Musicians’ Bios

FEBRUARY 15, 2020 — EXTREME MELODISTS

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‍EUGENE DRUCKER  Violin

‍Violinist Eugene Drucker, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, is also an active soloist. He has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Brussels, Antwerp, Liege, Hartford, Richmond, Louisville, Jerusalem, Raanana and the Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as with the American Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Chamber Symphony. A graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky, Mr. Drucker was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, with which he appeared as soloist several times. He made his New York debut as a Concert Artists Guild winner in the fall of 1976, after having won prizes at the Montreal Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Mr. Drucker has recorded the complete unaccompanied works of Bach, reissued by Parnassus Records, and the complete sonatas and duos of Bartók for Biddulph Recordings. His novel, The Savior, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and has appeared in a German translation called Wintersonate, published by Osburg Verlag in Berlin. Mr. Drucker’s suite for string quartet, A Journey In My Head, was commissioned recently by the New Music for Strings Festival in Denmark. It was premiered in Copenhagen and Reykjavik in August 2018. Eugene Drucker has been on the faculty of Stony Brook University since 2002, and was appointed Music Director of the Berkshire Bach Society’s Bach at New Year’s Concerts in 2017. He lives in New York City with his wife, cellist Roberta Cooper. Violins: Antonius Stradivarius (Cremona, 1686), Ryan Soltis (Moyie Springs, Idaho, 2015).

‍WILLIAM FRAMPTON  Viola

‍Violist William Frampton has been praised by critics for his “impressive” performances (The New York Times) and “a glowing amber tone” (The Boston Globe). Since his New York recital debut in 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, William has enjoyed a career of diverse performances around the world as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. Recent highlights include over 100 performances with a string quartet led by Midori Goto in tours of Asia and North America, numerous appearances as guest principal viola with the American Symphony Orchestra, appearances as guest artist with the Johannes Quartet, and world premieres of chamber music by J. Mark Stambaugh and a concerto by Peter Homans.

‍William is the Artistic Director of Music at Bunker Hill, a chamber music series in Southern New Jersey he co-founded in 2008 that brings five professional chamber music performances to Gloucester County, New Jersey every year. The community built as a result of Music Bunker Hill has brought regular collaborations with schools, libraries, orchestras, and civic organizations, contributing to the cultural life of Southern New Jersey.  William has performed at festivals including Bard Music Festival, Bard Summerscape, Verbier, and IMS Prussia Cove, and as soloist with conductors Joseph Silverstein and David Hoose. He holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and studied with Kim Kashkashian, Samuel Rhodes, Choong-Jin Chang, and Byrnina Socolofsky. William teaches viola and chamber music at Queens College, CUNY.

‍ROBERTA COOPER  Cello

‍Roberta Cooper, cellist, won the Artists International Competition which sponsored her Carnegie Hall debut. She is a member of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio, which has performed extensively on major series in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and New York City and played several tours of Denmark. Ms Cooper is the assistant principal cellist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and Westchester Philharmonic, as well as a member of the American Composers Orchestra.She has performed in the Berlin Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York City Opera and the ballet orchestras of both the NYC Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.  Ms. Cooper has been a cellist with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and the Berkshire Bach Society for many years. She has performed as guest cellist with the Emerson Quartet in concerts all over the world. Roberta performed in festivals this past summer in Morocco, Napa, Denmark and Iceland. This summer she has been invited to perform at both at Festival Napa and The Lake Tahoe Music Festival. She has recorded many film scores, most recently for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and ” True Grit”, as well as on many rock and jazz CDs.  Recently she performed and recorded with Sting and Aretha Franklin and has played concerts with kd lang. She was featured as cello soloist on Linda Ronstadt’s album of jazz standards, “Hummin’ to Myself” on the Verve label. Ms. Cooper was a student of Lorne Munroe and Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and was awarded the William Henderson Prize for Outstanding Achievement.

‍PETER WEITZNER  Double bass

‍Peter Weitzner, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has performed with Solisti New York, the Jupiter Symphony, EOS Ensemble, SONYC, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Stamford Symphony, Musicians Accord, and the New Jersey Symphony. As soloist, he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony and performed the New York premiere of Sheila Silver’s Chant for bass and piano. Mr. Weitzner has been a frequent participant at international music festivals including Mostly Mozart, OK Mozart, Cape May, Festival of the Hamptons, Bratislava Music Festival, and the Bruckner Festival in Linz, Austria.

