About

Amsterdam based musician, composer, teacher.

Anti-discriminatory, non-violent, prejudice-free and non-judgemental music for open-minded creatures. Made with drums, percussion and often with electronics: off beats, open improv, odd melodies and raw electronics.

The projects I am part of at the moment are my Solo Project*, my Solo Lux Project*, Knalpot**, Knalpot + Frank Wienk (Binkbeats)**, STUG*, Gerri Jäger Double Duo*, Loudmatter, Rosa Ensemble, Buisonic and Ansage Ende.  (*as project leader, **as project co-leader)

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I started to get drum-lessons when I was 9 years old; up in the Austrian mountains on 1000 meter height that was. After some local brass-band and grunge-rock teenage years I studied jazz and improvised music at the Conservatories of Innsbruck (AT) and later in Amsterdam (NL). There I graduated in 2006. Since then I have been performing in and outside the EU with many different groups and projects. I also teach drums to private students in Amsterdam (East).

I have 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), Martin Siewert (Trapist), 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.

Thanks to my great drum teachers Michael Trawick, Darko Stanojkovski Grappone, Norbert Rabanser, Gerhard Jeltes, Victor Oskam, Marcel Serierse, Laurens Miedema, Lucas van Merwijk en Martijn Vink.

photo by Lonneke van der Palen

photo by Thijs Geritz 

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)

 

photo by Thijs Geritz

These were personal highlights throughout the years:

2006
Outreach Festival (Schwaz, AT)

2007
De Affaire (Nijmegen, NL)
Jazzwerkstatt Festival (Landeck, AT)

2008
Ground One Festival (The Hague, NL)
ZXZW Festival (Tilburg, NL)
Sonata Islands Festival (Trento, IT)
Doek Festival (Amsterdam, NL)
European TryTone Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

2009
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)

2010
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)

2011
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)

2012
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)

2013
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)

2014
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)

2015
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)

2016
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)

2017
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)

2018
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)

2019
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)

2020
Rauwkostfestival (Den Bosch, NL)
Inclusion of the excluded (Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL)
Knalpot + Frank Wienk (Binkbeats) (Bimhuis, Amsterdam, NL)
Treibhaus (Innsbruck, AT)
Flint (Amersfoort, NL)

photo by EyeNancy

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