Within the European jazz scene, the Cologne musician is known as a virtuoso and outstanding improviser. Downbeat magazine describes 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.”
Landfermann is bandleader in several of his own ensembles and 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 list by the American Downbeat magazine. His most recent release in 2018 was his CD “Brief” with an identical line-up. Luciano Berio, Helmut Lachenmann, Pierre Boulez as well as Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Paul Motian all influenced his sketchy compositions.
Since 2011, Robert Landfermann taught jazz double bass and ensemble music at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and will take up a professorship at the Musikhochschule Mannheim in autumn 2019.