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Billy Fox

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Billy Fox

Composer and bandleader Billy Fox is adept at synthesizing disparate genres. His compositions are distinguished by an organic blending of composed and improvised music, as well as narrative sensibilities deriving from his work as a screenwriter.

In 2010, Clean Feed Records released Billy's newest album “Dulces,” performed by Blackbirds & Bullets. The band features Gary Pickard, Miki Hirose, Matt Parker, Evan Mazunik, James Ilgenfritz, Arei Sekiguchi, and Julianne Carney.

Billy's debut as a leader/composer, “The Uncle Wiggly Suite,” was released in 2007 on Clean Feed. This ten-movement suite, featuring bassist Mark Dresser, pianist Deanna Witkowski, and an array of emerging improvisational talents (including John Savage, Gary Pickard, Percy Pursglove, John O'Brien, and Christopher Hoffman) was inspired by studies with Jane Ira Bloom at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music program. Each movement of the suite derives from an atonal theme, with various sections drawing from modal jazz, New Orleans Second Line, Cuban bembe, Pakistani ghazals, and other styles. Selections from “The Uncle Wiggly Suite” are featured in the films “Paper Man,” directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney, and “Rhyme Animal,” directed by Phil Roc (producer of the Sony Music documentary “Made in Heaven--The Making of Kind of Blue”)....
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Awards:

American Composers Forum McKnight Visiting Composer Fellowship; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant; Japan Foundation Arts and Culture Grant; Puffin Foundation grant
His mixed musical background is probably an important reason for the fact that he dares to approach the most classical of jazz in this completely fearless album. A really good jazz album all the way through, where I mostly applaud Fox for finding his own language in the rich jazz tradition at the same time as he dares to be unfashionably conventional. -- Markus Axelsson, Jazz pa Svenska

...exquisitely arranged and made precious by an infinite catalog of amusing details and harmonic refinement...passes from the modal atmosphere of 1960s jazz of “Uncle Wiggly” and “Eyeball Eyeball” (worthy of the pen of Oliver Nelson), to the silken oriental suggestions of the hypnotic “Guzzle”; to the embroiled Latin burning of “Do the Wiggle”...to the glamorous cool of the dreamy “Kooky Spooks.” -- Luca Canine, All About Jazz Italia

Northern Virginia heard madness and murder this weekend, as jazz met Japan in Rosslyn. Composer/ director Billy Fox deftly guided the improvising chamber group through the world premiere of his 13 movement composition, receiving a standing ovation at the performance's conclusion. -- Paul Ghosh- Roy, DCist

Dulces (Clean Feed) The Uncle Wiggly Suite (Clean Feed)

The Kaidan Suite (Gozen Reiji; www.gozenreiji.com)

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