Combo Nuvo plays One World Suite + Harmonica Choir (Audience Participation)
November 15, 2019
NYU Washington, DC and the John Brademas Center of New York University co-hosted a second concert with, One World Suite. One World Suite is Combo Nuvo’s musical statement on climate change, offering up an encouraging step in the right direction.
One World Suite featured NYU Steinhardt Jazz faculty Dave Schroeder, Mongolian horn, piccolo, sopranino sax, chromatic harmonica, alto clarinet, Rich Shemaria, pianist, composer and conductor, and John Hadfield, drums, Brad Shepik, guitar, Mary Gatchell, oboist, Billy Drewes, saxophone and clarinet, Carlos Chirinos, Clinical Music and Global Health Associate Professor; Director, NYU Music and Social Change Lab, and Mike Richmond, bass. This year's concert featured special guest and D.C. saxophonist, Paul Carr. Special guest speaker for the evening included Sunny Sumter, Executive Director of the DC Jazz Festival.
Combo Nuvo performed One World Suite in Washington Square Park for the United Nation’s International Day of Peace. In addition to performing the suite, an additional composition was added called, The Oceans that included 500 harmonica players from the audience. The concept of inviting the audience to participate in the last tune adds greatly to in the inclusiveness of all participants and the idea that we all have a voice that can unify when we work together.
Prior to the concert, Dave Schroeder hosted a harmonica workshop and provided those in attendance with free harmonicas to use later on for the audience participation portion of the event.
This performance was made possible through the generous support from:
Ronald Abramson, RS Berkeley Horns, NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies, and NYU DC. Please note that this event may have been filmed and/or photographed.
Carlos Chirinos, Clinical Music and Global Health Associate Professor; Director, NYU Music and Social Change Lab
Carlos Chirinos’ work explores innovation and creativity in emerging global music industries, looking at the role of music in public health, international development and social change. He has been a key consultant for radio and music projects in Europe, Africa and Japan, with funding from the World Bank, USAID, IDRC, the Wellcome Trust and Toyota Foundation. He was awarded the Director’s Teaching Prize at SOAS, University of London in 2009.
Carlos received an award from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Defense, and USAID, to develop Africa Stop Ebola, a global music campaign to raise awareness about Ebola in West Africa that was featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and CNN.
Currently, Professor Chirinos collaborates with the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, curating music performances to engage the Latin community living in New York City. He is also involved in projects in the UK, Tanzania, Cuba and other countries, looking at the role of music industries in economic development, tourism and social entrepreneurship.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he studied clarinet and saxophone before relocating to London, UK to work as International Business Development Manager for an independent South American record label. He was the founder of SOAS Radio, a digital radio station at SOAS, University of London, where he was a professor in the departments of Music, and Development Studies. Carlos is also a composer, producer and performer.
Billy Drewes, Saxophone, Clarinet
Billy Drewes has been creating music, composing, performing and recording since the mid 1970’s. His main instruments include soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, percussion and piano. Featured on over 80 CD’s with performance credits worldwide, he continually searches out new avenues for creative expression. Recently he has been sharing the stage with artists Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motion and Toninho Horta at venues from Egypt to Cuba, Israel to Africa, New York’s Carnegie Hall to Albert Royal Hall in London.
In addition to his love of performing, he takes great interest in the education of college and high school students. Teaching music as a total art form, Billy participates in clinics and seminars around the world with the goal of extracting from students their hidden talents for improvisation and composition.
Mary Gatchell, Oboist
New York City's Soulful Artist, Mary Gatchell, embodies music of sensuality, honesty, joy, and passion. A true Renaissance woman, she is a melting pot of influences from blues and jazz to soul and pop, creating a unique blend all American, and all her own. A dynamic singer, pianist, and songwriter, Mary has 7 albums of original music to her credit. She has performed in legendary NYC clubs such as the Blue Note, Rockwood Music Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Birdland, Knitting Factory, Shrine, the Underground, Bitter End, Groove, Cutting Room and CBGB's, and has brought her music to Europe and Africa. She tours Italy every summer and continues to broaden in the states and abroad as her fan base grows. She has also performed at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and Newark's Prudential Center with the Rolling Stones for their 50th Anniversary tour with elite chamber choir, Ghostlight.
