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


Harris Eisenstadt In July

July 3, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt is still basking in the glow of his new role as father to young Owen Eric, born a few weeks ago, but he’s not off the musical market completely.

He has three gigs in New York this month, including the patriotic debut of his new trio with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and cellist Chris Hoffman, a sideman date with guitarist Sean Moran‘s Small Elephant and the return of his own nonet, Woodblock Prints.

Saturday, July 4th at 10:00 p.m.
The Harris Eisenstadt Trio
Cornelia Street Cafe

Sunday, July 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Sean Moran’s Small Elephant
Barbès

Friday, July 31st at 10:00 p.m.
Kaoru Watanabe’s NakaNaka series presents:
Harris Eisenstadt’s Woodblock Prints
Drom

Stay tuned for our announcement (next week) about Harris’ forthcoming record, Canada Day, on Clean Feed!


Harris Eisenstadt’s Residency At Ibeam Concludes This Saturday

March 27, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt’s March residency at Brooklyn’s Ibeam Music Studio concludes this Saturday, March 28th at 9:00 p.m.

This is the fourth in a series of Saturday night concerts by his new nonet, Woodblock Prints.

The line-up will feature:

Mike McGinnis, clarinet
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Mark Taylor, French horn
Brian Drye, trombone
Jay Rozen, tuba
Jonathan Goldberger, electric guitar
Stuart Popejoy, acoustic bass guitar
Harris Eisenstadt, drums


Reminder: Harris Eisenstadt’s Residency At Ibeam Continues March 21st

March 19, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt‘s March residency at Brooklyn’s Ibeam Music Studio continues this Saturday, March 21st at 9:00 p.m.

This is the third in a series of four Saturday night concerts by his new nonet, Woodblock Prints.

The line-up for this week’s show is:

Mike McGinnis, clarinet
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Mark Taylor, French horn
Brian Drye, trombone
Jay Rozen, tuba
Jonathan Goldberger, electric guitar
Garth Stevenson, bass
Harris Eisenstadt, drums


Reminder: Harris Eisenstadt’s Residency At Ibeam Continues This Saturday

March 12, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt‘s March residency at Brooklyn’s Ibeam Music Studio continues this Saturday, March 14th at 9:00 p.m.

This will be the second in a series of four Saturday night concerts by his new nonet, Woodblock Prints.

The line-up for this week’s show is:

Mike Mcginnis, clarinet
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Mark Taylor, French horn and mellophone
Brian Drye, trombone
Jose Davila, tuba
Carl Maguire, piano
Garth Stevenson, bass
Harris Eisenstadt, drums


Reminder: Harris Eisenstadt’s March Residency At Ibeam Begins Saturday

March 5, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt will be in residence at Brooklyn’s Ibeam Music Studio every Saturday night in March at 9:00 p.m.

This series of four concerts (March 7, 14, 21, 28) will feature the first-ever performances of his new nonet, Harris Eisenstadt’s Woodblock Prints.

The group’s music is inspired by depictions of nature found in Japanese woodblock prints, an ancient form of relief printing created from intricately carved wood.

The line-up for Saturday’s concert will now feature:

Marty Ehrlich, clarinet
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Jacob Garchik, trombone
Jose Davila, tuba
Jonathan Goldberger, electric guitar
Garth Stevenson, bass
Harris Eisenstadt, drums


Reminder: Harris Eisenstadt’s March Residency At Ibeam

February 20, 2009

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt will be in residence at Brooklyn’s Ibeam Music Studio every Saturday night in March. 

This series of four concerts (March 7, 14, 21, 28) will feature the first-ever performances of his new nonet, Harris Eisenstadt’s Woodblock Prints, featuring Mike McGinnis (clarinet), Jason Mears (alto saxophone), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Mark Taylor (French horn), Brian Drye (trombone), Jose Davila (tuba), Jonathan Goldberger (electric guitar) and Garth Stevenson (bass). 

The group’s music is inspired by depictions of nature found in Japanese woodblock prints, an ancient form of relief printing created from intricately carved wood.