Gerhard Illi

His career as musician

1949 born in Lucerne (Switzerland)

1970 Abitur, best Free - Jazz Drummer at the International Jazz Festival Zürich.

1970 - 1973 Studies at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz (Austria): Drums with Manfred Josel, Free Jazz with Eje Thelin and electronic composition with Gösta Neuwirth. He plays in this time with Leszek Zadlo, Wolfgang Engstfeld, Dieter Glawischnig, Eje Thelin, Frotz Pauer, Christof Lauer, Jan Jankeje etc.

1973 - 1979 Düsseldorf (Germany). Touring with Unit (Bernd Köppen and Uli Weiche) and Synthesis with Klaus Röder. Musikantenkünstler vom Hochniederrhein (1976 Dada Jubilee Concert, 1978 on tour in Italy and France).

1980 Works as music clown in Spain.

1981 - 1995 Drums Solo Concert across Spain.

1987 He fixs his residence in Castaño del Robledo (Huelva / Spain)

1996 - 2000 KÉdKÉ (pure rock without any filter), touring with Hary Wetterstein (Blues).

2000- 2004 he retires temporary for preparation of his new project "From Illinoise with Love" . Journeys to India, Morocco, Nepal, Thailand and Bali for expanding his musical horizon.

2001 - 2002 Thanks to meetings with Eduard Polonio by occasion of "Free & Tapa" (Confluencia 2001 and 2002, Huelva) he begins to incorporate electronics in his music.

2002 Recording of "From Illinoise with love - Concerto for Lily" with drumset and percussion.

2004 "Lily goes to Cortegana" recorded live with acoustical and electronical drums. LEM Festival in Barcelona and SensExperiment in Lucena.

2005 Confluencia Festival in Huelva.

2006 Solo concerts with acoustic and  electronic drumset thanks to "Programa de Fomento y Cooperación Cultural 2006”, a cultural programm of the province government of Seville. 23th august premiere of "Konzert für eine unvollendete Kathedrale"  (Concert for an unfinished Cathedral) in which he integrates acustic drumset with an electric kit and a sampler. This oeuvre tells the history of the unfinished Church of Castaño del Robledo.

2007 Festival de Jazz de la Universidad de Sevilla, Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada. Touring in Andalucía with his "Drums - Die verrückte Geschichte des Schlagzeugs" (Drums - the crazy history of the drums) thanks to ABECEDARIA, a educational programm of the Junta de Andalucía.

2008 "Drums" is performed in many andalusian places. Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada, Eutopia 2008 (Córdoba). His new programm "Das Schlagzeug und ich" (The drumset and me) is incorporated at ABECEDARIA and visits many classrooms in Andalusía.

2009 "Das Schlagzeug und ich" continues in ABECEDARIA. "Drums" is also performed in many andalusian towns. Premiere of "La Creación" (The Creation) a sort of oratorio for drumset and electronics.

2010 Premiere of "El Monumento" (The Monument), a new version of the Concert for an unfinished Cathedral. Performances of "Drums".

2011 Premiere of "Loboberto - a legend, a company and an erudite caretaker", a theater play for percussion and electronics. "IS" a duo with pianist Juan José Espinosa is launched. Performances of "Drums".

2012 Performances of "Drums". "IS" in Concert: Museum de Huelva, Castillo de Cortegana, II Festival de Jazz de Higuera de la Sierra, Ayamonte, Cañaveral de León, Castaño del Robledo.