Born and raised in Innsbruck, Austria, Ariane has been musically active since the age of five, playing classical piano and the recorder. She entered the Conservatory of the Land Tirol at age 6, where she studied the piano and the flute until the age of 18.
She started playing in local rock, pop and dance bands and picked up the electric bass and soon added the upright. She entered the
Academy of Music Vienna in 1996 studying Jazz Bass and Bass Education. In 1998 she received a scholarship from the Academy of Music of Vienna in Austria to the University of Miami, where she spent a year in the graduate program on Austrian and US scholarships. She then received a Teaching Assistantship at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she received her Graduate Certificate of Music.
Ariane has studied with greats such as Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Chuck Rainey, Gerald Veasley, Kai Eckhardt, Kenny Werner and others.

Ariane has played in countless bands and projects in Europe and the US. Enjoying eclectic styles she particularly loved playing with bands such as the Mozartband (a fusion of funk, rock and Mozart featuring members of the Viennese Philharmonic), and the Celtic Rock Band Tempest, who she toured with for three years. Ariane recorded and toured with kindie-rock sensation The Sippy Cups, a psychedelic rock circus appealing to kids and their parents alike featuring jugglers and aerialists and a rocking show, as well as The Palmwine Boys, who fuse acoustic African Palmwine Music with Americana. Ariane was part of the creation of Cirque du Soleil's adaptation of The Tempest, Amaluna, in Montreal.
She is an experienced sideman - most recently supporting guitar virtuoso
Muriel Anderson and the German Flamenco Stars Tierra Negra on fretted and fretless basses, or Cabo Jazz pianist Diego Rodriguez and vocalist extraordinaire Daline Jones. She recently recorded with multi grammy award winning producer Keith Olsen. Current bands include Lara Price's Girls Got the Blues, an all-star female cast of Bay Area musicians including Janice Maxie-Reid, Pam Hawkins and Annie Sampson, as well as the platinum winning band Generation Esmeralda with Jimmy Goings, who she recently toured Brazil with. She plays 80's Rock and adaptations of game music with Raj and the Zenmasters.
Ariane also performs a
solo set featuring a genre bending (fromBach via Jazz to African World Music) selection of originals and covers performed on her effects and looping setup. Her latest project is a duo with Bassoonist Paul Hanson, the OoN Band (Out of Nowhere).


Ariane is an elected Board member (Governor) of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammys). Academy members, please connect at the Grammy Pro site; interested music professionals should visit to learn more about the Recording Academy.
The founder of ‘Step Up Music Vallejo, Ariane is also a highly educator. She co- conducts bass seminars and rock camps all over the US, teaching along side Steve Bailey, Rufus Reid, Leo Nocentelli, DJ Logic, Dave LaRue, Carl Verheyen, Walfredo Reyes and others. She regularly teaches at the Berkeley Jazz School as well as the Berkeley Jazz Workshop. She is a high in demand bass teacher sought out for her Pattern system approach and her creative way of integrating music theory and ear training naturally. In 2014 she was selected by the prestigious Ucross Foundation to participate in an Artistry in residence in Ucross, Wymoning.

Ariane is a blogger ( and creator of "Music Theory for the Bass Player - The Course", an in-depth educational video series. Her book Music Theory for the Bass Player is available on Amazon. Ariane is also a an educator for the online powerhouse TrueFire.

As a freelancing composer and sound designer Ariane has turned out music and sound for hand held and online games for
Wolf Track Audio, Karney Music and Sound and Somatone.

Ariane has been featured in several leading Bass Magazines (Bass Player Magazine,, bass musician magazine, Der Bass Professor etc). Please click ARTICLES to read more.

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'I have been enjoying hearing Ariane play for a few years now. Her monstrous groove grabbed my attention the first time I heard her.' Victor L. Wooten, 2010

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Ariane Cap is the REAL DEAL. A real player, a real teacher, and a real person. For many years she has been an integral part of our camps (as well as other camps) and offers a unique perspective on many things. Oh, did I mention that she can PLAY???!!! 
Steve Bailey

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