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Peter H. Bloom, flutes/saxophones, concertizes widely in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand and is featured on 47 CDs from labels including Leo Records, 9Winds, SONY Classical, Dorian, and Newport Classic. His career encompasses exploratory jazz, new and improvised music, jazz standards, blues, bebop, and diverse chamber music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. He has worked with acclaimed composer-trumpeter Mark Harvey since 1969, has performed with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra since 1976, and appears on 16 Aardvark CDs, including 10 discs on Leo Records. The latest additions to Bloom's discography are A Rite for All Souls, a newly discovered recording of a 1971 concert by the trail-blazing Mark Harvey Group (Americas Musicworks, July 2020), and Faces of Souls, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra on Leo Records (2020).

Bloom has performed with such jazz luminaries as Charles Neville, Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Ricky Ford, Jay Clayton, Walter Thompson, and Raj Mehta. With Aardvark members, he recorded improvised music for the DVD series Treasures from the American Film Archives, which The New York Times called “one of the best sets of the year.” Peter H. Bloom performs regularly in duos and trios with pianist John Funkhouser, guitarist Mark Leighton, and bassist Dave Zox. Bloom has been a member of Kate Matson's FiLmprov (melding improvised music with animated films) since the ensemble's creation in 1996. He has appeared with the Jazz Expansions Orchestra, Composers in Red Sneakers, Underground Composers, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, the International Flute Army, Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, and Todd Brunel’s Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music, among others. A champion of new music, he has given premieres of works by Mark Harvey, Elliott Schwartz, Richard Nelson, Richard Cornell, Elizabeth Vercoe, Pamela Marshall, Narong Prangcharoen, Edward Jacobs, Karl Henning, Len Detlor, Marianela Maduro, Matt Samolis and others. He is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg award. Bloom has given lectures/workshops/master classes across the globe on such diverse topics as improvisation, new music, jazz standards, and historical performance, including numerous lecture-recitals at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Bloom is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music, an online resource specializing in downloadable, rare editions of music for flute, alto flute and other instruments.

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A Rite for All Souls

Americas Musicworks
2020

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Americas Musicworks
2020

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