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Robert Riegler was born in 1963 and lives in Vienna. He is one of the most outstanding Austrian electric bassplayers with an international reputation. Riegler studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and moved to Vienna in 1986. During the long-term collaboration with the trumpet player Karl Fian, he composed in 1988 the music for his album "Fian". In 1988 he played with Werner Pirchner and with Harry Pepl in the band Airmail. During this time he also began to experiment with his own compositions.
In the 90's he became a member of the funk band "Ostinato". He concentrated intensively on the music of J.S.Bach and in 1997 he recorded the album "Anima". In the same year Riegler became a member of the "Vienna Art Orchestra", where he remained until 2003.
He also founded the band "bass doublings" and produced the records "Essence of sweetness" and "Rosenrot".
In 2003 he finished work on his bass book "The Four Fret Concept". He became a lecturer at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium.
In October 2005, he was the only European finalist at the "1st International Solobass Competition" in Myrtle Beach (SC), with the jurors Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, John Patitucci and Steve Bailey.
Since 2012 he also works at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
2018 he founded his new band RYGLA and invented the dialect fusion style, with the attempt to overcome the unbridgeable contrast between improvised and non-improvised music.
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