Klaus Janek was born in 1969, in Bolzano Italy. He studied classical double bass with M. Muraro, Venice, workshops with D.Holland, P.Kowald. L.Butch Morris. He currently explores avantgarde music and works with sound research on the double bass. He is involved in the improvised music scene and many traditional and electronic music communities as well. He has published several CDs on (FMP, edel classics, Minor Music, Solponticello, Ubiquity and others), in between three solo doublebass CDs. Klaus also composes music for cinema, theatre and dance theatre, and curates various concert series' in Italy and Germany. He has numerous concert and festival appearances in EU, USA, Israel and Russia annually.
He has collaboration with musicians such us Toshinori Kondo, Willi Kellers, Christoph Irmer, Agusti Fernandez, Marco Cristofolini, Johannes and Conny Bauer, Paul Brody, Borah Bergmann, Joe and Mat Maneri, Wolfgang Fuchs, Torsten Sense, Günther Pitscheider, Martin Blume, Thomas Borgmann, Gary Lucas, Heiner Reinhardt, Ariel Shibolet, Michael Zerang, Clayton Thomas, Sebastian Hilken, Anat Cohavi, Michael Griener, Roger Turner, Günther Baby Sommer, Harold Rubin and others.
His collaboration with ensembles is as follows: Ort Ensemble, Wuppertal conducted by Peter Kowald and Butch Morris, Vision Festival Ensemble, New York conducted by Bill Dixon, Sexy Ambient Hippies (17 Hippies) Berlin and others Collaboration with Pathfinder Tanzcompany, Berlin; Circo da Cultura, Kassel; Thierry Thieu Niang Company, Marseille, France; Les Popellicanes, Merano, Italy; Labor Gras, Berlin, Germany; theatre encorps, London,UK; Jess Curtis/Gravity, Berlin/San Francisco, Hanna Hegenscheid, Berlin and others.
"Janek's playing deserves to be heard. Strongly recommended."
- Francois Couture, All Music Guide
"This elaborate, highly visual piece [Caspar] is a milestone in the doublebass repertoire. Comes with our highest recommendation." - Diarmala Records
"It is clear that Klaus Janek is a prime force on the avant-garde double bass scene."
- Matt Shimmer, indieville