Achim Seifert

"Achim Seifert is a remarkable talent. He is a shining example of a modern bass player." - Kai Eckhardt (John McLaughlin)

Achim Seifert is a German-Turkish bassist and composer, born in Germany in 1985. His father, a Turkish drummer, introduced him to music at an early age. After spending his youth playing experimental rock music, he began to discover his enthusiasm and talent for jazz. This talent was rewarded with his nomination for the ECHO JAZZ (best German bassist) in 2016.

Achim Seifert was the first electric bassist to study “Musical Performance" at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. At the age of 22, he received a scholarship to study at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Two years later, he was able to study and work with famous musicians including Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito d’Rivera), Lincoln Goines (Mike Stern), Hal Crook, David Fiuczynski, Andy McGhee, Dave Samuels, Sarah Brindell and Eguie Castrillo (Jennifer Lopez) for nine months. The scholarship gave him a new perspective on jazz. During this time, he wrote several of his compositions, which were released on his highly acclaimed debut album “Plans to wake up on the beach” (2012).

Achim’s band, the Achim Seifert Project won the Future Sounds Competition at the Leverkusen Jazz Days in 2010 and featured as a main stage act in WDR’s coverage of the 2011 festival. After the acclaimed performance, the Kölner Stadtanzeiger (newspaper) celebrated Achim Seifert as a “star that had never been seen previously.” The Achim Seifert Project played as a support act for jazz legends such as Randy Crawford and Christian McBride; in 2014 Achim Seifert had the honour of accompanying Trilok Gurtu on his world tour. Max Mutzke and Udo Lindenberg commissioned him for CD recordings. The Achim Seifert Project released its second album, “...noticed my heart” in 2015 and Care Music released album no. 3 “Versus” in 2018.

Alongside his concert work, Achim is lecturer for jazz and e-bass at the Hochschule Osnabrück, University of Applied Sciences’ Department of Music, as well as a music producer. “Haven’t you seen the world”, a song written and produced by Achim was nominated for the German Songwriting Award (GSA) in the category pop.