Versatile, musically convenient and groovy: these three attributes describe the Viennese bassist Raphael Leitner. Above all, the fact that he’s musically convenient plays a major role in his occupation as a musician: Raphael Leitner always plays exactly what the specific musical style requires – either as a double bass player in a Rockabilly-Trio, in a Jazz combo, or as an electric bassist in a Hard-Rock or Top 40 Cover Band. Perfect timing and groove are self-evident for him.
Through his versatility, Raphael Leitner impresses musicians from many different genres. “Playing with him is always a pleasure because I know that I can totally rely on him”, explains guitarist Anton Korenjak. “Raphael Leitner has a first-class sense for music. He doesn’t play what he could – he plays what the song requires. He’s a sensitive and reliable sideman – for all styles of music.”
Who works together with Raphael Leitner – no matter if in a studio or live on stage – gets the proper base and groove for their project through his sensitivity and bass sound. Due to many years of experience, he plays with unshakable precision and a highly reliable sense of style. This is also a result of Raphael Leitner’s education at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien and the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium (Bachelor of Arts Jazz-Bass and Master of Arts Education with excellent results).
Sabine Miesgang (SLAM Alternative Music Magazine)
Workshops: among others by Peter Herbert, Joe Zawinul, Per Mathisen und Zoran Markovic
Secondary instruments: guitar, backing vocals (2nd and 3rd voice)
Concerts in Austria and abroad (including Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Ireland, Turkey, Brazil) with various ensembles, mainly jazz and popular music
Numerous TV and radio performances (ORF, RTS Salzburg, ReiGro TV Germany, FolxTV)
Until now active as bassist in the following groups (listed by genres):
Jazz: seven steps to heaven, StraphsOtriO, Norbert Cséplö Vienna Jazz Trio, un:art, b krisp company, Minimal Jazz Trio, Martin Jank Quartett, Quadro Deluxe
Rock, Blues, Rockabilly: The Bluesdockings, Recrepo, Mr. Veelgood Group, Johnny Favourit, Sweet Revenge
Pop, Schlager, Entertainment: Meissnitzer Band, Mostlandstürmer, MartyC Entertainment, Trio Mephira
Workshop Leader at the Musikschule Wien, GRG Gottschalkgasse, NMS Pottendorf, Volkshochschule Favoriten
Several years of private tutoring with pupils of all different ages on upright and electric bass