Passionate engagement with music starting at the age of 10 years, private education in classical and jazz piano, improvisation, music theory and composition at Konservatorium Winterthur and Zurich Jazz School with Evangelos Sarafianos, Bruno Steffen, Alessandro D‘Episcopo, Daniel R. Schneider and Stefan Keller.
Performances and projects include a broad spectrum of genres: Jazz-Pop Band JU (CD Release: Positively Pessimistic, Unit Records 2012), ETH Big Band (on live concert tour in India and Brazil, CD Release: Brasil, 2011), SoundSo (Jazz-Pop, CD Release: Space), re:bop (Jazz Piano Trio), compositions for solo piano, accompanist for soloists, singers and choirs, chamber and orchestra music, as well as jazz & bar piano music in private and public locations.
Sources of inspiration include Alexander Scriabin, Anouar Brahem, Arvo Pärt, Avishai Cohen, Brad Mehldau, Djivan Gasparyan, Eleni Karaindrou, Frédéric Chopin, Hossein Alizadeh, Jan Garbarek, Johann Sebastian Bach, Keith Jarrett, Mari Boine, Richie Beirach, Sergei Rachmaninov, Stephan Micus, Tord Gustavsen and many other artists that contribute to the sound aesthetics of ECM Records, as well as klezmer, balkan, tribal, shamanic and oriental music.
Professional training in Archaic Sound & Trance Therapy at SoundTrance Institute with Dr. Peter Hess, psychiatrist, neurologist, musictherapist (Germany); Heike Hess, holistic health practitioner, sound therapist (Germany); and Joel Olivé, musictherapist, musician (Spain). The sound and trance formation course is based on 30 years of experience and development in psychotherapy, psychiatry and musictherapy. Peter Hess has invented this new form of receptive music therapy, the so-called Gong Therapy. This is very similar to psychedelic therapy developed by Stanislav Grof and Richard Yensen and shamanic rituals, but has the advantage that these experiences can be better integrated in our culture and society. Archaic instruments in sound trance create a connection with the roots of our own existence and of humanity as a whole. This enables us to overcome the duality and leads to a new consciousness model through mindful awareness of the inner process. Many people have experienced already altered states of consciousness through different methods like meditation, yoga, drugs, extreme sports, etc…but are not able to integrate theses experiences in their daily life. A central aim of our work is to help with this integration not only for exploring oneself or for healing others, but also to assist in the development of a new consciousness for our universe as a whole and the role of our planet in it. Our belive is that the experience of alteres states through music may lead to more exploration of oneself and to find ways of liberation of the narrow minded ego without getting stuck in addiction or psychotic states.