Lettner Edith

General Information

Year of Birth:  1964
Date of Birth:  5. February 1964
Place of Birth:  Linz
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Lettner is a musician and painter who lives in Vienna and in the Waldviertel region. For Lettner, collaborating with artists from different cultures is an important source of inspiration. Alongside jazz, she deals intensively with eastern and African music, and projects bring together various artistic expressive means (catharsis, tone pictures) and plays the Armenian wind instrument known as the duduk.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

lessons with Hannes Meixner and Leo Wright



lessons with the Armenian duduk-player Gevorg Dabaghian


lessons in jazz-theory


participated in the Summer Academy for Jazz and Improvised Music Salzburg (JIMS)



foundation of "phone 3 phone" (together with marimba-player Stephan Brodsky)

2001 - 2003

annual visitis to Senegal for working together with local musicians


foundation of her own band "freemotion"


founding of the "African Jazz Spirit"-project in Senegal (together with the bassist Chekh Ndao)

collaboration with artists from different cultures - e.g. intensive collaborations with Turkish, Kurdish and Persian musicians etc.

collaborations with various artists and formations including Stefan Wagner Group, Keba Cissokho, Célia Mara, Afro Mandeng and Zohreh Jooya

various CD-publications

numerous stays and performances abroad, a.o. in Senegal, New York, Armenia, etc.

Performances (Selection)


Centre Culturel Français Dakar (Senegal)

compositions can be heard live and in the role of theater music

Discography, Projects


  • 2014: Dialogues live @ ShapeShifter Lab Brooklyn
  • 2012: Trust Your Way
  • 2012: Heart Blues (SBF records)
  • 2011: Live in Vienna 2011
  • 2010: calling4 (Extraplatte)
  • 2010: Live at Afrika Tage 2010 (Art Attack Records)
  • 2008: Kaira (artdialogue)
  • 2007: moving offroad (Ensemble freemotion; extraplatte)
  • 2007: The Long Walk (SBF Records)
  • 2005: Katharsis (artdialogue)
  • 2004: Listen Well (SBF Records)
  • 2002: Adouna-One World
  • 2001: Haft Peykar (mandana productions)
  • 2000: We think You Know (Extraplatte)
  • 1996: A Peaceful Crowd (RST Records)
  • 1994: Blue Green Desires (Extraplatte)

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