D E U T S C H
CHARLES DAVIS - FLUTE PLAYER
[ biography ]
A sort of biography and other things
I started my musical career with a guitar I bought with my first wages at the age of 17 in the Beatles/Rollings Stones era of the 60s. After a short period of studying classical guitar in Sydney, I started playing jazz, rock and folk in groups after moving to Brighton.
After hearing flute sounds in a rock music context, I was so fascinated that I bought a flute and to my surprise found that I progressed very rapidly and that the instrument was an extension of myself.
Moving to Germany in the 70s I played the flute and later for a short period of time, the saxophone in jazz rock groups. I found that because of the dynamics this to be a frustrating and musically limited experience.
In the 80s I started playing in guitar and piano duos and found that in this framework it worked better for me and my flute. I developed this concept further employing various new percussive playing techniques until I found the most satisfactory formation was the trio with bass and guitar.
Being inspired by the various saxophone groups that appeared in the 70s, I formed int the 90s one of the first jazz groups composed solely of flutes. This ground breaking group required that the various members compose for this unique formation taking into account the different types of flutes.
Later in the 90´s, after a meeting with the bansuri player Joachim Hübner, I renewed my interest in classical north indian music, which I had heard for the first time in the early 60s. I intensified my study in this area and two new groups arose from this interest Ensemble Chanchala and Duo Bubachala.
Attended workshops and master classes of James Newton, Robert
Dick and Dieter Bihlmeier. My main musical influences on the flute come
from Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Jeremy Steig, Hossein Omoumi, James Newton,
Robert Dick and Herbie Mann.
My favourite 10 CDs (at the moment) are:
Thimar from Anouar Brahem
My favourite jazz flute recording is Wayfaring Stranger from Jeremy Steig.
Last but not least, my favourite 5 red and white wines:
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