Jean-Pierre Schaller

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Jean-Pierre Schaller was born and raised in Bienne, Switzerland. He is a self-taught guitar player, and took up the instrument at a young age. In his youth, his preferences drew him to the electric bass, and he was quickly hooked... he then took courses at the Jazz School in Bern, and honed his skills in Paris, where he played in clubs. In the 1990s, he received his professional diploma in the Jazz section of the Conservatoire de Montreux.

He has collaborated with big names in jazz, such as Mathieu Michel, Didier Lockwood, Randy Weston, Eric Seva, and Sylvain Beuf, all the while exploring various experimental, jazz, and rock trends with groups such as No No Diet Bang, and Alma Tadema, with the singer Espe – with whom he has lit up the alternative clubs of Europe and North America.

In 2001, he founded the group Scorpio Electric with the saxophonist Fabienne Hörni, writing suave and spicy jazz, ambient, and pop compositions for the group.

From 1996 to 2008, he played principally in the jazz-funk group Clients Funk Society, stealing the show in Switzerland and elsewhere. But he was always curious to discover new sounds and meet new people, and thus during this period he also made incursions into contemporary classical music, and resolutely oriental fusion with projects such as Est-Ouest, with the composer Antoine Auberson, as well as Chayara, with the singer El-Baze.

In the last few years, he has also been sought-after for theater productions; yet another occasion to discover the scope of his musical creativity.

Since 1992 he has been teaching and leading workshops in various schools, such as the Conservatoire de Montreux, and the Haute école de Lucerne. Today, his teaching is centered on the pre-professional section at the EJMA and the Haute école de Musique in Lausanne.