Peter Giger

1939 born in Zurich, grows up in or near Berne

1958 professional musician, tours in Europe with the TREMBLE KIDS, Oskar Klein, Albert Nicholas, Bill Coleman, Joe Turner, Wild Bill Davison, Peanuts Holland

1960 after short guest performance with Armand Gordons Ragtime Band, moves to Paris: Bill Coleman, Stéphane Grapelli, Memphis Slim a. o.

1961 Claude Bolling Sextet / Big Band

1963 LP-recordings with Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorne, Alice Babs, Tour with Beryl Bryden, Diz Dizzley and Johnny Parker in Malaysia and Sarawak.

1964 with tap-dancer Harold Nicholas, Renè Urtreger

1965-68 studio-musician in Paris, again with Claude Bolling

1969 moves back to Berne. “FOUR FOR JAZZ”, Heinz Bigler, Isla Eckinger, Joe Haider, Gerd Dudek, Benny Bailey. Co-founder of the Swiss Jazz School

1970 Initiator of the first international Jazz Clinic in Wengen, Switzerland

1972 moves to Frankfurt / M., Albert Mangelsdorff Quintett, until 1977 tours in Europe, Asia, Africa, Near East.

1973 publication of his “neuen schlagzeugschule” Vol. I (out of print)

1975 solopercussion LP: “family of percussion”. Founds Label “nagara-records”

1976 trio “Giger-Lenz-Marron”. Initiator and director of the first percussion-course in Weikersheim

1977 solo performance at the Berliner Jazztage. “neue schlagzeugschule” Vol. II (out of print). Solo-LP is produced in the USA by the initiative of Max Roach. Founds the FAMILY OF PERCUSSION (FOP) with Trilok Gurtu, Doug Hammond and Tom Nicholas

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