‍An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weitzner is currently the curator and host of the BPL Chamber Players in residence at the Central branch (Grand Army Plaza) of the Brooklyn Public Library. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orion, Ensō, Daedalus, Clarosa and Cassatt Quartets, Trio Solisti, New York Chamber Ensemble, Yale at Norfolk, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, New York Philomusica, Garden City Chamber Music Society, Sherman Chamber Ensemble and the Berkshire Bach Society.

‍He has also performed with the dance companies of Lar Lubovitch and David Parsons as well as Merce Cunningham’s 80th birthday celebration at the Lincoln Center Festival in the New York premiere of Biped. He also participated in a performance at NJPAC (NJ Performing Arts Center) with the re-emerging Alice Coltrane shortly before her passing. For ten years Mr. Weitzner toured the world as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio. In the spring of 2009, he was invited to become a member of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, an arts education advocacy group comprised of arts related non-profits, musicians and educators.

‍His work can be heard on the Nonesuch, Albany, Pro Gloria Musicae, New World Records, Musical Heritage Society, Delos, Grenadilla, and Berkshire Bach Society record labels. He has also produced recordings of the Brandenburg Concerti with the Berkshire Bach Society and the critically acclaimed complete flute music of J.S. Bach with flutist Susan Rotholz and Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, released by Bridge Records. A CD of American flute music with Susan Rotholz and pianist, Margaret Kampmeier has also been released by Bridge. Another CD for Bridge Records containing previously unrecorded American piano trios is also in the works. He is also a frequent contributor of concert recordings to NPR’s Performance Today.

ANAT COHEN & MARCELLO GONÇALVES

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ANAT COHEN  Clarinet

‍With The Anat Cohen Tentet, woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen brings audiences an evocative and exciting experience centered around the clarinet. Both on stage and on their critically acclaimed releases, Happy Song and 2019’s Triple Helix, the Tentet weaves a tapestry of sounds, freeing Cohen to explore the full range of the clarinet’s dynamics and demonstrate its vastly expressive character. As JazzTimes says, “With the clarinet she becomes a singer, a dancer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing – musically – with the sheer delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus.” The Tentet’s repertoire draws on Anat’s diverse musical loves, from Brazilian music to African grooves, and from vintage swing to touching ballads. Above all, the Tentet is another synergistic collaboration between Anat and co-producer/co-arranger Oded Lev-Ari, who is her partner in Anzic Records and who has been a kindred spirit since their high school days in Israel.

‍The perennial winner of “Clarinetist of the Year” titles from DownBeat, JazzTimes, and the Jazz Journalists Association, Fresh Air’s Terry Gross credits Cohen with “bringing the clarinet to the world” and The New York Times hails her a “Master.”

‍MARCELLO GONÇALVES  Guitar

‍One of Brazil’s most acclaimed 7-string guitarists, the Grammy-nominated Marcello Gonçalves is internationally renowned not only as a stellar performer but a sought-after musical director, arranger, producer and educator as well. His boundlessly warm nylon string tone, broad sonic range and irrepressible rhythmic finesse can yield a sound as full as an orchestra, revealing roots deeply planted in Brazilian popular, folkloric and classical music traditions. Gonçalves’ creative synthesis of all these elements has elevated his artistry to a rare and transcendent level. Gonçalves is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where he created the first academic course for Brazilian 7-string guitar, an instrumental discipline unlike any other. Over many years he has had the opportunity to study with masters Dino 7 Cordas, Mauricio Carrilho and Helio Delmiro, among others. With clarinetist Anat Cohen, a major force in the New York and international jazz and world music scenes, Gonçalves recorded the duo album Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos (Anzic Records), which received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album, as well as a Premio da Música Brasileira (Brazilian Grammy) nomination for Best Instrumental Album. Gonçalves is also a longtime member of Trio Madeira Brasil, the Premio da Música Brasileira-winning group, with a celebrated catalog of recordings and a history of extensive worldwide touring. Gonçalves has served as a 7-string guitarist, musical director, arranger and/or producer for the likes of João Bosco, Ney Matogrosso, Roberta Sá and Chico Buarque. His duo recordings with cavaquinho player Henrique Cazes have explored the legacies of the early 20th-century Brazilian music pioneers Pixinguinha and Garoto. His work with the group Rabo de Lagartixa has shed new light on the music of legendary Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. In addition, Gonçalves’ collaboration with Portuguese singer António Zambujo resulted in a Latin Grammy nomination for the platinum album Até Pensei que Fosse Minha. As musical director for Brasileirinho, a documentary film about Choro music, Gonçalves helped draw international attention to this unique Brazilian idiom. Directed by Finland’s Mika Kaurismaki, the film premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2005 and was screened in more than 25 countries.

