Basitours Background

We are basitours

Basitours is an international booking agency representing artists in the field of music and entertainment, founded by Peter Basler in 1981. We cover all concerns for music live events, such as routing tours, negotiating fees and contractual obligations. Currently basitours holds the exclusive booking rights for some of the finest international artists, booking gigs and stages in the World. With a stronghold of almost four decades of industry experience and a proven track history, basitours is one of the most reliable and well established booking agencies in the world.

we deliver performance. worldwide. since 1981.

Our History

Expanding Operations to Asia

basitours established a partner relationship with Eastern Promotions Ltd. in Tbilisi/Georgia. Now also acting as authorized talent booker and consultant for the annual Black Sea Festival in Batumi and the Tbilisi Jazz Festival featuring Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole, Erykah Badu, Sergio Mendes, Lisa Stansfield, Bootsy Collins, The Prodigy, a.o. 

Booking in Western Europe

basitours conducted many joint venture cooperations in Benelux, Hungary and Austria, while upholding the European tour booking for Billy Cobham Band, the Joe Zawinul Syndicate, Kris Kristofferson, Jose Feliciano, John McLaughlin, Jojo Mayer Nerve, Trilok Gurtu, Hugh Masekela and other famous talent.

Going Even Stronger

The growing success led to gigs with many musicians such as: Kris Kristofferson, Joe Felicano and The Original Blues Brothers Band, the legendary master of Tango Astor Piazolla, Salif Keita, Miles Davis, Vasco Rossi and Dave Brubeck. basitours also held subagent contracts with Manhatten Transfer, Ray Charles, Wishbone Ash, Jethro Tull, Ian Gillan Band, Mink de Ville, Lionel Hampton Big Bnd, Maynard Ferguson, Al Di Meola, Miles Davis and many others.

Strong Collaborations

This year brought a long and fruitful collaboration with basitours and Billy Cobham, which lasted for a full 11 years. The other main act in basitour's portfolio became Joe Zawinul and the Joe Zawinul Syndicate for an even longer 17 years. 

Expanding Business

Five year after it's founding, business expanded and was moved to Austria. The booking list of basitours now included the musicians Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp, Abdullah Ibrahim and Don Cherry.

The Founding

Peter Basler founded his firm basitours in 1981. He began work as a local promoter in Zofingen, Switzerland. Basitours promoted shows for the like of Billy Cobham, Konstantin Wecker, Joe Cocker, Polo Hofer, Alice, Jango Edwards, Weather Report and many others.

We enjoyed working with
  • Abdulla lbrahim (Dollar Brand)
  • Airto Moreira
  • Aki Takase
  • Al di Meola
  • Al Jarreau
  • Al McKay Earth, Wind & Fire Experience
  • Alice
  • amo
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Antonio Forcione
  • Archie Shepp
  • Astor Piazzolla
  • Billy Cobham
  • Birgit Steinegger
  • Blues Brothers Band
  • Bob James
  • Bob Mintzer
  • Bootsy Collins
  • Brian Bromberg
  • Bucks
  • Candy Dutfer
  • Chick Corea
  • Chico & lhe Gypsies
  • Chico Hamilton
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Climax Blues Band Restless
  • Courtney Pine
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Depart
  • Don Cherry
  • Donkey Kongs Multi Scream
  • Dr. Feelgood
  • Dr. Umezu
  • Dwayne Dopsie & The Hellraisers
  • Eddie Harris
  • Edoardo Bennato
  • Eduardo Niebla
  • Eric Truffaz
  • Ernie Watts
  • Ernst Reijseger
  • Erykah Badu
  • Flora Purim
  • George Clinton
  • Gerardo Nunez
  • Giora Feidmann
  • Gretie Bijma
  • Grupo Sportivo
  • Gurk Sauer Lobby
  • Han Bennink
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Human Element (S. Kinsey, A. Tuncboyacian, M. Garrison, G. Novak)
  • Ian Gillan Band
  • Intergalactic Maidenballett
  • Irakere
  • Jaco Pastorius
  • James "Btood" Utmer
  • Jamie Collum
  • Jango Edwards
  • Jean-Luc Ponty
  • Jethro Tull
  • Jigsaw
  • Joe Cocker
  • John Lurie
  • John Mayall
  • John McLaughlin
  • Johnny Melville
  • Jojo Mayer & Nerve
  • Jonas Hetlborg
  • Jose Feliciano
  • Kennedy Administration
  • Kjol
  • Kool & The Gang
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Kyoto Jazzmassive
  • La Toya Jackson
  • Lalo Schifrin
  • Last Exit
  • Lenny White
  • Lionel Hampton Big Band
  • Lisa Stansfield
  • Maceo Parker
  • Macy Gray
  • Manhatten Transfer
  • Manu Dibango
  • Maria Glenn
  • Maria Joao
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • Michel Petruciani
  • Mike Mainieri
  • Miles Davis
  • Misha Mengetberg
  • Monty Alexander
  • Muthspiel & Muthspiel
  • Natalie Cole
  • Nicola Conte
  • Olé
  • Osibisa
  • Oz Noy
  • Paco de Lucia
  • Pedro Javier Gonzatez
  • Pepl & Pirchner
  • Polo Hofer Schmetterband
  • Poogie Bell
  • Quincy Jones
  • Randy Crawford
  • Ray Charles
  • Ricchi e Poveri
  • Richie Havens
  • Roger Chapmann
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson & Decoding Society
  • Salif Keita
  • Sam Rivers
  • Sergio Mendes
  • Shakti
  • Shivananda
  • Smokie
  • Sonny Emory
  • Sonny Sharrock
  • Scott Henderson Tribal Tech
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Stu Goldberg
  • Supercharge
  • Supermaxx
  • Suzi Quatro
  • The Clients Funk Society
  • The Prodigy
  • The Syndicate (former Joe Zawinul Syndicate)
  • Thomas C. Breuer
  • Tony Ashton
  • Tower of Power
  • Trilok Gurtu
  • Tuck & Patty
  • Udo Lindenberg
  • Umberto Tozzi
  • Vasco Rossi
  • Vera Kaa
  • Wayne Krantz
  • Weather Girls
  • Weather Report
  • Wilem Breuker Kollektief
  • Willy de Ville
  • Wishbone Ash
  • Wynton Marsalis
In Deep Remembrance
Artist   Booking 
Victor Bailey 1960 - 2016 16 years
Joe Zawinul 1932 - 2007 17 years


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