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Michaël Attias

Michaël Attias

Michaël Attias


New York City-based saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias was born in Haifa, Israel in 1968. He had a Parisian childhood, Moroccan parents, and a Midwestern adolescence. He played violin as a child in Paris, studied the saxophone with Pat Moriarty in Minneapolis, spent a year at the NYU Film School, took some lessons with Lee Konitz, attended Alan Silva’s school back in Paris, sat in on Anthony Braxton’s courses at Wesleyan University for a semester, and moved to New York in 1994. Read more on Last.fm
New York City-based saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias was born in Haifa, Israel in 1968. He had a Parisian childhood, Moroccan parents, and a Midwestern adolescence. He played violin as a child in Paris, studied the saxophone with Pat Moriarty in Minneapolis, spent a year at the NYU Film School, took some lessons with Lee Konitz, attended Alan Silva’s school back in Paris, sat in on Anthony Braxton’s courses at Wesleyan University for a semester, and moved to New York in 1994. He later performed and recorded with Braxton in situations ranging from duet to large orchestra. Concerts in clubs and festivals throughout the US, Europe, and the Middle East have also brought him together with musicians such as Anthony Coleman, Ellery Eskelin, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Helias, Oliver Lake, Mat Maneri, Jim Pugliese, Tom Rainey, Herb Robertson, Han Bennink, Jean-Jacques Avenel, and many others.

He began working professionally as a musician in the early 90’s in Paris, where he recorded an album of Monk compositions with the pianoless quartet Four in One, and his first album as leader, Philomela’s Song. Since moving to New York, Michael’s performed as sideman and leader at venues such as the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Roulette, Cornelia Street Café, 55 Bar, and at the What is Jazz?, Visions, Bell Atlantic, and JVC Jazz festivals. The debut album of his trio, renku, with John Hebert and Satoshi Takeishi, was released to critical acclaim in September 2005 on Playscape Recordings. Other projects as a leader include Clinamen with Tony Malaby, Matt Moran, Mark Taylor, and Tyshawn Sorey in addition to the members of renku, and A.C.T.ion! with Sean Conly and Take Toriyama. The latter group toured Portugal in November 2005.

He has composed live scores for theater, dance, and silent film that have been performed in New York City, the Midwest, and Europe. His compositions can also be heard on Anthony Coleman’s Morenica (TZADIK) and Fred Lonberg-Holm’s In Zenith (MIGUEL). Michael Attias is a 2000 Artists' Fellowship Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts, a founding member and Musical Director of NYC-based theater company Dangerous Ground Productions. He also curates the Night of the Ravished Limbs Concert Series at Barbès in Brooklyn, NY ( http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com, which as been called “... the hottest barometer of new combos-in-progress on the working musician’s jazz and improv scene in the city” (STEVE DOLLAR, JJA MEMBERSTOP TEN LIST OF 2004).

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