About Niko Schauble

About Niko Schauble

Niko Schauble (born 1962 in Stuttgart, Germany) is a sought after contemporary musician and composer. In addition to leading his own ensembles (Tibetan Dixie, Papa Carlo, Es Geht!), Niko has performed and recorded with many of the world’s leading artists such as Sam Rivers, Lee Konitz, Enrico Rava, Trilok Gurtu, Branford Marsalis, Mike Nock, Wynton Marsalis, Dewey Redman, Greg Osby, George Garzone, Arthur Blythe, Gunther Schuller, Palle Mikkelborg, Mirko Guerrini, Paul Grabowsky, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, Young Wagilaks (Songmen from Arnhem Land), Megan Washington, Katie Noonan, Ed Schuller, Greg Osby, Billy Jenkins, Berliner Saxophon Quartett, Vince Jones, Sruthi Laya Ensemble (Madras), Karaikudi R. Mani, Australian Art Orchestra, Tibetan Dixie, Die Elefanten, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Jugend Jazz Band Charlottenburg, 

 ABC-TV / SBS-TV / Channels 7, 9 and 10 / Australian Childrens Television Foundation, HR / WDR / MDR / RIAS / SFB / ORB (in Germany), Hallmark & Paramount TV (in USA), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, MSO, TSO
Niko’s work as a drummer and composer can be heard on over 70 internationally released albums (see below)

International touring has seen Niko play in most of the European countries as well as India, Australia, USA, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand. 

Niko is also an established composer, arranger and producer for Film and Television with over 200 hours of underscore credits to his name. 

Niko has received many awards and nominations during his career, including the Australian Jazz Award (Best Drummer), Annecy Film Festival, Leo Awards and Windscreen Festival (music for short film), Honorable Mention Julius Hemphil Awards, New York, 1st and 2nd Prize ‘Tage der leichten Musik’ des SFB, Berlin, 2nd prize Franz-Josef Reinl Stiftung.

Grabowsky/Guerrini/Schauble – Live at Bennetts Lane ‘Gone Bush’  
Grabowsky/Guerrini/Schauble – Live at Bennetts Lane ‘Once In A While  
Niko Schauble – Solo Drums  
with Megan Washington at the Adelaide Festival 2009  
Acquacheta – Live at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz 2013 ‘Here comes the Sun’  
JottJott by Niko Schauble, played by the Berlin Jazz Composers Orchestra  


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Spiel (with Paul Grabowsky), Jazzhead Records HEAD209
Es Geht!, Niko Schauble Sextet, BIT
White Snow–Red Earth,Niko Schäuble Portrait CD, BIT 11346
On The Other Hand, Naxos Jazz 86011-2
Minimal Kidds (with Trilok Gurtu, Glen Moore, u.a.), EMI/Capitol Rec INFO
Night Music (with Enrico Rava), Origin Records (OR 012) INFO
Tibetan Dixie ‘Ya-It-Ma Thang’ (with Arthur Blythe), Timeless Records (SJP 412)
Tibetan Dixie ‘Nothing Too Serious’, Larrikin Records (LRJ 261)
Paul Grabowsky Trio “3”, Origin Records OR 058
Australian Art Orchestra, Music for SITA , AAO records BUY
Shiner – sound track (as musician) (comp: Paul Grabowsky), Decca 470 183-2
Double Drums Project (with Tony Buck & Christof Griese), BIT 11264
Paul Grabowsky Trio “Big Adventure”, ABC Records 476 283-5
Australian Art Orchestra & Wagilak Songmen from Arnhem Land, Crossing Roper Bar (2009) BUY
Australian Art Orchestra & Sruthi Laya, The Chennai Sessions BUY
Mogrinos (with Leszek Mozdzer), Futurex Records/Poland
Paul Grabowsky Sextet “Tee-Vee”, East West Records
Paul Grabowsky Sextet “Viva Viva”, WEA
Christof Griese Quartet “52nd Return”, Jazz4Ever Records (J4E 4728)
Australian Art Orchestra “Passion”, ABC Records 465 230-2
Christof Griese Quartet “New Friends”, Jazz4Ever Records (J4E 4736)
Electric 5 (with Christof Griese), BIT 11176
Australian Art Orchestra “Into The Fire”, ABC Records 465 705-2 BUY
Out To Lunch “Out To Lunch”, featuring Enrico Rava, Nabel Records (Nabel 4632)

Opus Pocus “Opus Pocus”, CD K&M Musikverlag (CKM 018)  Die Elefanten “Immer Alle Immer Ich”, Tropical Music (Nektar 68.926) Die Elefanten “Wasserwüste”, Nabel Records (Nabel 4634) Per-Dee-Doo (with Gebhard Ullmann), Nabel Records (Nabel 4640) Experience (with Andreas Willers), Nabel Records (Nabel 4665)  Last Days of Chez Nous (movie sound track, comp.:Paul Grabowsky), DRG 45099080 Six Degrees of Separation (movie sound track, comp: Jerry Goldsmith) Phoenix (music of the TV series, comp.:Paul Grabowsky), ABC Records 514445-2 Australian Art Orchestra “Ringing The Bell Backwards”, Origin Records (OR008)   “Jazz Paintings” (with Christof Griese), BIT “Jazz Sampler Berlin” 1998, ProAvantgarde “Cataract” (Sampler of the Hochschule für Musik Berlin), HfM Berlin (HDK 010) “Doug DeVries”, Newmarket Records (NE001) “Fridays, Late – Live at Bennett’s Lane” Jex Saarelaht Trio , (BL 23996) “TIP” (with Ren Walters, Chris Bekker), Origin Records (OR 017) IQ (movie sound track, comp: Jerry Goldsmith)  Noah’s Arc (movie sound track, comp: Paul Grabowsky), Varese-Sarabande 6027

