Lineup & Instrumentation:
Matt Steckler - saxes, flute & compositions
Curtis Hasselbring - trombone
Todd Neufeld - guitar
Dave Ambrosio - bass
Satoshi Takeishi - drums & percussion
Past family members include: Michael Cain, Lonnie Plaxico, Pheeroan Aklaff, Curtis Fowlkes, Bruce Cox, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Albright, Alan Ferber, Dan Weiss, Chris Lightcap and others.
PERSIFLAGE per·si·flage (pûrs-fläzh)
1. Light good-natured talk; banter.
2. Light or frivolous manner of discussing a subject.
... is a Brooklyn-based modular ensemble that expresses itself collectively, listens to
one another intently, and never takes life too seriously. Through its
organization of sound in space, Persiflage reveals a dynamic communication of the highest order and
elicits the intrigue of discriminating listeners worldwide.
Composer and bandleader Matt Steckler has garnered press distinctions in Downbeat (4 stars) and Jazz Times (Top 50 CDs 2011), and commissions from American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer and others. His work for this project is comprised of free-flowing, open structures, accented with nods to a wide spectrum of world musical traditions.
Members of this ensemble have appeared live and on record with improviser-luminaries Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Art Blakey, Bill Frisell, Lounge Lizards,
Tony Malaby, Regina Carter, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Charile Haden, Tyshawn Sorey, Masabumi Kikuchi, The Either/Orchestra and
Persiflage's critically acclaimed eponymous 2006 debut disc (Innova) will be followed up by its much anticipated release Night Cravings, recorded at Avatar Studios, and co-produced by Grammy-winning engineer Katherine Miller, in 2013.
" ...one of the best small group jazz discs of the past year."
Nate Dorward, Exclaim!
" ...repeated listens reveal a depth of color, a true sense of shape and
a brilliant mix of the improvisational and the written."
- Donald Elfman,
NYC Jazz Record