Primary Instrument: Guitar
Guitarist Rolf Sturm has performed with and/or appeared on CDs with Tony Trischka, Loudon Wainwright, Anthony Braxton, David Johansen, Billy Martin, Bob Mintzer, Glen Velez, Maggie Roche, Jorma Kaukonen, Dave Douglas, Ike Willis, Eddy Arnold, Pat Boone (!?!), Giora Feidman, and members of the Grateful Dead. He is a member of Tomas Ulrich's Cargo Cult, the silent movie/live music band: 4FiveVI and he co-leads the NYC trio Tricycle. Rolf is also a member of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble and the Walter Thompson Orchestra.
Rolf has toured North America and Europe, performing at the World Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany, at Lincoln Center and Town Hall in NYC, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has performed at dozens of jazz, folk and jam band festivals, on soundtracks for both film and television and his music has been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered. Rolf's latest solo release on the Water Street Music label is entitled Balance (Four Stars in the Feb. 2011 issue of DownBeat Magazine).
Sturm is a prodigious talent and is an unparalleled virtuoso of the nylon stringed guitar. Balance is highly recommended and should be required listening for all fans of contemporary music. - Minor 7th Webzine Jan/Feb 2011 by James Scott
Not since the likes of Charlie Byrd, Laurindo Almeda, Bola Sete, Eddie Duran, and Gene Bertoncini has the classic guitar made such a successful cross over into jazz... The lute and the guitar have a long relationship with the duende (the soulful muse as sought after in particular by Spanish guitarists). BALANCE is hard and fast evidence that the duende lives in the very soul of the guitar and in its blessed legacy of modern soul mates such as Rolf Sturm. - Jazz Inside Magazine December 2010 by Bob Gish