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Bernard approaches his teaching activities in a similar way. " Through my dialogue with the students, I am continuously perceiving music from new perspectives. This is an exiting renewal process."

When asked what the essentials of playing and his own music are to him, he replies: "Improvisation and groove." Bernard Fichtner's background is jazz, that´s where his fun at playing, at melodies and long lines that tell little stories have its origin. And he is also influenced by rock and funk and loves energetic grooves, fusion ideas, soul, rhythm´n blues - and all hat leads back to jazz.

"Groove is communication," he says. "It´s like on stage: You can only perform well when you are in a dialogue with the other players." Therefore teamwork and individual playing belong together in order to give the music it's space to unfold.



"Improvisation is spontaneous composition -
Composition is selective improvisation."
(from John Cage's "Silence")







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