…as engineer (record, mix & master)/musician: 
“Strangely Beautiful”, Tim Jones Quartet, release 2010 “Crossing Roper Bar”, Australian Art Orchestra & Wagilak Songmen, Arnhem Land (2009) “Magnet”, Steve Magnusson (to be released 2016)

…as composer/arranger: 
Berliner Saxophon Quartett Vol.I + II , Koch Schwann 3-1335-2 & 3-1314-2 Jugend Jazz Band Charlottenburg Vol I, II & III, Bit Verlag/Sony Music BIT 10396/11027/11147 Jugend Jazz Band Charlottenburg HoRook, Bit Verlag/Sony Music BIT 11185 Jugend Jazz Band Charlottenburg 20 year, Bit Verlag/Sony Music BIT Berliner Saxophon Quartett 12 Notes, 4 Musicians and the Blues, BIT 11150

Selected Works For Film & TV
2011 Eye Of The Storm Feature (Score Co-Producer and Mixer)
2010 Bed Of Roses Series 3, Abc TV (12 episodes)
2010 Swerve Feature (Score Producer)
2008/9 Bed Of Roses ABC TV (14 eps)
2009 Matching Jack 20th Century Fox (Music Production & Mix)
2009 Like A Dream (Score Mixer)
2009 Whatever Happened To That Guy Fox Entertainment 8 eps (Comedy)

2007 Spyshop ABC (comedy shorts), Boilermaker Productions
2005 – 2007 Neighbours Channel 10 (drama)
2003/4 Stingers Channel 9 (73 eps) Winner of AFI award 2004 ‘Best Drama Series’
2003 Good Riddance ABC (animation series)
1999 Noah’s Arc (starring Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen) (orchestration)
1998 Driven Crazy Channel 10 (childrens drama)
1998 Zoo’s Company ABC (8 part documentary series)
1999 They Shoot Crocodiles, Don’t They ABC (documentary)
1999 Zoo Tails ABC (documentary shorts)
1998 Bunch of Fives ABC (animation series) Finalist @ ‘Wildscreen’ Festival, Bristol
1993 Imagine SBS (magzine show)
1992 Lift-Off ABC (children’s TV series)
1992 Tonight Live Channel 7 (Live TV talk show)
Kripo Live MDR/Germany (drama)

Short Films 

2008 Residue (Drama) Roguy Films
2007 The Bargain, Ciro Esposito
2006 Foresta Rossa, Lovecraft21C, 2006
2005 Anaka (animation) Finalist at Annecy Film Festival 2005
2005 Pinata (animation), Act III 2005
2004 Numbo Nomination for the ‘Leo’ award at Braunschweig Filmfestival 2004
2003 Traces, Boilermaker Productions 2003

Selected Works Concert Stage
New Work
for Plexus Collective
 Ballet Music for West Australian Ballet.
The Voyage
Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Symphony Orchestra, premiere performance 15/16 Jan 2009.
Perfidium for Woodwind Ensemble and Jazz Quartett premiere performance July 2000

Passion, Beauty, Time for chamber orchestra, jazz quartet and 2 voices (Frankfurter Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Co-composition with Wilfried Maria Danner premiere performance and broadcast 23.März 1999.

Crucifixion Arrangement of the St.MatthePassion by J.S.Bach for the Australian Art Orchestra (5 composers) premiere performance 1997 released on CD ‘Passion’, ABC Records 465 230-2.
Ohne Ende commissioned by the Berliner Saxophonquartett premiere performance 1995 released on CD 襬 Notes, 4 musicians and the Blues’, BIT Records 11150.
The Ferryman commissioned by the Australian Art Orchestra premiere performance 1994 released on CD ‘Into The Fire’, ABC Records 465 705-2.
Ya-it-ma Thang for Alto-Saxophone and ten-piece Ensemble commissioned by the Wangaratta Festival premiere performance 1992 released on Timeless Records SJP 412.
Duke-Ellington Medley commissioned by the Berliner Saxophonquartett released on CD ‘Berliner Saxophon Quartett Vol.II’, Koch 3-1335-2.
Niko Trommelt for Drum-Set and Sampler premiered 18/1/96, St.John’s, Melbourne.
Mood 25 for Piano and Drum-set premiered by Michael Kieran Harvey at the Australian National Academy of Music 30.June 1996.


1992 Australian Jazz Award/Best Drummer
1994 ‘Unsigned Bands Competition’, Rhythms Magazine, Australian
1995 2nd prize Franz-Josef Reinl Stiftung für ‘Ohne Ende’

1996 First and second Prize ‘Tage der leichten Musik’ des SFB for ‘Ich möcht’ Dich virtuell vernaschen’ and ‘T’an 90’
1997 Honorable Mention Julius Hemphil Awards, New York for ‘Ya-it-ma Thang’
1998 Finalist at the ‘Wildscreen’ Festival, Bristol with ‘Lower Orders’
2004 Nomination for the ‘Leo’ award (music for short film) @ Braunschweig Filmfestival for ‘Numbo’

Further awards and grants by the Berlin Senate, the Victorian Ministry of the Arts and the Australia Council.