Saturday, July 12, 2014

Peter Rom 13 Questions

Peter Rom, guitarist from Vienna, studied at Berklee College of Music and Conservatory of City Vienna, Studies with Mick Goodrick and Bret Wilmott. Co-founder of JazzWerkstatt Wien and JazzWerkstatt Records, performances all over Europe, Cullyjazz, Jazzfest Saalfelden, Moers Jazz, Jazzycolors, Jazzfest Wiesen, Vortex (London), Jazzahaed 2014, Inntoene

Worked with Andreas Schaerer, Elliott Sharp, Max Nagl, Rodney Holmes, Herbert Joos, Klangforum Wien, Neue Oper Wien, Wiener Symphoniker, Fatima Spar, Isambard Khroustaliov, Martin Eberle, Woody Schabata, Renee Benson… 

Jazzahead Showcase with Rom Schaerer Eberle (2014), NDR Cd der Woche  "At The Age Of Six I Wanted To Be A Cook" (2014), Concerto Poll - Best Album Jazz "Please don´t feed the Model" (2012), Stadtzeitung Falter, Best of 2011 "Please don´t feed the Model"


CD-Recordings: At The Age Of Six I Wanted To Be A Cook (Rom Schaerer Eberle), In the Pelagic Zone (Studio Dan featuring Elliott Sharp), Samba (No Home for Johnny), Jazzwerkstatt Bern Live 2013 (JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble), Please don´t feed the Model (Rom Schaerer Eberle), JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble, Elegant (Die Strottern & JazzWerkstatt Wien),  Starstruck (Peter Rom Trio), Says Who?! (Peter Rom Trio), Hermannology (GHO-Orchestra), Uarrgh (FuzzNoir), Free Lunch (Fuzz Noir),  Creatures and Other Stuff (Studio Dan), Things (Studio Dan), Live at Jazzwerkstatt (Clemens Salesny Electric Band), JazzWerkstatt Wien 2005 und 2006, Wean Hean Volume 7, Wean Jazz Live 2009, A Break from Myself (Owen), EPD (The Eye), Ranch (The Eye) …

What do you remember about your first guitar?

The first guitar I got, was built by a relative of mine, it was a great Nylon String Acoustic - I still use it. I remember the sound, but also the feel of the Strings and the Wood on the fingers very lively.

Why do you need music? Can we live without music?

As a way of communicating music is essential.
Another interesting aspect about melodies and sounds is, that listening to a familiar melody makes you feel at home on a very existential level, also music can sometimes express aspects of things that are unknown to the conscious brain.

Which is the main pleasure of the guitar?

Besides the sound appealing to me personally one of the most interesting aspects to me is the fact, that it seems there are countless different approaches to playing it, and a lot of new styles are created by guitarists constantly, it has so many possibilities.

Which work of your own are you most surprised by?

As a composer and musician I have taken part in a collaboration of JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble with the Filmmaker Nikolai Maderthoner - the music was there first and he made the film to it, I was surprised by the outcome, it put a whole new perspective on the music while responding perfectly to the mood, it is also amazing how some of the musical details are pictured.

Where are your roots? What are your influences?

My roots as a kid are mainly classical, my sister is a piano player, so I have been exposed to a lot of piano literature…  Of course there is a lot of other influences  - I wish I knew which of all the stuff I listened to influenced me most, I can say Jimi Hendrix, Joe Zawinul to name two important ones  - I think also personal encounters and playing with musicians like Andreas Schaerer, Martin Eberle, Clemens Salesny, Clemens Wenger, Raphael Preuschl or Rodney Holmes had a big impact on me.

How many guitars do you have? Select only one and tell me why.

I have 4 Electric and two acoustic guitars - I have been playing mostly a Paul Reed Smith Model that I bought about 10 years ago - it has proved reliable in many different situations and has turned out to be in tune with many different instruments - also sonically.

Define the sound you're still looking for, or the sound you'd like to hear. 

I sometimes  think of a Hologram and it´s fragile and multidimensional texture.
Also the image and smell of certain Woods comes to my mind when I think of sounds but I guess that comes with playing guitar.

klemens lendl - violin; peter rom - guitar,comp; manu mayr - bass

How would you define the present time in musical terms?

molto prestissimo con dolore

What's the importance of technique in music, in your opinion?

I think in the history of music (and electric guitar) you find a lot of examples where content is more important than virtuosity. In order to get any message across however you need a certain technique  - some techniques require a lot of practice, others are better left alone.

About Blank feat. Rodney Holmes live in Prague
Peter Rom - guitar, Philippine Duchateau - piano, Raphael Preuschl - bass, Rodney Holmes - drums

What is some valuable advice that someone has given to you in the past?

