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The Jamie Baum Trio

With Brad Shepik and Zack Lober

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6:00 PM–9:00 PM

A special concert as part of theHonoring Nepalseries.

Jamie Baum (flute) + Zack Lober (bass) + Brad Shepik (guitar)

Jazz flutist/composer Jamie Baum’s musical and personal life was transformed after two trips to perform and work with local musicians in Nepal (2003 & 2009), as heard on her recent award-winning Sunnyside release In This Life. This evening she will play some selections from that recording along with jazz and jazz influenced Nepali folk songs as part of “Honoring Nepal”.


About the Musicians

Flutist/composer and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Jamie Baum has toured 28 countries and worked with artists as diverse as George Russell, Mick Goodrick, Paul Motion and Randy Brecker to Dave Douglas, Anthony Braxton and Wadada Leo Smith. Her recent fifth CD as leader, In This Life (Sunnyside) was featured by WBGO’s RADAR, NPR’s All Things Considered and the NY Times. She’s been nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for “Flutist of the Year” several times (including 2015) and in DownBeat Critics Polls annually since ’98. Her compositional muse, The Jamie Baum Septet+ boasts 3 award-winning recordings and was nominated “Best Midsize Ensemble of 2014” by The Jazz Journalists Association in the same list with only two other bands, The Wayne Shorter Quartet and Steve Coleman and Five Elements! A sidewoman in several other projects, Ms. Baum is on the faculty of the Jazz Department at the Manhattan School of Music and a clinician for Altus/Jupiter Flutes.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Zack Lober is a bassist, DJ, and composer based in New York City since 2005. He is a co-founder of the groups “The Story” and “Byproduct” and currently leads his own group called “The Ancestry Project”, a performance piece featuring music and video that also incorporates his musical explorations with turntables. He is also active as an educator and clinician and holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed in NYC as a sideman in groups led by artists including David Binney, Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, John Escreet, Greg Ward, Jamie Baum, Lars Dietrich and Samir Zarif and has also performed throughout Europe, India, Mexico, Canada, and the United States in bands led by Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Chet Doxas, Christophe Schweizer, as well as with “The Story”.

Guitarist/composer Brad Shepik has recorded 7 albums as a leader of 4 different ensembles, Brad Shepik Quartet, Brad Shepik Trio, Human Activity Quintet, Brad Shepik and the Commuters. Since 1995 his ensembles have performed at numerous major festivals and clubs across Europe and North America He has also been a founding member of several “collective” ensembles to the sax/ guitar /drums trio BABKAS, and the Balkan and World influenced groups Pachora, Lingua Franca and Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio. In addition to guitar Shepik has performed on the Bulgarian tambura and the Turkish saz frequently in those groups. As a sideman Brad appears on more than 60 recordings including icons such as Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, Dave Douglas’ Tiny Belll Trio, Yuri Yunakov’s Bulgarian Wedding Band, Pachora, Paradox Trio, Jay Clayton and others. His newest release is a forthcoming duo album with vibraphonist Tom Beckham “Flower Starter”.