Phil Markowitz & Zach Brock - Brockowitz
Sun · November 5, 2017
Zach Brock (Snarky Puppy, Stanley Clarke) and Phil Markowitz (Chet Baker, Toots Thielemans) have created new repertoire for violin and piano that draws on the traditions of jazz, contemporary classical, and the “roots” music of their respective backgrounds. The first iteration of this new direction appeared on the 2014 release “Perpetuity” and they have been expanding their duo repertoire ever since. While an affinity for American jazz is front-and-center, Brock’s Appalachian roots and Markowitz’s Eastern European ancestry have sown deep threads that run through the new compositions. The audience will hear an unorthodox combination of postRomantic, serialist, and jazz dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America, and the Balkans.
Phil Markowitz, a celebrated veteran of the international jazz scene for more than thirty years, creates music ranging from hard-cutting chromaticism to the most lyrical post-romantic ballads. His credentials span the traditional to the avant-garde; from early associations with Chet Baker and Toots Thielemans through his respective twenty and fifteen-year affiliations with Bob Mintzer and David Liebman. He is currently a professor in the graduate and doctoral divisions at the Manhattan School of Music.
Heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation,” Zach Brock is an violinist and composer whose music draws on the traditions of jazz, classical, world, and popular music. Zach received his first Grammy Award in 2017 for his work on Snarky Puppy’s album Culcha Vulcha and Downbeat Magazine named him the 'Rising star Violinist' of 2013. His acclaim as a bandleader has grown through appearances at venues such as Carnegie Hall and festivals like “Tudo é Jazz” in Brazil, while his reputation as a sideman has spread through his work with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke, contemporary instrumental super-group Snarky Puppy, and jazz masters Phil Markowitz and Dave Liebman. Zach has made ten recordings as a leader or co-leader and is the first violinist to record for the venerable Dutch jazz label Criss Cross. Zach has also represented the U.S. Department of State as a Musical Ambassador in the Solomon Islands, has performed as a featured soloist for two Sundance Festival feature film scores, and is currently an “Artist In Residence” at Temple University in Philadelphia.
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