Harris Eisenstadt

One of only a handful of drummers equally well-known for his work as a composer, Harris Eisenstadt is among the most versatile and prolific musicians of his generation. His eclectic resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in both improvised music, West African and Cuban drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theater to poetry and dance to contemporary classical and opera. Most active in jazz and improvised music, as both an in-demand sideman and a bandleader, he has performed all over the globe, earned commissions from organizations such as Meet The Composer and the American Composers Forum, and appeared on more than 40 recordings over the past decade. His album Woodblock Prints (No Business) garnered album of the year and composer of the year honors in the El Intruso international critics poll (2010). Other recent honors include nominations for Up and Coming Artist of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association (2009) and Rising Star in the Composer category of the Downbeat international critics poll (2009), and the premier of his first piece for orchestra, Palimpsest, by the American Composers Orchestra (2011). Each of his releases as a bandleader since 2003 has ended up on critics' best of lists. In 2012 Eisenstadt released Canada Day Octet (482 Music) and Canada Day III (Songlines).