Trevor Anderies: Drum Set
Alina Roitstein: Voice
Gregory Uhlmann: Guitar
Andrew Conrad: Woodwinds
Emilio Terranova – Bass
Joe Anderies – Woodwinds
Trevor Anderies began his career as a bandleader in 2008 after achieving the honor of recording at Capitol Records for the annual CalArts Jazz CD. Soon after, the modern jazz collective, Slumgum, was formed. Over the next eight years, they toured extensively around the United States, most notably at the Rubin Museum of Art, LACMA, and the Angel City Jazz Festival. They performed clinics at CU Boulder, Denver University, George Mason University, and the University of Reno, Nevada. In 2010, they were participants in the Aspen Snowmass Young Artists Program led by Christian McBride, and in 2013, they received the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.
Aside from co-leading Slumgum, the Trevor Anderies Ensemble took shape as an outlet for Anderies to focus on his own compositions. In 2009, Trevor’s trio performed atSappho in Taipei. In 2012, Trevor released his first album, Shades of Truth, featuring vocalist Dwight Trible. Responding to this album, jazz legend Bennie Maupin stated, “At a time when the sounds heard most often are merely stale copies of the past, Shades of Truth by talented composer/drummer Trevor Anderies is a truly welcome breeze of fresh air. It’s young musicians like Trevor and his brilliant ensemble who are bringing forth the highly creative, exciting and innovative improvisations of the 21stcentury. This outstanding project proves that modern American music is absolutely in great hands.” In 2013, Anderies formed his New York Quartet, culminating in several concerts throughout New York City and an unreleased album. With the Trevor Anderies European Quartet, he toured throughout Europe in 2014 and 2015, playing such venues as the Jazz Keller in Frankfurt and the B-flat in Berlin, featuring musicians from France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Trevor’s main focus is now his Los Angeles based group, the Trevor Anderies Quintet. The band features the amazing vocal talents of Alina Roitstein, who is as comfortable singing art song or opera as she is jazz, Cuban, or Brazilian music. Guitarist Gregory Uhlmann’s study of Indian, Ghanaian, jazz, and western chamber music give him a unique perspective that is perfect for Anderies’ compositions. Bassist Emilio Terranova’s sharp sense of humor is palpable on or off the bandstand. His supportive flexibility and ability to musically interact with each player allows the music breathe freely. Andrew Conrad is extremely versatile as a woodwind doubler; he is equally
comfortable playing clarinet, saxophone, or flute, and the quintet gladly utilizes all the colors that he offers.
The Trevor Anderies Quintet has performed throughout the west coast at venues such as the Blue Whale, MorYork Gallery, and the Nash, and has given master classes at Paradise Valley Community College and Verde Valley School. Most recently, they premiered an extended work entitled “At the Twilight,” setting the poetry of Rumi. The quintet recently released its latest album, Promise of a Tree. While based in the traditionof jazz and free improvisation, the music is also deeply connected to the folk music of West Africa, Bulgaria, and America.
Resolve, innovation, and passion define Trevor Anderies’ musical direction. Based in Los Angeles, California, he performs locally and on the international scene with many groups including, Slumgum, The Walsh Set Trio, The Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra, Dan Rosenboom, Neelamjit Dhillon, The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble, and The Trevor Anderies Quintet. Amongst his many teachers have been Joe LaBarbara, Bennie Maupin, Art Lande, Randy Gloss, Paul Romaine, and Larry Koonse. In addition, Trevor has studied Ewe music from Ghanian Master Drummer Alfred Ladzekpo, and Tabla from North Indian Master Swapan Chaudhuri. Trevor has performed and recorded with a wide array of artists including Bennie Maupin, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Dwight Trible, Hugh Ragin, Ron Miles, Greg Gisbert, Pat Coil, Larry Coryell, Eric Gunnison, and Shunzo Ohno. In addition to being a performer Trevor has giver workshops at various universities including CU Boulder, Denver University, Reed College, Sacramento State, Metro State, Mesa State College, George Mason University, and the University of Reno, Nevada. Trevor has performed his music all around the United States as well as in Italy, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Brussels and Taiwan. Anderies released his debut album, Shades of Truth, in 2013 on Nine Winds Records as wells as his second album Promise of a Tree on Orenda Records.
Alina Roitstein –
Known for her “beautiful voice and equally beautiful presence” (El Nuevo Herald), Alina Roitstein has sung in concert series and venues across the world, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Scotland’s Royal Conservatoire, Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series, Chicago’s Poetry Foundation, and the Miami Civic Music Association, where she appeared as a soloist with the Toomai String Quintet. Alina has been seen as Pamina (The Magic Flute) at California Institute of the Arts, Aurore (Le Portrait de Manon) at University of Southern California, and as Emily in The Discord Altar, the first of OperaWorks’ Arts for Social Awareness Project, a groundbreaking series of musically improvised
operas created to bring awareness to current social issues. Alina is also a singer and composer for River Song Quintet, a chamber jazz ensemble who recently released its debut album, Monarchs, as well as the lead singer for the Trevor Anderies Quintet, whose recent album on Orenda Records is entitled Promise of a Tree. Alina graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and from University of Southern California with a Masters Degree in Vocal Arts.
