Michael Dessen

Michael Dessen is a composer-improviser who performs on the slide trombone and computer. Active in a variety of ensembles as leader or collaborator, he creates music for improvisers and engages new technologies of telepresence and digital networking. His music has been praised by critics in numerous jazz and contemporary music publications, and recorded on labels such as Clean Feed, Cuneiform, and Circumvention. Dessen's teachers include Yusef Lateef, George Lewis, and Anthony Davis, and he has also been schooled through extensive freelance experiences ranging from salsa bands to avant-garde new music ensembles

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”Michael Dessen is, according to a frequent employer, the contrabass virtuoso Mark Dresser, 'a black-belt trombonist.' .... Dessen's music is so fresh and innovative that there are few precedents with which to compare it. He does not use chords and harmony in any traditional sense, yet there was a deep harmonic connection between the trombone and bass for every note and idea transmitted.... Despite the extended length of the suite, the audience was hardly given the chance for its attention to waver�”Dessen's music was too full of information for that to be possible.... Once sure it was over, the enthusiastic audience erupted with supportive whistles, shouts and sustained applause

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