Harris Eisenstadt’s Latest Release, Canada Day, Coming October 6th

July 7, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

On October 6th, Clean Feed Records will release Canada Day (CF157CD), the eponymous debut of Harris Eisenstadt‘s most active working ensemble. The Brooklyn-based drummer/composer’s eighth recording as a bandleader, Canada Day documents Eisenstadt’s book of originals for the band, developed at gigs around New York and beyond for the past two years. The group, his primary focus as a bandleader since returning to New York in 2005, features Nate Wooley (trumpet), Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Eivind Opsvik (bass).

“Canada Day was built around the specific personalities of these four musicians,” Eisenstadt explains. “Nate and Matt are known for their experimental sides, yet both are lyrical players with totally personal sounds in more jazz/song form-oriented contexts. Chris, who I’ve worked with since my 2007 record, The All Seeing Eye + Octets (Poobah), brings harmonic sophistication and a skeletal, shimmering texture that only vibraphone can provide. Eivind is one of the premier young bassists working in New York and I felt instantly at home with his lyrical and rock solid approach. He thinks in song forms even when abstracting material, making him the perfect bass player for these compositions.”

“Eisenstadt is strong proof that jazz is still young and growing,” declared L.A. Weekly‘s Greg Burk. Critics have called him “a rising presence as a composer of note” (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com), “vital and increasingly influential” (Glenn Astarita, jazzreview.com) and “one of the most creative and skilled musician/composers incorporating traditional material to create new and vital improvised music” (Robert Iannapollo, AllAboutJazz-New York). The Village Voice‘s Jim Macnie adds, “He’s perpetually building new ensembles to suit the variety of music he hears in his head—that’s what composers do.”

One of only a handful of drummers equally well-known for his work as a composer, Eisenstadt, a Toronto native, is among the most versatile and prolific musicians of his generation. His eclectic resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in both improvised music and West African drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theater to poetry and dance to contemporary classical and opera. He has performed all over the globe, earned commissions from organizations such as Meet The Composer and the American Composers Forum, and appeared on more than 35 recordings over the past decade.

His previous release, Guewel (Clean Feed), was named one of 2008’s best in publications such as AllAboutJazz.com, Time Out New York and the Village Voice, and helped earn him a nomination as Up and Coming Artist of the Year in the 2009 Jazz Journalists Association Awards. In addition to Canada Day, Eisenstadt also leads Woodblock Prints, a nonet inspired by the ancient Japanese art form. He is also an active member of The Convergence Quartet, Sean Moran’s Big Elephant, The Pavones, Adam Rudolph’s Organic Orchestra and the Nate Wooley Quintet. Learn more at http://www.harriseisenstadt.com


The Convergence Quartet Live At The Rainbow

June 23, 2009
Taylor Ho Bynum performing with The Convergence Quartet

Taylor Ho Bynum performing with The Convergence Quartet

The Convergence Quartet‘s April 29th performance at The Rainbow, as part of Birmingham Jazz‘s monthly Jazz Club series, can now be heard via the organization’s online jukebox.

The concert was part of the intercontinental band’s extensive tour of the U.K. in late April and early May.

The group features cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Harris Eisenstadt.


Harris Eisenstadt Performances In May

May 6, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Fresh off his 10-stop tour of the UK with The Convergence Quartet, and a Jazz Journalists Association Awards nomination for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt embarks on a busy May schedule of sideman performances.

Carlos Barretto/Harris Eisenstadt/Avram Fefer
May 6-9th: Tour of Portugal

Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra
May 11, 18 and 25th at Roulette

Ned Rothenberg Trio
May 21st at Le Grand Dakar 

The Pavones
May 21st at Zebulon

Nate Wooley Quintet
May 26th at The Stone


The Convergence Quartet’s UK Tour Dates

April 23, 2009

The Convergence Quartet

The Convergence Quartet, featuring cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, pianist Alex Hawkins, bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Harris Eisenstadt, will embark on a week long tour of the United Kingdom starting this Saturday.

04/25: Bristol Cube (Bristol)
04/26: Rising Sun Arts Centre (Reading)
04/27: Vortex Jazz Club (London)
04/28: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff)
04/29: Rainbow Club (Birmingham)
04/30: Afternoon workshop @ Oxford University (Oxford)
04/30: Denis Arnold Hall @ Oxford University (Oxford)
05/01: University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham)
05/02: Churchill College Recital Rooms (Cambridge)
05/03: Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester)


Harris Eisenstadt In April

April 2, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

After a four-week residency in March at IBeam with his nonet, Woodblock Prints, drummer/composer Harris Eisenstandt is taking a break from leading his own bands in April, but you can still catch him performing in New York with others throughout the month.

04/03: Saris, The Stone
04/05: Korea 21: Music Here and Now, Symphony Space
04/10: Jeremiah Cymerman Ensemble, Roulette 
04/11: Aram Shelton Quartet, Chocolate Factory
04/18: Macroquarket, The Stone
04/20: City of the World: Korean Traditional Music & Change, CUNY Graduate Center

April will also find Eisenstadt hosting The Musician’s Show on WKCR on Wednesday, April 8th and embarking on an extended UK tour with The Convergence Quartet.