Biography

 

Born in Zürich, Switzerland Georg Hofmann leads a professional career as a drummer and percussionist for more than 30 years, playing and/or recording with such artists as Pierre Favre, Charles Gayle, Ernst Reijseger, Trevor Watts, Cyro Baptista, Robert Dick, Yang Jing, Herrmann Bühler, at Schauspielhaus Zürich and many more.

 

Since 1984 he collaborates with american guitarist Mike Nord in different groups and multiarts projects such as CarrNordHofmann and CarrNordHofmannMaddox, Crossing Borders (with video by american artist Ann Kresge) and, since 2006, Noru Ka Soru Ka with Japanese dancers Mao Arata and Makoto Matsushima and produced 5 CDs.

 

Hofmann lead the trios Shades of Time (with bansuri master Steve Gorn from New York and Mexican marimba virtuoso Raul Tudon) and The Extensions (with Swiss musicians Christoph Baumann, piano and Vinz Vonlanthen, guitar/electronics).

 

As a composer he wrote and performed for theater, literary readings, fashion shows and multimedia (Stadttheater Konstanz, Ring Theater Zürich, Die Lange Nacht der Kurzen Geschichten Zürich, TMC Avantgarde and Rodo Guadarrama's multi-award performance "3 catastrophies I happily survived). 

 

Georg Hofmann toured in Europe, Northamerica and Asia and taught masterclasses at Columbia University, New York, Escuela Nacional de Musica, UNAM in Mexico City and at Willamette University, Salem/Oregon.

 

Living in Mexico City from 2001-2003 Georg Hofmann was the art director of ArtLife Latinoamerica together with his wife Martha Reyes. A private cultural center in Mexico City founded by Swiss piano wunderkind Jean-Baptiste Müller, the two produced concerts with local and international artists. Hofmann also acted as a consultant for Martha Reyes in her organizing Mexico's first international festival of improvised music "sin compas" in 2004.

 

In 2012 he cocurated "3. Montag - one step beyond", platform for improvised dance and music at Tanzhaus, Zürich.

 

Georg Hofmann is a member of SMPV (Swiss Association of Music Pedagogues) and taught drums and free improvisation at Konservatorium Winterthur, Switzerland for the last 15 years.

Since 2019 and the independence of the kids, Georg lives with his wife in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, where he leads a busy schedule in the local Jazz- and Improscene (Remi Alvarez, Aaron Cruz, Armando Merid Martin, Oscar Teran, The Killer B3's, New Yorker Blaise Siwula (sax), Texan Brian Allen (tb) and Canadian pianist Diane Roblin) as well as with the bluesband Charro & The Moonhowlers and producing. 

 

Growing up in Zürich Georg Hofmann was fortunate to be among the first to learn the tools of the trade from European drummer patriarch Pierre Favre.