Me, myself and I

Mario Vavti, born 1973 in Klagenfurt, Austria. At the moment living in Vienna, Austria. Working as freelance trombonist, composer and arranger.

The major motivation for me to start a professional career as a musician was the strong need to express myself through music. Immediately after my apprenticeship as a toolmaker and technical drawer, at the age of 21, I matriculated at the local conservatory to start my studies on the trombone. After two years with my teacher Erich Kleinschuster, he suggested to continue my studies in the Netherlands with Bart van Lier. I decided to move to the Netherlands for one year to study with Bart van Lier and Ilja Reijngoud, a former student of Bart. Well, - as always in life, things go different than we plan them. One year became two, two became three and three years became four.

During the years in the Netherlands I had the opportunity to meet, play and study with many outstanding musicians. To name just a few: Toots Thielemans, Philip Harper, Mark Nightingale, Michel Becquet, Ferdinand Povel, Jiggs Whigham, Erik van Lier, Ben van Dijk, Jörgen van Rijen,… Due to personal reasons, in the year 2000 I moved back to Austria, to Graz. I studied one more year with the New York based trombonist and composer Ed Neumeister. Since 2004 im living in Vienna and working as freelance trombonist, composer and arranger.

T.O.N., Robert Bachner Bigband, Nenad Vasilic Balkan Band, The Fool Cool Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Big Band Graz, Gustav Mahler Ensemble Wien, NOX, Dorretta Carter Band, Würzburg Jazz Orchestra, Markus Geiselhart Orchestra, Jazz Orchester Regensburg, Sunday Night Orchestra, Volkstheater, Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, Christian Kolonovits, The Tiger Lillies...

North Sea Jazz Festival (Den Haag, Netherlands), Jazz Festival Lent (Maribor, Slovenija), Jazz Festival Leibnitz (Austria), Sunsplash Festival (Wiesen, Austria), Altstadtzauber Klagenfurt (Austria), Jazztage Langenthal (Switzerland), Jazz Fest Wien (Austria), Jazzove dny Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic), Jazztage Dresden (Germany), Medjunarodni dani jazza (Zagreb, Croatia)...

Porgy & Bess (Vienna, Austria), Shanghai Grand Theatre (China), Gajo Jazz Club (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Jazz Club Satchmo (Maribor, Slovenia), De Doelen (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Royal Garden Jazz Club (Graz, Austria), Oper Graz (Austria), Hofburg (Wien, Austria), Schlachthof (Wels, Austria), Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Sax Pub (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Max Club (Velenje, Slovenia), Solnice (Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic), Spielboden (Dornbirn, Austria)...