Bernhard grew up in Austria deeply rooted in Jazz and Western classical music, but it was his dedicated years of studies in India that shaped his unique approach to rhythm and music. Under tutelage of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, one of the legendary Tabla masters of our time Bernhard emerged himself in the Indian rhythmic system and incorporated its poetry and intricacy into his western music making.
For Bernhard music is a language of communication and is a passionate collaborator across all styles. He has all toured around the globe performing with his group Circle of Sound, Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Akram Khan, Talvin Singh, Susheel Raman and others. Many of his compositions are based on his unique collection of percussion instruments. Bernhard also showcases this in his percussion solo concerts titled Rhythm Diaries.
He is a singular phenomenon in the world of percussion today. His musical outlook combines dazzling virtuosic technique with musical risk taking and exquisite eclectic taste.
Chris Gall is an up and coming pianist who has been gaining recognition in the international music scene. His playing crosses the borders of jazz and jumps into the vast field of contemporary world and pop music. After years of training as a classical pianist, he was awarded with several scholarships and studied at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA.
With his own Jazz Trio, Chris Gall has released the two albums “Climbing Up” (2008) and follower „Hello Stranger“ (2010) on renowned jazz label ACT containing only original music. Since then he performed with his trio in great festivals and venues such as Montreux Jazz Festival, Stuttgarter Jazz Open, Jazz Baltica and the Vienna Concert Hall.
In 2015, Chris Gall released his first Solo-CD „Piano Solo“, a challenging blend of Impressionism, Jazz and Minimal Music. Since 2014, he also composes, arranges and performs as a guest musician with Germanys most successful world music ensemble Quadro Nuevo, with whom he achieved the German Platin-Jazz Award for their Album “Tango”.