– Keyboarder, pianist and composer Kurt Baebi was born on Oct. 25, 1943 in Luzern. At the Jazzschule Luzern he studied piano, notation and...Read Biography
Keyboarder, pianist and composer Kurt Baebi was born on Oct. 25, 1943 in Luzern. At the Jazzschule Luzern he studied piano, notation and composition. In 1974 he formed the legendary band Shivananda, which until 1984 held a top position in the jazz-rock scene in Europe. Many extended tours, three albums and numerous international festival- and tv-appearances gained the band their singular reputation.
In the studio-scene, Kurt Baebi was much in demand as a keyboarder, sounddesigner and keyboard programmer. For the third Shivananda album «COMEBACK» he acted as producer, engineer, bandleader, composer and musician.
From 1990 until 2008 Kurt Baebi, for his label CSST Production, produced five solo Albums as composer, arranger and musician under his own name.
Kurt Baebi’s sensitive electronic music takes you to a spherical dimension – Sound designs that vividly reflect the composer’s world-spanning impressions and experiences. His five solo albums feature very straightforward song structures and a distinct mix of jazzy, far-eastern pop and African influences enrich Baebi’s wide spectrum of compositions.
Baebi is a Techno enthusiast who primarily uses electronic instruments to constantly expand his sound spectrum with the latest available technologies.
His past as a jazz musician influences his compositions very strongly and that’s why he orchestrates and produces his collages of sounds with a strong aim for perfection.
MOONRIVER, SOUTH IMPRESSIONS, INDONESIA, ALL BECAUSE OF YOU and his latest creation MAGIC WINDOWS create a relaxed atmosphere and mark clearly a highlight in the electronic music scene.
As a producer, guest-musician, sounddesigner or keyboard-technician he was involved in various kinds of international studio-, tv-, movie- and live-productions.
SAGA / EUROPE / STRANGE WAYS / GIORGIO MORODER / CHICO HABLAS / JOE ZAWINUL / UDO JÜRGENS / RENATO ANSELMI / BO KATZMANN / KEISER TWINS / PHIL CARMEN etc.
SHIVANANDA / PHIL CARMEN / STEVE GADD / CURT CRESS / IAN BAIRNSON / STANLEY CLARKE / HERMANN WEINDORF etc.
MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL / ANTWERPEN JAZZ FESTIVAL / SAN SEBASTIAN JAZZ FESTIVAL / PARIS MUSIC FESTIVAL / LE CASTELLET FESTIVAL RIVIERA / ZÜRICH JAZZ FESTIVAL etc.
JOE ZAWINUL SYNDICATE / BILL EVANS / BLUESMAX / ERNIE WATTS / SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS / M. BADRENA / EDDIE HARRIS FUNK PROJECT / THE BOBBY BIRD SHOW / BRIAN BROMBERG GROUP / TERRY AND THE HOT SOX’S AND ALL BECAUSE THE LADY LOVES / SWEET / JUST TWO / ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER / HÄNS’CHE WEISS ENSEMBLE / LES McCANN & HIS MAGIC BAND / GIORGIO CONTE TRIO / WALTER WOLFMAN WASHINGTON / BILLY COBHAM BAND / SCOTT HENDERSON / RONALD MULDROW / GARRY WILLIS / GERALD VEASLEY / HAZY OSTERWALD SHOW / ZÜRI WEST / MAX LÄSSER’S ARK / THE END / BENNY REHMANN SHOW / TRILOK GURTU - JOE ZAWINUL etc.
"CROSS NOW" Shivananda 1977 Gnome Records
"SHIVANANDA LIVE" 1977 Produced by Radio Suisse Romande
"HEADLINES" Shivananda 1979 Gnome Records
"COMEBACK" Shivananda 1983 CSST Productions
"MOONRIVER" Kurt Baebi 2003 CSST Productions
"SOUTH IMPRESSIONS" Kurt Baebi 2004 CSST Productions
"ALL BECAUSE OF YOU" Kurt Baebi 2005 CSST Productions