Born: October 30, 1965
A journey into sound - that is the idea of Thomas Steffen. Beside the music market Thomas is moving forward to collect ideas and sounds into a new kind of avantgarde jazz. Just driven by the fun to create and combine sounds and moods. Putting together all the experiences of learning and listening for that trip that will never lead to an end. Independend musician means to be free in any kind.
Ctraltu – main project from Thomas Steffen (Germany),
drummer since the age of 13, (Teacher Michael Rolles, Franz Dumkius, Wolfgang Ekholt)
Masterclasses with Nippi Noya
studied music science in Münster (Germany) Master degree (M.A.),
working in different bands and projects
Collecting different drums and percussion instruments, guitars, bass, keys, trumpets, saxes and a lot of stomp boxes, amps...
2000 own studio (acoustic gear)
2002 own label (nachtfahrer-records, LC18704)
short period of singer/songwriter (STEFFEN) with gigs in Berlin, Duisburg, Dortmund - winner of swr/arte-competition VersSchmuggel
recording and writing film music (Dortmund tanzt 3D – best music documentary on Filmfest Barcelona (2013), HubbertvonSonntag-Filmproduction, 2015 for Malorny (Film from Daniel Hein).
In 2014 complete audio track for the silent movie Berlin from Rottmann filmed in 1927
Miles Davis, Weather Report, Chet Baker, Erik Truffaz, Manu Katche, Mammal Hands, Nils Petter Molvaer, Jon Hassel, Zizou,