Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
The Puzzlebox Experiment is a Philadelphia Based project started by bassist/composer Keith Destefano at the end of 2004. All the members are part of the so called Philadelphia new jazz scene which is comprised of artists determined to promote new compositions. The sextet's music ranges from jagged angularity to flowing lyricism, and often contains unusual time signatures and surprising stylistic juxtapositions.
Bassist and composer Keith DeStefano has performed with such established jazz luminaries as Odean Pope and Greg McGiver in the Collective Voices Ensemble, as well as up and coming artists Dan Peterson and Matt Davis, the avant garde afro-cuban ensemble Sonic Liberation Front, and with avant garde jazzists Elliot Levin and Stan Slotter. He 's also performed and recorded with his own avant groove band Yellowbrain. Keith studied classical bass with Robert Riccardi, retired principal bassist with the Pennsylvania Ballet, and jazz bass with Tyrone Brown, Odean Pope, and Trudy Pitts. He was awarded an American Composers Forum Subito Grant in '05 for his debut album, Just When I Thought....