Werner Zangerle lives as a freelance musician and composer in Vienna. As a jazz musician, improviser and composer he draws inspiration from contemporary and historical jazz styles, free improvisation and new music.

Without blinkers and with open ears, he is active in ensembles that span a wide stylistic range. From Contemporary Jazz (Memplex, Little Rosies Kindergarten, Sweet & Lovely, Werner Zangerle 4) to free improvised and New Music (Wenzl Dnatek, Trio ZaVoCC) he feels very comfortable between the chairs. As a bandleader, co-leader, sideman and session musician he can be heard on several albums.

As a composer and flexible musician he has made a name for himself working with writers such as Felix Mitterer (Der Patriot) and Bodo Hell and visual artists such as Götz Bury (Das klingende Haus, Das erste Wiener Mehrwegensemble) and Anton Thiel.

He studied jazz saxophone with a focus on composition/arrangement and contemporary music at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz with, among others, Allan Praskin, Florian Bramböck, Harry Sokal, Doug Hammond, Christoph Cech and Renald Deppe. In 2007 he completed his master’s degree with distinction.

In 2012 he founded the record label Listen Closely.
In 2013 he initiated the “hoerthoert – Festival für Zuhörkultur”

2016 he was awarded with the Startstipendium (a scholarship) of the Office of the Federal Chancellor.