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Since 1970Leader of different groups and orchestras playing free jazz, folk, blues, rock, jazz rock and chamber - music.
CMP (Collective of Music Players) 1974- 1977
BOX, progressive rock with André Lemblé u.a. 1977
WITCHCRAFT, jazz rock with Pit Kayser, André Lemblé, Henry Imboden, Dani Buser, Kurt Hafen, Beat Föllmi, Jürg Moser, Andi „Longo“ Hirz u.a. 1978 - 1984

1982 – 1985 Leader of TRIO INFERNAL (new jazz), with Jacques Widmer u.a.

Since 1983 Collaboration with Joseph Poffet (JOPO):
CITY / 6 / TETT (new jazz 1983 – 1988, 1992) with Christian Knobel, Stefan Hugi, Ingeborg Poffet, Giancarlo Nicolai, Robi Schweizer, Kurt Hafen, Dargo Raimondi, Martin Müller, Michael Pfeuti, Wietn Wito, Mani Bielser-Schottländer, Rolf Kilchling, Peter Perfido, Markus Fürst, Timo Fleig, Beat Föllmi, Matthias Pulver, Dieter Ulrich
Peter Warren & CITY / 6 / TETT: Project for the „Europäisches Jahr der Musik 1985“
GEZEITENORCHESTER (orchestra in between different styles, 1984 / 85), with Hans Anliker, Jacques Widmer, Günter Müller, Ueli Derendinger, Benoît Viredaz, Felix Bopp, Kurt Hafen, Stefan Hugi
MUSIKWERKSTATTSPEKTAKEL (orchestra 1984 / 85, leader & composer) with Hans Anliker, Jacques Widmer, Günter Müller, Ueli Derendinger, Benoît Viredaz, Felix Bopp, Kurt Hafen, Stefan Hugi, Alex Kugler, Tibor Elekes, Sämi Eugster, u.a.
SAXUELL (saxophone trio 1984 – 88) with Stefan Hugi and sometime guests Mani "Guru" Neumeier & Wietn Wito
MARKUS STAUSS QUARTETT (1985 – 88, free jazz) with Jacques Widmer & Pit Kayser
As guests at JOHN KING ELECTRIC WORLD (NY), performing CONDEMNATION MUSIC (1988), with David Moss, Doro Schürch u.a.
JOPO & MARKUS STAUSS MEET JOHN KING ELECTRIC WORLD (1989 – 90, free funk, noise & fusion), feat. David Moss & Jean Chaine
XOPF POOL INTERNATIONAL 1993, (composer & leader) with Ingeborg Poffet, Jean Chaine, H.Lukas Lindenmaier, Veronica Varadi, Andi Gerber, Thomas Weiss, Urs Wiesner, Stefan Hugi, Ueli Derendinger, Chris Cody, Prakash Shejwal, Gary Brunton, Stéphane Foucher
XOPF POOL INTERNATIONAL 1997, compositions

1984 – 1991 ÜBERFALL (free rock) with Pit Kayser, Andi Muckenhirn (with special guests Jean Chaine, Caroline Fahrni & André Müller in 1989) and Alex Schaub (end of 1989 until 1991

1985SAXOSUMMIT with Werner Lüdi, Daniel Bourquin, Leon Francioli & Olivier Clerc.

1986 Member of ARTEMONDI (music of today) with Dargo Raimondi, Beat Föllmi, Urs Koller, Roland von Flüe & Marco Trosi

1989 – 1990BOUT with Wietn Wito & Dieter Ulrich

1989 – 1996Member of Q 4 ORCHESTRA (free jazz), leader Mathias Rissi, with Jürg Grau, Peter Böhringer, Hans Anliker, Werner Lüdi, Kurt Grämiger, JoPo, Heiri Baumgartner, Peter Schmid, Guerino Mazzola, Werner Broger, Thomi Hirt, Dani Schaffner, Pit Gutmann, Philipp Zehnder, Runo Erikson, Heinz Geisser, Dani Schenker, Beat Unternährer, Beat Blaser.

