Drummer, bandleader, composer & arranger Klemens Marktl was born in Austria in 1976.

After studying classical piano at a very young age Klemens Marktl discovered his passion in playing the drums. He studied drums in Austria, The Hague, Amsterdam and New York with Carl Allen, Ralph Peterson, Greg Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig, John Riley, ... among others.

1997-2003 Klemens was living in the Netherlands and worked professionally as a drummer/bandleader in the international jazzscene.
In January 2003 he recorded his first CD-debut "THE CHALLENGE" (Jazz`n`Arts). He has toured and recorded with jazz greats such as George Garzone, Seamus Blake, Aaron Goldberg, Chris Cheek, Matt Penman, Johannes Weidenmueller, Barry Harris, Jesse van Ruller, Renato Chicco, Ferdinand Povel, Jasper Blom, Phillip Harper, Frans Elsen, Michael Erian, Primus Sitter, Erich Kleinschuster, Heinz von Hermann, Rick Margitza, John Swana, Rob Bargad, Kenny Werner, Herwig Gradischnig, Andy Middleton, Martin Reiter, Peter Madsen, Johannes Enders, Harry Sokal, Reinhard Micko, Oliver Kent, Christian Havel, Erwin Schmidt, Robert Bachner Big Band, Karin Bachner, Jure Pukl, Matthias Pichler, Milan Nicolic, Piotr Wojtasek, Marc Abrams, ...

In January 2001 Klemens won the 1st price at the "Leidísche Jazz Award"(NL). After 5Ĺ years living in the Netherlands he made his move to New York in 2003 and has lived and performed there for 2 years. He jumped right in the New York jazzscene and worked with such artists as Wes Anderson, Mark Rapp, Rob Bargad, Waldrin Riks, Anthony Wonsey, Vincent Herring, Toru Dodo, Rick Germanson, John Swana ...
During that time he also formed his own quartet with Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg and Matt Penman which features his own compositions. Klemens Marktl went into the studio with his new band and recorded his first FRESH SOUND NEW TALENT release called "OCEAN AVENUE".

Since September 2004 he is living in Vienna and tours as a sideman and with his own projects all over Europe. In 2006 Klemens Marktl was nominated for the "Hans Koller Sideman of the Year Award".
A quote from Ralph Peterson:
Klemens Marktl is one of the most talents to come out of Europe on his instrument. He also shows his ability to compose on a level not often associated with drummers and that is refreshing because it is a testimony to his total musicianship.

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Klemens Marktl is one of the most talents to come out of Europe on his instrument. Ralph Peterson Jr., NY
Upcoming TOUR (Slo/Cro) July 22-Aug 4 with JD Walter, Renato Chicco, Ratko Zjaca & Martin Gjakonovski
K. Marktl is a wonderful drummer, a writer possessing a high degree of creativity, and an assured band leader. Joe Locke