What the press said about Stephan’s first album:

Eskalation is Stephan Koehr’s project of electric avant-prog rock. Being a classical bassoonist and wind synth expert, he writes dark, complex compositions with hints of jazz, world and 20th century classical music.

„…full of inventive twists, unexpected arrangements, and outstanding playing.“ – Exposé, USA

„Definitely original. If you are able to imagine Happy the Man’s Kit Watkins and Univers Zero’s Daniel Denis to compose music together with Lars Hollmer and with Michel Berckmans on bassoon, I am pretty sure it would sound something like Stephan Koehr’s „Eskalation“. This is an album deserving a large audience.“ – Tarkus, Norway

„…intelligent rock…fantastic percussion programming…this album is a marvel.“ – Keyboards Magazine Keyboards Magazine (Germany), CD of the Month

„…beautiful and lively (…) and above all, authentic and personal.“ – Traverses, France

„…outstanding music that will definitely appeal to those who love RIO, neo-classical chamber prog, Zeuhl, the likes of Univers Zero, Art Zoyd and Zappa and even straight-ahead progressive rock. Excellent.“ – Progression, USA



Different Music for Bassoon, Wind Synth and Sampled Percussion (2001, CD and digital album)

Snow Trails

Different Music for Bassoon, Wind Synth and Sampled Percussion (2001, CD and digital album)


(2017, Single)

Advances (Digital album, 2020)

(Digital album, 2020)


  • 1973

    Stephan Koehr began playing the flute, saxophones and keyboards in jazz fusion, avantgarde and rock bands.
  • 1979

    He added an analogue guitar synthesizer to his live rig controlled via a bassoon pickup, thus sparking a livelong fondness for wind driven electronics.
  • 1985

    When he started to work full-time as a classical bassoon player, he mostly confined his composing to studio projects.
  • Since 1989

    He is a member of the orchestra of the renowned Frankfurt opera.