Greg Uhlmann –
“A guitarist and composer with a marked propensity towards mixing the prickly and the beautiful. Uhlmann aims to seamlessly incorporate influences from the rich history of American improvisers, West African music, minimalism, noise, and chamber music. His output as a leader/co-leader includes the projects and bands, Fell Runner, River Song Quintet, Pocket People, ISTANBUL, Walsh/Uhlmann, Tom Foolery, Aquadeer, and different iterations of his name followed by trio, quartet, septet, etc.. As a sideman he is a member of Joe Labarbera’s Global Community Quartet, Andy Clausen’s SHUTTER, Andrew Lessman Trio, Logan Hone’s Similar Fashion, Michael Mull Octet, and Trevor Anderies’s Quintet. Recent works as a composer include pieces for dance, song cycles, chamber works, and many songs.
His teaching has included workshops at CalArts, University of Oregon, University of Nevada (Reno), Denison University, and other universities and high schools. He holds a BFA in jazz guitar from the California Institute of the Arts where he also studied composition, West African music, Gamelan, North Indian Classical music, and Brazilian music.”
Emilio Terranova –
Born in Sarasota, Florida, but raised in San Diego, California, Emilio Giuseppe Terranova was brought up in family of circus performers. Specializing in clown routines and simple acrobatic acts, Emilio performed alongside his mother, uncles and grandfather from age 7 until 10 at San Diego fairs, events, and private parties. When his love for music began to blossom in his early teens, performance seemed a natural outlet of expression. His first introduction to jazz was through the music of Charles Mingus which led to an immediate fascination and love of all things gritty and improvised. By 18 years old, Emilio moved to the Los Angeles area to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz bassist.
He earned his Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Bass from California State University Northridge under the guidance of Gary Pratt and Darek Oleszkiewicz, then continued under Darek’s and Charlie Haden’s direction at California Institute of the Arts to earn a Masters of Fine Arts. Emilio continues to perform alongside such greats as Larry Koonse, Howie Shear, Kim Richmond, John Daversa, and countless others at Los Angeles’ top jazz venues including Catalina Bar & Grill, Blue Whale, and Vibrato Grill Jazz. Current creative projects include Trevor Anderies Quintet, Chord Four, and Michael Mull Octet. He is currently teaching jazz combo classes at California State University Northridge and has been doing so since 2011.
Andrew Conrad – Tenor Sax/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Andrew Conrad is a single reed artist residing in Los Angeles, CA. He began his musical studies with the clarinet at age 10 on the Central Coast of California. Growing up in a musical family, Andrew enjoyed teaching himself songs on the piano and quickly fell in love with the clarinet while listening to recordings of Benny Goodman along with a wide assortment of Classical records, Oldies radio, Musical Soundtracks on Cassette Tape, and any Jazz CDs he could steal from his older brother. Up through High School Andrew studied traditional Classical repertoire playing in chamber ensembles, orchestras, and freelancing as a clarinetist around San Luis Obispo, CA; but his interest in the school Jazz Band led him to pick up the Tenor Saxophone at the age of 16. He discovered a new world of possibilities in improvisation at the end of High School, studying with James Miley, George Stone, and Dave Becker at Cuesta Community College for two years afterwards. Andrew went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz and Improvisational Music at the University of Nevada, Reno where he studied Improvisation and Jazz with Peter Epstein, David Ake and James Winn. Graduating in 2008, it is then that Andrew moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Master’s degree in Jazz performance at the California Institute of the Arts. While attending Cal Arts he absorbed music from around the world including West African drumming with Alfred Ladzekpo, Balinese Gamelan with I
Nyoman Wenten, Cuban music with Aaron Saferty and David Roitstein, Balkan Folk Music with Miroslav Tadic, Kate Conklin and Milen Kirov, and Indian Classical music with Aashish Khan, Swapan Chadhuri and Randy Gloss. Andrew also focused much of his time to the Saxophone and Clarinet through Jazz and Improvisation, studying with Charlie Haden, Vinny Golia, Paul Novros, Larry Koonse, and David Roitstein. Andrew has lived in Los Angeles since graduating from Cal Arts in 2010, spending his time teaching, composing and playing music in a wide assortment of areas. In 2013 he started an Improvisation class through the Harmony Project in Ventura, CA and continues to work with students throughout Southern California. He is a co-leader of the improvisational jazz quartet Chord Four, and plays regularly with Orkestar Meze. He has performed and/or composed music with Poor Dog Group, Wild Up, Angel City Jazz Festival, Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra, Trevor Anderies Quintet and Vinny Golia in Los Angeles.