We will be playing two sets of standards with the legendary bassist Don Byron, 82 years old and laying in the groove like always. Don’t Miss it!
Composer and Pianist Emanuel Ruffler was born in Munich, Germany in 1975. He became interested in music early on and quickly became known as an up-and-coming composer and pianist, working with some of the biggest names on the german jazz scene. One of his projects, combining West-African drumming with Jazz Compositions, earned him the cultural scholarship of the city of munich in 1992. In this group Ruffler worked alongside master percussionists Maurice Dioubate from Guinea and Famadi Sako from Ivory Coast, which left a lasting impression on him and started a life-long interest in exotic musical cultures.
In 1992 Ruffler visited New York and was immediately struck by the breathtaking artistic level, creative environment and rich music scene. With the oportunity to study with legendary pianists Jaki Byard, John Hicks and Mulgrew Miller he moved to New York in 1996. Since then he has worked as a sideman and leader with an impressive and diverse list of artists, including Eddie Henderson, George Garzone, Gene Jackson, Bill Evans and Wallace Roney.
Ruffler won the Thelonious Monk Composers Competition in 1998, a distinction that exposed his music to a wider audience. The winning composition “Lava” was performed to a full house at the Smithsonian’s Baird Auditorium.
As a composer, Ruffler has made a name for himself as an important creator of modern music. His tunes have been picked up and recorded by artists including Meshell Ndegeocello, Sabina Sciubba and drum legend Joe Chambers. Fashion designer Emanuel Ungaro commisioned Ruffler to produce music for one of his commercials. Working with both acoustic and electric instruments, Ruffler’s sound design was part of several art exhibitions in museums in both his native Germany and the U.S.
His first Pursuance release, “Nightflight” (PRER01), released in 2009 received critical acclaim and international airplay. Bruce Lindsay writes on All About Jazz: “Nightflight is an atmospheric album. Ruffler has composed a set of tunes that have an almost cinematic quality to them… characterized by an apparent simplicity and a propulsive rhythm, creating an immediately appealing recording.”
Ruffler holds a BFA in Jazz Performance from New School University and he is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.