Contemporary Improvisation;Contemporary Improvisation
David Harris has distinguished himself as a trombonist, pianist, and composer/arranger in a multitude of musical styles. Harris is a 2005 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship first prize for music composition, having won this award previously in 1997.
Harris's ensemble, Dave Harris and the Nu Quartet, brings together a new ensemble with original compositions and a fresh approach to improvisation. Harris is a longtime trombonist and composer/arranger for the avant garde big band Jazz Composers' Alliance, with whom he performs and records. He is also longtime trombonist/arranger for the traditional klezmer music ensemble Shirim, noted for their "Klezmer Nutcracker" and klezmer version of Peter and the World-Pinkus and the Pig, both of which he co-arranged. In addition, Harris is a founding member and composer/arranger of Brass Planet, an ensemble of four trombones, tuba and drums, that plays everything from cumbias, marches, ska, jazz, to funk and reggae.
He has been featured in soundtracks for TV, commercials, Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, a klezmer soundtrack for the movie Strangers Among Us, the soundtrack for Opposite of Sex, and has performed around the world, from Japan to Australia, throughout Europe, and many venues in North America including Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, and famous jazz clubs such as New York's Blue Note and Knitting Factory.
Harris is featured on over 40 recordings, including albums with Les Miserables Brass Band, a group that has toured the world performing traditional brass music of South America, the Balkans, the Caribbean, Africa, and American sources that include Motown and Jimi Hendrix. The Miserables' projects include composing the soundtrack for the new version of Pinnochio, with narration by Danny Aiello, and commissioning new American marches.
Harris was a founding member of the avant Jewish ensemble Naftule's Dream, with three albums on Tzadik, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band, recording three albums with this 15-piece traditional klezmer ensemble.
B.M. in Trombone Performance, New England Conservatory.
Photo by Andrew Hurlbut
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