ISB 2023 Convention Presenter — Gregg August

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Name: Gregg August
Presentation Date: Friday, June 9, 2023 4:00 PM
Presentation Venue: Macintosh Recital Hall
Presentation Title: Dragonetti, I Apologize
Presented / Performed Previous ISB Convention? No
Type of Presentation: Recital
Genre: Adult Learners, Classical - unaccompanied, Improvisation, Jazz - unaccompanied, New Music, Other

Bassist and composer Gregg August spans the classical, avant-garde, jazz and Latin jazz worlds making him one of the most versatile musicians on the scene today. He is an Associate member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as well as the former Principal Bass of La Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona.

In 2020 Gregg released his album Dialogues on Race (Iacuessa Records) for which it received a GRAMMY nomination in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category. An extended suite for a 12 piece large jazz ensemble, three vocalists, strings and narrator, the work deals with the subject of race relations in the United States. He utilizes poems by Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Marilyn Nelson and others to create a musical conversation that is intended to help bring awareness and foster understanding on the issues surrounding race.

Gregg was awarded two Grand Prizes for the ISB 2020 David Walter Composers Competition in the Chamber Ensemble and Bass Ensemble categories. 

Gregg has performed and/or recorded with The New York Philharmonic, Steve Reich, as well as Ornette Coleman, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis and Ray Barretto. He is an adjunct professor at New York University and Williams College.

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