Polymath and musical maximalist Gabriel Zucker celebrates the release of his double record Leftover Beats From The Edges Of Time. Five years in the making, the 90-minute record defies categorization or synopsis, featuring complex mixed-meter jazz, virtuosic chamber music, electronic soundscapes, and indie art rock — performed with emotion and urgency by Zucker’s virtuoso large ensemble The Delegation.
Leftover Beats comprises a single work in twelve movements, reflecting on the tension between nostalgia and progress. At this record release concert, Zucker presents a dramatic intermodal performance befitting of the work’s epic scope — featuring dance by Rachel McKinstry, lights by Andy Dickerson, video projections, multi-channel sound, and a virtuoso ensemble of some of New York’s most exciting improvisers.
The record follows on Zucker’s critically-acclaimed 2018 release Weighting, which All About Jazz described as “a compelling, mysterious world that is as beautiful as it is elusive,” and was named Best Debut in the New York City Jazz Record.
Gabriel Zucker — piano, electronics, vocals
Adam O’Farrill — trumpet
Nolan Tsang — trumpet
Anna Webber — tenor saxophone
Yuma Uesaka — clarinets
Mariel Roberts — cello
Mat Muntz — bass
Connor Parks — drums
Rachel McKinstry — dance
Andy Dickerson — lights
Adam O’Farrill — video
“Piano firebrand” (Brooklyn Rail) Gabriel Zucker is a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York, whose work combines maximalist compositions with the progressive improvisation of New York’s creative music scene. His music has received two ASCAP composition awards, and has been praised in Downbeat (4.5 stars), All About Jazz (4.5 stars), Stereogum, Jazzwise, and the New York City Jazz Record. A Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Zucker has performed throughout New York at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Stone, Roulette, and the Jazz Gallery, as well as in 22 countries around the world.