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Jan Gerdes

Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?

Classical concert pianist based in Berlin/Germany with a wide range of piano repertoire from baroque to very recent contemporary music. Collaborations with contemporary composers such as Stockhausen, Lachenmann, Corbett among many others. Solo recitals with innovative programs all over Europe, South- America and Asia. Interdisciplinary projects between classical piano and electronic club music or Jazz and for music and theatre.

How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years? Do you feel that changing tastes over years as artistic growth? ?

My musical roots are in classical music from Bach and Beethoven to Chopin and Brahms. At the age of 14 I started to be interested in Jazz and improvisation, later i came up with contemporary music, what I explored extensively. Then my fascination for Techno began. As a result my actual musical activities resume all these different influences and somehow try to combine elements off all these musical worlds in order to create something fresh and new.

What´s new right now?

9th sept 17 Berlin Contemporary Jazz Trio `Der Saal der verlorenen Schritte`
21/22nd sept 17 Schleswig Workshop Experimental Music
23rd sept 17 Schleswig Solo Recital Bach, Brahms, Mehldau, Debussy, Schönberg, Massive Attack, Skrjabin
3rd oct 17 Berlin Solo Recital Contemporary Piano music
18th oct 17 Berlin Solo Recital Contemporary Piano music

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?

The personal networking is the main thing. Keep staying in contact with a lot of promoters and venues. Send invitations for your concerts to
`important` people.


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

The biggest challenge is to convince the audience of your own very personal style and what makes you so special.


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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


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