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Swiss-born Erik Truffaz talks about jazz as his passion

On picking the trumpet.
I was in a marching band when I was a kid, and I chose this instrument. The beauty and the sound had me all dreamy. It is a popular instrument but difficult, like violin or sitar, to master. It has taught me to be modest, humble and to learn how to breathe.

Musical influences.
French Variety from 5 to 10 years and there after rock, jazz, classical, EDM and world music. But not all the music in each section. Perhaps only 10 per cent!

Distinct sound.
I love riff, melodies and atmosphere. That is what rules the compositions.

Future plans.
I am planning to do a piece that I had written with a classical orchestra next spring and then release a record soon too.

Dream collaborations.
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Trilok Gurtu, Anouar Brahem, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno.

Jazz and contemporary culture.
Sometimes jazz is contemporary and sometimes classical but you just have to imagine that we would never have had rock music without blues! There are so many sub-genres, it will never die out.
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