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John Hollenbeck joins staff

Thursday, March 28, 2013
John Hollenbeck joins staff

The Academy’s Jazz Department is pleased to announce the appointment of US star composer/percussionist John Hollenbeck as Visiting Professor of Jazz for 2013/14.

John Hollenbeck will work with the outstanding young musicians in the Academy’s jazz department in his new role as Visiting Professor of Jazz. His first visit will be in November 2013, culminating in a performance at the London Jazz Festival.

Genre-crossing composer/percussionist John Hollenbeck received degrees in percussion (B.M.) and jazz composition (M.M.) from the Eastman School of Music and moved to New York City in the early 1990s. He has worked with many of the world’s leading musicians in both jazz and new music, including Bob Brookmeyer, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby and Meredith Monk.

John has gained widespread recognition as the driving force behind the unclassifiable Claudia Quintet and the ambitious John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: groups with roots in jazz, world music and contemporary composition. His Large Ensemble’s releases A Blessing (Omnitone, 2005) and eternal interlude (Sunnyside Records, 2009) received Grammy nominations, as did his composition Falling Men (2010), commissioned by Orchestre National de Jazz and funded by CMA’s French-American Jazz Exchange. In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2012 the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. John’s recent works include commissions by Bang on a Can and the People’s Commissioning Fund; Ethos Percussion Group funded by the Jerome Foundation; Youngstown State University; Gotham Wind Symphony; Melbourne Jazz Festival; Edinburgh Jazz Festival; hr-BigBand of Frankfurt, Germany; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; and the University of Rochester, New York. Since 2005, he has been a professor of Jazz Drums and Improvisation at Jazz Institute Berlin.

John Hollenbeck said, ’It is a distinct honour to be invited to teach at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music as a Visiting Professor of Jazz. I anticipate it will be an insightful and enriching experience for me to work with the Academy's students, and I hope to inspire and motivate the students in return, serving to bring them closer to their chosen path.’

John Hollenbeck’s first project with the Academy will include a performance at the final weekend of this year's London Jazz Festival (23rd/24th November 2013) – full details will be announced at www.ram.ac.uk and www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk

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