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Jeff Arnal

“Percussionist Jeff Arnal’s balletic sense of time and imaginative deployment of colour have combined into a highly original concept.” (The Wire)

Jeff Arnal frequently performs and collaborates with a wide range of musicians and choreographers in the U.S. and Europe. Recent performances include: Ausland (Berlin), Berlin Exploratorium, deSingel (Antwerp), Festival of Music & Literature (Paris), German Nordwestradio - NDR (Bremen), Hallwalls (Buffalo NY), Music at the Anthology (NYC), Music Gallery (Toronto), Roulette (NYC), and Vision Festival XIII (NYC).

He studied orchestral percussion at the Peabody Conservatory and later drumset with visionary-percussionist Milford Graves. From 1993-1996 he studied composition and contemporary music with Stuart Saunders Smith. It was during this time that he began performing improvised music concerts pulling from his interests in new music, jazz and rock - setting into motion a life journey investigating sound, percussion and improvisation as composition.

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