Mary Gatchell's music covers a broad range of styles while, at the same time, conveying a through line of honesty and conviction. Her voice, provocative lyrics, and unexpected harmonies are unique and enrapturing. Highly influenced by Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell, Mary tells her own intimate stories of love and sorrow, peace and war, and the thread of humanity that binds us all. Mary's music takes you on a soulful journey playing tender, solo piano ballads, through a fusion of odd metered, atonal adventures, to high energy funk and R&B grooves. Mary's vibe is raw, uplifting, sincere, and engaging. She is an artist who is passionate about human rights and social justice and deeply committed to sharing her love for her community and the world through her music and lyrics of a higher consciousness.
Born and raised in New Hampshire into a musical family, she gained a strong foundation in musical theatre, jazz, and classical music, singing and playing the piano and oboe. At 18, she moved to New York City to attend New York University where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition, while studying voice, piano, oboe, dance, theater, and composition. Here she studied with jazz pianist/composer, Jim McNeely, jazz singer, Anne Phillips, composer, Justin Dello Joio, theorist, Klaus Sinfelt, oboist, Gerard Reuter, jazz pianist, Frank Kimbrough, and flutist/chamber music director, Gerardo Levy. Her teachers, new friends, and the vibrant and diverse city exposed her to all kinds of music which significantly inspired her to write and explore different sounds and rhythms. She delved into Brazilian, African, classical, jazz, musical theatre, and opera. All of this combined to make her the artist she is today.
Along with being a performer, Mary Gatchell has a commitment to fostering music in the lives of children. This belief has brought her to Ethiopia to implement a sustainable music curriculum for HIV infected and impoverished children, and to Bulgaria to work with orphans with special needs through music, in association with the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. Mary Gatchell's music commands, enraptures, and enlightens your innermost soul.
John Hadfield, Percussionist, Drummer, Composer
As a percussionist, drummer, and composer, John Hadfield’s dedication to music has taken him from his native Missouri to concert halls and clubs across the world. He currently leads two ensembles, John Hadfield Quartet and the Saints of Percussion, a percussion-based composer collective dedicated to improvising music. John’s ability to cross genres has allowed him to appear with a broad range of ensembles and artists, including: Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh’s City Band, Petros Klampanis’ Contextual, Nguyen Le’s STREAMS Quartet, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC, Deep Purple, and The Silk Road Ensemble. He has collaborated on more than 90 recordings as a guest artist, including the GRAMMY award winner Yo-Yo Ma and Friends, Songs of Joy and Peace.
John has also released two albums of his own compositions: The Eye of Gordon and Displaced. In his review of Displaced, Downtown Music Gallery founder Bruce Lee Gallanter declared, “[w]hat makes this special is that Mr. Hadfield knows how to use percussion in a more organic way that rarely deals with any sort of (logical or overused) beats, yet the music remains consistently fascinating throughout.” In addition to these albums, John’s compositions have been featured in films, including a documentary selected for the Tribeca film festival, chamber music concerts, jazz clubs, and creative music venues. John has long had a love for dance, composing music for the choreographer and modern dancer Kathryn Alter and writing the score for Preeti Vasudevan’s productions The Absent Lover and Savitri, inspired by the Mahabharata.
In his compositional work, John integrates improvisation and structure, while combining a variety of musical styles, including jazz, classical Western music, Carnatic music, and electronic music. His compositions typically involve a wide range of percussion sounds—from the traditional jazz drum set to the classical Indian kanjira, the African kalimba, as well as random objects such as bicycle wheels, pieces of metal, or ventilation tubes. He has also explored the sonic and kinetic possibilities resulting from the combination of multiple instruments and electronics (such as the software Ableton Live).
John’s work has received significant critical acclaim. Time Out New York has noted, “John Hadfield’s percussion is so impeccable” and Modern Drummer featured him in a 2016 article, stating, “Hadfield delivers a fluid groove, strong yet never intrusive, punctuated by adroitly chosen accents. His skillful sound-weaving choices create the illusion of a seamless multi-percussion section.”
John currently serves on the Jazz faculty of New York University, where he teaches drum set and the World Percussion Ensemble. Many of his former students have gone on to become successful percussionists, drummers, educators, and composers. While performing and recording John Hadfield has played alongside many inspiring and creative musicians including Lenny Pickett, Kenny Werner, Billy Drewes, Nguyen Le, Adam Rudolph, Ghalia Benali, Greg Osby, Gil Goldstein, Bobby Watson, Gilad Hekselman, Jean-Michel Pilc, Satoshi Takeshi, Brad Shepik, Mark Helias, Chris Jennings, François Rabbath, and Erik Friedlander.
