Mr Ruffler has been working in a variety of styles and settings since his arrival in New York from his native Germany. The wider public was first introduced to his musical aesthetics at the 1998 Thelonious Monk Composers Competition - Ruffler's winning composition Lava was performed to a full house at the Smithsonian. The music had a uniqueness which the Times dubbed a sign of the state of jazz. But his compositions found an interest far beyond the Jazz audience: In 2003 Meshell Ndegeocello released Aquarium which Ruffler wrote with Sabina Sciubba of the Brazilian Girls
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He spreads a tablecloth of a melody over the background, separating the
instruments, and he lets polyphony break out...