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Niko Schauble

Drummer   Composer  Teacher

  • Adam Simmons TUoA "Zatoczka"

  • Mirko Guerrini "Horizontal Quartet"

  • Radiosuccessi “Genuinely”

  • Yid! “Yid!”

  • Damo “Find Your Feet”, music for children

  • Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier “Everybody’s Begging”

  • Nick Haywood Trio "Many Rivers", JazzHead

  • Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier “Stories of Ghosts”

  • “Torrio!” (Grabowsky/Guerrini/Schauble), Encore Jazz

  • Magnusson/Guerrini/Di Sario/Schauble “Acquacheta”

  • “The Chennai Sessions”, Australian Art Orchestra & Sruthi Laya

  • “Crossing Roper Bar”, Australian Art Orchestra & Wagilak Songmen, Arnhem Land (2009)

  • Paul Grabowsky Trio "Big Adventure", ABC Records 476 283-5

  • "Double Drums Project" (with Tony Buck), BIT 11264

  • Shiner - sound track (as musician) (comp: Paul Grabowsky), Decca 470 183-2

  • "Music for SITA" , AAO records

  • Paul Grabowsky Trio "3", Origin Records OR 058

  • Noah's Arc (movie sound track, comp: Paul Grabowsky), Varese-Sarabande 6027

  • "Mogrinos" (with Leszek Mozdzer), Futurex Records/Poland

  • IQ (movie sound track, comp: Jerry Goldsmith)

  • "TIP" (with Ren Walters, Chris Bekker), Origin Records (OR 017)

  • "Fridays, Late - Live at Bennett's Lane" Jex Saarelaht Trio, (BL 23996)

  • “Doug DeVries”, Newmarket Records (NE- 001)

  • "Cataract" (Sampler of the Hochschule für Musik Berlin), HfM Berlin (HDK 010)

  • "Jazz Sampler Berlin" 1998, ProAvantgarde

  • "Jazz Paintings" (with Christof Griese), BIT

  • "Electric 5" (with Christof Griese), BIT 11176

  • Christof Griese Quartet "New Friends", Jazz4Ever Records (J4E 4736)

  • Christof Griese Quartet "52nd Return", Jazz4Ever Records (J4E 4728)

  • Australian Art Orchestra "Into the Fire", ABC Records 465 705-2

  • Australian Art Orchestra "Passion", ABC Records 465 230-2

  • Australian Art Orchestra "Ringing the Bell Backwards", Origin Records (OR008)

  • Phoenix (music of the TV series, comp.: Paul Grabowsky), ABC Records 514445-2

  • Six Degrees of Separation (movie sound track, comp: Jerry Goldsmith)

  • Last Days of Chez Nous (movie sound track, comp.: Paul Grabowsky), DRG 45099080

  • Paul Grabowsky Sextet "Viva Viva", WEA

  • Paul Grabowsky Sextet "Tee-Vee", East West Records

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Niko Schauble is an award-winning drummer, composer and audio engineer, with a practice spanning the full range of contemporary notated and improvised music.  

As a performer, Schauble has collaborated with many of the world’s leading jazz artists, including Arthur Blythe, Lee Konitz, Karaikudi R. Mani, Wynton Marsalis, Enrico Rava among many others.  

Schauble’s compositions span film and television scores, ballet, interdisciplinary works, chamber and symphonic music, with major commissions from the Australian Art Orchestra, West Australian Ballet, Radiosinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Queensland Festival and the Berlin Jazz Composers Orchestra.  He is currently working on Clear Waters,a new work for Jazz Trio and large Symphony Orchestra, commissioned by the University of Ulm, Germany.  

In 2012 Schauble opened Pughouse Studios, a professional recording studio in Melbourne, Australia, producing more than 140 albums to date. He has held teaching positions in jazz and film music at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. 

Niko is an Associate Artist , represented by the Australian Music Centre

2020 Apra Amcos Nomination (Luminary Award)

2019 Finalist Apra Amcos Art Music Awards
2005 Finalist at Annecy Film Festival
2004 Nomination for 'Leo' award (music for short film) @ Braunschweig Filmfestival
1998 Finalist at the 'Wildscreen' Festival, Bristol 
1997 Honorable Mention Julius Hemphil Awards, New York
1996 1st and 2nd Prize ‘Tage der leichten Musik’ des SFB, Berlin
1995 2nd prize Franz-Josef Reinl Stiftung für ‘Ohne Ende’
1994 'Unsigned Bands Competition', Rhythms Magazine, Australian
1992 Australian Jazz Award/Best Drummer

"[Niko Schauble] possesses a talent for composition and arranging that threatens to put him up there with the world's best." 

