Jo BEyer

Jo Beyer (*1991) is a German drummer and composer, who reached and delighted a wide audience across the globe with his unique energetic manner of playing drums, composing and collaborating with different musicians. 


As child he started playing the piano and switched to drums later on, which he studied at Hochschule Osnabrück (Germany) as well as Royal Academy of Music Arhus (Denmark). With the experimental trio Malstrom and his own quartet JO he works primarily as bandleader. 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), Jazzfestival 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. 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 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.

"Wie Jazz rockt - dieser Mittzwanziger aus Essen weiß es; vom Schlagzeug aus treibt er sein Quartett zur Höhe."

" [...] Es ist ein Heavy-Metal-Hardrock-Freejazz-Experiment unter Starkstrom, ein schweißtreibender Sinnenrausch und ein exessives Spiel mit der musikalischen Urgewalt."

"[DIe Band] JO hat Humor aber ist mit Ernst, Chuzpe und Hingabe bei der Sache, wenn es darum geht, die Vitalität und die Abgründe, die in Beyers Stücken angelegt sind, herauszukitzeln.

" 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 [JO], with this composer are a force to be reckoned with. Good composition, great interpretation, wonderful music."

"[The band JO] 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!"

Münchener Jazzpreis 2018

3rd Prize

with Der weise Panda

Sparda Jazz Award 2016

with Bodosapiens

Tremplin D'Jazz Avignon 2018

Prix du Public

with Der weise Panda

Sparda Jazz Award 2015

with Der weise Panda

Int. Biberacher Jazzpreis 2018

with Malstrom

Europäischer Burghauser Jazzpreis 2015

with Malstrom

Int. Getxo Jazz Competition 2017

with Malstrom

Study Up Award 2013

with Bodosapiens

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