His eight CD’s to date bear witness to his flexibility and his productivity (with Adam Nussbaum, Barry Romberg, Bernie Senensky, Charlie Mariano, Chris Bacas, Christoph Haberer, Claudio Puntin, Howard Levy, Kenny Wheeler, Laurent Roy, Todd Isler, Marcio Doctor, Matthias Nadolny, Michal Cohen, Mick Goodrick, Paul McCandless, Pepe Berns, Ramesh Shotham, Rick Shadrach Lazar, Roland Schneider, Ted Poor, Thomas Alkier, Tim Hagans. Tim Wells, Volker Heinze , Jim Vivian, Ugonna Okegwo). Aside from travelling his native Germany annually with his own ensembles, he had opportunities to tour in Africa, India, and West and Eastern Europe, often with drummer/conceptualist Christoph Haberer’s ‘Drümmele Maa’, with composer Klaus Koenig, and with his own formations. Festival appearances from Abidjan to Zürich, and during the Olympics in Seoul/South Korea in 1988.
Noteworthy activities in the past few years include concerts in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria and Nairobi (Kenya), performances as a guest soloist and composer with the WDR Big Band (Radio Cologne) directed by Vince Mendoza, and again in celebration of “RUHR.2010” songs of this region juxtaposed with Bauer’s compositions (arranged and directed by Ansgar Striepens). Concert tours with his ensemble Voyage (Michal Cohen – v, Chris Bacas – saxes, Ugonna Okegwo – b, Ted Poor – dr) around the Moers Festival/Germany 2006, and a subsequent tour in ’08 (with Pepe Berns –b, Roland Schneider – dr), and at the Jazzkaar Festival in Tallinn/Estonia (with Ramesh Shotham – perc, and Ingo Senst – b), appearances at various NY venues (Blue Note, Brooklyn Conservatory, BWAC, 55 Bar, St Peters Church a.o.), a variety of concerts around NY and in Germany and Holland with alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer and drummer Drori Mondlak’s KLARO! (plus bassist John Goldsby) that started with a a late-night week at Jazz at the Lincoln Center and including an evening at the legendary ‘Deerhead Inn’ (plse click here for video) . In 2010 and ’11 Bauer could be heard in an exciting duo with the young piano virtuoso Vadim Neselovskyi, both in NY and in Germany, a new musical partnership that immediately received enthusiastic reviews (www.vibes-piano.com). Concerts at the end of 2011 gave Bauer the opportunity to reconnect with the exceptional flutist Michael Heupel. 2012 saw him on a 11-concert tour of Germany with Voyage (more info click here) that resulted in a recording with a projected release date in mid 2013. June 1st Bauer participated in the opening of Matthias Goebel’s Mallet Institute, in the fall of ’12 Bauer had an inspiring encounter with bassist François Moutin (plse click here for video) and another one with marimba/vibe virtuoso David Friedman (plse click here for video).
Bauer’s encounters with musicians everywhere remain a source of great inspiration. Over a period of more than three decades Bauer had opportunities to jam, play and /or record with and learn from many musicians in Europe, Afrika, India and in North-America: Eje Thelin, Uli Beckerhoff, Vienna Art Orchestra, Norma Winstone, Kai Winding, Reinhard Gloeder, Doug Hammond, Helge Schneider, Palais Schaumburg, Henning Berg, Peter Erskine, Manfred Bruendl, Don Thompson, Charlie Mariano, Christof Lauer, Bernard Woma, Greetje Bijma, Larry Coryell, Ruby, Tony Marino, Jamey Haddad, Mick Goodrick, Eddie Henderson, Aly Këita, Matthias Schubert, T.A.S. and Rama Mani, Jerry Fuller, Alex Dean, Dou Dou N’Diaiye Rose, Kevin Turcotte, Gary Bartz, NDR Big Band (Radio Hamburg) and many more. In NY Bauer can be seen performing with musicians like Jenny Hill, Ted Poor, Christian Finger, Mike Fahn, Howard Britz, Sylvia Cuenca, Alan Ferber, Bruce Cox, Judi Silvano, Andy Middleton, Jerome Harrison, Todd Isler, Dave Phelps, Gerry Hemmingway, Rob Garcia, Pascal Niggenkemper and others.
His credentials as a composer include more than a 120 pieces 50 of which are documented on CD’s. He also wrote music for a TV show in Germany, and for the Canadian short film “Seeduction”. In April of 2002 his suite “Street Scenes”(commissioned by Manitoba’s New Music association ‘Groundswell’) was premiered. Bauer has participated in countless radio and TV broadcasts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Zaire, Korea and Canada. He can be heard on more than 30 LP’s/CD’s. He also produced a variety of recordings, among other Knut Haugsoen’s Step and a half (with Mike Murley, Ingrid Jensen, Geoff Young, Jim Vivian, Ted Warren and Rick Lazar), Juno nominee 2001 (Canada).
The CBC honored Bauer with an artist’s portrait on the ‘Global village’ series. Numerous Canada Council and Manitoba Arts Council grants enabled him to pursue a variety of writing, study and touring projects. In 1990 he received a jazz-compositions prize from Monaco, and the cultural award of the city of Dortmund/Germany, in 1997 his CD “Best of two worlds” was nominated for a JUNO Award (the Canadian Grammy).
Bauer started to play piano at age 6, at age 13 trombone, and vibes around age 19. He is mostly self-taught as both a player and composer, but encounters and sporadic studies with these mallet players have helped him on his way: Dave Samuels, Wolfgang Schlüter, Gerd Ratjes, Tom van der Geld, Ed Saindon, and especially David Friedman.
Besides his work as an active performer he has been teaching piano, composition, theory and vibraphone since 1981 at various institutions including Conservatory Osnabrück, Musikschule Castrop-Rauxel and Münster, Folkwang Musikhochschule Essen (Germany), University of Manitoba, Brandon University, the Professional Musicians’ College and the Manitoba Conservatory (Canada), the Singers Forum in NYC, the Brooklyn Conservatory and Orff Early Music at various public school in Brooklyn and Queens. Bauer lives in Brooklyn, NY.