INFOBOXGenre(s): Jazz/Improvised Music
From: Vorarlberg, Austria
Born Leap Day of 1960 in Bludenz, Austria
Bassist Peter Herbert has been living in Paris since 2003 (in New York from 1989-2003) and leads a busy schedule with an average of 100 concerts annually throughout the world.
Trained as a classical pianist/bassist, after years of successful ‘main stream’ jazz activities, he is now developing his own voice in the field of improvised music. Recent activities include solo concerts, in 2002 in New York (Glassfarm), London (The Vortex), Moscow (The Dome), Vienna (Porgy&Bess), a.m.o. (CD: ‚Naked Bass‘ ) and a focus on small ensembles like his duos with David Tronzo (CD: Segmente, AZM 1001), Carol Robinson (bass-clarinette/electronics) or his Parisian Trio with Jean-Charles Richard (sax) and Christophe Marguet(dr), He is also involved in arabic music with artists like oud-master Marcel Khalife or Simon Shaheen.
Herbert is also a prolific and versatile composer, mostly commissioned by European orchestras and ensembles. He has written for orchestras, choirs and chamber groups, designed experimental movie soundtracks and incidental music for European avant-garde theatre groups (CD: Aktionstheater Ensemble 2000 music for theater, AZM 102).
As a Jazz musician, he has worked with many artists and groups such as the John Abercrombie/Marc Copland Quartet, Bobby Previte’s “The Horse“, John Clark Octet, Art Farmer and Woody Shaw. His work has been well documented on over 170 recordings (see COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY).
Herbert was recently awarded the Hans Koller-prize as “Musician of the Year”. This prize is given to musicians who have had ’significant impact on the Austrian music scene for a long time‘. He also established his own internet-based label Aziza Music in 1999. Herbert teaches bass at the Anton-Bruckner Privat University in Linz, Austria since 2007.