Born in Innsbruck (Austria) in 1979 Gerri picked up the drums when he was 9 years old. After some brass-band and grunge-rock teenage years he studied jazz at the Conservatories of Innsbruck (AT) and later in Amsterdam (NL), where he graduated in 2006. Since then Gerri has been performing extensively in and outside the Netherlands expanding boundaries in music and its genres.

gerri jäger, pic by Ellenoor Bakker edited

photo by E. Bakker

Gerri has performed with Eirikur Olaffsson (Mum, Sigur Ros), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (The Thing), Colin Stetson (Bon Iver), Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs), Marc Ducret (Tim Berne), Fred Frith (Brian Eno), Ron Anderson (The Molecules), Manu Delago (Björk), Dave Rempis (Peter Brötzmann), Frank Möbus & Rudi Mahall (Der Rote Bereich), Achim Kaufmann, Graduale Nobili (Björk), Jozef Dumoulin (Lidlboj), Franz Hautzinger (Regenorchester), Hilary Jeffery (Zeitkratzer), Mette Rasmussen (Trio Riot), Joachim Badenhorst (Carate Urio), Frans Petter Eldh (Jameszoo), Sofia Jernberg (Fire Orchestra), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle) and Amsterdam’s heavy-weights Wolter Wierbos, Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Michael Moore, Terrie Ex, Jasper Stadhouders and Kaja Draksler a.o. He toured throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Russia and Brazil and released music on Rat Records, Eat Concrete, Blowpipe Records, Red Note, PAO Records, HAK Records, Geweih Ritual, El Negocito, Kaiser Label, Cuneiform, Flop Records, Shhpuma and Clean Feed.


photo by Thijs Geritz 2018

press quotes:

Drummer Gerri Jäger plays in two of the most innovative dutch bands of the past 5 years, Rooie Waas and Knalpot. That makes him probably this moment’s most innovative musician based in the Netherlands. (Peter Bruyn)

There are not many drummers like Gerri Jäger: an unparalleled agile and tight drummer who is shaking his complex rhythms and patterns out his sleeve, concentrated but with ease. (Vera Vingerhoeds)

Gerri Jäger significantly played himself into the picture with his stumblin’ groove. (Slagwerkkrant)

Gerri sounds like a sound manipulator par excellence. Whether he uses a bell, a woodblock, a shaker or and iron chain he knows how to integrate it all into the sound picture in a fascinating way. (draaiomjeoren)

Through his focused, solid and inspiring playing Gerri is growing towards an important drummer. (Cees van de Ven)

Gerri plays so precise that you would suspect that as a child he got a metronome instead of bedtime stories. (Guy Peters)


Festival highlights:

Outreach Festival (Schwaz, AT)

De Affaire (Nijmegen, NL)
Jazzwerkstatt Festival (Landeck, AT)

Ground One Festival (The Hague, NL)
ZXZW Festival (Tilburg, NL)
Sonata Islands Festival (Trento, IT)
Doek Festival (Amsterdam, NL)
European TryTone Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

Moers Festival (Moers, D)
INI-art Festival (Saarbrücken, D)
ADE Festival (Amsterdam, NL)
EXIT Festival (Novi Sad, SER)
Lowlands Festival (Biddinghuizen, NL)
Akouphene Festival (Geneva, CH)
The Night of the Unexpected (Amsterdam, NL)
Zomer JazzFietstour Festival (Groningen, NL)
State X New Forms (The Hague, NL)
Plein Open (The Hague, NL)
RUMOR Festival (Utrecht, NL)
Incubate Festival (Tilburg, NL)

12points! (Stavanger, NO)
North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL)
Satta Outside (Šventoji, LIT)
Le Guess Who Festival (Utrecht, NL)
SKIF Festival (St. Petersburg, RU)
The Night of the Unexpected (Amsterdam, NL)
Zomer JazzFietstour Festival (Groningen, NL)
Musiques Innovatrices Festival (St. Etienne, FR)
International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, NL)
Noorderslag (Groningen, NL)

Eurosonic (Groningen, NL)
Freemote (Utrecht, NL)
Soundnoise Festival (Dornbirn, AT)
Jazz sur’l herbe (Gent, B)
5 Days Off Festival (Amsterdam, NL)
NuMusic (Stavanger, NO)
Affaire (Nijmegen, NL)
CCSP Jazz Festival (Sao Paulo, BRA)
La Fabrika Jazz (Sao Paulo, BRA)
Oddstream (Nijmegen, NL)
What’s Next (Brussels, B)
INI-art (Sarreguemuines, FR)
Experience(s) (Lyon, FR)
Jam de la Crème (The Hague, NL)
Shoot Me (The Hague, NL)
Tweetakt (Utrecht, NL)

Rewire Festival (The Hague, NL)
ARCO Festival (Madrid, E)
ADE Festival (Amsterdam, NL)
Elevate Festival (Graz, AT)
Match & Fuse Festival (Oslo, NO)
Akouphene Festival (Geneva, CH)
Copenhagen Jazzfestival (DK)

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, NL)
The Night Of The Unexpected Festival (Moscow, RU)
North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL)
Manu Delago Collaborations Festival (London, UK)

Doek Festival (Amsterdam, NL)
Jazz Cerkno (Cerkno, SLO)
North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL)
Jazz in ‘t Park Festival (Gent, B)
Lowlands Festival (Biddinghuizen, NL)
Unlimited Festival 2014 (Wels, AT)
Le Guess Who Festival (Utrecht, NL)
State X New Forms (The Hague, NL)
Zomer JazzFietstour Festival (Groningen, NL)
The Rest Is Noise Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

Jazz in ‘t Park Festival (Gent, B)
Zomer JazzFietstour Festival (Groningen, NL)
November Music Festival 2015 (Den Bosch, NL)
Krakow Jazz Autumn 2015 (Krakow, PL)
Alternativa Festival 2015 (Prague, CZ)
ADM Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

Banlieues Bleues Festival (Montreuil/Paris, F)
Rewire Festival (The Hague, NL)
FAQ Festival (Den Bosch, NL)
Jazz Day Festival (Lyon, F)
Incubate Festival (Tilburg, NL)
Poetry International Festival (Rotterdam, NL)
October Meeting (Amsterdam, NL)
Stranger Than Paranoia (Tilburg, NL)

Ottawa Jazz Festival (CAN)
Toronto Jazz Festival (CAN)
Vancouver Jazz Festival (CAN)
Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival (Montreal, CAN)
The Present is Present Festival (Amsterdam, NL)
Contemporary Arts Festival (Szekesfehervar, HU)
Hoerthoert Festival (Vienna, AT)
INI-art Festival (Saarbrücken, D)
Satta (Klaipeda, LIT)

North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL)
Jazz no parque Festival (Porto, PT)
Houtnacht Festival (Haarlem, NL)
Citadelic Summer Festival (Gent, B)
Complexity Fest (Haarlem, NL)
Modern Body Festival (The Hague, NL)

Rumor Festival (Utrecht, NL)
FAQ Festival (Den Bosch, NL)
Injazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL)
ZomerJazzFietsTour Festival (Groningen, NL)
North Sea Around Town (Rotterdam, NL)
Playdate Festival (Bergen, NO)
Front Row Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

NFPK commission awards
2010 composing for KNALPOT
2014 composing, for Klang Knalpot Maximal Music Project
2014 composing, research & development
2017 composing, research & development
2020 composing, research & development

Article by Jan Jasper Tamboer for the daily newspaper Parool november 2011:

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Article by Robert Winkler for the Paradox Magazine november 2015: