Ty Citerman is a Brooklyn, NY-based guitarist and composer who writes, performs and teaches music across the spectrum of jazz, rock and contemporary classical music. He is a founding member of the irreverent chamber jazz quartet Gutbucket; he leads the radical Jewish quartet Bop Kabbalah; and he writes chamber music that’s been performed by JACK Quartet, Anti-Social Music, Sara Schoenbeck and Bearthoven. His music appears on Cuneiform Records, Tzadik Records, Cantaloupe Music, Enja, Knitting Factory, NRW, and Gut Records. Guitar Player called Ty’s music for Gutbucket “kinetic punk jazz opuses” that “reveal an explosive concoction containing lethal doses of Ornette Coleman, King Crimson, John Zorn, Black Sabbath, Stravinsky, and Fugazi.” He has also been featured in Downbeat, The Guardian, The New York City Jazz Record, Tikkun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Sydney Morning Herald and JazzTimes, which called Bop Kabbalah (2014) “…one of the year’s most arresting recordings…”
Cellist Clara Kennedy, a 2005 graduate of The Juilliard School, was seated principal cellist of The Juilliard Orchestra and has played concerts in Avery Fisher Hall, The Bowery Ballroom, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, St. Ann’s Warehouse and Carnegie Hall. Since graduation she has performed and collaborated with artists such as Justin Bond of the Broadway duo Kiki and Herb, Bjork and Jonny Greenwood at the Big Ears Festival in Tennessee.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Dana Lyn inhabits a musical world somewhere in the Venn diagram of contemporary classical music, traditional Irish music and 70’s art rock. Frequent collaborators include performance artist Taylor Mac, Irish poet Louis de Paor, avant cellist Hank Roberts, Tony-award winning songwriters Stew and Heidi Rodewald, among others. As a composer, Lyn has received commissions from the Brooklyn Rider, the Apple Hill String Quartet, violist Nicholas Cords, the Irish Arts Council and the New Orchestra of Washington. She has released seven records under her name, the most recent being Volume II of her spoken-word collaboration with actor-director Vincent D’Onofrio and her third album with guitarist Kyle Sanna, “The Coral Suite”, both released in 2018. Most recently, Dana was an artist-in-residence at New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Multi-reedist and composer Mike McGinnis is a musical explorer unbound by stylistic barriers; unwaveringly individual, curious, and open-minded. McGinnis’ penchant for experimentation has led him to work with an impressive array of artists, from jazz innovators like Anthony Braxton, Alice and Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, and Lonnie Plaxico, to indie rock mainstays Yo La Tengo and the Afro-Baroque Stew & the Negro Problem. Most recently, McGinnis brought legendary jazz artists Art Lande and Steve Swallow together for a project that resulted in his latest CD, which was released at New York City’s famed Jazz Standard venue and was featured in DownBeat magazine’s August 2017 issue.
McGinnis’ personal vision has been evident since his 2000 debut release, Tangents (RKM), but perhaps no more than on two critically acclaimed 2013 releases that highlight his deep commitment to stylistic diversity and collaboration, Road*Trip (RKM), which received a rare 4½ stars from DownBeat magazine and was named one of the 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2013 by the Village Voice, and Ängsudden Song Cycle (482 Music), which was described as a “poetically driven artistic statement” featuring “achingly beautiful arrangements” by Elliot Simon of the NYC Jazz Record. McGinnis has also written for film, including for Ang Lee’s 2009 Taking Woodstock and the recently-released Christopher Walken comedy One More Time, and has collaborated with choreographer and dancer Davalois Fearon to compose the music for her powerful debut piece, Consider Water, and her newer Time to Talk.
Drummer Vinnie Sperrazza resides in Brooklyn NY. He has performed and recorded with James Williams, John McNeil, Ellery Eskelin, Chris Speed, and many others. He is a member of the collective 40twenty with Jacob Sacks, Jacob Garchik, and Dave Ambrosio. Apocryphal, his first album as a bandleader and composer, was released in the fall of 2014 on Loyal Label.