"[Niko Schauble] possesses a talent for composition and arranging that threatens to put him up there with the world's best." Drum Media 6/2/96

 

"Schauble’s compositions, like his drumming, are idiosyncratic and bristling with surprises. The drums are heavily featured and rightfully so. He is that all too rare percussive creature: a melodist. His drums are tuned to perfection and used to create hummable tunes, alongside a deft use of dynamics and drama." Sydney Morning Herald 12/4/94

 

“The flexibility of drummer Niko Schauble is quite remarkable...from the antic funk of his Tibetan Dixie to the hard bop of Dale Barlow, [...] he has brought to each a unique personality while playing perfectly within context. [...] his rhythmic intricacy - which is possibly unpreceeded in this country - was expressed with a dry economy, except in a sustained solo late in the evening, where he created a kind of willy-willy of rushing sound that veered about over an immaculate underlying pulse.” Sydney Morning Herald 8/12/90

 

“Anyone who has yet to discover Melbourne’s Niko Schauble is missing out on one of the planet’s more imaginative drummers. He can be heard to great effect in the Australian Art Orchestra or in such intimate settings as his magical live duets with Mike Nock.” Sydney Morning Herald 26/2/96

 

"Schauble showed the traits of a performance artist, not just a simple musician. His program comprised his own music, provided by an impressive battery of instruments, backed by a pre-recorded tape that wove synthesized sounds into the sonic fabric.”  The Age 26/1/96 about ‘Niko trommelt’

 

"Schoyble [sic] has a highly developed technique, and a time sense that allows him to stab urgently ahead of the beat or simply imply it beneath an action painting of textures, while keeping strong sense of the beat before even the most casual listener. At times he created virtual landslips across the rhythm, […] His explosive returns to the basic pulse propelled the band alarmingly.”  Sydney Morning Herald 12/89

 

"Schoyble [sic] also kept his colleagues on their toes. He was constantly juggling patterns around the pulse but never loosing touch. He was equally unpredictable as a soloist, concocting a couple of thrilling solos that had nothing to do with mere drumnastics.”  The Age 6/3/91

 

"Schauble's inspiring drumming, full of fire and imagination, and [Arthur] Blythe's brilliance made sure the suite ended the festival on a musical high.”  The Australian 6/11/92 about "Ya-it-ma Thang" at the Wangaratta Festival

"Melbourne's Tibetan Dixie created a sensation.”  The Age 7/11/90 about their performance at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz 

 

"For sheer excitement and ingenuity this band might be compared to Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy.”  Sydney Morning Herald 21/7/92 about Tibetan Dixie

 

"Tibetan Dixie is, in many ways, the modern equivalent of the nuttier New Orleans bands. Listen to the roaring boys from Melbourne in powerhouse ensembles, crazy solos, and bursts of mad simultaneous improvisation.”  Sydney Morning Herald 7/92

 

"[…] the mind-bending rhythm section of Phil Rex and Niko Schauble […] these guys roamed from poignant ballad to cool bop and back, taking time out form some brilliant soloing by all concerned, particularly Niko Schauble, who demonstrated just how dynamic a single (left) hand can be.”  Jazz News 12/98

 

"The first thing that strikes you when you play this record is the beautiful sound of this music […] I find it irresistible. It has elements of ambient music but is more intensely lyrical than that might suggest. It is to be regarded, I suspect, as avant-garde but it is more melodic than that might suggest to some.”  24 Hours Magazine on "Night Music"

 

"Play this one again and again – especially late at night.“  The Age 15/2/96 on "Night Music"

 

"Not New Age, but very much the signalling of a new life. The sort of record that gets better and better the more familiar you become with it.”  Drum Media 30/1/96 on "Night Music

 

“This is electric jazz of the highest order, […] Schauble's rhythm section is about as subtle as you possibly can get, […] you feel as so you"ve traveled somewhere and then returned home again.”  Jazz Notes on "Night Music" 9/96

 

“Night Music is a collection of ambient pieces which drip with moody summer-night humidity...With the lights off late at night, this will have you drifting into a zone your parents warned you about.”  Sydney Morning Herald 26/2/96

 

"Here is a fascinating, invigorating album […] it is blessed with touches of the purest beauty.”  Sydney Morning Herald 1998 on "On The Other Hand" (Jazz CD of the week)

 

"The music is based on percolating polyrhythms and sets exuberant solos against constantly shifting tempos, themes and textures. Schauble's music is consistently stimulating and often exciting.”   The Age 27/8/93 on Tibetan Dixie's "Nothing Too Serious"

 

"Add to this an enchanting piece by drummer Niko Schauble [The Ferryman]. There's much to explore here, many delights. Earthly and otherwise.”  John Clare in the Sydney Morning Herald about the AAO"s "Into the Fire"

 

"The Ferryman [is] underpinning a contemporary jazz orchestra arrangement with a gentle hypnotic rhythmic foundation. […] unique and beautiful.”  Capital Q 26/5/00

 

"The production values are extremely high. The music by Niko Schauble works wonderfully well. It would be a shame if this series were to be confined to a single time slot.”  The Age Green Guide 7/1/99 about "A Bunch Of Fives"

 

“Schäuble’s Ellington-Medley proved a sure footed border crossing between serious [classical] music and Jazz”  Giessener Anzeiger 20/7/91 (translated by N.Schauble)

 

“A special mention has to be made about the compositions by Nikolaus Schäuble, which are always possessed with a unique uplifting spirit and a cheerful exuberance"  Jazzpodium review of "How Rook"/JJBC (translated by NS)

 

“With ‘White Snow - Red Earth ‘ Niko Schäuble succeeded in producing a CD that defies being categorized. And that is just as well; Discoveries can be made here.” Stephan Höller,  Jazz4you, about "White Snow - Red  Earth"

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