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Heinz, Roland (Siegfried)

Heinz, Roland  (Siegfried), guitarist, composer; b. Sydney, Australia, 9 September 1956. His parents Wanda Heinz  (born Guantes, 1936, Italy)and Wilfried Heinz  (b.1936,Austria) first emigrated to Australia. Then they moved to Italy and later on to Innsbruck/Austria, where Roland mainly grew up with his brother Elmar  (b.1962,bassist) and his sister Ondina  (b.1964).

At the age of 17 he taught himself guitar and started playing his first gigs in local jazz bands,  in 1981 he moved to Vienna. There he worked with his own trio and also toured in Italy, Germany and Switzerland. In 1986 he got the chance to play in a quintet with Pony Poindexter in Munic, after that in a quartet with Barre Phillips, saxophonist Leszek Zadlo and drummer Billy Elgart, recording his first CD Heavy Mental (1991). Later on he moved to New York to study with John Abercrombie and Attila Zoller at the Vermont Jazz Center (1995-1998).

He currently performes and records with musicians like Russ Lossing, Bill Elgart, Leszek Zadlo, Dave Taylor, Adam Holzmann, Radu Malfatti, ScottLee, Barre Phillips, Gunter Schneider, Jeff Hirshfield, Franz Hackl, Loren Stillman and many others. Festivals include  Klangspuren Schwaz, Outreach Schwaz, St. Johann, Vocklabruck, Sibiu in Rumania, St.Gallen in Switzerland and more.

He is also touring  with the Heinz/Lossing/Lee/Hirshfield-Quartet in venues and jazz clubs like Wist-Graz, Eremitage-Schwaz, Porgy & Bess-Vienna, Altes Kino- Landeck, Bierstindl-Innbruck, Treibhaus-Innsbruck, Cornelia Street Cafe-N.Y, Knitting Factory-N.Y, Unterfahrt-Munic ...

Heavy Mental (1991); Gunter Schneider: Tyromanie (1993); Siggi Haider: Glasmusik (1995), Arte Millennia 2000); Heinz/Lossing/Lee/Hirshfield-Quartet (2003); Places (2004)

Radio performances:
From 1982-2003 (ORF-Austria) in various casts like the Erhart Quartet (1982), Modern Art Trio (1983), Roland Heinz Trio (1986), Bramboeck/Middleton Sextet (1989), with Barre Phillips (1989,1992), Dada Conress (1993), Poetry and Jazz (1998), Ten for One (1998), Klangspurenguitars (1999), Travel 201 (2000), Heinz/Lossing-Duet (1999), Polyrendering with Dave Taylor, Franz Hackl, Adam Holzman (2002), Heinz/Stillman/Lee/Hirshfield

Foehn/saxophonequartet (1998),Travel 201/guitar and orchestra (2000), Ten For One/sologuitar (published by Helbling/Austria 2000) 

Contact information:
Mitterweg 78/7  A-6020 Innsbruck 
Austria / Europe       
phone : +43-650-770-3424
e-mail: roland.heinz@aon.at 


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