Devin Brahja Waldman is a New York saxophonist, drummer, synthesizer player and composer. He has performed with the likes of Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Lydia Lunch, Daniel Carter, Warren Smith and Sam Shalabi (Lands of Kush). He leads Brahja Waldman Ensemble, a New York City/Montreal musical conspiracy reaching for the transmutation of timeless soul. The Ensemble has performed across North America, with appearances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Festival Suoni Per Il Popolo. Waldman is a member of Heroes Are Gang Leaders— a group led by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. He has accompanied his aunt, poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. Growing up, Waldman was provided with mentorship from pianist Paul Bley. In recent times, he studied under pianist Connie Crothers. Waldman is co-director of Fast Speaking Music, a poetry and music label that has released the works of Amiri Baraka, Eileen Myles, CA Conrad, Meredith Monk and many others.
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“More soul than the devil can buy.”
- The Mothership, Columbus OH
I love the feeling of reflection in this music – not just the thoughtfulness of the
melody lines, the sense of dawning upon, but the sense of actual physical reflections,
like glints off mirrors. It’s in the answers of keys and the click of drumsticks, the
touches of cymbals, saxophone notes that may or may not be echoes, reverberations.
- The Globe and Mail
We heard the sound of engines ringing as space opened, filled, emptied, and opened
again. Waldman moves notes around in a smooth and beautifully artful way, and has
inside and outside facilities.
- Brooklyn Rail
Brahja Waldman has a rare gift among modern jazz composers