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Composer/Improviser   “(Sonderegger is) a deep thinker and a laudable technician…it's quite evident that (he) possesses the wherewithal to go just about anywhere he pleases within a far-reaching progressive jazz radius.”-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz "Sonderegger’s arrangements are a mix of control and freedom: favoring the former when setting the song, often with intricate counterplay among the vocal line and horn players; favoring the latter in brief intervals where the artists are given free rein to co-improvise...Sonderegger’s playing style...is both logical and loose, grounded yet floating."-Tom Greenland, New York City Jazz Record A seriously accomplished saxophonist whose playing is equal parts fluid, lyrical, commanding, and muscular, Sonderegger’s music exemplifies the sort of truly varied and genuinely eclectic palette that often characterizes that of younger players who have freed themselves of the confines of genre and style while maintaining the highest in quality and integrity.-Alex Cline

Composer/Improviser

 

“(Sonderegger is) a deep thinker and a laudable technician…it's quite evident that (he) possesses the wherewithal to go just about anywhere he pleases within a far-reaching progressive jazz radius.”-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

"Sonderegger’s arrangements are a mix of control and freedom: favoring the former when setting the song, often with intricate counterplay among the vocal line and horn players; favoring the latter in brief intervals where the artists are given free rein to co-improvise...Sonderegger’s playing style...is both logical and loose, grounded yet floating."-Tom Greenland, New York City Jazz Record

A seriously accomplished saxophonist whose playing is equal parts fluid, lyrical, commanding, and muscular, Sonderegger’s music exemplifies the sort of truly varied and genuinely eclectic palette that often characterizes that of younger players who have freed themselves of the confines of genre and style while maintaining the highest in quality and integrity.-Alex Cline

 

Sean SOnderegger

 

Sean SOnderegger's Magically inclined

Sean Sonderegger - bass & contrabass clarinet, tenor saxophone, compositions Areni Agbabian - vocals Harvey Valdes - guitar Greg Chudzik - bass, composition on The Visit Joe Hertenstein - drums
 

Sean Sonderegger has studied composition with Anthony Braxton, David Behrman, Paula Matthusen, Andy Laster, Ron Kuivila and Roy Nathanson. He has performed extensively with Roy Nathanson, and is featured on his 2009 release Subway Moon (Enja/Yellowbird Records). His compositions have been performed by the Roy Nathanson Saxophone Quartet, loadbang, and the Andrew Drury Tentet.

 

Sonderegger’s group Magically Inclined is made up of musicians that he performed alongside in Butch Morris’ ensembles including Areni Agbabian, Harvey Valdes, and Joe Hertenstein. Greg Chudzik (composer of the music to A Visit) has performed in Sonderegger’s various groups since 2007 and is highly active in the NYC new music scene. Sean Sonderegger has been playing in various projects with Curtis Fowlkes since 2007 including in Fowlkes’ own group, Catfish Corner.

 

“A Visit”, “We’re Born”, “Crown”, and “Eat the Air” are all compositions commissioned by Roy Nathanson for a music series at NYC’s the Stone. The compositions feature poems by Joanna Cooper.

 

Sonderegger's music incorporates aspects of collective free improvisation with highly composed material drawing from Sonderegger’s study of many musical traditions as well as his experiences working with Butch Morris, Adam Rudolph, Roy Nathanson and studies with Anthony Braxton.

 

Members of the ensemble have performed in groups led by Charlie Haden, Henry Threadgill, Charlie Hunter, Bill Frisell, Karl Berger, John Zorn, Adam Rudolph, Tigran Hamasyan, Butch Morris, Talea Ensemble, Bang on A Can All-Stars, Wet Ink Ensemble, and the Dave Crowell Ensemble.

 

Sean Sonderegger-Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

Curtis Fowlkes-Trombone

Kamala Sankaram (NYC), Areni Agbabian (LA)-Voice

Harvey Valdes-Guitar

Greg Chudzik-Bass

Joe Hertenstein-Drums, Percussion

 

 
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shows

November 20, 2014 with Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra at Shapeshifter Labs, Brooklyn, NY 8:00PM

December 10, 2014 with Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra at Shapeshifter Labs, Brooklyn, NY 8:00PM

April 14, 2015 With Sean Sonderegger's Warrior Circle Trio at World Music Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT 8:00PM

April 28, 2015 with Sean Sonderegger's Warrior Circle Trio at World Music Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT 8:00PM

May 3, 2015 with 8 Bit Aesthetic-featuring: Michael Eaton, Michael Bates, Joe Hertenstein, Russell House, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT 9:00 PM

June 6, 2015 with Roy Nathanson, The Stone, NYC, NY 10:00PM

June 7, 2015 with Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra, Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, NY 

June 8, 2015 with Michael Eaton's Ascension Project, Shapeshifter Labs, Brooklyn, NY

June 13, 2015 with Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra, Spoke the Hub dance space, Brooklyn, NY

June 19, 2015 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined-Eat the Air, Skirl CD Release Party, Jalopy Theatre, Brooklyn, NY 10:00PM

June 25, 2015 with Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY 8:00PM

June 27, 2015 with Phillip Schuessler (piano and electronics) performing his piece Driftwood Puzzle Box, Abrons Arts Center, NYC, NY 

August 13, 2015 with Jeff Schwartz, Charles Sharp, Angelo Metz at The Battery Books, South Pasadena, CA 8:30PM

August 16, 2015 with Jeff Schwartz, Charles Sharp, Angelo Metz for the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach at Shenanigans Irish Pub and Grill, Long Beach, CA 7:00PM

August 17, 2015 with Skyline Electric on KXLU, Los Angeles, CA 

August 23, 2015 with Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY 8:00PM 

August 30, 2015 with Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY 8:00PM

