Born October 27, 1975, in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, Igor began his professional training at age 19 at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria, where he studied with Doug Hammond. During this period, he was a member of Munich-based band Sidewinders, winner of the“Best Jazz Group of Germany” award.
After completing his studies with honors, Igor was invited by one of the world’s finest bassists, Reggie Workman, to study at the New School University in New York City. He received a scholarship and moved to New York in fall 2000.
In New York Igor trained with some of the world’s finest musicians—George Garzone, Reggie Workman, Buster Williams, Chico Hamilton and many others. In April 2002, Igor was selected for the New School All-Star Wayne Shorter Ensemble, which performed at the “Beacons In Jazz” award ceremony at the Supper club, where Mr. Shorter was honored.
Igor performed at jazz festivals in Munich, Ljubljana, Belgrade,Novi Sad, Csfero, at major jazz clubs in New York including the Jazz Standard, Cornelia Street Cafe, Supper Club Birdland; and venues all over the world with such jazz legends as Reggie Workman, John Abercrombie, Chico Hamilton.
In 2011 Igor was commisioned to create a piece for a closure of European Capital of Culture. With multimedia artist Zeljka Blaksic he created “Resistance of the Earth”, which is a multimedia project that combines several artistic genres; from video, performance, 16 mm film to live music. The theme of the project covers the world of natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornados.
Igor’s band Innertextures represents Igor's passion for the music to journey to new and daring places. He is supported in this effort by bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Nasheet Waits. Igor has released three CDs as a leader:
“Innertextures live” (2012), just came out on Portuguese label Clean Feed Records, “Mineral Mind” (2009), “Innertextures” (2004) In addition to his work as a performer, he has an active career as an educator, having taught master classes and improvisation lessons throughout Europe and the United States.
Igor Lumpert’s tracks