Within the European jazz scene, this Cologne musician is known as an outstanding, virtuoso improviser. Downbeat magazine described him as a “highly versatile player that can fit easily into mainstream and avant garde contexts with impressive élan.” Hans Jürgen Linke adds: “Landfermann is probably not only the busiest jazz bassist in Germany at the moment, but also the one with the broadest stylistic horizon.”
Robert Landfermann is bandleader in several of his own ensembles, and a co-initiator of the Cologne musician collective KLAENG, which organises jazz festivals and workshops. Since 2014 Landfermann is co-owner of the label Klaeng Records, where his own albums Topaz, Tiefgan and Kehdata (with Elisabeth Coudoux) were released.
His quintet album Night Will Fall (Pirouet Records) was among the best albums of 2016 listed by Downbeat magazine. Landfermann’s most recent release, in 2018, was Brief, with the same line-up. Luciano Berio, Helmut Lachenmann, Pierre Boulez, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Paul Motian all influenced his compositions.
From 2011, Robert Landfermann taught jazz double bass and ensemble music at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, and took up a professorship at the Musikhochschule Mannheim in the autumn of 2019.