JAZZBASSIST AND COMPOSER GINA SCHWARZ
Studies: JAZZ-BASS and AKKORDEON at the Conservatory Vienna
Bass (Popular Music) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Mag. Art.)
Further studies at Berklee College of Music, Boston and in New York (Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, Dennis Irvin...) supported by the Austrian government
Since 2011: Teaching Bass (Popular Music) at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Scholarship “BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC“, Boston, USA(
live-audition in Perugia, Italy)
Winner of the MUSIC MAKER-Compositons-Contest, Jazz 2002
Winner of the Austrian "Hans Koller Preis“ – Siede(wo)man oft he year, 2007
“Best performances of the year“ in “All about Jazz - New York Best of 2007“ concert with "Bass Instinct“ Austrian Cultural Forum, N.Y.
Jim Black / USA, Marilyn Mazur / DK, Ingrid Jensen / CAN,
Sylvie Courvoisier / USA, George Garzone / USA,
Angelika Niescier / D, Julia Hülsmann / D, Karin Hammar / SE, Camila Meza / USA,
Mino Cinelu / USA, Dave Taylor / USA, Ramon Lopez / ESP, Andy Middleton / USA,
Jeff Boudreaux / USA, Gerry Hemingway / USA, Diego Pinera / URY,
Jose Feliciano / PRI, Erwin Schrott / URY,
Federico Lechner / ARG, Claudio Constantini / PER, Milagros Pinera / CUB, Krysztof Dobrek / PL, Muriel Grossmann / ESP, Esther Bächlin / CH, Stephanie Wagner / D
Yta Moreno / BRA, Angelo da Silva / BRA
Wolfgang Reisinger / A, Marianne Mendt / A, Harri Stojka / A, Willi Resetarits / A
Richard Oesterreicher / A, Ziplflo Weinrich ...
LIVE PERFORMANCES / RECORDINGS
Gina Schwarz (CD „Woodclock” 2016)
Gina Schwarz (CD „Jazzista” 2013)
Co-Production with Big Band Legend Richard Oesterreicher/ harp
(CD „Airbass” 2008)
Debutalbum Gina Schwarz & SchwarzMarkt (CD „SchwarzMarkt” 2006)
Gerard Guse, Gina Schwarz, Ramon Lopez (CD „Trillium” 2018)
Bass Instinct - Doublebass Sextet (CD „Homebass” 2016)
Bass Instinct - Doublebass Sextet (CD „Butterfly” 2010)
Bass Instinct - Doublebass Sextet (CD „Illusionista” 2008)
In the Zone feat. George Garzone (CD „In the Zone” 2007)
Global Glue (CD „Eardance” 2005)
Muriel Grossmann (CD „Golden Rule“ 2018)
Muriel Grossmann (CD „Momentum“ 2017)
Muriel Grossmann (CD „Natural Time“ 2016)
Robert Bachner Big Band (DVD „Live in Vienna” 2009)
Robert Bachner Big Band feat. Karin Bachner
(CD „Spotlight on Ella Fitzgerald” 2007)
Robert Bachner Big Band (CD „Moments of Noise” 2006)
FESTIVALS / CONCERTS
La Opera Los Angeles / Kongresu Rumai Vilnius, Lithuania /
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki / Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman /
Smetana Hall, Municipal House Prag / Staatsoper Budapest /
Porgy & Bess, Jazzland, Konzerthaus Wien /
Bayerische Staatsoper München / Staatstheater Nürnberg / Festspielhaus Baden-Baden …
From early childhood on, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play challenging music. After beginning to play the accordion at the age of eight I came in touch with contemporary music - original compositions for accordion, which I also studied years later.
Being captured by the sound of the piano, I learned this instrument, too - mainly classical music. Soon after, I became passionate and quite serious about composing my own music. And ever since, composing and improvising music has become a very personal, reflective experience for me.
Thus, however, my love for all kinds of jazz music and a magnetic attraction to the lower register brought me into contact with my main instrument, the BASS.During my career as a bassplayer my music has been influenced by a wide variety of musical styles.
„SchwarzMarkt“ 2006 was my Debut Cd as a leader, followed by „Airbass“ in 2008. Touring with US saxophonist George Garzone and recording „In the Zone“ 2007 was another highly inspiring experience for me as a Co-Leader. With „Jazzista“ 2013, my third album, I have tried to combine all my musical influences.
Performing live and working in studio (three Cds) with Bass Instinct was also a big challenge. This Vienna-based acoustic sextet comprised of bassists – largely from the symphonic field – explored a mix of composed and improvised music, drawing from traditional and avant-garde genres.
„Woodclock“ 2016 is my latest Cd - another fascinating collaboration - Gina Schwarz Unit featuring Jim Black on drums.
In recent years I have discovered my love for free improvised music, as well. I am working with a new trio "Trillium" with guitarist Gerard Guse & drummer Ramon Lopez.
My new album "pannonica" will be out in 2020. Details about it : pannonica.
I will keep you posted! Bassfully, Gina