Simon Rainer

Was born on 29.11.1982 in Meran – Italy and grew up there. The love of music turned out in early childhood.

At the age of 8 he began to play the violin, and two years later he switched to guitar. Since his 14th year he has played in bands of various styles including heavy metal, rock, blues, reggae. Already at the age of 16 he performed at the International Reggae Festival.

From 2001 to 2004 he attended a three-year course for jazz and popular music at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium in Innsbruck. In the same year, he enrolled at the Vienna Conservatory Private University to complete his Bachelor ‘s degree.

In 2007, he was nominated for the Berklee Award Group Prize in the category Electric Guitar on the occasion of the opening of the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival 2007/2008 in Orvieto.

From 2008 to 2010 he graduated from the Music Academy of the Music Academy of the City of Basel under Wolfgang Muthspiel. In addition to his studies, he also attended summer workshops for international jazz greats such as Wolfgang Muthspiel, Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Bobby McFerrin, Karl Ratzer, Aron Goldberg, Esperanza Spalding, Adam Nussbaum, Andy Middleton, Dino Govoni, Jim Kelly and others.


Andreas Brunn

Born in Weimar (Germany) in 1964, he has been playing clarinet since he was six years old and started learning the guitar at fourteen. Since then, he has worked as a musician in various rock and blues bands.

Andreas Brunn studied guitar and musicology at the renowned “Franz Liszt” University in Weimar. The guitarist also plays in the international arena in the quartet FOR FREE HANDS and in the duo Hartmann (Swiss) & Brunn.

Andreas Brunn has played at Zabkowice (Poland), Folk Alliance in Memphis (USA), Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Rudolstadt Folk Festival, Osnabrück International Guitar Festival, Düsseldorfer Jazz Rally, Burghausener Jazzherbst, Tangente Jazz Festival (Liechtenstein), Leverkusener Jazztage, Gniezno Festiwal Jazz (Polen), Festival de la cité de Lausanne (CH), Krakow Summer Jazz Festival (Poland), Bansko Jazz Festival (Bulgaria), Nišville Jazz Festival (Serbia).

He has played in various groups, alongside Uli Bartel, Mack Goldsbury, Ralf Siedhoff and Ferenc Snétberger as well as performing solo. Andreas Brunn also took conga-lessons with Topo Gioa and also works as a teacher of TaKeTiNa percussion.

In 2003 he was a scholarship holder of the Senate Administration for Science, Research and Culture, Berlin in Bulgaria and in 2008 as a scholarship holder in Finland.

In the summers of 2004 and 2007 he was artistic director of the cultural project “Young Music Caravan”, which was supported by the European Union. With young european musicians, he travelled 7,500 km each years to play at famous festivals in 10 countries.

In 2012, his quartet “FOR FREE HANDS” (with Dimitris Christides, Vladimir Karparov and George Donchev) won the jazz school jazz, directed by the Berlin Cultural Council.