Fredy Studer

Solo Artist

Fredy Studer

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About

Nationality
Switzerland

Main Affiliations
Solo Artist
Doran/Stucky/Studer/Tacuma Play The Music Of Jimi Hendrix
Om
Urumchi
Schulkowsky-Studer-Baron

Other Affiliation
Phall Fatale

Setup

Fredy Studer

Cymbals listed from left to right

18" Twenty Custom Collection Thin China (discontinued)
14" Masters Thin Hi-Hat
20" Masters Dark Crash Ride
22" Masters Dark Ride
21" Masters Dark Dry Ride
18" Alpha Thin Swiss Crash (discontinued)
20" Formula 602 Classic Medium Flatride

Videos & Pics

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Biography

Fredy Studer was born on June 16, 1948, in Lucerne (Switzerland), where he also lives today. He is an autodidact. His music performances since the early seventies have been as eclectic as his freelance activities with musicians, ranging from „A“, as in John Abercrombie, to „Z“, as in John Zorn. For the past 45 years, he has performed at festivals, given concerts and workshops, and recorded for radio and television, as well as music for dance productions and radio plays, theatre and film music in Europe, Africa, Japan, Central and South America, the Caribbean, in Taiwan, India, Russia and in Canada and the USA. He has been honoured with numerous prizes and awards. Current groups and projects include: the hardcore chambermusic trio „Koch-Schütz-Studer“ with Hans Koch and Martin Schütz (since 1990); the Jimi Hendrix Project with Christy Doran, Erika Stucky and Jamaaladeen Tacuma; the revived legendary „OM“ band with Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri; the trio with Katharina Weber and Fred Frith; the band „Urumchi“ with Saadet Türköz, Hans Hassler and Alfred Zimmerlin; and the percussion trio with Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron. Studer also works as a freelance drummer and performs a limited number of select solo concerts. Fredy Studer was one of the first drummers to incorporate open improvisation and grooves into his style. The specialist journal „Drums & Percussion“ wrote: „... without doubt, Swiss percussionist Fredy Studer is one of the most innovative drummers in Europe...“ Fredy Studer‘s works and collaboration has been documented on more than 90 recordings.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 21"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dry, rich, silky, strong. Medium range, fairly complex mix. Very controllable and fairly dry feel. Silvery ping over rather short sustained and dusty wash. Ideally suited for articulated and precise playing in most musical styles such as R&B, Funk, Pop and Country.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Warm, mellow, crystal-like. Medium range, fairly clean mix. Very balanced and controlled feel. A pearly, woody stick sound paired with a silvery wash. A very sensitive cymbal perfectly suited for soft playing at lower volume level and studio application.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, trashy, papery, low. Wide range, complex and moody mix. Soft and buttery feel with a very wobbly and vibrant response. Fairly defined stick sound over a dark and cloudy wash. Perfectly suited for quieter musical settings such as blues, jazz and acoustic styles. Very user-friendly for percussive use and classical mallet application.

  • Sounds