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Bernhard Schimpelsberger

British - Austrian musician Bernhard Schimpelsberger plays the percussion and composes genre defying music. On his travels around the world he constantly collects new sounds that enrich his manyfold artistic collaborations. Bernhard grew up in Austria deeply rooted in Jazz and Western classical music, but it was his dedicated years of studies in India that shaped his unique approach to rhythm and music. Under tutelage of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, one of the legendary Tabla masters of our time Bernhard emerged himself in the Indian rhythmic system and incorporated its poetry and intricacy into his western music making. For Bernhard music is a language of communication and he is a passionate collaborator across all styles.He has also toured the globe performing with well known artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Akram Khan, Talvin Singh, Susheela Raman and his own group Circle of Sound. (feat Soumik Datta) Bernhard's quest for new sounds provide him with a unique approach to composition too. His most recent works include commissions for the New Art Exchange in Nottingham, IceCraft dance company in Ahmedabad, Akademi in London or Fangyi Sheu in Taipei. His music has been performed at Londons top venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House or Sadlers Wells Theatre, and of course internationally at Cite de la Musique in Paris, Singapore Arts Festival or Taipeis Town Hall.

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