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Ritter Karl

General Information

Year of Birth:  1959
Place of Birth:  Stockerau
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Karl Ritter is undoubtedly one of the most experienced and multifaceted guitarists in the Austrian jazz scene. His countless projects span a wide variety of musical and technical styles. Very few possess the ability to so skilfully combine these genres and elements as he does. It's impossible to pin Ritter to one particular category. For him, when it gets down to making his ideas a reality, borders are only there to be crossed. Rules to be broken. Sicking to old standards isn't really his thing.

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

first lessons at the age of 6

changed to guitar at the age of 12

1965 - 1971

studies

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1985

production of radio-plays for ORF and Bayerischer Rundfunk

1988 - 1994

member of the group "Ostbahn Kurti und die Chefpartie"

1993

group-project Perikato with Thomas Pernes

1994

production of the solo-performance "Dobromann"

1996

working for the ORF/Kunstradio

1996

music for the movie "Schwarzfahrer"

1996 - 2003

member in the band of Willi Resetarits: "Kurt Ostbahn & die Kombo"

1998

music for the movie "Blutrausch"

2000

session-musician with "Spirits" (Wolfgang Reisinger, Peter Herbert, Harry Sokal, Klaus Dickbauer, Andy Manndorff), Marc Sloan, Otto Lechner, Herbert Reisinger, Joanna Lewis

2001

founding and ever since management of the label Windhund Records (together with Otto Lechner, João de Bruçó, Achim Tang, Herbert Reisinger, Alex Rathner and Peter Kaizar)

2001

Ritter-Lechner-Coleman Live and studio-production, Open Strings-Live production, solo-studio-productions

 

2003

music for the movie "Handbikemovie"

2005

music for the movie "Fix Alert"

2009

founding and ever since leader of the Karl Ritter Trio

2012

music for the movie "Killing Time - Zeit zu sterben"

live-projects with artists such as Joe Zawinul, Willi Resetarits (Ostbahn Kurti), Otto Lechner, Joanna Lewis, Şivan Perwer, Klaus Trabitsch, Melissa Coleman

numerous concert-tours at home and abroad, e.g. a tour through Zimbabwe

commissions for art installations, participation in various formations, numerous performances

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)
1985

commissioned works, e.g. for the Vienna Renaissance Theater

1998

Discography, Projects

Discography:

  • 2015: 33 44 55 (with Weisse Waende)
  • 2015: Soundkur
  • 2011: Soundritual
  • 2010: Am Anfang war die Improvisation (DVD)
  • 2009: Frei erfunden (with Weisse Waende)
  • 2009: Traumland (with Weisse Waende)
  • 2007: Nur für kurze Zeit (with Weisse Waende)
  • 2007: Ritter Rot
  • 2007: Ritter Blau
  • 2005: Live (Atmen, Dobromann, Schattenklänge)
  • 2005: Soundbridge / Klangbrücke (with Windhund)
  • 2004: Atmen
  • 2003: Zimbabwe Rewind (with Windhund)
  • 2003: Waunsinn ... (DVD)
  • 2003: Mwapona Windhund (with Windhund)
  • 2002: Verliebt (with Sel Gapu Mex)
  • 2002: Nuages (with Ritter Lechner Coleman)
  • 2000: Blackbox (with Perikato)
  • 1998: Sturm (with Sel Gapu Mex)
  • 1995: Dobroman
  • 1980: Ex-podo-Z (self-publication)

Contact, Links

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