Mike Richmond, Bassist
Mike Richmond has expressed his love of music on a global level. In addition to accompanying such stellar jazz musicians as Miles Davis and Stan Getz and folk/blues singer/songwriter Richie Havens, the Philadelphia-born bass player has performed in concert with Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and the South Indian Orchestra and has served as chief bass instructor for the National German Jazz Orchestra.
Initially a guitar player, Richmond was inspired by a Bill Haley and the Comets show that he attended with his parents in the mid-'50s. He switched to the bass before joining his junior high orchestra.
Richmond's understanding of world music developed at an early age. His mother frequently played Middle Eastern records in the family home. His interests in Indian music were sparked by the soundtrack of the late-'40s television series Ramar of the Jungle and the Beatles' involvement with Indian music.
Richmond has been involved in some of jazz's most impressive projects. He participated in the Miles Davis and Quincy Jones-collaborative concert in Montreux, Switzerland, which became Davis' final performance. He subsequently replaced Charles Mingus in the Mingus Dynasty.
He received a Teacher of the Year award in 1994 for his teaching at New York University. His bass method book Modern Walking Bass Technique (Ped Xing Music) is used in over 300 universities and school systems internationally.
Richmond has won Grammy Awards with Miles and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist with the Bratislava Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Big Band, and the Hamburg State Opera. He represented the United States as a guest lecturer at the "International Symposium On Jazz Pedagogy" (sponsored by the French Cultural Ministry).
Dave Schroeder, Director, NYU Jazz Studies
David Schroeder, B.M.E. University of Northern Iowa, M.M. New England Conservatory, D.A., New York University. As the Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Schroeder is continually developing an interactive environment between students, artist/faculty and the jazz community thriving in and around New York City. Schroeder's vision for jazz education combines theory and practice, taking advantage of NYU's proximity and interaction with legendary jazz clubs and other music industry opportunities located within New York City and around the world. As the Director for Steinhardt Music’s dedicated Study Away sights at NYU Paris and NYU Prague, his students gain confidence in pursuing international careers in music.
Aside from his scholarly interests in jazz history, jazz theory, arranging, composition and performance practices, Schroeder is the creator and host of the NYU Jazz Interview Series, a video series produced for historical research and archival purposes. This series available for viewing on the NYU Steinhardt Jazz YouTube Channel. Schroeder has developed internship opportunities for his students to begin building significant music industry connections while still in school. His students have interned with Verve Music Group, Blue Note Records, EMI, Half Note Records, Saturday Night Live and Jazz at Lincoln Center, to name a few.
Schroeder is also the artistic director for Combo Nuvo, the NYU Jazz Faculty in Residence Ensemble featuring jazz artist/faculty Lenny Pickett, Billy Drewes, Rich Shemaria, Brad Shepik, Mike Richmond and John Hadfield. The group appears regularly at landmark New York City jazz venues including the Blue Note Jazz Club and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and has been featured with the Costa Rica National Symphony, The United Arab Emirates and the Morin Khuur Ensemble; the National Symphony of Mongolia.
Brad Shepik, Guitarist, Composer, Educator
Guitarist, composer, and educator Brad Shepik has recorded 9 albums with his groups Brad Shepik Organ Trio, Brad Shepik Quartet, Brad Shepik Trio, Human Activity Quintet, Brad Shepik and the Commuters. Since 1995 his ensembles have performed at major festivals and clubs across Europe and North America including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Garda Jazz Festival, Cologne Biennale Jazz Festival, Toulouse Jazz Festival, Bell Atlantic Festival, Verizon, Earshot, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Langnau Jazz Festival, Groningen, Salzburg, Jerez, Cadiz, Sevilla, American Guitar Festival, Leeds, Rochester Jazz Festival, Cork, Brussels, Edgefest and others.
He currently performs solo concerts and with Brad Shepik Organ Trio, The Brad Shepik Quartet, Rambler, Combo Nuvo, Tom Beckham/Brad Shepik Duo, Balkan Peppers, Jamie Baum Septet, Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio, George Schuller's Circle Wide, Arthur Kell and others.
