The group SHIVANANDA
was founded 1974 by Kurt Baebi, one of the most succsessful Live-Bands of the time. SHIVANANDA celebrated the Jazzrock, Electric Fusion Jazz, the upcoming music style of the decade developing towards a soon zenith. Numerous tours all over Europe as well as performances at international festivals and Radio/TV broadcasts testified together with the five recorded albums on the fabulous homoge-neity of the sound colours, founding the Bands unique reputation.
SHIVANANDA Band 1977-1983
Walter Keiser Drums, Peter Keiser Bass, Carlo Milan Percussion/Guitars, Chico Hablas Guitars, Roberto Biagini Saxes, Larry Schneider Saxes,
Kurt Baebi Keyboards
1973 The origin
Founded by Kurt Baebi, Shivananda obtained the 1st place at the National Jazzfestival in Augst, Switzerland, followed by an appearance at the Zürich Jazz Festival with TV live transmission.
1974 The rise of the band
The sax player Roberto Biagini is completing the band, national and international live appearances with bass player Bruno Brandenberger and various drummers, among them Felix Haug, Herbie Hartmann and Allen Blairman.
1975 The lucky strike
The most sought-after swiss rhythm-section , the Keiser-Twins, join Shivananda, followed by percussionist and guitar player Carlo Milan, first extended European tours...
1976 The highlights continue
Jazz Festival Montreux, live broadcast at ORTF in Paris, Südwestfunk Baden (Germany) discovers the band ....
1977 The first LP
The first album “Cross Now” is produced and released by Gnome Records and distributed in Germany, France, Sweden, Poland and Denmark. The Swiss television produces a documentary report on Shivananda, followed by the Belgian Television ....
1978 The Sextet
Chico Hablas, guitars, is now integrated in the group, live performances in Paris representing Switzerland through Pro Helvetia, appearing at various National Festivals as well as at the Festival of San Sebastian, Spain, chosen as representant of the Swiss Radio Corporation SRG at the Middelheim Festival (Antwerp, Belgium) ...
Production and release of the LP “Headlines” on Gnome Records, Festival Le Castellet FR, 80'000
We invited Larry Schneider as a guest musician to the studio. At that time he was on tour with Horace Silver. Larry Schneider Soprano & Tenor Sax (thanks for the fantastic cooperation; we're still waiting for the picture!
Kurt Baebi establishes his own label CSST Musicproductions. For the third Shivananda album «COMEBACK» he acted as producer, engineer, bandleader, composer and musician.
2007 “Shivananda live”
Release of the double album of the Shivananda, concert in Lausanne on December 2. 1977, Produced by Radio Suisse Romande, Recorded at Grande Salle d'Epalinges Switzerland, Concert Shivananda,2. December 1977