"Try not to learn it"
(I have been lucky  to study with Mick Goodrick years ago. In his books he describes this approach for some of the material, it made me think about practicing and learning in a different way)

What gear do you use?

I use a Vox AC 30 amp from the 60ties, which I got from an Uncle of mine. Playing live I also got used to Fender amps, because a lot of Venues have one - I also have a lot of different stomp boxes, Strymon Reverb, Clyde Wah Wah, or Octave Fuzz for example.

What artist, living or dead,  would you like to have collaborated with?

Franz Kafka, Richard Strauss, Fausto Romitelli, Thelonius Monk, Tom Waits, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bob Marley, Larry David, Karl Valentin...

Jazz Ahead 2014: Roma Schaerer Eberle
What are you currently working on?

Personally I am trying to find time to get into playing slide guitar a little bit more.
I am working to write material for the Trio Rom Schaerer Eberle, our third CD coming out next year. I am rehearsing with an Ensemble for an  opera by HK Gruber at Bregenzer Festspiele this summer;  with JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble we are planning a collaboration with "Dorian Concept" taking place this Winter 2014.

Selected Discography

Rom/Schaerer/Eberle – Please don´t feed the Model
andreas schaerer – voice, human beats
martin eberle – trumpet, fluegelhorn
peter rom – guitar
recorded october 12-15, 2010 at clipwerk, vienna, recorded and mixed by christoph burgstaller, mastered by martin ruch at weltschall, berlin
UTR/JWR 4321 | WR 003 – Buy HERE or on  ITUNES

JazzWerkstatt Wien New Ensemble
Clemens Salesny – Alto Sax, Clarinet, BCL
Daniel Riegler – Trombone
Peter Rom – Electric Guitar
Bernd Satzinger – Double Bass
Clemens Wenger – Keyboards, Electronics
© JWR 02/11 – produced by JazzWerkstatt Wien, 2011, Buy Here

Peter Rom Trio – Starstruck
Peter Rom, guitar
Raphael Preuschl, bass
Jörg Mikula, drums
recorded october 2007 at 4tune-studios, vienna
design: michael franken recorded by werner angerer and robert grabner, mixed by reinhard buchta, mastered by christoph burgstaller ©2008 jazzwerkstatt records, JWR 02/08; Buy the CD Here or on ITUNES

Peter Rom Trio – Says Who?!
peter rom, guitar
raphael preuschl, bass
jörg mikula, drums
recorded dec 16,17 04 & feb 9,10 05 at wuk-studios, vienna,  all tracks recorded and mixed by werner angerer, mastered by reinhard buchta at feedback studios; design: michael franken,  ©jazzwerkstatt records (JWR 02/05); Buy the CD Here or on ITUNES

Dekadenz Line-Up
Gunde Jäch-Micko – violine | Martina Engel – violin, viola | Julia Purgina – viola | Maiken Beer – violoncello | Bernd Satzinger – double bass | Maria Augustin – flute | Astrid Kendl – oboe | Maria Gstättner – bassoon | Clemens Salesny – saxophone, clarinets | Martin Eberle – trumpet | Philip Yaeger – trombone | Peter Rom – guitar | Clemens Wenger – piano, keyboards | Andreas Moser – marimba, orch. percussion | Leo Riegler – electronics, turntables, vocals | Tibor Kövesdi – electric bass | Wolfgang Kendl – drums | Daniel Riegler – conductor | Werner Angerer – sounddessign
JWR 03/12, buy HERE

Jazzwerkstatt Bern – Live 2010

Peter Rom (g), Andreas Schaerer (voc), Martin Eberle (tp), Nadja stoller (voc), Dave Blaser (tp), Thomas Knuchel (tp), Andreas Tschopp (tb), Seppi Käppeli (tb), Marc Unternährer (tuba), Benedikt Reising (as), Marc Stucki (ts), Patrick Schnyder (bs), Markus Meier (g), Benjamin Külling (p), Christian Schmid (eb), Rico Baumann (dr), Christoph Steiner (dr), Jonathan Maag (ts), Florian Favre (p), Jeremias Keller (eb), Alexandre maurer (dr), Isa Wiss (voc), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Jason Stein (bcl), Lucien dubuis (cbcl), Urs Baur a.k.a. Black Tiger (mc), Daniela Sarda (voc), Nicolai Karageorgiev (g), Tonee Schiavano (eb), Flo Reichle (dr), Roland Wäger (perc), Simon Heggendorn (vl), Tobias Preisig (vl), David Schneebeli (vla), Bruno Fischer (vlc), Werner Hasler (tp), Katryn Hasler (vl), Carlo Niederhäuser (vlc), Christoph Steiner (dr), Kevin Chesham (dr), David Meier (perc), Christian Schmid (b), Valentin dietrich (eb), Yves Theiler (p), Mara Miribung (vlc), Silvio Cadotsch (tb), Christoph Irniger (ts), Ran Wehrli (as)