Drum Media 1996


"Schauble's compositions, like his drumming, are idiosyncratic and bristling with surprises.”

Sydney Morning Herald 1994


"Schauble's hand as a composer is evident in the quirky themes and propulsive rhythms."

The Age


“The music by Niko Schauble works wonderfully well.”

The Age Green Guide 1999


“…his rhythmic intricacy [...] is possibly unpreceeded in this country’

Sydney Morning Herald 1990

as Musician/Composer
as Bandleader
  • "Spiel", with Paul Grabowsky, Jazzhead HEAD209

  • “Es Geht!”, Niko Schauble, BIT 

  • “White Snow–Red Earth”, Portrait CD, BIT 11346

  • On The Other Hand“ (with Paul Grabowsky), Steve Grant and Chris Bekker, Naxos Jazz 86011-2

  • “Night Music” (with Enrico Rava), Origin Records (OR 012)

  • “Ya-It-Ma Thang” Tibetan Dixie (with Arthur Blythe), Timeless Records (SJP 412)

  • - “Nothing Too Serious” Tibetan Dixie, Larrikin Records (LRJ 261)

  • - “Minimal Kidds” (with Gebhard Ullmann, Trilok Gurtu, Glen Moore, u.a.), EMI/Capitol Rec.

  • "Experience" (with Andreas Willers), Nabel Records (Nabel 4665)

  • "Per-Dee-Doo" (with Gebhard Ullmann), Nabel Records (Nabel 4640)

  • Die Elefanten "Wasserwüste", Nabel Records (Nabel 4634)

  • Die Elefanten "Immer Alle Immer Ich", Tropical Music (Nektar 68.926)

  • Out To Lunch featuring Enrico Rava, Nabel Records (Nabel 4632)

  • Out To Lunch "Out To Lunch", Nabel Records (Nabel 4623)

  • Opus Pocus "Opus Pocus", CD K&M Musikverlag (CKM 018)

As Composer/Arranger:
  • Berlin Jazz Composer’s Orchestra “Live 30”, Bellheim 11839

  • Berlin Jazz Composer’s Orchestra Vol I, II & III, Bit Verlag/Sony Music BIT 10396/11027/11147

  • Jugend Jazz Band Charlottenburg “How Rook”, Bit Verlag/Sony Music BIT 11185

  • JayJayBeeCee “20 years”, Bit Verlag/Sony Music BIT

  • Berliner Saxophon Quartett  12 Notes, 4 Musicians and the Blues, BIT 11150

  • Berliner Saxophon Quartett Vol.I + II, Koch Schwann 3-1335-2 & 3-1314-2

Selected works TV/Film

2019 Can Art Stop A Bullet Documentary
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 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 (Ensembles)

  • Clear Waters for Jazz Trio and Symphony Orchestra, premiere performance planned 14 July 2021

  • Mus Persequeris for Violin, Clarinet & Piano, premiere performance by Plexus, Melbourne Recital Centre 6 December 2016

  • Novecento Ballet Music, West Australian Ballet (2011/12)

  • 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 commissioned by the Frankfurter Rundfunk. Co-composition with Wilfried Maria Danner premiere performance and broadcast 23.März 1999

  • Crucified Arrangement of the St.Matthew Passion 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 ‘12 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

  • 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


Selected Works (Stage)

  • Musical Ship  Queensland Music Festival, Cooktown, 2007

  • Boulevard Delirium with Paul Kapsis (dir. Barrie Kosky)' @ The Malthouse, Melb. 2005

  • The Theft of Sita (musical director) commissioned by the Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals 2000-2002

  • Kura Tungar 2002-no- with Ruby Hunter, Archie Roach and the Australian Art Orchestra

  • Ruby's Story 2002 with Ruby Hunter, Archie Roach and the Australian Art Orchestra

  • Candide (solo percussion)

  • Tanzwerkstatt Berlin 1987-89 various productions

  • Wasserwüste 'Die Elefanten' @ Berlin Planetarium 1988

  • Renaissance Theater Berlin 1985 various productions