Till Brönner: the jazz adventurer

If you're successful with good music, you don't need to worry about labels. Others attach them to him on their own - both the good and the bad. Till Brönner can say a thing or two about it. On the occasion of the 50th birthday of the jazz adventurer, photographer, and Dressman, we read again what Brönner had to say in rampstyle #9.
Text Bernd Haase
Photo Ali Kepenek

So, Mr. Brönner, what is jazz actually?
For me, jazz is still the most free-form music of the present. The music that only forms in the moment of playing and which you can't predict in its most beautiful moments. That it doesn't work without organization or an idea of an arrangement, that much is clear. But the essence of jazz is, based on knowledge and training, to go into a conscious, free fall on stage. Not knowing what's about to happen, but knowing that when in doubt, it will be an artistic

So a jazz musician must be an adventurous person?
Definitely, however, as with any adventure, responsibility is required here. After all, there are adventures that are simply stupid and negligent. That's not the point. It's about being able to define the risk.

"The essence of jazz is, based on knowledge and training, to go into a conscious, free fall on stage."

What does such a jazz adventure look like in concrete terms?
It can be nicely compared with a journey from A to B. I know I will arrive at B at some point, but the route I take, whether I stray from the path at some point and only find my way back again many kilometers later, that is up to me, that is my artistic decision. However, not being able to come back, not being able to come to a conclusion, would be that kind of risk that you can't take.

So, how does one recognize Till Brönner? Can you describe your style in five words?
Authentic. Artisanal - I put a lot of focus on that. Warm. Emotional. And rich in images because I'm still most interested in reaching people with musical images.

Would you complete the following half-sentences: If you could pin a label on yourself as a musician, it would say …
… Till Brönner.

Till Brönner is not a rebel, but …
… something similar. What exactly, I leave to you. I just hear this statement very often. The answer could, therefore, also be: Who says that?

"As with any adventure, responsibility is required here. After all, there are adventures that are simply stupid and negligent. That's not the point. It's about being able to define the risk."

Till Brönner

Saxophonists are to trumpeters what …
… fire is to water. But also something that always exerts a great attraction to each other. These poles are a source of energy on stage. When fire and water come together, first, something explodes. And after that, there's peace. That's beautiful. I like that.

A photograph says …
… more than any moving image.

→ Read the whole interview with Till Brönner in rampstyle 9


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