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Nils Fischer's Biography & New CD 2011 !! (Timbazo & CaboCubaJazz)

Nils Fischer is one of the most important European percussionists, touring and recording constantly with Nueva Manteca, the Cubop City Bigband, Drums United, with his own groups Timbazo and CaboCubaJazz as well as with many others. He has shared the stage with such legendary figures as Giovanni Hidalgo, Pío Leiva, Orestes Vilató, Armando Peraza, Paquito D'Rivera and Chocolate Armenteros.

In 2007 he released a CD as a tribute to veteran percussionist Joe Cuba. It is entitled ¡Gracias Joe Cuba! and several top artists contributed to its making. The album has got rave reviews both at home and abroad.



2009 CABOCUBAJAZZ tour & CD recording

2009 Concert w/ Elsa Valle at Budapest Concert Hall

2009 Concerts with Van Merwijk's Music Machine [Holland & Bulgaria]

2009 Drums United Mexico

2009 Drums United Norway

2009 Drums United tour The Netherlands

2009 ¡Oido al Tambor!  - Concerts with Marco Toro Band

2009 Concertgebouw with Jorge Martínez & Paul de Leeuw

2009 Concert w/ Metropole Orchestra, Rotterdam

2009 Concerts with Estrella Acosta and Carlos Irraragorri

2008 TIMBAZO Dutch tour "¡Gracias Joe Cuba!"

2008 TIMBAZO North Sea Jazzfestival  with Brian Lynch & José "Pepe" Espinosa.

         Sharing the stage with the Herbie Hancock Quintet.


2008 Cubop City Bigband tour Colombia, Aruba, Curaçao, Suriname

2008 Nueva Manteca Mexico

2008 Drums United Cyprus

2008 Nueva Manteca tour featuring Dave Valentín

2008 Cubop City Bigband tour featuring Andy Gonzalez

2008 Metropole Orchestra tour "Memorias De Cuba"

2008 Drums United tour "Rhythms Of The World"

2008 Various recording sessions: Cubop City Bigband, Metropole Orchestra,

         Nueva Manteca, Drums United, Latin Roma.

2007 Cd release party, founding of NILS FISCHER &  TIMBAZO

2007 Cubop City Bigband tour "Latin Divas"

2007 Bulgaria/Serbia tour Drums United

2007 Drums United tour "Ritmo Inferno"

2007 Recording session Doble Jugada

2007 Nueva Manteca tour "Motown Mambo"

2006 Nueva Manteca tour Colombia

2006 Recording session with Ramón & Elsa Valle in Budapest, Hungary

2006 Pure Jazz Festival Cubop City Big Band

2006 writing  articles for Dutch Magazine "Slagwerkkrant"

2006 Recording sessions for solo cd

2006 Nueva Manteca tour "My Fair Lady"

2006 Nueva Manteca Croatia

2006 North Sea Jazz Festival Cubop City Big Band

2006 Fabian Nodarse tour Belgium

2006 Drums United tour "Ritmo Inferno"

2006 Drums United tour "World of Rhythm"

2006 Cubop City Big Band tour Bonaire & Curaçao

2006 Cubop City Big Band tour "Latin Vocal Explosion"

2005 Recording sessions in Madrid and in The Netherlands for solo cd

2005 Nueva Manteca tour "My Fair Lady"

2005 Drums United tour "World of Rhythm"

2005 Cubop City Big Band tour "Tribute to Afro Cuba"

2005 Cubop City Big Band tour "Latin Guitar Explosion"

2005 Buena Vista Social Club concert  in  Brussels with Pio Leiva,  El Nene, Cotó  and Luís Frank

2004 Nueva Manteca tour with Orestes Vilató

2004 North Sea Jazz Festival

2004 Drums United tour "World of Rhythm"

2003 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival with Nueva Manteca

2003 Nueva Manteca tour "The Westside Story" with Jeroen van Merwijk

2003 Cubop City Big Band Tour "The Mambo Kings"

2002 Trip to Puerto Rico, sitting in with with Michael Stuart and other bands 

2002 till present with FABIAN NODARSE

2002 Nueva Manteca tour with Ralph Irrizarry

2002 Drums United tour "HIT"

2001 Trip to Cuba, playing & recording with members of  "Charanga Habanera"

  (supported by Dutch Ministry of Arts)

