Assistant Professor for Electronic Bass
Stefan Rademacher was born in 1961. He started playing the drums and the guitar at the age of six. During the mid 70s he got first accordion lessons and as of 1978 also electronic bass lessons. From 1982 to 1985 he studied medicine at the University of Duesseldorf.
As of 1984 he played bass for Christoph Spendel, one of the most famous German jazz pianists. After participating in an intensive jazz course in Banff, Canada including master classes by Dave Holland, Rademacher finished his medicine studies and became a guest student at the University of Music Cologne and also a member in numerous professional jazz formations within the German jazz scene.
Important stations were: The Axel Fischbacher Group (laureate of the German Phono Academy,1983), The Christoph Spendel Group (collaborations with Michel Urbaniak, Annie Whitehead, Ursula Duziak, Leon Thomas, Eddie Harris, Pete York), Norbert Gottschalk and Friends (German Record Critics Award in 1988), The Frank Nimsgern Group (CD-production with Chaka Khan & Billy Cobham), Jörg Widmosers UP, Peter Wölpl's Mr. Fudge, The Frank Kirchner Quintett, The Jörg Kaufmann Trio (CD-production with Bobby Shew), The Mathias House Project, The Klaus-König-Orchestra.
Rademacher advanced to becoming a sought-after session musician. He worked in many live and studio productions with artists like Lenny Castro, Joey Heridia, Idris Muhamed, Dan Gottlieb, David Friedman, Ack van Royen, Mike Herting, Jacki Liebezeit (Can). He was also part of several commercialized productions. For example, he played in the band that performed in the successful TV show RTL Saturday Nightwith Jennifer Rush.
Rademacher received international attention for the first time when he did a Swiss TV production (Jazz-In-Concert) with Lee Ritenour, Don Grusin and Tom Brechtlein (1989) and also when he contributed in the CD BASSTORIUS (1993), a dedication to Jaco Pastorius by numerous international bass players.
Since 1994 Rademacher has been a permament member of diverse formations of the American drummer Billy Cobham. He recorded four CDs with Billy Cobham and went on worldwide tours.
Rademacher has already collaborated with Randy Brecker, Gary Husband, George Duke, Airto Moreira, the London Jazzorchestra and the WDR Bigband, amongst many others.
In 1997 he founded the concert series named Jazzattack in Krefeld.
From 1991 to 1993 Rademacher worked as an Assistant Professor at the Drummers' Institute in Duesseldorf. Since 1995 Stefan Rademacher has been an Assistant Lecturer at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, Switzerland.
And since 2003 he has been working as an Assistant Professor for Electronic Bass within the program Audio and Video Engineering and since its foundation at the Institute For Music And Media of the University of Music Duesseldorf.