He teaches Theory, Improvisation, World Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Chicago Blues, Balkan Music and private guitar at New York University and private guitar at New England Conservatory and City College of New York.
As a sideman Brad appears on more than 70 recordings and has performed and recorded with Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Dave Douglas' Tiny Belll Trio, Combo Nuvo, Yuri Yunakov's Bulgarian Wedding Band, Pachora, Paradox Trio, Jay Clayton and others. He has also performed with Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Carla Bley's Escalator Over the Hill, Bob Brookmeyer, Simon Shaheen, and was a a member of Joey Baron's Killer Joey from 2000-2009.
Born in Walla Walla, Washington and raised in Seattle, Brad Shepik began playing guitar at age 10, when he picked up his father's instrument. He continued to play both guitar and saxophone in school bands and studied guitar with Al Galante, Dave Petersen, Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie. He earned a B.F.A from Cornish College of the Arts and a Masters in Jazz Performance/Composition from New York University.
Shepik moved to New York in 1990, subsequently joining several bands including Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio, Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio, Pachora w/Chris Speed, Jim Black and Skuli Sverrisson, and BABKAS. He has also performed with Carla Bley's Escalator Over the Hill and Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra in the US and Europe. Shepik toured Europe and recorded two albums with Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band over 5 years. Concurrently, the guitarist deepened his interest in world music, performing and recording with Yuri Yunakov's Bulgarian Wedding Band and Simon Shaheen’s Quantara. Shepik’s first two records as a leader, The Loan and The Well, explored music of the Balkans and featured Shepik on Turkish saz and Bulgarian tambura as well as electric and acoustic guitars. “The Loan" and “The Well" received critical praise for their marriage of world music styles and jazz.
Shepik also co-led two world music tinged trios; Triduga with accordionist Yuri Lemeshev and Tony Scherr on bass balalaika and Lingua Franca with alto saxophonist Peter Epstein and percussionist Matt Kilmer. In 2000 Shepik began re-examining the guitar trio format with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Scott Colley. They recorded two cd’s,"Drip" and "Short Trip", both of which were critically acclaimed and featured on NPR. He also began touring with Joey Baron's two guitar group "Killer Joey" which performed extensively in Europe and the US for 9 years.
His next group was an organ trio featuring Gary Versace and Tom Rainey. The trio performed at festivals across Europe and North America. Their CD “Places You Go" received a 4 star review in Downbeat and appeared on several “Best CD’s of 2007" lists.
From 2004-9 Shepik continued to tour with drummer Joey Baron’s Killer Joey, udist/violinist Simon Shaheen, George Schuller's Circle Wide, Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio, Pachora, Alexis Cuadrado Puzzles Quartet, Arthur Kell Quartet, Combo Nuvo, Bob Brookmeyer’s Quartet East and others.
In 2007 Shepik received a New Works Commission from Chamber Music America to write a suite of music on the subject of climate change for jazz quintet. The resulting CD "Human Activity Suite" was a 10 movement- work on the subject of climate change. The CD was released in February 2009 on Songlines Recordings. It features Shepik on electric and acoustic guitars, electric sax and Bulgarian tamboura. Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano, organ, accordion), Drew Gress (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums).
In February 2011 Brad Shepik Quartet with Tom Beckham (vibes), Jorge Roeder (bass) and Mark Guiliana (drums) released it's acclaimed recording "Across the Way" on Songlines records. All About Jazz noted that the recording "..pushes Shepik into the fast lane of musicians communicating something both universally vital and intensely personal."
In 2013 Shepik began performing solo concerts in the US and Europe. The UK's Jazzwise Magazine called his solo performances "exemplary in their fluidity and lyricism. He delights in showcasing his guitar mastery before an audience". A solo recording is planned for 2016.
In 2014 he traveled to Mongolia with Combo Nuvo where he participated in a residency with the Morinn Khurr Ensemble, performing in the historic State Opera and Ballet Theater of Ulan Bataar which was documented in the video "Combo Nuvo in Mongolia".
In 2015 his composition “Aquarians’" was recorded by the prog rock/jam band “Consider the Source" on their album “World War Trio Pt. ll &lll.
2015 saw the release of "Flower Starter", the debut recording by the Tom Beckham/Brad Shepik Duo which highlights the rich sonorities inherent in the pairing of vibraphone and electric guitar.