September 18, 2015 with Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Brooklyn, NY

October 25, 2015 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined (Harvey Valdes, Michael Bates, Joe Hertenstein) House Concert, Brooklyn, NY 7:30PM send an email to seansonderegger@gmail.com for address

November 28, 2015 Sean Sonderegger's Warrior Circle, Kettle and Thread, Brooklyn, NY 4:00PM

November 29, 2015 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined (Kamala Sankaram, Harvey Valdes, Greg Chudzik, Jeff Davis)Music House, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 9:00PM

December 4, 2015 Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra House Concert, Brooklyn, NY TBA send an email to seansonderegger@gmail.com for address

December 16, 2015 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined, Live on KXLU, Los Angeles, CA 9:00PM

December 19, 2016 Sean Sonderegger's Warrior Circle, Unurban Coffee House, Santa Monica, CA 8:00PM

January 2, 2016 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined (featuring Areni Agbabian), Unurban Coffee House, Santa Monica, CA 7:00PM

January 23, 2016 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined, Kettle and Thread, Brooklyn, NY 4:00PM

February 6, 2016 8-bit Aesthetic (Michael Eaton, Michael Bates) Kettle and Thread, Brooklyn, NY 4:00PM

February 6, 2016 Sean Sonderegger's Warrior Circle (Dave Scott, Eva Novoa, Javier Moreno, Nathan Ellman-Bell) Nublu, NYC 10:00PM

February 20, 2016 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined, Kettle and Thread, Brooklyn, NY 4:00PM

March 12, 2016 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined, Kettle and Thread, Brooklyn, NY 4:00PM

March 17, 2016 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined (Kamala Sankaram, Harvey Valdes, Greg Chudzik, Jeff Davis), The Owl Music Parlor, Brooklyn, NY 8:00PM

March 31, 2016 w Curtis Fowlkes, Silvana, Harlem, NYC

April 15,16, 2016 "Storied Places" w Jay Hoggard Group (Warren Byrd, Belden Bullock, Pheeroan akLaff), CFA Theatre, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

May 1st, 2016 with Eva Novoa/Sean Sonderegger/Michael Bates/Devin Gray, IBeam, Brooklyn, NY 8:30PM

May 2nd, 2016 Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined (Kamala Sankaram, Curtis Fowlkes, Harvey Valdes, Michael Bates, Jeff Davis), Nublu, NYC, NY 9:00

May 25th, 2016 with Adam Rudolph's Go:Organic Woodwinds, The Stone, NYC 10:00PM

June 17, 2016 with Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra, Society for Ethical Culture, Brooklyn, NY 8:00PM

June 20th, 2016 with Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined (Kamala Sankaram, Curtis Fowlkes, Harvey Valdes, Javier Moreno, Joe Hertenstein), Nublu, NYC, NY 10:00PM

June 24th, 2016 with Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra, House Concert, Brooklyn, NY 8:00PM

July 8th, 2016 with Tyshawn Sorey, The Stone, NYC, NY 8:00PM

July 20th, 2016 with Dave Scott, Eva Novoa, Jeong Lim Yang, Nathan Ellman-Bell, House Concert, Brooklyn, NY, 8:00PM

August 7th, 2016 with Magically Inclined (West Coast Edition) with Areni Agbabian, Alex Noice, Dale Black, and Peter Valsamis, Open Gate Theatre at CENTER FOR THE ARTS, EAGLE ROCK 2225 COLORADO BLVD, LOS ANGELES, 90041, CA 7:00PM 

September 22nd, 2016 with Curtis Fowlkes Catfish Corner, with Bryan Carrott, Brad Jones, and Bruce Cox. Bar Lunatico, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY 8:30PM

November 11th, 2016 with Sonderegger/Novoa/Scott and 8bit Aesthetic, IBeam, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30PM

November 20th, 2016 with Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY

December 4th, 2016 with Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY 

March 11th, 2017 with Eva Novoa Sextet featuring Sarah Bernstein, Dave Scott, Max Johnson, Jeff Hirschfield, IBeam, Brooklyn, NY, 8PM

March 25th, 2017 with Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY 

April 8th, 2017 with Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY 

May 4th, 2017 with the Tenor Trio featuring Michael Eaton, James Brandon Lewis, Bern Nix, Brad Whiteley, Calvin Weston. Rockwood Music Hall 3, New York, NY 8:00PM

June 18, 2017 Sean Sonderegger Quartet featuring Harvey Valdes, Shawn Lovato, Joe Hertenstein. IBeam, Brooklyn, NY, 8PM

July 8, 2017 with Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY  

July 19th, 2017 with Magically Inclined (West Coast Edition) with Areni Agbabian, Alex Noice, Jeff Schwartz, and Peter Valsamis, Soundwaves Series at the Santa Monica Public Library. 7:30PM  

News & Updates

I'm excited to play in my home town at the Soundwaves series at the Santa Monica Main Library 7.19.17 at 7:30PM. Here's a preview of the gig!

Here's a fun interview I just did with Veronica Newton of Radio Free Brooklyn!

Here's a really great review of Eat the Air by Gregory Applegate Edwards!

Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined debut album Eat the Air is out now on Skirl Records!  

Buy it now! at: http://www.skirlrecords.com/releases

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Eat The Air

by Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined

Personnel:

Sean Sonderegger- T. Sax/Bass Clarinet
Curtis Fowlkes-Trombone
Areni Agbabian-Voice
Harvey Valdes-Guitar
Greg Chudzik-Bass
Joe Hertenstein-Drums/Percussion

 

Recorded by Tom Tedesco at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, New Jersey on June 23, 2014

Mixed by Tom Tedesco at Tedesco Studios, July 21, 2014 

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