Sean Ali


Bassist, composer, and improviser Sean Ali from Dayton, Ohio has been living in New York City since 2003, where he participates in the city’s vibrant experimental music scene both as a performer and curator. His current projects include: Fester with David Grollman (percussion), LathanFlin&Ali with Lathan Hardy (sax) and Flin Van Hemmen (drums), Natura Morta with Carlo Costa (percussion) and Frantz Loriot (viola), Hag with Brad Henkel (trumpet) and David Grollman (percussion), PascAli with Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), Mattrey.Bordreuil.Ali with Joanna Mattrey (viola) and Leila Bordreuil (cello), and large ensemble The Mudbath Orchestra. His solo performances center around text and sound-specific preparations for the bass. He is co-founder and member of the new music label Prom Night Records.

seanali.com



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Carlo Costa


Percussionist and composer Carlo Costa, was born and grew up in Rome, Italy. Since 2005 he has been living in New York City where works as a leader or sideman of  various projects. He currently leads or co-leads Natura Morta (w/ bassist Sean Ali and violist Frantz Loriot), the Carlo Costa Quartet (w/ saxophonist Jonathan Moritz, trombonist Steve Swell and bassist Sean Ali), a duo with drummer Flin van Hemmen, Earth Tongues (w/ trumpeter Joe Moffett and tubist Dan Peck), a duo with guitarist Ryan Ferreira, the large ensemble Acustica and a solo percussion project.

www.carlocostamusic.com



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Ben Gerstein


Born in 1977 and raised in Santa Barbara, California, trombonist/multimedia artist Ben Gerstein has lived in New York City since 1995, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in 1999. Over the years he has developed many different collaborations and projects devoted to exploring free-improvisation as means of composition, meditation, and integration with nature and art, as well as recording numerous solo recreations of works by classical and contemporary composers. He has also been a member of groups led by Henry Threadgill, Tyshawn Sorey, Tony Malaby, Dan Weiss, Ingrid Laubrock, Mat Maneri, and Michael Formanek, among many others. 

www.bengerstein.com



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Jean-Brice Godet


French clarinetist Jean-Brice Godet is an active participant of the European creative music scene both as an improviser and composer. His current projects include the clarinet quartet Watt with Jean Dousteysier, Julien Pontvianne and Antonin-Tri Hoang; Mujô Quartet with Michaël Attias, Pascal Niggenkemper and Carlo Costa; Zaal33 with Richard Comte and Jean-Philippe Feiss; Capsul with Matthew Bourne and Tam De Villiers; Cuir with Jérôme Fouquet, Nicolas Souchal, Yoram Rosilio, John Cuny and Ground(s) with Mike Ladd, Joëlle Léandre, Benjamin Sanz. He has collaborated with Fred Frith, Walter Thompson and Anthony Braxton among many others.

www.jeanbricegodet.com



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Kyungmi Lee


Kyungmi Lee is a Korean-American flutist, pianist and performance artist. Her current projects include the band Guajira Deer Park (w/ Gary Heidt, Cassandra Victoria Chopourian, Clete de Beat, Ashley de Vries and Richard Gross), the Red Oak Contemporary Ensemble, and the theatre collective The Perceiver of Sound League. Her past projects include Kale Elk a duo with keyboardist and mask maker Liz Kosack, and Mariel Berger’s Four Flutes Ensemble with flutists Anna Webber, Martha Cargo and Roberts Michael, and Mariel Berger on piano and compositions. Lee lives in Jersey City.



