Florian Ross

Born in 1972, he studied piano and composition in Cologne, London and New York with John Taylor, Joachim Ullrich, Bill Dobbins, Django Bates, Don Friedman and Jim McNeely.

The first of Ross's six albums was released in 1998 under his own name. Ross's recordings look closely at both the multifaceted jazz tradition and his extraordinary handling of contemporary material. In all formations, from trio to quintet, from string orchestra to brass ensemble, Ross succeeds in reconciling two seemingly different musical forms: improvised and composed.

While many of his European colleagues consider it a virtue to distance themselves from the mainstream, another camp makes an effort to continue the American jazz tradition in Europe as authentically as possible. Florian Ross's music is a refreshing break from this often embarrassing programmatic context. Ross not only ignores the demarcation line but translates traditional aspects into a language of the present. His lack of interest in the idea of higher, further, faster corresponds to his fondness for deeper sound regions and warmer timbres, as sounds oscillate between blue, orange and terracotta.

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Cologne, Köln

Credentials/Background

Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, Germany

Clinic/Workshop Information

Piano, Composition, Arrangement

Albums

Lines & Crosscurrents
Lines & Crosscurrents
Toy Piano Records
2015
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Ties & Loose Ends
Ties & Loose Ends
Fuhrwerk Musik
2013
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Front Room Songs
Front Room Songs
Fuhrwerk Musik
2013
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Mechanism
Mechanism
Pirouet Records
2010
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Big Fish & Small Pond
Big Fish & Small Pond
Intuition
2007
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Home & Some Other Place
Home & Some Other...
Intuition
2005
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Videos

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