Primary Instrument: Band/ensemble/orchestra
Fourthought is a young and dynamic New York City-based Jazz quartet, collaboratively lead by saxophonist Nick Biello and drummer Manuel Weyand. This classic instrumentation is propelled to new directions by its international cast of top- notch improvisers.
Every band member lends a personal and unique color to the sound of the ensemble, as they each hail from diverse places such as Singapore, Germany and New York City. Both Biello and Weyand combine to put forward their considerable compositional talents, fueling the repertoire of Fourthought that ranges from gritty, no-holds-barred to dark, moody and cerebral.
Biello and Weyand are supported by the talents of pianist Kerong Chok and bassist Cameron Kayne. Both musicians serve as empathic accompanists while simultaneously coloring the sound of the quartet through their distinct musical voices.
Fourthought has been featured as part of the Emerging Artist Series at the famed Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. In addition, the members of Fourthought have performed at many notable music venues in New York City, such as SmallԳ, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Club Coca-Cola, Smoke, The Knitting Factory, and Fat Cat.
The performances are suitably robust, with much subtle interplay and individual egos suppressed to create quite an integrated sound. - John M. Peters, The Borderland
These guys are just brilliant... time to embrace their sounds. - This is Book's Music
These guys have serious chops. ~Ben Boddie, Taintradio
Their strengths are many, starting with an unapologetic, uncomplicated affection for hard-charging post-bop... uniformly expressive and intriguing, never showy. - David Wilson, Wilson and Alroy Record Reviews
The interplay between the musicians is as impressive as their high musicianship and, even with a few brief references to past masters, the music is modern and creative. Fourthought is a highly recommended set of 21st century jazz that points the way towards the future of the music. This CD is an early milestone for each of its four musicians. - Scott Yanow
Fourthought is a fresh, swinging, new jazz quartet. Their songs, performances and recorded sound are first class. No doubt, check Fourthought out. John Riley - Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
We have experience working with music students of all ages. Currently, we are available to present clinics as a quartet, focusing on the nuances of group performance, and we are each available to give Masterclasses on our chosen instrument. The members of Fourthought have experience as private teachers and as classroom instructors. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.