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Harris Eisenstadt

Brooklyn-based drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt (b. Toronto, 1975) is known for his “deep-sighted and elastic view of improvised music in settings that are both small-scale and expansive.” (The New Yorker)

His resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in jazz and improvised music, West African and Afro-Cuban drumming, and performance credits in jazz, film, theater, poetry, dance, contemporary concert music and opera.

Eisenstadt has performed all over the globe, received grants from organizations such as Meet The Composer, The Durfee Fondation, American Composers Forum, Canada Council for the Arts, and appeared on more than 60 recordings since 2000, including more than twenty as a leader. Recordings of his compositions often appear on the Songlines, Clean Feed, and No Business labels, and are consistently included on critics’ best-of lists. He has been included in the Rising Star Percussion and Arranger categories of the Downbeat international critics poll the last several years.

His first work for orchestra, Palimpsest, was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra, as part of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (2011). Eisenstadt’s second orchestral work, Four Songs, commissioned by the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, was premiered at the Brooklyn Museum (2013). His first string quartet, Whatever Will Happen, That Will Also Be, was premiered as part of Eisenstadt’s twelve-set residency at The Stone in NYC (2015), and released in 2017 on the No Business label. His latest composition project, “Poschiavo 50″ (2017), a collection of fifty compositions for ensembles of any size, has given performances in Switzerland, Brazil, Cuba, New York (2018 concert residency at The Stone), and Canada.

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Old Growth Forest II

Old Growth Forest II

Astral Spirits
2019

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On Parade In Parede

On Parade In Parede

Clean Feed Records
2017

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Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Songlines Recordings
2017

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Canada Day IV

Canada Day IV

Songlines Recordings
2015

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Golden State II

Golden State II

Songlines Recordings
2015

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Golden State

Golden State

Songlines Recordings
2013

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Interlude (duo 2)

Interlude (duo 2)

Harris Eisenstadt
Recent Developments

The Arrangement of Unequal Things

The Arrangement of Unequal Things

Harris Eisenstadt
Golden State II

Song For Owen

Song For Owen

Harris Eisenstadt
Canada Day II

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