GHO Orchestra – Hermannology
Produced by Gerd Hermann Ortler, Recorded in 2009 at the Studio C, Wiener Konzerthaus, Recorded by Oliver Brunbauer & Reinharrd Buchta, mixed by Werner Angerer, Mastered by Johann Steinecker, © by Gerd Hermann Ortler, Sessionworkrecords, SWR 30/11, Buy the CD at SWR

Fuzz Noir – Free Lunch
Wolfgang Schiftner – sax
Peter Rom – guit
Raphael Preuschl – bass
Michael Prowaznik – drums
recorded April 09 by Werner Angerer, mixed by Christoph Burgstaller, mastered by Christoph Burgstaller,
©JWR 01/10 – JazzWerkstatt Records; Buy the CD at JWR or on ITUNES


Studio Dan featuring Nika Zach – Things
Produced by Studio Dan – Verein für neue Musik, All tracks recorded beween the 3rd & fth of September 2010 at the Acoustic Art Studios, Stockerau, Recorded by Werner Angerer & Joachim Zach, Recording Supervisor: Werner Angerer, Mixed and mastered by Werner Angerer, Photos: Rania Moslam, JWR 02/10; Buy the CD at JWR

Klemens Lendl (Gesang, Violine), David Müller (Gesang, Gitarre, Singende Säge), Martin Eberle (Trompete, Flügelhorn), Daniel Riegler (Posaune), Clemens Salesny (Altsaxophon, Bassklarinette, Klarinette), Wolfgang Schiftner (Altsaxophon, Tenorsaxophon, Flöte, Bassklarinette), Clemens Wenger (Klavier, Keyboards, Harmonium), Peter Rom (Elektrogitarre), Bernd Satzinger (Kontrabass), Lukas König (Schlagzeug, Perkussion)
Aufnahmen:  März und April 2009: Recordable Studio in Stockerau  (Werner Angerer), Studio Seniorenstube in Klosterneuburg (David Müller), Mix: Werner Angerer, Mastering: Horst Pfaffelmayer und Christoph Wimmer im Gold Chamber, Siegendorf, Grafik und Illustration: Artur Bodenstein, Fotos: Peter M. Mayr, JWR 01/09; Buy the CD at  JWR


Wean Jazz Live – Oskar Aichinger, Hannes Löschel, Christian Mühlbacher, Max Nagl
Angela Maria Reisinger: Gesang, Max Nagl: Sopran- und Altsaxophon, Lorenz Raab: Trompete, Hannes Löschel: Fender Thodes, Klavier, Harmonium, Gesang, Oskar Aichinger: Klavier, Harmonium, Gesang
Peter Rom: Gitarre, Tibor Kövesdi: Kontrabass, Christian Mühlbacher: Schlagzeug, Udu, Porgy & Bess, 25.09.2009; Aufnahmeleitung, Erich Hofmann; Tontechnik und Schnitt: Martin Leitner; Texte: wean hean c/o Wiener Volksliedwerk 2009


Studio Dan – Creatures and Other Stuff
Daniel Riegler – Kompositionen, Leitung; Gunde Jäch-Micko – Violine; Julia Purgina – Viola; Maiken Beer – Cello; Bernd Satzinger – Kontrabass; Theresia Melichar – Oboe; Maria Gstättner – Fagott; Clemens Salesny – Klarinetten; Wolfgang Schiftner – Saxophone; Martin Eberle – Trompete; Philip Yaeger – Posaune; Peter Rom – Gitarre; Clemens Wenger – Klavier, Synth; Margit Schoberleitner – Marimba, Perkussion; Leo Riegler – Electronics, Turntables; Tibor Kövesdi – E-Bass; Wolfgang Kendl – Schlagzeug,
All tracks recorded between 27th February and 3rd March 2009 at ORF-Studios/Vienna, Mixed and Mastered by Werner Angerer, JWR 02/09; Buy the CD at  JWR


Aetaphon – Stanleys Nightmare
Michael Tiefenbacher: Piano, Fender-Rhodes, Lukas König: Drums, Matthias Pichler: Double-Bass, Special Guest: Peter Rom: GuitarRecording Engineer: Werner Angerer; Mixing and Mastering by Werner Angerer und Aetaphon, ©2009 Michael Tiefenbacher, SWR 09/08, Buy the CD at SWR


