SZJA E-TRIO featuring Samir Zarif, James Quinlan & Tom Hartman, Michael Gallant Trio, The Better Tones

SZJA E-TRIO featuring Samir Zarif, James Quinlan & Tom Hartman

Michael Gallant Trio

The Better Tones

Sun · April 17, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$6 Advance / $8 Day of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

SZJA E-TRIO featuring Samir Zarif, James Quinlan & Tom Hartman
SZJA E-TRIO featuring Samir Zarif, James Quinlan & Tom Hartman
Samir Zarif originally from Houston, TX, moved to New Orleans to study jazz performance & composition at the University of New Orleans (UNO) with film-scorer, Terrance Blanchard. In 2004, he migrated to New York attending the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) as a graduate student of Jazz Studies and saxophone performance. He then quickly integrated himself into the music scene as a saxophonist touring throughout the United States, Canada & Europe in many noted bands and ensembles such as Miguel Zenon's Identities Big Band, the Hans Glawischnig Trio, Soulful Symphony and with Alicia & Michael Olatuja performing at world-renowned venues and halls such as Carnegie Hall (NYC) and Bimhuis (Amsterdam). In Fall 2010, Zarif released his debut jazz album Starting Point which received positive attention from many jazz critics. Dan Bilawsky from All About Jazz pronounce Starting Point as "a brilliant, non-imitative pastiche of musical movements that are both at home and foreign to jazz."

"Starting Point" debut is a clear illustration marking the direction of Samir Zarif's musical development. Although many of the tracks on the album truly have the mark of a well-versed jazz musician. But what's more clear is the influences the go beyond the originated genre that make it unique and relevant. In compositions like "Dancing in A Garden..." there is a definite rock influence reflective of 90's bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers. And, "Fear & Deception" swing back and forth between a hip-hop influence and free jazz. It is a departure from the normal expectations of what is considered jazz but simultaneously reflective of exactly what the traditions of jazz have always been. Therefore, Zarif has coined the name "Jazz Alternative" to describe his music and equally his band name as the Samir Zarif Jazz Alternative.

Well into an established career as a saxophonist, Zarif also began to gain prestige as a music producer and DJ. In 2009, he was commissioned to film-score a collection of short films by Donna Cameron, a noted trans-media artist, who later debuted their works at the Museum of Modern Art. The project ignited Zarif's passion for electronic music, seeing a new spectrum of possibilities toward his love of composition and scoring. Soon after, Samir Zarif began working together with Brian Lindgren (electronic producer), eventually forming their electronic duo, Pax Humana in 2011. Since Pax Humana’s inception Lindgren & Zarif have collaborated with a number of talented artists such as Sonia Choi, Maria Neckam (aka Milan), Sumiko Yamazaki and Dylan Golden. They have also performed/DJ’ed at notable venues such as Webster Hall (New York City) & Verboten (Brooklyn). Pax Humana has scored music for short films and commercials working for notable companies and organizations such as Seismic Software, Big Object Studios, Muh-Tay-Zik-Hof-Fer, Brian Reed LLC and Estee Lauder. In 2014 the electronic duo, began work with the startup company, Thankyousomuch, a new music imprint dedicated to promoting artists for peace and creating cultural products of the highest value.

This fall 2015, Zarif will be releasing and recording an array of new material both in the jazz and electronic sectors. He is set to release his sophomore jazz alternative album "Short Stories" in Spring 2016.
Michael Gallant Trio
Michael Gallant Trio
"★ ★ ★ ★. . . infectious and captivating"—DownBeat

"An artist unafraid and bending the tradition." —All About Jazz

"This, my friends, is the future of jazz. Fresh, invigorating, progressive - there are simply not enough positive adjectives to list here. . . Five stars." —Critical Jazz

"Fearless . . .An alchemist/anarchist who blends jazz with gritty grunge rock, classical chops, turbo-powered passages, funky backbeats and sweet, salon-like moods." —WNPR

"So damn impressive, I had to listen again to confirm what I just heard." —Aquarian Weekly

Michael Gallant is a New York-based pianist/keyboardist, composer, producer, and writer. As the leader of the Michael Gallant Trio, he has released two critically acclaimed albums, 2013’s Completely and 2015’s Live Plus One, and toured internationally with bandmates Dmitry Ishenko (bass) and Rob Mitzner (drums). As a vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter, Gallant performs with Aurical. The band has played twice to capacity crowds at New York’s Lincoln Center and will release its second album in 2016.

In 2015, Gallant was commissioned to compose, perform, and produce original improvisational music for the major motion picture About Ray, starring Susan Sarandon. Other composition projects include creating theme music for the world’s first interactive iPad graphic novel, an orchestral suite for the centennial anniversary video for the Anti- Defamation League, and the score for award-winning feature film Remedy.

In 2014, Gallant collaborated with Indian composer Ricky Kej and South African flutist Wouter Kellerman on the album Winds of Samsara, which won the 2015 Grammy Award in the New Age category. Gallant contributed keyboard parts to Kellerman’s follow-up album, Love Language, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016.

A former Senior Editor at Keyboard magazine, Gallant conducted cover-story interviews on artists including Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Ben Folds, Michel Camilo,, Phish, and Maroon 5. He wrote and edited how-to-play articles for the magazine as well, and many of his interviews evolved into impromptu four-hand jam sessions at the piano.

Gallant currently writes arts and music-related content for the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. State Department, M: Music and Musicians, Universal Audio, Echoes Blog, and other outlets.
The Better Tones
The Better Tones
The Better Tones is an instrumental acoustic guitar duo created in New York City by Brazilian artists Alex Vaz and Alex Prol.

The music is a blend of Brazilian music styles such as samba, bossa nova, forró and MPB with American pop, folk and rock music and a hint of latin/flamenco music.

Even though both Vaz and Prol have met many years ago in Brazil and played as sidemen for various major artists for over a decade, it was only when they moved to the Big Apple that they finally decided to make music together.

The Better Tones is the result of talent, friendship and creativity at the highest.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215