Oli Kuster

fender rhodes, electronics

Photo by Palma Fiacco




Bern-based pianist, keyboardist and composer has realised various projects in the field of tension between jazz and electro.

The first album he recorded was The Music of Herbie Nicols with Jürg Bucher. From 2001 to 2004 he was a member of Züri West. In 2004 he founded the electro-pop duo Pola together with Marcel Blatti. With his band Menschmaschine Kuster provided jazz interpretations of Kraftwerk songs in 2011. He has also composed music for film and released three albums as bandleader for the Oli Kuster Kombo. He is also featured on X99 - Gilbert Paeffgen’s trio album.

In 2015 Oliver Kuster and Patric Marino created a kind of Electro Poetry as The Astronauts. His work with synthesisers is also reflected in the pop project AEIOU. In his latest project OKRA he works with Robert Aeberhard. Since summer 2017 Oli is performing regularly with Züri West again.


2012 Artist in Residence in Berlin by the Canton of Berne

Selected Discography

2017 Oli Kuster Kombo «Magniflex» Anuk Label
2017 Melker «2-10»
2016 «OKRA» Everest Records
2015 «Die Astronauten» Robotpet
2014 Züri West «Goalie» Weltrekords
2013 «AEIOU» Robotpet
2011 Menschmaschine «HandWerk»

Further releases with Züri West, Mich Gerber, POLA, Gilbert Paeffgen, Nadja Stoller, Electric Blanket and many more...

Selected Shows

2017 Züri West Concert Tour, Open Airs and Clubs
2017 London Jazzfestival (UK) – MoonMot
2017 Moon & Stars Locarno - Rooftop
2017 Jazzwerkstatt Bern – MoonMot
2016 Mad Scientist Festival Bern - MenschMaschine
2015 Buch Basel - Die Astronauten
2015 Literaturfest Luzern - Die Astronauten