Bernhard Schimpelsberger

Category Percussion | Tags Drums



British-Austrian percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger brings a deep affinity with Indian rhythm to his roots in jazz and Western classical. Many Western percussionists have dabbled with the sounds and shapes of India, but Bernhard’s detailed study sets him apart - notably his association with tabla maestro Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. He interprets the grammar of Hindustani music on a variety of drums - full kit, cajon, or whatever he can lay his hands on - as well as writing for orchestra and dance.

He has worked with classical artists including Rakesh Chaurasia, as well as fusioneers such as Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, and Susheela Raman, as well as the Akram Khan company and his own group Circle of Sound. He is unafraid of eclecticism, never letting his virtuoso technique mask his musical priorities.


"Drums are the vehicle I travel on, but then the driver is the tabla."


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