Born: August 22, 1977 Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor
Leo Ferguson, Composer & Drummer
I have been a drummer since I was 15. Born and raised in New York City to a Black jazz saxophonist and a Jewish artist from a family of classical musicians. I studied jazz theory, performance, the history of African-American composers and mallet percussion at Hampshire College and Amherst College under the legendary Yusef Lateef, as well as Margo Simmons and Andrew Jaffe. Although I quickly fell in love with writing music, I started composing largely out of frustration. I felt hemmed in by jazz that was often formulaic or stultifyingly anachronistic and a classical tradition that was incapable of addressing or integrating the experiences of African- Americans (let alone bi-racial Black/Jewish kids)....
Leo Ferguson Ensemble
Man On Wire; Driving/Dress; 3 Variation; Slower Atmospheres; Armageddon.
Personnel: Leo Ferguson: Drums. Stacy Dillard: Tenor Sax. Alex Carter: Tenor Sax. Emma Alabaster: Bass Alexis Marcelo: Piano. Heather Hall: Piano. Batya Sobel: Oboe & Alto Recorder. Megan Marolf: Oboe. Mark Nikirk: Clarinet & Flute. Philip Engel: Trombone. Ben Brody: Horn in F. Rex Benincasa: Glockenspiel. Recorded at The Bunker Studio by Aaron Nevezie
Leo Ferguson with...
Little Bursts; Seduction; Late Nite with Liz; Incitement; N'igga; N'ofay.
Personnel: Leo Ferguson: Drums. Shanir Blumenkranz: Bass. Hilary Cameron: Piano. Daniel Carter: Tenor Saxophone. Batya Sobel: Oboe. Margo Simmons: Flute. Claire DeBrunner: Bassoon. Recorded at Context Studios by Craig Chin.
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