In March 2016 the Brad Shepik Organ Trio with Gary Versace (organ) and Mark Ferber (drums) will release their debut recording "Top Down" on JLC Records.
Shepik also leads Rambler- a quartet with Chris Cheek (saxophones), Ben Monder Fender Bass VI and Diego Voglino (drums).
Shepik's newest project is the Balkan Peppers, a group that he co-leads with Macedonian drummer Seido Salifoski, a longtime collaborator in the Paradox Trio and The Commuters.
B.F.A, Cornish College of the Arts. Masters in Jazz Performance/Composition, New York University; Studies with Gil Goldstein, George Garzone, Marc Consoli, Jerry Granelli, Julian Priester, Dave Petersen, Dave Peck, James Knapp, Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie. Currently teaching at The School for Improvisational Music, New York University, New England Conservatory, City College of New York, also previously taught at The New School and Long Island University.
Rich Shemaria, Composer, Conductor
Rich Shemaria is a prolific composer and arranger in New York City. He has written pieces for Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Michael & Randy Brecker, Lenny Pickett, Teo Macero, Wayne Krantz, Stefon Harris, George Garzone, Combo Nuvo, Little Jimmy Scott, Roberta Gambarini, Don Friedman and the Airmen Of Note, amongst others.
Shemaria served as the director of the UMO Jazz Orchestra in Helsinki, Finland from 1994-96. Since 2003, he has been teaching composition/arranging, directing the renowned NYU Jazz Orchestra. Shemaria has been on the Steinhardt Jazz composition faculty since 2003 and is currently the Jazz Composer in Residence at NYU.
Paul Carr, a Houston native and 1985 Howard University graduate, has dedicated his professional career to mastering the saxophone and the art of Jazz. He carries on the Texas tenor tradition espoused by great heroes such as the late Houstonians Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson who served as his early idols and mentors. He grew up in inner-city Houston, Texas and was a member of the Kashmere High School Stage Band, whose director, the late Conrad Johnson, is the subject of a documentary, Thunder Soul, produced by actor, Jamie Foxx. Though never having had private music lessons, Paul has received several outstanding musician awards at high school and college jazz festivals. Paul has recorded 5 CD’s, which have been well received by critics and jazz fans alike. One of his CDs, “DC-NYC Organ Sessions” was released in September, 2014 and as of this writing is #9 on the Jazz Week radio play charts. His CD released in 2013, “Standard Domain,” reached #3 on the Jazz Week radio play chart and stayed on the chart for 16 weeks.
Paul has toured Russia, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Central and South America and has shared the stage with many of the greatest names in jazz. Paul was a favorite of President Clinton during his term in office and Paul performed at many of the Clinton’s private events. He also did a special performance for the late King Hussein and Queen Noir of Jordan at their residence in Aqaba, Jordan. Paul is passionately committed to the education of children and particularly as it relates to the preservation of jazz. In 2002, he founded the Jazz Academy of Music, which hosts summer camps and jazz ensembles for kids throughout the year. Paul has changed the lives of hundreds of his students by selflessly sharing his knowledge of music and life. Several of his students have been admitted and even received full scholarships to some of the top music schools and conservatories in the country. In fact, five of Paul's students have been admitted to the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York. Many of his former students are touring and performing all over the world, sharing the stage with some of the top names in jazz music today. Paul’s work was acknowledged in 2012 by ABC Channel 7 News when he was selected as a “Harris Hero” for his amazing work with music students across the area. Most recently in March 2014, Paul received the prestigious, Howard University, “Benny Golson Jazz Master Award”, for his outstanding work as a performer, presenter and educator. He most recently served as a panelist at the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus where he spoke on the importance of jazz education and advocated for a Bill currently being vetted in Congress that will offer federal support toward the advancement and preservation of traditional jazz. Finally, in 2010, Paul re-established the East Coast Jazz Festival as the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, and serves as its Executive and Artistic Director. The festival enjoys over 2,000 attendees that travel from states across the U.S. and beyond. Held every Presidents Day weekend in Rockville, MD, the festival incorporates a strong educational component, with a high school band competition and free master classes for students as well as an entertainment component with performances by NEA Jazz Masters, such as Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and Roy Haynes, just to name of few. When one thinks of an ambassador for jazz music today, they have got to include Paul Carr in that grouping, as his work touches all fronts including jazz education, performance and presentation.