Photographer: Waldemar Brzezinski ©

Neffe Roland


# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 Heavy Line 2005 10m
2 SPeak 2000 - 2001 10m

General Information

Year of Birth:  1970
Date of Birth:  13. December 1970
Place of Birth:  Graz
Region of Birth: 
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Vibraphonist and marimba player Roland Neffe has been performing jazz and a broad range of improvised music for several years - either as bandleader and composer or as sideman in various bands.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1987 - 1992

studies in classical percussion and jazz (diploma with distinction)

1992 - 1994

studies in jazz vibraphone (Bill Molenhof) at Conservatory Nuremberg

1994 - 1995

studies (Gary Burton; Ed Saindon)

1996 - 1997

studies (David Friedman)



ever since lecturer in jazz vibraphone

freelance musician

project with Achim Tang and Reinhardt Winkler

project with Nathalie Claude, Oliver Saar, Johannes Gunkel

cooperation with Studio Percussion, Ensemble Mosaik, Michiko Hirayama, Frank Möbus, Howard Curtis, Bill Ellgart, Henning Sieverts, Rick Margitza, Martin Koller, Dresdner Sinfoniker, Kronos Quartett, European Music Project, Rundfunkchor Berlin etc.

concerts at Jazz Ost-West, Biennale Zagreb, Percussionfestival Wien, Jazzfest Izmir, Percussionfestival Paris, Percussionfestival Opole, Graz Meeting, Ultraschall, Warschauer Herbst, Brucknerfest Linz, New&Modern Jazzfest Frankfurt, Ars Electronica, Berliner Festspiele, World Drum Festival Seoul, Kasseler Musiktage, Rheingau Musik Festival, Steirischer Herbst, ISCM Festival Stuttgart, musica viva, Dresdener Musiktage, Musiktriennale Köln, Osterfestival Innsbruck, Wien Modern, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpmmern, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultima/Oslo, MTV Unplugged, Festival Tel Aviv, Festival Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Huddersfield Contemp. Music Festival, Festival s´Hertogenbosch and many more

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

recognition award


LAG Jazz Bavaria promotional award




Berklee Talent Scholarship Found: Award


Blue Note Jazzsearch: 3. Prize


Jazz - Studio award of the Berlin Senate

Description of Style

contemporary jazz/improvised music; "crossover" projects between U-and E-Music

Discography, Projects


  • Vibes Beyond (JazzHausMusik)
  • Moodra: Cherubs Of Love (Bos.Records)
  • Framework: Scan (Rectory Records)
  • Inner Child Dreams
  • 8 rituals (Konnex-records)
  • Marc Muellbauer´s Kaleidoscope: Journeyman (JazzHausMusik)
  • Jazz meets chamber music: Jazz Art Niedersachsen 2010/2011
  • Local Time: Unity (wortstark)
  • Marc Muellbauers Kaleidoscope (Schoener Hören)
  • Ned Irving Quintett: Round and Round (Rafsky Rec/Sony)
  • Swing Dance Orchestra: Carnegie Hall Concert (BMG)
  • Sido: MTV-Unplugged (CD/DVD, Universal)
  • Keane: Night Train(Island Universal Records)
  • Donut Desaster (Phonector Records)
  • Studio Percussion: SP plays Pepl, Muthspiel,Pokorn (Extraplatte)
  • Enno Poppe: Porträt/Ensemble Mosaik/Kairos
  • Studio Percussion: Braca (Extraplatte)
  • Ensemble Mosaik: Harald Münz (Coviello)
  • Studio Percussion: Tutuguri (Extraplatte)
  • presence/absence: Sam Hayden (nmc records)
  • Studio Percussion: Dunkle Musik (Extraplatte)
  • Dresdner Sinfoniker: Mein Herz brennt: music by Th. Rasch, lyrics by Rammstein (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • G. Scelsi: Canti del Capricorno (Wergo)
  • Enno Poppe: Chamber Music, Ensemble Mosaik (col legno)
  • Enno Poppe: Interzone, Ensemble Mosaik (Kairos)
  • Oliver Schneller (Wergo)
  • Sergej Newski: Alles, Ensemble Mosaik (Wergo)
  • Orm Finnendahl: Porträt, Ensemble Mosaik (Wergo)
  • Sebastian Claren: Porträt, Ensemble Mosaik (Wergo)
  • Die Reise zum inneren Kind (KI Verlags:/Ki Publishing)

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