Michael Jefry Stevens

Projects - International

Fonda/Stevens Group

Fonda/Stevens Group

This powerful acoustic NYC based jazz ensemble features original music from co-leaders Joe Fonda and Michael Jefry Stevens performing with master percussionist Harvey Sorgen and the brilliant modern jazz trumpet legend Herb Robertson. The group began in New York City in 1992 and will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a European tour in Spring, 2017.

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Generations Quartet featuring Oliver Lake

Generations Quartet featuring Oliver Lake

The creative resources of the music of Trio Generations are defined by the musical concepts of the three musicians on the very basis of their originality and their traditions. The performance is based upon firmly composed music as well as free improvisation.

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Conference Call Quartet

Conference Call Quartet

This international quartet has been together since 1998 and features German composer and woodwind virtuoso Gebhard Ullmann, bassist Joe Fonda, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, and Dieter Ulrich on drums performing original music by all of the group members.

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Eastern Boundary Quartet

Eastern Boundary Quartet

Eastern Boundary ls a musical and cultural collaborative featuring the Hungarian master musicians drummer Balazs Bagyi and saxophonist Mihaly Borbely and the long-standing bass/piano partnership of New York City bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens (co-leaders of the Fonda/Stevens Group).

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Howes/Stevens

Howes/Stevens "Continental Divide"

This new international quartet project features Christian Howes on violin and Michael Jefry Stevens on piano and composition.

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The Core-tet featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie

The Core-tet featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie The Core-tet Project Featuring: Dame Evelyn Glennie – Assorted Percussion (Scotland) Jon Hemmersam – acoustic guitar (Denmark) Szilard Mezei – viola (Serbia) Michael Jefry Stevens – acoustic piano – Steinway Artist (USA) The history of Western Classical Music is filled with a rich legacy of great improvisers. The list is long and profound: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Franck, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Handel and many more. Before the now ubiquitous “Jazz” music shorthand there existed the “figured bass” shorthand, which allowed organists and accompanists to perform complex harmonic structures using a numerical language to express specific chords and inversions. Master Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie adds to this improvising tradition with her new and bold international quartet ensemble. The group brings together musical traditions from four varied cultures but with a common goal: to create spontaneous music of great beauty and power which utilizes the basic formal elements of musical composition: melody, harmony, rhythm and form. Each improvised concert is a new and profound spontaneous work of art much like the organ duels of the baroque period and the great cadenzas of the romantic composer/performers. The members of the Core-tet have a long history between them. Guitarist Jon Hemmersam and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens have been performing and recording together for twenty-five years. Mr. Stevens met violist and composer Szilard Mezei in 2007 when they both performed at a festival in Kanjiza, Serbia. Jon Hemmersam and Evelyn Glennie recorded their duo CD “Sound Spirits” in 2011. Mezei, Hemmersam and Stevens recorded their improvised trio CD “Upcast” ion 2009. Mezei and Hemmersam have recorded several cds together over the past seven years. Upon Evelyn Glennie hearing the trio’s “Upcast” recording, she became determined to join the trio of improvisers in an improvised quartet recording. This recording took place in December, 2016 (eight years after the initial idea). The meeting of these four distinct musical voices was more powerful and profound then anyone expected. The result of that recording is this new project: The Core-tet Project.

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