TOBIAS RÜGER

TOBIAS RÜGER was born in Berlin in 1965.

From 1979–82 he was a pupil of Frankfurt’s legendary free jazz player ALFRED HARTH and from 1988–94 he studied concert saxophone with DETLEF BENSMANN at University of the Arts in Berlin as well as Musicology at Freie Universität Berlin.

Starting playing music in the early ’80s, being involved in a project by HEINER GOEBBELS at the Moers Jazz Festival 1985.

In 1989 he wrote music for saxophone trio for a radio adaptation of “Yes, peut-être” by MARGUERITE DURAS recorded by West-Berlin’s radio station SFB. 

With his band Dıe Schwındler he recorded an album of German Cabaret songs from the ’20 and ’30s in 1992 for Sony-Columbia. 

In 1997 he performed “Die Dichterliebe” (“Poet’s Love”) by ROBERT SCHUMANN arranged for jazz ensemble featuring singer PHIL MINTON in Frankfurt, Berlin and Düsseldorf.

During the ’90s he participated in several recording sessions of Berlin’s Radio Symphonic Orchestra, (among others on DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH’s “Golden Mountains” and Franz Waxman’s “Hemingway Suite”).

In 2001 the Goethe Institut invited him and singer YAHLI TOREN to perform the programme “tradición y modernidad — A Ladino Songbook” with his adaptations of Jewish-Spanish songs. The concert took place in the synagogue of Porto, Portugal as part of the event “Porto — Cultural Capital of Europe 2001”.

Beginning in 1999 he recorded the complete works for saxophone by JOHN CAGE with the Berlin-based ensemble intersax. The album “A Cage of saxophones” Vol. 1 was released in 2001, Vol. 2 in 2006 and Vol. 3/4 in 2010 by mode records, New York. 

Stratosphères” — a concert piece for saxophone trio based on the music of 1989’s radio production of “Yes, peut-être” — was premiered at the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove in Venice in January 2006 by intersax.

In 2003/04 he participated as sideman in BBC world-music award winner SHANTEL’s projects, playing several saxophone tracks on his albums “The Great Delay” and “Bucovina Club” Vol. 1 & 2.

Since 2004 TOBIAS RÜGER also worked as musical director for projects of Frankfurter Kammeroper (Frankfurt Chamber Opera) and Schauspiel Frankfurt (Frankfurt’s municipal theatre).

 

2007 solo album “Gedanken zum Heute” 

2008 quartet album “Interlude” 

2009 duo album “tradición y modernidad” with singer YAHLI TOREN.

2009 album “Im Jazzgarten” with his band Dıe Schwındler

2011 album “Bossa” with his band Dıe Schwındler

2012 duo album “Radical Salon Music” with RONEN SHAPIRA