaninger

(c) Erwin Pils


Born in 1991 in Vöcklabruck/Austria. She studied with Florian Bramböck and Harry Sokal at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, the melting pot for creative improvised music. Afterwards she studied at Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne Billancourt with Jean-Charles Richard in Paris and moved back to Vienna to take lessons with Andreas Schreiber.

Besides her main projects “chuffDRONE”, “First Gig Never Happened”, “DUO hofmaninger/schwarz”, “Little Rosies’ Kindergarten” and “Das Echo ist rot“ which she is co-leading, she is also working as a side woman with Gina Schwarz’ „Pannonica“ and Christian Muthspiel’s „Orjazztra Vienna“.

For the season 2017/18 she played in the Porgy & Bess Stageband called “Pannonica Project”, which is led by the double bass player Gina Schwarz. With this band she worked and performed with Ingrid Jensen, Sylvie Courvoisier, Julia Hülsmann, Camila Meza and Karin Hammar. For the season 2019/20 she was again in the Porgy & Bess Stageband with Christian Muthspiels’ Orjazztra Vienna.

In 2011 she was selected to play at the Marianne Mendt Jazzfestival (promotion for young jazz musicians in Austria), in 2013 she received the “Bawag P.S.K. Next Generation Jazz Award” with her band “chuffDRONE” and was nominated for the “New Austrian Sound Of Music” (NASOM) for the season 2018/2019 with her band “First Gig Never Happened”. She was again nominated for NASOM for the season 2020/2021 but this time with her DUO hofmaninger/schwarz.

She played at different national and international festivals like “Moers Festival 2019“, „Jazz & Wine Of Peace Cormons 2019“, “Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2019”, “Jazz In The Native Yards Cape Town 2019″, „Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2018/2019”, „International Ankara Jazz Festival 2018“, „International Jazz Festival Bishkek 2018“, „İzmir European Jazz Festival 2018“, „Festival Internacional Buenos Aires Jazz 2017“, “12points festival” in Aarhus 2017, “Jazz in the ruins 2016”, “Kick Jazz 2016”, “3 Tage Jazz Saalfelden 2016”, “Jazz & The City Salzburg 2014/2017/2019”, “TschirgArt Jazzfestival Imst 2013”.


Vienna Improvisers Orchestra at Moers Festival 2022

moers festival 2022

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Catalytic Sound Festival

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