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Florian Ross - Jazz Composers Forum

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  • Florian Ross
  • Florian Ross

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    The German pianist Florian Ross is a creative individual who is not confined to specific formats or to the dogmas of any stylistic trend. For this reason, we are just as likely to hear his music playing with the timbre and strength of a large ensemble as to find it in a quintet or classic trio format, as well as in intimate solo piano performances. His discography dates back to 1998, and his first few releases hinted at a great deal of non-conformism and little willingness to follow reductive stylistic doctrines. His first album, Seasons and Places, shows him discoursing in a visceral, post-bop language that would offend “European jazz” purists. Then, he salutes the third stream with a suite for string orchestra, rhythm section and the saxophone of Dave Liebman, heavily influenced by the style of English composers of the first half of the twentieth century. And in 2000, he heads up the Florian Ross Brass Project, crossing jazz with the sounds of traditional British brass bands. All this in just three years.

     

    However, it must be noted that these early records were led by someone who already had a growing career behind him. The awards piled up: Piano Jazz Prize from the Conservatory of Cologne (1993) and Composition Awards from the BBC (for Big Band, in 1996), Monaco (1997) and hr-Bigband (1998), which were followed by the Danish Radio Big Band Thad Jones Prize (2000). Born in 1972, Florian Ross studied composition in Cologne, London and New York with John Taylor, Joachim Ullrich, Bill Dobbins, Don Friedman and Jim McNeely. He had been writing for groups such as the Metropole Orchestra (Hilversum) and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, as well as music for theatre and short films. This career path showed a glimpse of a musician committed to the insightful territories of composition, and this can be heard in his music for all kinds of ensembles. It is music that seeks unexplored paths, unravelling solidly built themes steeped in the American tradition and contemporary sounds.

     

    Florian Ross has played with musicians such as Vince Mendoza, Bob Brookmeyer, Joachim Schönecker, Tommy Smith, Jim McNeely, Dave Liebman, Don Friedman, George Duke, John Scofield, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Lovano and Eric Vloeimans. He performs in concerts across Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He teaches piano and composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. Five of his compositions were included in the first European Real Book. He continues to create new compositions and arrangements for major groups, including the Vancouver Jazz Orchestra, Oktoposse, BMI Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano with RTE Dublin, the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and also for several German national radio stations.

     

    In 2006, he received the prestigious WDR Jazz Prize for composition.