Jazz Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire Brings Blue Note-backed Quartet to EMPAC

On the heels of his new album A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard

Troy, NY — On Wednesday, August 16, at 8PM, jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire will perform with his quartet at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Signed to the legendary Blue Note record label, Akinmusire is a rising star in American jazz.

At 19, Akinmusire began touring professionally with saxophonist Steve Colemen, before studying with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terrence Blanchard at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. In 2007, he won both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. Akinmusire has since worked with jazz icons from Vijay Iyer and Aaron Parks to Esperanza Spalding and Jason Moran, recording two albums as a bandleader, including 2014’s The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint. In 2015, he contributed to rapper Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-nominated album To Pimp a Butterfly.

With A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard, Akinmusire has taken his place within the pantheon of jazz greats to record live records in the hallowed New York venue. It’s within this history that Akinmusire has forged his distinctive sound. While trumpet-fronted quartets are rare, Akinmusire says the form has made him “a little bit more free to express all my influences.”

At EMPAC, Akinmusire will perform with his longtime band consisting of Sam Harris (piano), Harish Raghavan (bass), and Justin Brown (drums).

For more information, please visit empac.rpi.edu.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

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