2001 Rumbata tour Greece

2001 Gerardo Rosales y su Trabucombo  tour with Frankie Vazquez & Roberto Quintero

2001 Euro Radio Big Band  Meeting for EBU 

2001 Descarga Amsterdam tour with Brian Lynch

2001 Cubop City Big Band tour with tresero Nelson Gonzales

2001 Cubop City Big Band France

2000 till present joins percussiongroup DRUMS UNITED

2000 Nueva Manteca  tour Israel

2000 North Sea Jazz Festival

2000 La Banda Iré in  Imatra Finland

2000 Carlos Matos tour

2000 Bomba Moderna France

1999 Trip to New York (supported by Dutch Ministry of Arts)

1999 Tour Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Curaçao & Aruba with the Cubop City Big Band

1999 Rumbata in Cape Verde

1999 Recording concert video with  "Combinaçao Malta Dumee" starring Carlos Malta

1999 North Sea Jazz Festival

1999 Cubop City Big Band tour with percussionist Armando Peraza

1999 Carlos Matos tour Cape Verde with Luis Morais and Ildu Lobo

1998 till present percussion teacher at Rotterdams Conservatory (CODARTS)

1998 Nueva Manteca tour with Luis Conte 

1998 Nueva Manteca at Salsa Festival Turku Finland

1998 Carlos Matos tour with Titina

1997 till 2001 with LA BANDA IRÉ, houseband in clubs: Amsterdam's "Meander", "De Pater"

1997 Nueva Manteca tour USA & Canada

1997 Nueva Manteca tour Denmark & Finland

1997 Cubop City Big Band tour with Edy Martinez

1996 Nueva Manteca on Trinidad & Tobago

1996 Nueva Manteca Jazzfestival Kouvola Finland

1996 North Sea Jazz Festival

1996 Cubop City Big Band tour with Chocolate Armenteros

1995 till present with CUBOP CITY BIG BAND

1995 Nueva Manteca tour with Claudio Roditi

1995 Nueva Manteca tour with Bobby Sanabria

1995 Nueva Manteca tour USA

1995 Nueva Manteca tour Germany

1995 Nueva Manteca tour Denmark

1995 "Award for outstanding service to jazz education" in Los Angeles

1994 till present with CARLOS MATOS

1994 Nueva Manteca tour with Orestes Vilató

1994 Nueva Manteca Leeds International Music Festival

1994 North Sea Jazz Festival

1994 Euro Jazz Night TV show

1993 till present teacher at the PENTATON PERCUSSION SCHOOL

1993 Nueva Manteca tour with Armando Peraza

1993 Nueva Manteca tour Porgy & Bess

1992 till present concerts at Dutch concert halls and tv shows such as Van Barend & Dorp,         

         VARA Laat, Reiziger, Klokhuis, Bert Visser.                    

1992 till present  with NUEVA MANTECA 

1992 Nueva Manteca with Giovanni Hidalgo

1991 until today playing in the Dutch jazz, worldmusic and Latin scene

1991 till 1996 studies at Rotterdams Conservatory, graduating Cum Laude

1988 tour in California, USA with highschool band

1988 extensive studies in Santiago de Cuba and Havana

1986 till 1991 busy in local jazz, worldmusic and Latin scene

1983 starts playing percussion


Latin America & Caribbean

Medejazz, Medellín, Colombia 2008

Barranquijazz, Barranquilla, Colombia 2008

Aruba Jazz Festival 2008

Curaçao Jazz Festival 2008

Suriname Torarica Paramaribo 2008

Ollin Kan Festival, Mexico City 2008, 2009

Barranquijazz, Barranquilla, Colombia 2006

Bogotá Jazzfestival 2006

Bonaire Jazzfestival 2006

Curaçao Jazzfestival 2006

Heineken Jazz, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2003

Jazz Festival Sint Maarten 1997, 1999

Curaçao KLM Jazz Festiva 1994, 1997

Free Winds Jazzclub Aruba 1999

International Festival Bonaire1999

Pan Jazz Festival VIII Trinidad & Tobago1996

USA & Canada

S.O.B.'s New York City  1995

Congress of Jazz, Anaheim 1995

Catalinas, Los Angeles 1995

City Theater, San Diego 1995

Joshi's, Oakland 1997

San José Jazzfestival 1997

Festival International de Montreal 1995

Toronto Jazz Festival 1995

Europe/Africa [selection]

North Sea Jazzfestival 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008 (with TIMBAZO)

Latin Village with TIMBAZO 2008

Latin Fanatics with CABOCUBAJAZZ 2009

Dutch Blend Meeting with TIMBAZO 2008

Zomerterras Festival with TIMBAZO 2008

World Blend Meeting with CABOCUBAJAZZ 2009

Budapest Concert Hall 2009

Worldmusic Festival Drammen, Norway 2009

Cyprus Jazz Festival Limassol, Nicosia 2008

Pure Jazz 2006

Serbia Spancirfest Varazdin 2006

GreeceTessaloniki Salsa Festival 2001

Latin Dance Beats 2001

Euro Radio Big Band  Meeting 2001

Baia Das Gatas, Cape Verde 1999 [twice]