JOE MULHOLLAND  Piano

‍Joe Mulholland is a pianist/vocalist, composer/arranger and educator specializing in jazz, blues, and Brazilian music. Joe is an active jazz composer and arranger with forty compositions represented on his self-produced recordings: three critically acclaimed CDs with the Joe Mulholland Sextet; “Unspoken” (music for jazz trio and quartet), 2012, “Runaway Train” (trio) released on Zoho Records, May 2016. He continues to compose jazz music and songs for small ensembles.

‍Joe is a Professor in the Berklee College of Music Harmony Department (where he was Department Chair from 2005-2015). He teaches intermediate to advanced theory, as well as a course on the Harmony of Brazilian Song. As a course facilitator for BerkleeOnline, Joe teaches two online courses that he created (Music Foundations and Jazz Composition) as well as multiple levels of Music Theory and Composition. He co-authored  the acclaimed “Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony” (Berklee Press), as well as the Berklee College Harmony textbooks and homework supplements for first and second semester students.

‍Joe performs regularly in concerts and clubs with his Trio and larger ensembles, as well as with singers and other instrumental groups in the Boston area. He is a valued vocal accompanist, noted for his stylistic versatility and intuitive support of his collaborators.

GILI SHARETT  Basso0n

‍Bassoonist Gili Sharett has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and Encores! at City Center. An experienced chamber musician who has performed classical, jazz and 20th-Century works, she is bassoonist of the New York Women’s Ensemble. A former member of Ariel Winds and Goliard Concerts, she has appeared with Sylvan Winds, Quintet of the Americas, NY Chamber Soloists and with such jazz groups as The Rafi Malkiel Ensemble, Dan Aran, and Jason Lindner and Uri Sharlin’s DogCat. Among her Broadway orchestral credits are Beauty and the Beast, 110 in the Shade, South Pacific, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, and Lincoln Center’s productions of The Frogs and The Light in the Piazza, for which she also played the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast. Festival appearances include the Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), Winter in Jerusalem (Israel), Vermont Mozart Festival and Bard SummerScape (New York). Honors include an America-Israel Cultural Foundation Award (1993–1995). She performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill recital in 2005. Sharett earned her BA at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv Magna Cum Laude, where she took first prize in both the concerto and chamber music competitions. She completed her doctoral studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she performed Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds under the baton of Leon Flisher. Sharett’s teachers include Mordechai Rechtman, Kim Laskowski, Arlen Fast, Bernadette Zirkuli, Lenny Hindell and Dennis Godburn. As an active educator, Sharett has performed for the New York Philharmonic Education series KidZone, as well as Young Audiences, Midori and Friends, and the 92 Street Y. She has taught at Hartwick Music Festival in Oneonta and the Brevard Music Center, and is currently on the faculties of Queens College and the Bloomingdale School of Music. Sharett has recorded with mixed ensembles on the Nonesuch, Naïve and Tzadik labels.

‍EMILY DAGGETT SMITH  Violin

‍Praised as playing “gorgeously” and with “gracefulness and easy rapport” (The Boston Globe), violinist Emily Daggett Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Emily made her New York concerto debut playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, and since then has performed concerti with many orchestras including Iris Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Classical Players. She has given solo recitals across the country at venues including the Kennedy Center and Music in the Loft in Chicago. As an active and passionate chamber musician Emily performs regularly at festivals and series around the country, and has shared the stage with renowned musicians including members of the Cleveland, Emerson and Juilliard String Quartets. She has premiered dozens of new works, including the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s Silvertone which was commissioned for her debut recital in Chicago, and Andrea Casarrubios’ Caminante for violin and cello, which was recently premiered at National Sawdust in Brooklyn and later recorded for Odradek Records. Her extensive work with the Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra The Knights also speaks to her passion for both old and new music, and as the founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet, she recorded a world-premiere album of Harold Brown's complete works for String Quartet on Albany Records. Despite her busy performance schedule, Emily is dedicated to education and is on the violin faculty at the Bard College Conservatory Pre-College, and is the substitute for Laurie Smukler at The Juilliard School. Emily holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her teachers have included Soovin Kim, Philip Setzer, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler, and Donald Weilerstein. She plays on a Johannes Cuypers violin, generously donated by Dr. Marylou Witz.

RONALD FELDMAN  Cello

‍Twice winner of the American Symphony League’s ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, Ronald Feldman has achieved critical acclaim for his work as conductor and cellist. He has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, and Quebec Symphony. In August of 2016 Mr. Feldman recorded three albums of music by Kevin Kaska with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

‍Mr. Feldman joined the Boston Symphony at the age of 19. He has appeared as cello soloist with many orchestras performing a wide range of concerto repertoire from Dvorak to Ligeti. His many chamber music affiliations have included performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Collage New Music Ensemble, the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players, and the Williams Chamber Players. His performances include collaborations with artists Peter Serkin, Emmanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson, Gil Shaham, and Yo Yo Ma.