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Frantz Loriot


French-japanese violist Frantz Loriot performs solo as well as in various ensembles ranging from rock to contemporary music by way of improvisation and electronics. His current projects include: his two large ensembles Notebook Large Ensemble and Systematic Distortion Orchestra,  Viola Two Viola (w/ violist Cyprien Busolini), baloni (w/ clarinettist Joachim Badenhorst and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper), Natura Morta (w/ bassist Sean Ali and percussionist Carlo Costa), a duo with clarinettist Jeremiah, a trio with reeds player Christoph Erb and percussionist Christian Wolfarth, a duo with saxophonist Lionel Garcin and Ganjin (w/ cellist Hugues Vincent and drummer Yuko Oshima).

www.frantzloriot.com



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Joe Moffett


New York-based trumpeter, improviser, and composer Joe Moffett approaches his work with a keen interest in unconventional sounds and forms, collective composition, and the intersection of words and music. He is co-founder of a number of ensembles such as Earth Tongues, with percussionist Carlo Costa and tubist Dan Peck; the Kaplan/Merega/Moffett Trio, which released its debut, Crows and Motives, in 2014 on Underwolf Records; and Trismegistus with bassist Sean Ali, trombonist Ben Gerstein, percussionist Devin Gray. Moffett’s explorations into text and music are evident in his work with the experimental art song duo Twins of El Dorado, with vocalist Kristin Slipp. The ensemble’s debut, Portend the End, was released on Prom Night Records in 2013.

soundcloud.com/moffjazz



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Nathaniel Morgan


Originally from Ventura, California saxophonist and composer Nathaniel Morgan has been an active participant to New York City’s improvised music scene for almost a decade. His current projects include Darkminster (formally Buckminster) with saxophonist Peter Hanson and trumpeter Brad Henkle; Vavatican with Weston Minissali on synthesizer Owen Stewart-Robertson on guitar and Booker Startdrum on percussion, Jason Ajemian’s Folklords with Owen Stewart-Robertson on guitar, Jason Ajemian on double bass and Jason Nazary on drums; Yolt with Weston Minissali on synthesizer and David Grollman on prepared snare drum; and Dybbuk a duo with percussionist David Grollman. Nathaniel is co-founder and member of the new music label Prom Night Records.



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Jonathan Moritz


Saxophonist Jonathan Moritz was born in Tehran, Iran. At an early age he moved to California, and since 2000 he’s been living in Brooklyn, NY. He is active in the city’s musical scene both as a leader of the trio Secret Tempo, with bassist Shayna Dulberger and drummer/

percussionist Mike Pride (Hot Cup Records), as well as a sideman or collaborator in a variety of groups including  The UP (w/ Ben Gerstein, Eivind Opsvik and John McLellan), Evil Eye (w/ Nate Wooley, Ken Filiano and Mike Pride.), Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys (w/ Jon Irabagon, Alexis Marcelo, Peter Bitenc) and Trio Caveat (w/ James Ilgenfritz and Chris Welcome).

jonathanmoritz.com



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Todd Neufeld


Todd Neufeld is an electric and acoustic guitarist, born in 1981 in Huntington, NY. He has performed and/or recorded as a member of the Lee Konitz Quartet, Masabumi Kikuchi's TPT Trio, Tyshawn Sorey's Koan, Oblique and other ensembles, Gerald Cleaver's NiMbNl, Dan Weiss Group, Tony Malaby Group, Samuel Blaser Quartet, Michael Adkins Quintet, Aaron Parks Quintet, Richie Barshay's RB3, Alexandra Grimal Quartet, Thomas Morgan Quartet, Rema Hasumi Quartet, Flin van Hemmen Trio and many others. He has performed at various venues, concert halls and festivals across New York, the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

www.toddneufeld.net



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Pascal Niggenkemper


New York City-based German-French bassist, composer and improviser Pascal Niggenkemper is a performing and recording artist active on the creative music scene in the US and in Europe. His current projects include the collective trio Baloni with Joachim Badenhorst and Frantz Loriot; vision7 with Eve Risser, Christian Lillinger, Els Vandeweyer, Frantz Loriot, Emilie Lesbros and Frank Gratkowski; the bass duo PascAli with Sean Al; the double trio 7éme continent with Joris Rühl, Joachim Badenhorst, Philip Zoubek, Eve Risser, Juliàn Elvira; Upcoming Hurricane with Simon Nabatov and Gerald Cleaver, Wonderlust with Tatsuya Nakatani and Darius Jones and the solo bass project Look Within Thine Ears.

