Alto saxophonist Steve Lehman is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. His pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the JACK Quartet, among others. His 2014 recording, Mise en Abîme
, was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music
and The Los Angeles Times
. And his previous recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow
(Pi, 2009) was cited as the #1 Jazz album of the year by The New York Times
. Lehman has performed and recorded nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Anthony Braxton
, Vijay Iyer
, George Lewis, Jason Moran, Me'Shell Ndegéocello, and more. He was awarded a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and received a doctorate in Music Composition from Columbia University in 2012. His trio and his octet, which has been supported by CMA New Jazz Works (2012) and Presenting Jazz (2010) grants, perform regularly throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.