Thomas Käfel

Drums (Jazz & Popular Music)

Artistic or Pedagogical Education

  • Jazz-Drums studies (diploma) at the Landeskonservatorium Klagenfurt with Erich Bachträgl
  • Drums studies at the Los Angeles Music Academy (Mike Shapiro, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro)
  • Jazz drums studies (Master of Arts) at the Private University of Vienna (MUK) with Walter
  • Grassmann and Tony Mühlhofer

Teaching & Research

  • Tutor at JAM MUSIC LAB Private University for Jazz and Popular Music & Friedrich Gulda School of Music Wien since 2016                                                                                      



  • Various International Festivals such as Umbria Jazz Festival (ITA), Muhu Future Music Festival (EST), Jazz Festival Saalfelden (A), Jazz Ahead Festival (DEU)
  • Touring activity in Europe and USA
  • Collaborations (live and/or studio): Martin Koller, Ola Onabule (UK), Sarah Dashew (U.S.), Markus Geiselhart Orchestra, Rob Bargad, Michael Erian, Primus Sitter, Ganes (ITA/D), Karen Asatrian, Tonč Feinig, Mary Roos.
  • Extensive experience with Logic Pro and Ableton Live (editing, arranging, etc.)