Since 1990Collaboration with JEAN CHAINE (NY & Vermont) in these trios:
JEAN CHAINE AND HIS ULTERIOR LUX (1990 / 91, Funk Fusion), feat. Dimthingshine
MARKUS STAUSS W/ JEAN CHAINE & DIETER ULRICH (1990 – 92)
STAUSS – CHAINE – MOSS: Trio Basel – New York as a part of NEW DUOS 'N' TRIOS (1992)
STAUSS / CHAINE / LINDENMAIER (1993 / 94, Free Jazz)
STAUSS / CHAINE / LINDENMAIER (1993 / 94, free jazz)

1991As a guest with SLAMFUNK (NY) with John King, Jean Chaine & Jonathan Kane

1991 – 1992
HIRT – SCHLEGEL – STAUSS – ULRICH (free jazz)
 
1992MARKUS STAUSS PROJECT – NEW DUOS 'N' TRIOS: the trio Basel – New York STAUSS – CHAINE – MOSS meets the Trio Zürich – New York DIETER ULRICH – THOMI HIRT – ELLEN CHRISTI. Project DIE VÖGEL (Free Fusion), leader & composer, with Stephan Felber, Daniel Stalder & Alex Schaub

1993GLASBA with Han Bennink, Bratko Bibic, Anthony Coleman, John King, Michel Massot, Hahn Rowe & Uli Scherrer

1994Guest soloist at MATTERHORNPROJECT

Since 1994BASS – SAX – SOLO & EXTRAS. (As a duo with André Buser at the end of 1984.)

1995Collaboration with FIM (forum for improvised music)
MUSIC COMPOSED INSTANTLY with Berni Knab, Daniel Ebner, Jehan Doeoes
STEINERWEICHEN, concert for bass instruments, leader Geri Huber

1996 – 1997BLÄQ, wind quartet with Peter Schmid, Peter Böhringer & Beat Unternährer

1996 – 1999Soloist at R & T RONX – THE VERY FIRST QUOTENBAND OF SWITZERLAND, leader Martin Metzger

Since 1998Chamber music ensemble STAUSS – ANLIKER – KAYSER – VOGT plays compositions by Markus Stauss for saxophone (bass, tenor & soprano), trombone, viola, violin & keyboards.

2001MUSIKALISCHE INTERMEZZI, leader Urs Röllin, with Bernhard Batschelet, Sigi Kutterer, Anita Kuster, David Leclair, Ruedi Linder, Lars Lindvall, Ingeborg Poffet, JoPo, Felix Probst, Christian Weber, Thomas Weiss

Since 2001SPALTKLANG, (European music in the age of global business), with Olivier Vogt (viola), Stephan Brunner (eb) & Rémy Sträuli (dr, key). Brand new and rearranged compositions.
Trio with Dieter Ulrich & Christian Weber, music freely improvised, since 2003 with the name HANDS UP (HÄNDE HOCH).

2002Trio with the working title: TRIO INFERNAL, with Daniel Ogriseg & Julie Lagger

Since 2003
TRANK ZAPPA GRAPPA IN VARESE? New brew, with Daniel Ogriseg (eb), changing drummers and other guests. BASSSAXWÜHLER, bass saxophone (plus extras) - Duo with Felix Probst
 
2004
SOLOWSAXES, Duo w/ Peter A. Schmid

2005
NEOLITHICUM: live set for BASS – SAX – SOLO without extras

MARKUS STAUSS PROJECT with Michel Delville, Samuel Gerstmans and Laurent Delchambre

NEOLITHICUM DUO: duo mit Francesco Zago (el. guitar and electronic) and Basssax without extras.

Member of YUGEN, a recording project by Francesco Zago

Since 2006
TRANK ZAPPA GRAPPA IN VARESE? (prog-punk-jazz) with Michel Delville (el. guit), Damien Campion (bass) & Laurent Delchambre (dr, perc, electronics).
 
ZAUSS (free improvisations) with Francesco Zago (el. guit. & loops) feat. some guests
 
2007
Guest soloist with YUGEN's live outfit
 
2008
IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, STAY OFF THE KITCHEN, duo with Christian Weber
 
Member of KURAI, a recording project by Francesco Zago
 
2009
Member of FINNEGANS WAKE, Henry Krutzen's progressive  rock band
 
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