Clemens Salesny Electric Band – Live at JazzWerkstatt
Clemens Salesny: saxophones, bassclarinet, trumpet; Martin Eberle: trumpet; Clemens Wenger: keyboards, electronics; Peter Rom: guitar; Tom Zalud: guitar; Alex Meissl: electric bass; Lukas König: drums, Alex Kerbl: percussion; Recorded March 5th, 2007 at JazzWerkstatt, WUK, Vienna by Werner Angerer; Mixed and Mastered by Werner Angerer; Illustration and Graphic Design by Jochachim Grübler
Produced by Clemens Salesny , ©2008 JazzWerkstatt Records 03/08; Buy the CD at JWR


Wean Hean – Das Wienerliedfestival Volume 7
Eine Produktion des Wiener Volksliedwerkes in Zusammenarbeit mit Volkskultur Niederösterreich.
tracks 10, 11, 12: Christian Mühlbacher´s USW: Clemens Salesny-Sopransaxophon, Lorenz Raab – Trompete, Andreas Schreiber – Violine, Peter Rom – Gitarre, Michael Hornek – Keyboard
Tibor Kövesdi – Bass, Christian Mühlbacher – Drums
© Wiener Volksliedwerk 2007


LA Bigband feat. Irina Karamarkovic – Sounds of Kosovo
recorded april 2007, stadt haag, recorded by tsb – roland baumann
mixed an mastered by tsb – roland baumann, lois aichberger, dietmar winkler; recording supervisor: dietmar winkler; photos by horst marka; albumdesign by joachim grübler


Owen – A Break From Myself
Engineered by Jim Homan and mixed at Warehouse, Omaha, NE. Recorded at the Miltona Studios, Omaha NE. Produced by TRO
For songs 01-11: All vocals and instruments performed by TRO except: drum loops by Quinn Sikora on 01, 03, 04, 07, 09 & 10 and lead guitars on 01 & 02 by Peter Rom. For song 12: All TRO with Dean Butterworth on drums and verse guitar by Peter Rom.
© 2006 Miltona Records

JazzWerkstatt Wien 2006
Balkon, Bernd Satzinger´s Wurschtsemmerl, Cafe Mut, Duo Falb/Satzinger, Duo Salesny Wenger, Falb Fiction, Fuzz Noir, In memoriam Bumi Fian, Kelomat, Kontraquintet, Massage Sauvage, Peter Rom Trio, Phoen, Piktrogramm 2, Salesny/Schabata/Preuschl, Studio Dan, Wired Distortion
Recorded live at the JazzWerkstatt Win 2006, WUK, Vienna, on March 16 – April 8 by Werner Angerer; Mixed by Clemens Wenger and Werner Angerer
Mastered by Werner Angerer; Photographs and artwork by Helmut K. Lackner
JWR 01/06


Fuzz Noir – Uarrgh 2
Raphael Preuschl  Bass
Michael Prowaznik  Drums
Wolfgang Schiftner   Sax
Peter Rom   Guitar
Recorded on April, the 24th and 25th 2005 at the WUK Studios/Vienna,  Mixed and Mastered by Werner Angerer, Cover designed by Philipp Brunsteiner, © Jazzwerkstatt Records 2005, Buy the CD Here or on ITUNES


JazzWerkstatt Wien 2005
aufgenommen live von 21.3.2005 bis 17.4. 2005 im wuk von werner angerer
mixed and mastered von werner angerer und paul urbanek, © 2005 jazzwerkstatt


ChateauHaag – Good News
lisa haag, voc
philippine duchateau, p
peter rom, g
stefan thaler, b
ulli pesendorfer, dr
special guest: Christian Artmann, fl
all tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by reinhard buchta at feedback studio, febr 14,15 and march 7, 8 2004, ATS Records CD-0663; Buy the CD HERE or on ITUNES


The Eye – Ranch
all lyrics and music written by owen except “madame” by owen/gisborne and “red rain” by peter gabriel, vocals, guitars, bass, keys: tyler owen; guitars: peter rom; drums: billy slater “bang” drums by dean butterworth, all tracks produced by tyler owen except tracks 1,2,3, by owen and roger gisborne; engineered by mike lesniak; recorded and mixed at cornerstone studios, chatsworth, ca; may-july2001
mastered by doug van sloun at studio b, omaha ne; c 2002 miltona records/aye pape! Productions miltona records po box 1085 omaha ne 68101


The Eye – Extraordinary Popular Delusions
vocals, guitars, bass, keys: tyler owen
guitars: peter rom
drums: dean butterworth
produced by t.r.o. for the mrs; engineered and co-produced by mike lesniak, all songs and instruments recorded at clear lake audio, north hollywood, ca with the exception of bass tracks which were recorded at roscoe studios, hollywood, ca and hammond b3 tracks which were recorded at rainbow recording, omaha, ne; mixed at cornerstone recorders, chatsworth, ca; © and p 2001 miltona records; miltona records po box 1085 omaha ne 68101;