Martin Kälberer

Martin Kälberer was only 17 years old when he quit school and went abroad. After dropping out of studying jazz at the Graz Musikhochschule, Martin Kälberer returned to Munich, where he soon became a permanent member of the local jazz scene. He started performing with Wolfgang Schmid, Tony Lakatos, Klaud Doldinger, Johannes Enders and Costa Lukas, but soon also discovered his love for Brazilian music and spent years playing in a variety of Brazilian bands. In the 1990s, he was one of the most versatile studio musicians in South Germany and contributed to over 80 CD and studio productions.

In 1994 he recorded his first CD under his own name – elaborate and detailed world music entitled „Espaço“. More followed, often only released in smallest numbers, until „Malawi Mystery Man“, the first CD he produced and recorded all by himself, was released in 2003.

His musical spectrum had long broadened across stylistic and instrumental borders, toward a „universal musical language“.

For over 12 years now he has been touring with his musical partner Werner Schmidbauer (see „Aufgspuit“ on the Bavarian TV broadcasting network BR-Fernsehen with W. Ambros, W. Niedecken, K. Wecker, Haindling, etc.), and has long become a sought-after multi-instrumentalist in many other projects.

Whether it is with Willy Astor’s „Sound of Islands“, the Brazilian saxist Márcio Tubino (TUKAMAMA), the singer and guitarist Zélia Fonseca or the Chinese group „WuXing“, whom he toured with in China – whether it is an accordeon, piano or any other one of his sometimes wildly curious instruments, Martin Kälberer is at home in many musical worlds. He has contributed to more than 50 movies as a film scorer, among others to the German cinematic production „Winterreise“, for which he recorded Schubert’s music with Josef Bierbichler and Hanna Schygulla, and the German-Armenian movie „Mein Bruder, meine Mutter und ich.“

In recent years he has also been touring as a one-man-show, creating sound spheres out of a variety of instruments, sometimes wafting and flowing, paying close attention to every note, but also very rhythmic. What is always unmistakably audible, however, is his love for Brazilian and African music.

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