Lukas dives into the jazz ilk with a jazz-influenced ensemble, the Lukas Ligeti Quintet featuring Leron Thomas (trumpet), Travis Sullivan (sax), Evan Lipson (bass), LL (drums) and TBA (piano). On the program will be new works by Lukas. He most recently explored the jazz realm in his 2011 release of Pattern Time (Innova) which was described as an unusually articulate hybrid of jazz, modern-classical, and African ideas.
Composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti has developed a musical style of his own that draws upon downtown NY experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, and world music, particularly from Africa. Lukas creates music ranging from the through-composed to the free-improvised, often exploring non-Western elements, and is a pioneer in the field of experimental intercultural collaboration. He is the recipient of the Alpert Award in the Arts in Music (2010).
Lukas studied composition and jazz drums at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, and spent two years working at CCRMA, the computer music research center at Stanford University, before settling in New York City in 1998.
Lukas has been commissioned by Bang on a Can, Kronos Quartet, Ensemble Modern, the American Composers Orchestra, the Vienna Festwochen, Austrian Radio, and Radio France, to name a few; his music has also been performed by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, the London Sinfonietta, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Amadinda, Third Coast, and So Percussion Groups. He frequently performs solo on the marimba lumina, a rare electronic percussion instrument.
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