Primary Instrument: Piano
Jamie Saft (piano, organs, analog synthesis, bass and guitar, steel guitars) is a native of Queens, New York. Since returning to New York in 1993, Saft's stylistic versatility, multi-instrumentalist capabilities, and production skills have been featured with Bobby Previte, John Zorn, the B-52's, Laurie Anderson, The Beastie Boys, Jerry Granelli, Dave Douglas, Holly Palmer, Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postisos, Elysian Fields, Boomish, Black Beatle, Pramrod Sexena, Liminal, Antony and the Johnsons, Chocolate Genius, JoJo Mayer's Nerve, E-Z Pour Spout, Cuong Vu, Chris Speed Trio Iffy, Jane Ira Bloom, and the Groove Collective.
Saft was the pianist for the New York and Paris premiers of John Adams' opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky at Lincoln Center and MC93 Bobingy.
Saft has released two solo records on Tzadik. The most recent is called Breadcrumb Sins' and the first is called Sovlanut featuring Chris Speed, Jim Black, and Jonathan Maron. Saft also co-led the Saft/Vu release of Ragged Jack on Avant with Cuong Vu.
Saft has recently composed a number of original film scores and music for television. Recent films scored include the Oscar nominated film Murderball and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner God Grew Tired Of Us. Saft has also contributed score music for Nickelodean, MTV, and A&E.
Saft was also a member of Prohibited Beatz, a New York based organization which cultivates Drum 'n' Bass, techno, and electronica with a strong emphasis on live performance and realtime audio deconstruction. Saft was an original member of Nerve, a live d'n'b unit and has also performed with Boomish (a like minded live electronica group).
Saft also moonlights as a producer and studio engineer at his studio Frank Booth.