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This ensemble, put together by David Borgo, highlights not only different members of the saxophone family (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor) but also the style of a handful of the best jazz saxophonists - Sidney Bechet, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane.
The quartet includes Joshua White on piano (who recently won 2nd place in the Thelonious Monk piano competition in Washington DC), Gunnar Biggs on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums.
David Borgo is an Associate Professor of Music at U.C. San Diego where he teaches in the Integrative Studies (IS) and Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora (JMAD) Programs. He has a B.M. degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. David won first prize at the International John Coltrane Festival (1994) and he has toured widely, including featured performances in Sweden, Holland, Armenia, Hong Kong, Macau and Mexico City.
David has seven albums and one DVD under his own name and his book, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age (Continuum 2005), won the Alan Merriam Prize in 2006 from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
David’s scholarly work also appears in Jazz Perspectives, Black Music Research Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, American Music, Journal of American History, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Parallax, Open Space and in the forthcoming edited volumes Music as Performance: New Perspectives Across the Disciplines (Michigan University Press), Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), The Oxford Handbook on Critical Improvisation Studies (Oxford University Press), and Jazz (Ashgate Publishing).
David has performed and/or given invited talks at STEIM (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam), SARC (the Sonic Arts Research Center at Queens University Belfast), The University of Göteborg, The University of São Paulo, Escuela National de Musica-UNAM in Mexico City, The University of Chicago, The University of Minnesota, The Herb Alpert School of Music (UCLA),NWEAMO (the Northwest Electro-Acoustic Music Organization), UCHRI’s "State of the Arts" Festival, The Bronowski Art and Science Forum, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Palomar College and the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UCSD. Additionally, he has presented research at conferences organized by the Society for Ethnomusicology, The Sonneck Society for American Music, The International Association for the Study of Popular Music, The International Society for Improvised Music, The International Association of Jazz Educators and the College Music Society, as well as at The Guelph Jazz Colloquium, The Improvising Across Borders conference at UCSD, The Leeds International Jazz Education Conference and the Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology in Graz.
He currently performs with his electro-acoustic duo, KaiBorg (kaiborg.com), which explores the intersections between live audio and video processing and free improvisation, and with his sextet Kronomorfic (kronomorfic.com), which explores polymetric time.
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