Our Musical Landscape

The first time I heard H. Hancock, M. Brecker, R. Hargrove, B. Blade and J. Patitucci live in concert, it literally blew my mind. I was fascinated by their spontaneity, strong rhythmical grooves, interaction, fiery personalities and the power of their music. Especially their ensemble sound seemed to convey something truthful, expressing strong ideas from a deeper level within, beyond the capacity of words. It was magical, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, asking myself over and over how on earth something like that was even possible?!

After having grown up around classical music — which I love! — and its „if it ain’t on page, it ain’t on stage“ sort of standpoint, the instant composing, their improvisations felt fresh, exciting, inspiring, provoking and freeing to me. Don’t get me wrong — after all, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were perhaps the forefathers and innovators of the improvisational realm.

I’m not trying to compare or judge. Good art will always be good art, no matter what genre — quality and substance matter!

I know now that art or music (a song, poem, etc.) might not change the world — that art and music seem to be rather powerless against reality — yet art can be a from of consolation, reflecting the way we look at things.   

I have always respected and loved the idea of creation and the process behind it — whether it be through pure joy and curiosity or evolving from painful experiences, human expression is co-responsible for the beautiful, colorful and versatile world we live in. In other words, we paint the world.

In most cultures art has a highly religious value, a spiritual side to it — not just because of its intangibility and mystical nature.

It defines us, helps us to reconnect with our inner spirit and further understand the essential reasons of life.

In a culture mainly dictated by materialistic values it takes a lot of courage to be a painter, musician or writer, sticking to your principles, believing in what you do so as to succeed.

Finding one’s artistic voice requires many high virtues such as patience, wisdom, faith in the process and the artistic outcome.

(One could point out a few historical exceptions, for example F.Schubert or F.Kafka who found their personal expression in the earlier stages of their artistic development.)   

Yet most of us are on a quest, where the journey is equally important as reaching the actual goal.

It’s a proven fact that art and especially music have a healing and soothing effect on the listener/observer, can reduce negative emotions as well as enhance intelligence and learning skills.

Art in general can be a strong medium of expression as a means to comment, criticise and reflect on society and diverse political and economic situations.

As a matter of fact, being part of a musical formation turns out to be somewhat democratic. You freely create and yet carry responsibility.

I feel fortunate to have found and be able to work with such great musicians and friends as Jakob Sigl, Chris Kronreif and Herwig Neugebauer.Having them play and interpret my compositions has made a childhood dream come true. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of finding partners that share the same musical direction, allowing you to grow together and move forward on a spiritual level. It is inspiring and enriching to work and experiment as a group, driven by an innate urge to create.

No one knows what will become of art and music in the future, yet I truly hope that we can continue creating together and thus keep contributing to the musical landscape of our world.

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