About Richard Ekre Suzzi – musician, composer and pedagogue….
I started my musical journey as a pianist and composer. Today I’m specialized at playing the bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) bringing this instrument into different musical contexts where it’s usually not heard, such as flamenco, Scandinavian folk music, jazz, free improvisation, western contemporary music and my own compositions as well as other new composed music.
From 1989 to 2000 I was mainly active as a pianist and keyboard player within soul, funk, electric and acoustic jazz. I also performed at more experimental venues, combining contemporary music and more free improvised music.
In 1999 I completed my master in western classical composition and piano at the Academy of Music, University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Since then, my compositions are to be heard in films, documentaries, radio broadcasts and on stage in different ensembles and projects.
A passion for the bansuri and North Indian classical music brought me in 2003 to the World Music Academy at the Conservatory of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and to Mumbai (India) to study with bansuri master Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
As a musician, with bansuri as my main instrument, I use my musical background and experience to experiment freely on the bansuri, finding great joy in bringing this beautiful instrument and my sound to new unexplored musical places.
I enjoy and appreciate to teach as well. I teach and gives workshops in improvisation, ensemble, harmony, modal theory, composition, piano and bansuri frequently at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, (Sweden) and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland).