Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
Aruàn Ortiz, piano
Nasheet Waits, drums
Michaël Attias is a quietly fierce force on the international improvising scene. With a brisk and calming tone, Attias is a thinker, traveler, questioner. Born in Israel, he spent his childhood in Paris, his adolescence in Minneapolis, and has lived in NYC since 1994.
As a leader, Attias has released seven critically-acclaimed albums since 2005: Credo, Renku, Renku in Coimbra, Twines of Colesion, Spun Tree, Renku Live in Greenwich Village and the 2017 debut of the Michaël Attias Quartet Nerve Dance. As a sideman, he has performed and recorded all over the world alongside some of today's most compelling musicians: Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian, Anthony Coleman, Masabumi Kikuchi, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, Oliver Lake, and many others.
His current projects include his long-standing trio Renku, with John Hébert and Satoshi Takeishi; Spun Tree, with Ralph Alessi, Matt Mitchell, Sean Conly, Tom Rainey; and the Michaël Attias Quartetwith Aruàn Ortiz, John Hébert and Nasheet Waits.
Michaël has also established himself as creator of live musical scores and sound designs for theatre including, since 2008, five collaborations with legendary director Robert Woodruff: Chair, Notes From Underground, Battle of Black and Dogs, Autumn Sonata, and In a year With Thirteen Moons. These were produced at such prominent New York and regional theatres as Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Duke on 42nd Street.
He was named a 2000 Artists' Fellowship Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts and was awarded a MacDowell Arts Colony fellowship in Fall 2008 and Summer 2016.