MIGRANT WORKERS BIO
In the Spring of 2013, five New Yorkers took to the microphones at Acoustic Records in Brooklyn, and laid down ten original tunes for what would become the debut album of an exciting new band. With a powerful sax/flute frontline, and one of the most swinging rhythm sections in jazz today, the sound is modern New York jazz, but with a twist: what sets these New Yorkers apart; what gives the group such a fresh sound; what makes their music so representative of New York today, is that they imported their jazz from around the world. The album, and the band: Migrant Workers.
The sound of Migrant Workers is the sound of New York City in the 21st Century: a diverse group coming together from across the globe to create something quintessentially American. The music is without question swinging modern jazz, but not far beneath the surface lies a world of influences.
Drummer Dan Aran, flautist Itai Kriss, pianist Jack Glottman, bassist Tal Ronen, and saxophonist Nick Hempton all arrived in New York City in 2003; Nick from Australia, the others from Israel. Dan, Itai, Jack and Tal had been performing together since their teenage years in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, fusing their love of American jazz with an intimate knowledge of middle-eastern rhythms and melodies; with Jack's Colombian background infecting them with a fascination for the sounds of South America; while Nick's jazz came informed by a youth spent playing R 'n' B and Ska in the pubs of Sydney. Upon arriving in New York, they all threw themselves headlong into the local scene, the guys' musical curiosity always pushing them to seek out new performing experiences, from straightahead jazz, to Cuban Son, to Cantonese pop. But after each foray, they always found themselves playing together again. After 10 years sharing stages, both as bandleaders and sidemen, it seemed only natural to pool their resources and form a new collective.
A truly democratic outfit, the band shares composing duties equally; each member's contributions hand-picked to suit his band mates' playing styles. The resulting repertoire is eclectic and surprising, with elements ranging from meditative middle-eastern melodies to down-the-line bebop burners to odd-meter funk; all the while displaying an innate coherence and balance.
From first rehearsal, to first gig, to the recording studio, the chemistry in the group is undeniable- a mutual understanding that can only come from years of shared bandstands. In Migrant Workers, five distinct musical personalities have joined forces to create a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts.
Migrant Workers will be appearing at clubs throughout New York City through the Summer and Fall of 2013, with the debut album slated for release later in the year.