// Origin: Graz, Austria
// Genres: Jazz, Pop, Songwriter, Composer
// Years Active: 1991 - Present
// Labels: BMG, Universal Music, ACT, Natango Music, Sony, Intuition Music/Schott
// Website: www.horstmichaelschaffer.com
It all started to get professional in 1989 when he began studying classical singing at the Johann-Joseph-Fux Conservatory in Graz/Austria. After four years he switched to Jazz Trumpet at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts and also studied at the College of Music in Leeds (GB), the Royal Academy in London (GB) and with Bobby Shew in Los Angeles (USA).
From 2005 - 2010 he worked for the famous Burgtheater in Vienna and different other Theatercompanies in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.
Since 2002 he is co-leading the JBBG (Jazz Bigband Graz) together with saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein - a very unique European jazz orchestra doing many different projects with poets and actors like Gert Jonke, Josef Haslinger, Reinhard P. Gruber, Frank Hoffmann, David Kennedy and Artists such as Kurt Elling, Bob Brookmeyer, Theo Bleckmann, Take 6, Nguyen Le, Matthias Loibner or Gregor Hilbe, to name a few. They produced several albums and with his own vision as a composer he created a unique and original orchestrasound between electronic, pop, jazz, minimal music and poetry. (visit: www.jazzbigbandgraz.com)
Since 2008 he is teaching trumpet at the Institute for Popular Music (ipop) of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, Austria.
Currently he is touring as a singer and trumpetplayer composing, arranging and producing music for his own and various other ensembles.
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