Felix Schlarmann

Felix Schlarmann is a German born jazz drummer, composer and educator based in Amsterdam. Born into a musical family in northern Germany’s countryside, Felix picked up the sticks at the age of 10. After a music driven youth playing the drums in rock and jazz bands next to building a career as a classical percussionist, he finally chose the drums to continue and moved to the Netherlands to study music.

Felix holds a master’s degree in jazz drums from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Beside that he studied with John Riley at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

With the well appreciated album Counterlife he made his recording debut as a composer on Challenge Records. Since more than ten years Felix makes part of the known Dutch powerjazz formation BRUUT!. The band tours all over the globe and lets him appear on international festivals like the North Sea Jazzfestival, the Tokyo Jazzfestival or London jazz, just to name a few. Next to that Felix Schlarmann is a founding member of several projects in the Netherlands, but also works as a sideman for numerous formations. His musical activities range from playing bigband to artistic impro projects.

Some current projects are Joan Reinders’ Millennium Jazz Orchestra, the WonderYears trio with saxophonist Jasper Blom, a new collaboration with pianist and composer Martin Fondse called Adamas Circus and a trio with American saxophonist Dick Oatts.

As an educator Felix Schlarmann is part of the jazz faculty at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Felix also writes compositions for classical percussion, which are published by the German Gretel Verlag. Also he is a member of the Amsterdam musicians collective Splendor.

For Dutch online radiostation the Concertzender he presents the radio program JazzNotJazz.

Being a driven organizer within the Amsterdam jazz scene, Schlarmann is the founder and musical director of the highly acclaimed Jazzfestival and platform ‘Jazzfest Amsterdam’. He also runs his own monthly jazz series called ‘Jazz in /K’ at Amsterdam’s venue Studio /K.

During the years he had the chance to perform with great national and international artists like Dick Oatts, Peter Bernstein, Chris Cheek, Alex Sipiagin, Gilad Hekselman, Seamus Blake, Bert Joris, Cecil Bridgewater, Joel Frahm, Paul Bollenback, Ben van Gelder, Dave Douglas, Jesse van Ruller, Benjamin Herman, Tineke Postma, Ernst Glerum, Anton Goudsmit, Michael Moore, Jiggs Whigham, Deborah Brown, Luis Bonilla, Jay Anderson, Frederik Köster, Ack van Royen, Jasper van’t Hof, Harmen Fraanje, Sam Most, Marco Tamburini and many many more…

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