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
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He spreads a tablecloth of a melody over the background, separating the
instruments, and he lets polyphony break out...