Paiste Fredy Studer

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Fredy Studer

Bands / Acts: Koch-Schütz-Studer
Paiste artist since: 70's
Styles: Jazz
Bio: Fredy was a key member of sound development from 1970 to 1978, he then was freelance in sound development until 2016. Fredy was instrumental in creating and developing all of Paiste’s classic cymbals though the 70’s and into the 80’s and 90's (and even into the 2000's!) with Robert Paiste. Fredy’s swan song was engaging and facilitating Vinnie Colaiuta's switch to Paiste after they had worked together on the “Modern essentials” Formula 602’s development for two years!
Fredy was also head of Paiste's "Drummer service", he is credited for signing some of the most famous names in music history: Jack DeJohnette, John Bonham, Ed Blackwell, Paul Lovens, Carl Palmer, Tony Oxley, Al Foster, Stewart Copeland, Airto Moreira, Paul Motian, Jon Christensen, Sunny Murray, Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta just to name a few!

Fredy’s musical career: “In 1972, he founded the jazz fusion quartet OM, with guitarist Christy Doran, saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, and double bassist Bobby Burri, who were all his classmates. The group toured successfully for ten years in Switzerland and Germany. Studer has also worked with Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Joe Henderson, Miroslav Vitous, Larry Schneider, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Pierre Favre, Dom Um Romão and David Friedman. In the 1980s, he played in a trio with Rainer Brüninghaus and Markus Stockhausen; with Stephan Wittwer and Christy Doran in Red Twist & Tuned Arrow; in the group Singing Drums with Pierre Favre, Paul Motian and Nana Vasconcelos; and in the Charlie Mariano-Jasper van 't Hof group. Studer has played as an interpreter of 20th-century classical music compositions by Charles Ives, Steve Reich, John Cage, and Edgard Varese in the percussion ensemble of Robyn Schulkowsky.”

His current bands and projects are:
Doran-Stucky-Studer-Tacuma play the music of Jimi Hendrix
Katharina Weber - Fred Frith - Fredy Studer
Jasper van't Hof Quartet
Der grosse Bär
Fredy Studer Solo

Cymbal Setups

1981 (left to right) - Paiste Profiles 3




1993 (left to right) - Modern Drummer Feature (May '93)

2000 (left to right) - Paiste Ad

2004 - Paiste Cymbal Guide

2007 (left to right) - Paiste Website

2009 (left to right) - Paiste Website

2020 (left to right) - Paiste Website

Recommended Media




Other Gear - Paiste Profiles 3

  • Drums: Gretsch
  • Heads: Gretsch Permatone (white and clear)
  • Sticks: Rogers "Jazz Rock" model

Links / Back

Band / Act Website: Official Website Artist Profile: Paiste Setup Page
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia

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