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Aram Shelton

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: September 14, 1976    

Aram Shelton

Aram Shelton is a multi-instrumentalist on saxophones and clarinets, a composer & improviser, and creates electroacoustic music with computer-based electronics. While the music he makes is spread across a variety of aesthetic lines, it is related by the importance of improvisation to develop material and express the individuality of musicians. He currently lives in Oakland, California.

Shelton has performed with a wide variety of talented musicians, including Tim Daisy, Ken Vandermark, Jason Ajemian, Josh Berman, Audrey Chen, Fred Lonberg-holm, Dave Rempis, Damon Smith, Steve Bernstein, Weasel Walter, Jason Roebke, Liz Albee, Rob Mazurek, Matt Bauder, Jessica Pavone, Fred Frith, Josh Abrams, Harris Eisenstadt, Jeb Bishop, Tim Perkis, Kevin Drumm, Jon Raskin, Frank Rosaly, Guillermo Gregorio, and Chris Brown. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe including appearances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Suoni per il Popolo Festival in Montreal, and the Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival. His playing and music has been documented on more than ten albums through various imprints including 482 Music, Locust Music, MultiKulti, Edgetone, Delmark, and his own Singlespeed Music....
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    Octet

    482 Music
    2014
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    Everything For Somebody

    Singlespeed Music
    2012
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    There Was...

    Clean Feed Records
    2011
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    Incline

    Singlespeed Music
    2011
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    Two Cities

    Delmark Records
    2010
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    The Way

    Singlespeed Music
    2009
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    Last Distractions

    Singlespeed Music
    2009
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Singlespeed Music (2014)

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”As an improviser, he possesses the mind of a composer, such is the consideration he puts into his work” - All About Jazz

“Shelton’s alto tone is full of the quizzical curls and bitter wisps, not to mention sharp repetition, that recall Roscoe Mitchell at his hairiest.”- Clifford Allen

“Shelton plays alto with a singing sound and a wonderful way of developing juicy phrases into full-blown solos.” - John Litweiler

“brings to mind a young Anthony Braxton, with an acerbic asceticism, obliquely rooted in jazz, at work.” - All About Jazz

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