‍After successful appearances as guest conductor for three consecutive seasons at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home, composer and Conductor John Williams appointed Mr. Feldman Assistant Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He served as assistant to John Williams from 1989-1993.

‍In addition to the Longwood Symphony Orchestra Mr. Feldman currently directs the award winning Berkshire Symphony, the orchestra in residence at Williams College. Mr. Feldman is on the faculty of  Williams College where he is Artist in Residence, Lecturer in Music, Chamber Music coordinator, and Conductor of the award-winning Berkshire Symphony.

‍GILI MELAMED-LEV  Piano, Artistic Director

‍Pianist Gili Melamed-Lev is recognized for her artistic vision, unique artistry and innovative programing. She is an engaging, multi-faceted pianist who enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist.

‍Ms. Melamed-Lev is the co-founder and Artistic director of Jazz and Classics for Change, a concert series in the Berkshires, MA and a member of the Lev-Evans duo with pianist Mark Evans. Ms. Melamed-Lev garnered rave reviews for her collaboration with Australian actor John McManus during their extended tour of The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. She also partnered with the Actors’ Ensemble and Walking the Dog Theater (WTD).

‍Recent collaborations include Eugene Drucker, Aaron Boyd, Michael Roth, Kenneth Cooper, Jenia Pikovsky, Joana Genova, Joel Pitchon, Gilad Rivkin, William Frampton, Ariel Rudiakov, Dima Ratosh, Roberta Cooper, Ashley Bathgate, Ronald Feldman, Inbal Segev, Nathaniel Parke, Linor Katz, Volcy Palletier, Peter Weitzner, Paul Green, Gili Sharett, Judith Mendenhall, Eugenia Zuckerman, Lior Eitan, Shira Eliassaf, Omri Rave, Michael Slatkin, Uzi Shalev, Amanda Boyd-Grout, Lucille Beer, and composers Philip Lasser and Sheila Silver.

‍She has performed throughout the US, Europe and Canada, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NY), BPL Concert Series (NY), The Daniel Arts Center (MA), PS21 (NY), The Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem Music Center, with members of the Israeli Philharmonic at the Eden-Tamir Music Center (Jerusalem), Tzavta 11:11 Music Series (Tel-Aviv), Renewal Conference center (NH), Schenectady College Chamber Music Series (NY), The Goetheanum (Switzerland), Wisteria Chamber Music Society (NY), at Camphill Ghent, Camphill Village Copake (NY), Kimberton Hills (PA) and at Taconic Music Series (VT) to name a few.

‍For the past five years, the Lev-Evans duo has been in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute (NH), and their new CD was released in 2018. Ms. Melamed-Lev was the founder and Artistic Director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent from 2012-2019.

‍A passionate advocate of music education, she teaches, performs, and gives master classes at the Schenectady Community College School of Music, works with students at Williams College, Bard College and her private studio. Born in Jerusalem, Gili Melamed-Lev studied with Bracha Eden, Susan Swilich-Cohen,  Sascha Gorodnitzki, Miyoko Nakaya-Lotto and György Sándor, and was a scholarship student at The Juilliard School, Montclair State College and The Rubin Academy (Jerusalem).

‍ARMEN DONELIAN  Piano

‍ARMEN DONELIAN is a graduate of the Westchester Conservatory of Music (Artist’s Certificate,1968) and Columbia University (BA in Music, 1972). He completed private studies with Carl Bamberger (conducting), Ludmila Ulehla (harmonic analysis), Harold Seletsky (Schoenberg theory and counterpoint) and Richie Beirach (jazz piano). Armen has performed in 25 countries in major venues since 1975 as featured solo pianist, band leader and sideman with Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Mongo Santamaria, Billy Harper, Jackie Paris, Anne Marie Moss, Paquito D’Rivera, Night Ark, Ivo Papasov and others. Armen is the composer of 100 works and has produced thirteen critically acclaimed recordings on the Sunnyside, Playscape, Odin and Atlas labels. Armen has received one Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and five Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards for residencies in Armenia (2002, 2003), Finland (2004), Switzerland (2006), Sweden (2007) and Greece (2009). Armen is also the recipient of six NEA Jazz Performance Fellowships, five Meet the Composer grants, one NJSCA grant, two CEC Artslink Grants and one New School Faculty Development grant. Armen has lectured at conservatories in Paris, Zürich, Copenhagen, Athens, St. Petersburg, Lisbon, Malmö, Jyväskylä, Arvika, Iasi, Tblisi and Yerevan. He has authored four books, Training the Ear Vol. 1 & 2, Whole Notes (all pub., Schott Music) and Ancestral Songs (pub. Edition Gruber), as well as numerous articles in Rutgers Annual Review of Jazz Studies, Downbeat and Keyboard magazines. Along with Marc Mommaas, Armen is the Co-founder of Hudson Jazzworks, Inc. (NFP). Since 2017, Armen is the Curator of the Hudson Jazz Festival. Armen is a Steinway Affiliated Artist. Armen has practiced yoga and meditation formally since 1988.

