Jo Beyer (*1991) is a German drummer and composer. At an early age he was exposed to a variety of jazzmusic and musicians from the local scene via his father Andreas Wahl, a jazz guitarist. His unique and energetic manner of playing drums, composing and collaborating with different musicians has allowed him to reach and delight a wide audience across the globe.
As child he started playing the piano and switched to drums later on, which he studied at Hochschule Osnabruck (Germany) as well as Royal Academy of Music Arhus (Denmark). As bandleader he works primarily with the trio Malstrom and his own quartet JO. The experimental jazzrock trio Malstrom has already released four albums (one with piano player Florian Weber) and played large tours all over the world. During international touring Jo Beyer was invited to renown festivals such as Int. Jazzwoche Burghausen (Germany), Elbjazz (Germany), Jazzfest Bonn (Germany), Oslo Jazzfestival (Norway), OCT Jazz Festival Shenzhen (China), B-Jazz Festival (Belgium), Krokus Jazz Festiwal (Poland), World Youth Jazz Festival (Malaysia), Getxo Jazzfestival (Spain), Tremplin d'Jazz Avignon (France) etc.
His own band JO, which he founded in 2015 and composes the music for, recently released their second album and plays with all elements of musicals parameter, which combines his unique way of playing drums and expressing his music to arrive at a very communicative interpretation as well as uncompromised fun with his own catchy compositions.
Since Jo Beyer started playing drums and got in contact with jazzmusic he worked a lot with the extreme dynamic range of playing highly energetic music and did research in creating experimental sounds on the drumset. Since his younger years he has a clear and very specific idea of his sound on the drums and how he wants to form music with other musicians. Entering in offensive and open musical dialogue with musicians, who share the same idea of improvisation and creating music, which also has some concrete and catchy character, is one of the components characterizing his music.
The experimental quality of Jo Beyer's music coupled with his signature emotive expression, has led jazz- award juries to recognize him as being disruptive and innovative in the contemporary scene and supported his musical idea with awarding him a bunch of renowned international new comer jazz prizes. Next to intense touring all over the world during the last years in about 15 countries in Europe and Asia he participates regulary in radio- and television productions. Additionally to his work as bandleader he plays a lot in different bands and projects as sideman and recorded a bunch of CDs.
Many jazz magazines are enthusiastic about Jo Beyer's way of playing. Some quotes regarding his last album of JO, he released as bandleader in September 2019:
“JO hast humour but also seriousness, chutzpah and dedication. His music has vitality and abysses and his band knows how to play with all these aspects of his tunes.“ (Jazzthetik)
“It is jazz in the good old sense on the one hand but it is also music in the here and now - a difficult combination but achieved here in absolute spades. That potential I spoke of in my earlier review is now realised and this band , with this composer are a force to be reckoned with. Good composition, great interpretation, wonderful music.“' (Jazzviews)
“Each performer [of Jo Beyer's band] seems to have the ability to understand one another and thus their approach to jazz. This is evident in the complete togetherness of all instruments and their contribution. Jo Beyer is certainly a name to watch out for in the near future!“ (Jazz in Europe)
Int. Biberacher Jazzpreis 2018
Tremplin D'Jazz Avignon (Prix du Public) 2018 Int. Getxo Jazz Competition 2017
Sparda Jazz-Award 2016
European Burghauser Jazzpreis 2015
Sparda Jazz-Award 2015
Study Up Award Hochschule Osnabruck 2013
Jo Beyer live
BANDS | PROGRAMS
Sven Decker's Juli Quartett
Stephan Mattner String Project
Brutzel & Brat
JO LIVE AT JAZZFEST BONN
JO BEYER YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Jo Beyer youtube Channel
JO „Party“ (Berthold Records, 2019)
JO „Party“ (Berthold Records, 2019)
Juli Quartett "Lost in Doll"
Juli Quartett "Lost in Doll" (Green Deer Music, 2019)
Isthmus "Northern Line"
Isthmus "Northern Line" (Super Music, 2018)
Malstrom "Live at Getxo Jazz Festival"
Malstrom "Live at Getxo Jazz Festival" (Errabal Jazz, 2017)
Malstrom & Florian Weber
Malstrom & Florian Weber (Tiefton Records, 2017)
JO (Unit Records, 2017)
Malstrom "Phantom Architect"
Malstrom "Phantom Architect" (Tiefton Records, 2016)
Der weisse Panda "Mam"
Der weisse Panda "Kam" (DoubleMoon, 2016)
Malstrom "Enter the Malstrom"
Malstrom "Enter the Malstrom" (2014)