The Silk Sound ensemble has taken very old, traditional Asian music and given it a contemporary, Jazz sound. Some very prominent and talented musicians are part of the project.
SILK SOUND BIOS
Jeff Berman – Multiple Instruments
Jeff Berman is a multi-instrumentalist, improvising artist, composer, and educator whose work reflects his global musical vision. A native of NYC now living in Pittsburgh, his genre-extending concept on vibraphone, percussion, and mountain dulcimer has allowed him to collaborate across stylistic boundaries, with a diverse group of artists from across the planet. Josef Woodward has described his music as “a worldly folk-jazz,” Jazziz has written “…hypnotic vibes work…Berman not only play vibes, he sounds like he created the instrument,” and Bill Milkowski has called Jeff’s writing “…hauntingly beautiful…”
He has performed internationally both as a solo artist and as a member of various ensembles. Some of the artists he has performed, recorded, and collaborated with include Andy Statman, Paul Bley, Linda Thompson, Robert Een, Susan Mckeown, Tony Trischka, Arthur Russel, AppalAsia, Tibetan singer Pasang Dolma, and choreographers Yin Mei and Gia T. Cacalano, to name just a few.
He has several recordings on the Palmetto label featuring his compositions, and his music has been used for performance, dance, theater, and film – including the Academy Award nominated documentary In Our Water.
“Last nights performance was magnificent…what you have created, nurtured and brought to fruition is nothing short of amazing and I anxiously await another chance to experience Silk Sound…the city is enhanced by what you do.”
- Bob Studebaker Legendary Jazz host on the NPR radio station WESA 90.5FM
“Usually, these cultural collaborations do not work. Silk Sound is a rare exception. The ensemble offers a rare blend of sensitivity and virtuosity presented with insight and conviction.”
- Mark Yacovone, Producer – broadcast and recording
“We just got back from that Asian fusion jazz concert, and it was fabulous! What great artistic live music. We really enjoyed it immensely.”
– Joan Cucinotta, Sewickley Academy