www.pascalniggenkemper.com



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Eivind Opsvik


Eivind Opsvik is a New York City-based bassist, composer, recording engineer and producer originally from Oslo, Norway. His music ranges from jazz to experimental pop. His main projects are Overseas (w/ saxophonist Tony Malaby, pianist Jacob Sacks, guitarist Brandon Seabrook and drummer Kenny Wollesen),  Opsvik & Jennings (w/ Aaron Jennings) and A Thousand Ancestors a collaboration photographer Michelle Arcila which features his solo music. He also performs with Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio, Anthony Braxton’s Tristano Project, Skuli Sverrison’s Seria, the Nate Wooley Quintet, Paul Motian, David Binney among many others.

www.eivindopsvik.com



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Dan Peck


Dan Peck is an experimental musician/tubist currently living in New York City. He is active as a sideman working regularly with projects led by Peter Evans, Tony Malaby, Anthony Braxton, Ingrid Laubrok, Nate Wooley, etc. He also performs contemporary music as a member of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), is a member of the collective improvising trio Earth Tongues (w/ trumpeter Joe MOffett and percussionist Carlo Costa) and leads the doom jazz trio The Gate (w/ bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Brian Osborne) as well as a solo tuba project. In 2012 Dan founded the record label Tubapede on which he released his debut solo recording Solo Lp.

danpeckmusic.com



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Miranda Sielaff


A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, violist Miranda Sielaff pursues a rich and varied musical career in New York City. She regularly performs and tours with several ensembles, including The Knights, the Caravel Trio, String Orchestra of New York City, and the composers’ collective Wet Ink. She performed at Carnegie Hall’s Making Music series with Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy. She has also played with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and appeared with The Knights and Itzhak Perlman at the 2012 Ravinia Festival. She can be heard with The Knights’ albums on the labels SONY Classical and Ancalagon Records.



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Jesse Stacken


A Minnesota native, pianist and composer Jesse Stacken has been a vital force on the New York City creative music scene for over a decade. He has led the Jesse Stacken Trio with bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Jeff Davis since 2005, releasing three albums on Fresh Sound and has a longtime duo project with the cornetist Kirk Knuffke which has released four albums on Steeplechase Records. Stacken’s new quartet includes Tony Malaby, Sean Conly, and Tom Rainey and is dedicated to playing several of his original compositions. He  has toured North and South America, Europe, and Japan, including appearances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and Vancouver Jazz Festival. He has performed and/or recorded with  Andrew D' Angelo, Donny McCaslin, Peter Van Huffel, Liam Sillery, Michael Blake, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and Tyshawn Sorey.

www.jessestacken.com



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Steve Swell


A native of Newark, New Jersey trombonist Steve Swell has been part of New York City’s music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists in a wide variety of contexts, including projects lead by Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Joey Baron and Tim Berne. Steve has released over 40 recordings as a leader or co-leader and is featured on over 100 recordings as a sideman. At the moment Steve is working on a new quartet with Dave Burrell (piano), William Parker (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).

www.steveswell.com



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Flin van Hemmen


Drummer and composer Flin van Hemmen was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Since moving to New York City in 2008 he’s been active in the downtown and improvised music scenes. His current projects include LathanFlinAli (w/ saxophonist Lathan Hardy and bassist Sean Ali), the Flin van Hemmen Trio (w/ guitarist Todd Neufeld and bassist Eivind Opsvik), the Costa/vanHemmen duo (w/ drummer Carlo Costa), Narcissus (w/ pianist Jozef Dumoulin, saxophonist Robin Verheyen and bassist Clemens van der Feen), While We Still Have Bodies (w/ saxophonist Michael Foster, trombonist Ben Gerstein and bassist Sean Ali), Gestures (w/ pianist and poet Eliot Cardinaux), and a solo drums project.

www.flinvanhemmen.com

 

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