Jazzfestival Kouvola 1996, 2000

Latin Jazz Festival Iväskyla 1996, 2000

Copacabana Helsinki 2000

Imatra Big Band Festival 2000

Toros y Salsa Festival Dax 2000, 2001

Salsa Festival Turku 1998

Jazzhouse, Kopenhagen 1995, 1997

Århus Jazzfestival 1997

Euro Jazz Night 1994

Leeds International Music Festival 1994

Jazz Behind The Dikes 1995

NEW CD 2011

- A new genre is born! CaboCubaJazz combines Cuban music, Cape Verdean music and Latin jazz to an exciting, irresistible blend. It's debut CD Rikeza y Valor features top artists such as Brian Lynch, Dina Medina, Grace Évora, Pepe Espinosa and many more.

January 2011 - the collaboration of highly regarded percussionist Nils Fischer and the Cape Verdean master - pianist Carlos  Matos leads into a completely new sound. Just take the melancholy of the Morna - the Cape Verdean blues - , the happy dance of the coladera, mix it with a huge portion of  Cuban rumba, salsa en jazz: the result is 100% CaboCubaJazz! The listener and also the dancer is taken on a journey where longing, passion, subtleness and musical fire alternate.
Dina Medina is one of the internationally most reknown Cape Verdean singers of her generation; her brilliant voice is a perfect instrument to express the soul of her home islands. She adds a sparkling and sensitive yet powerful touch to CaboCubaJazz's versatile music.
On the CD you can enjoy Grammy winning trompeter Brian Lynch, the Cuban Pepe Espinosa, singers like Cape Verdean star Grace Évora, Colombian Alberto Caicedo and the new talent Laise Sanches.
The idea for the CD Rikeza y Valorcame up during CaboCubaJazz' successful tour in 2008/9.
The group continues it's tour in 2010/11.
Comments on CaboCubaJazz & Rikeza y Valor
 Luis Conte [Cuba, US]:"I love the way Cabo Verde and Afro Cuba merge together on CaboCubaJazz' debut CD. I don't know if this has been done ever before...great work!
Tito Paris [Cape Verde, Portugal]:"The music of CaboCubaJazz makes me very happy. For sure this CD will be a great success. Parabens!"
John Santos [Puerto Rico, Cape Verde, US]: "Beautiful - what a great concept and production -
all top-notch musicians and arrangers! 

Mendes Brothers [Cape Verde, US]: "Fantastic project! Very innovative album bridging the culture of two creole nations: Cabo Verde and Cuba. Congratulations!"

VPRO magazine, NL: "High-quality manifestation of musical blending!"

Cultuurpodium.nl:"CaboCubaJazz bridges Cuba, Cape Verde and jazz -  a warm musical carpet!"
De Volkskrant [national Newspaper], NL: "Swinging and smooth synthesis of Cuban and Cape Verdean rhythms - CaboCubaJazz melts two different cultures without any effort, entering the boundless landscapes of jazz."  Four stars****


"I had the pleasure of playing with Nils - he is a great all-round player,

lots of swing and energy all the time."

Orestes Vilató

"Nils Fischer is at the forefront of keeping the tradition of the tumbadora alive and well in Europe!"

John Santos

"Nils es una bestia tocando de verdad."

Calixto Oviedo

"I instantly fell in love with the way he plays...I consider Nils to be a Cuban musician."

Alberto " Molote" Muñoz

"WOW!!!! What a band! Hats off to everyone, including Jon Fausty for the mixing! All of the charts are excellent! I like Alain Perez' version of "Tremendo Coco!" The CD is extremely well done and is of the highest order. Very strong charts and performances! Can't wait for the next one!

Sonny Bravo

"I played with the world's greatest congaplayers ... Nils - welcome to the club!"

Dave Valentín

"Nils Fischer, one of the most important percussionists in Holland, has exploded as a leader

with this 1st CD which feels like his 20th CD as a leader.

¡Gracias Joe Cuba! has to be one of the top recordings of the year!"

Ralph Irizarry

Creo que es un magnifico trabajo, a la altura de los mejores grupos latinos que conozco.

Nils es un excelente percusionista.

Carlos Del Puerto

¡Gracias Joe Cuba! esta brutal y lo que hace Nils en su solo con el timbal

y la conga tambien esta salvaje.

Paoli Mejías

 Credits :

Texts,Photos & Info sent to klavelatina 2011 by : Nils Fischer (More Info: just check it out in his web sites Nils Fischer,Timbazo & CaboCubaJazz)

Compilation by : klavelatina 2011