Bernd KöppenBernd (*1951 in Wuppertal/Germany) studied piano and composition at the Bergisches Landeskonservatorium in Wuppertal. He decided then to work as a free lance pianist as well as an organist.
From the very beginning, Bernd's skills lied in the free improvisation. He did not follow any of the roots or traditions, but created his own style of free jazz. He built up a remarkable reputation as one of the most important free piano player in Europe. He toured through Western and Eastern Europe and Japan. Also, he presented compositions for the cinema and the theatre, as well as sound performances. Various albums with Bernd Köppen were released, mostly with piano music.
Since 1995, Bernd works also as the organist and cantor at the Neue Reformierte Kirche in Wuppertal-Elberfeld.
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Tanz der Altarfiguren
recorded jan 1984 at Maria Magdalene church in Haltern/Germany
Bernd Köppen, church organ
Heinz Becker, trumpet, flugelhorn, pan flute