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Torsten Pfeffer

About me
Born in Leipzig in 1977; I dealt with painting in my very early life and was student of Georg Brendler (painting/drawing). During my time at school I started to play different kinds of drums – African and classical. Later I started to play the drum set and classical guitar. In the end I majored in classical guitar in Aachen with Prof. Tadashi Sasaki and in Weimar with Prof. Christiane Spannhof. Neo Rauch was my advisor in painting that is my favorite along with music. Additionally, I was student of Peter Bauer (percussion) and Christoph Goebel (composition).

Having finished studies I taught at several music schools, gave guitar courses for flamenco and song accompaniment and founded the a cappella ensemble “Salz&Pfeffer” for early and contemporary music. In 2008 I had the honor to get some composition classes with Prof. Andrés Maupoint what was of great influence for me. My current activities are percussion literature, giving courses, composing contemporary music for diverse events and creating new paintings. Thus, painting and music have a key influence. It is form and content that is important. Both are determined by the respective medium.
At the moment I complete my master of music degree majoring in contemporary composition at the Conservatory of Music Leipzig.

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The project PFEFFER PERCUSSION
My musical career started with percussion. Though my first instrument was the guitar my musical training started with my first beat on the concert bass drum soon followed by the cymbals - a mainly underestimated art – followed by the snare drum, vibraphone, tom-toms and a lot more. Additionally, I learnt to play the drum set. From the start a had a teacher who set clear tasks and gave me the necessary material, that is notes and a clear methodology were part of my training. When I started dealing with the non-classical percussion instruments like cajon, frame drum and tamburello I missed this orientation. There was no material available for these instruments. But there was the traditional approach of listening, reproducing, watching and repeating. All this related to rhythms.

I took notes from the very first. I wanted to practice certain motion sequences in another way, that’s why I wrote small exercises and etudes. This enabled a new classical correlation of the new instruments. Since I always dealt with composed music I now tried to involve these instruments in such kind of music. In the end numerous exercises and a classification were generated. Though they match with the traditional playing techniques for the instruments they put them in an unbiased context. This permitted a new use of the instruments what made me more extrovert.

Having organized and summarized my notes I realized the interest of other people in my material. I was recommended publishing it. After short hesitation and revision of the material I was still dissatisfied with the result. All the previously developed books are the result of my attempt to provide a material I was longing for as student.

This project shall give percussionists and composers the possibility to contribute to the enhancement and development of the instruments what I am aiming for. I simply consider myself as initiator and hope to provide students, teachers and composers a reliable and profitable basis for the work with these wonderful instruments.

Publications by PFEFFER PERCUSSION
CAJON
THE BEGINNING
RHYTHM COLLECTION VOL.I
RHYTHM COLLECTION VOL.II
IRISH SUITE
PROGRESSIVE ETÜDEN
PPCR
Ensemble Etudes Vol.1 (publication 2013)
Ensemble Etudes Vol.2 (publication 2013)

FRAME DRUM
INSTRUCTION BOOK
RHYTHM COLLECTION
Elementary Etudes (publication August 2012)
Advanced Etudes (publication 2013)
Roll Pattern (publication 2013)

 

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