‍DOMINIQUE EADE  Vocalist

‍Dominique Eade is a vocalist, improviser and composer whose wide-ranging work with artists from Anthony Braxton and Ran Blake to Victor Lewis and Dave Holland over the past three decades has earned critical recognition from The New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic Monthly and many other publications here and abroad. She has recorded seven CDs under her own name, including two for RCA Victor. A frequent nominee and two-time winner of the Boston Music Awards, she was nominated for best new artist by the First Annual Jazz Awards (New York) in 1998 and was voted one of the top ten for Best Jazz Singer and in the ‘Rising Star’ category in multiple Downbeat critic’s poll. Eade's most recent recording, "Town and Country (Sunnyside)”, was named one of the top ten recordings of 2017 by critics in the Jazz Journalists Association, The Boston Globe, and #1 Jazz Vocal album in the NPR Jazz Critic’s Poll. Her performance with Ran Blake at the Park Avenue Armory was named one of the ten best performances of 2017 by Nate Chinen of NPR. Eade has also recorded with Dave Douglas, Benny Golson, Fred Hersch and many others. Eade has been a performer, teacher and artist-in-residence in many jazz festivals from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Rigas, Latvia. In 2007, she received the Outstanding Alumni Award from NEC where she has been on the faculty since 1984. Her students include Grammy winners Luciana Souza and Sara Jarosz; Roberta Gambarini, Rachel Price (Lake Street Dive), Sara Serpa, Michael Mayo, Jo Lawry (Sting), Akenya Seymour (Chance the Rapper, Noname), Sofia Rei, Aoife O’Donovan (I’m With Her, YoYo Ma), Nedleka Prescod, Richard Saunders (Third Story), and many others.

‍DAVID CLARK  Bass

‍David Clark was the resident jazz instructor at the International School for the Double Bass in Cincinnati, Ohio, during which time he was twice recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts jazz study grant. He is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches bass and jazz. He is the musical director of the Berklee Faculty Inter-Galactic Sun Ra Astro-Infinity Myth Equation Commemorative Arkestra.

‍As a performing bassist, Clark has appeared with a host of renowned musicians including Mose Allison, Lois Bellson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Frampton, and John Medeski, to name just a few. He is also a prolific jazz writer, and his compositions have been recorded by such artists as Gary Burton, Cercie Miller, Tim Ray, Dick Johnson, Armen Donelian, and Strange but Trio. He has received the Mass Council for the Arts Award for Jazz Composition. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music.

‍GEORGE SCHULLER  Drums

‍George Schuller (drummer, composer, arranger, producer) has released several albums as a leader including Listen Both Ways (Playscape), Life’s Little Dramas (Fresh Sound) and JigSaw (482 Music). He leads several groups including Circle Wide and George Schuller Trio and co-leads Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project. Schuller appeared on Joe Lovano’s Rush Hour (Blue Note) and has also recorded and/or produced CD’s with Lee Konitz, Armen Donelian, Jason Robinson, Michael Musillami, Yard Byard, Russ Johnson, Mike Baggetta, Katie Bull, Bruce Gertz, Orange Then Blue, Ran Blake, Luciana Souza, Burton Greene, Conference Call, Peter Yarrow and Gunther Schuller. Between 2013-18, Schuller had been touring with Lee Konitz Quartet (legendary alto saxophonist) appearing at festivals, concert halls and clubs all over the US, Europe and the Far East. Since graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1982, he has performed with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nnenna Freelon, Jaki Byard, Dave Douglas, George Adams, Fred Hersch, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Mose Allison, J Geils, among many others. He was also co-producer for the 2007 film documentary Music Inn, which was screened at the Tribeca, Berkshire, Galway, Munich & Prague Film Festivals. In the last couple of years, Schuller produced a new film about the Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency to Legacy including screenings at the 2019 Hudson Jazz Festival and in Albuquerque at the 2019 New Mexico Jazz Festival.             Photo: Rick Luettke

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