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Avram Fefer

Avram Fefer is an American jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader, currently residing in New York City. He has been performing and recording internationally since 1990, with eleven album releases as a leader and many more as a sideman. He has performed with world-class musicians throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and enjoys collaborations with creative artists of all sorts, including poets, dancers, visual artists, DJ's, and digital sound designers, among others.

His writings have been published in several books; his music has appeared in a variety of films and television shows; he has been teaching privately for over 20 years; and he has performed in several notable theatre productions —- director Ivo Van Hove's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baaadaaaas Song, and BRIC Arts Brer Rabbit The Opera: A Funky Meditation On Gentrification.

With a distinctive voice on each of his many woodwinds, Avram is known for the depth, intelligence, and soulfulness that he brings to a wide variety of musical settings. These include performances and recordings of straight-ahead and avant- garde jazz, funk, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, West and North African music, Latin, modern classical, and free jazz. He performs in groups of all sizes —- from solo and duo, to big band and 45-piece orchestra.

In 2012, he initiated The Resonant Sculpture Project, a series of solo musical interactions with the large-scale work of renowned sculptor Richard Serra. It is a unique and innovative long-term project that is ongoing. Recent performances include the Gagosian Gallery in New York City (Feb. 2014), the Gagosian Gallery in London ( March 2015), and the Princeton Art Museum (April 2015).

His latest album, Big Picture Holiday: Shimmer and Melt, features a six piece electric band that has been an active part of New York City's underground music scene over the last several years. With a funky, psychedelic attitude, and hints of Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and The Ethiopiques, this album marks a major step in Avram's musical trajectory as a leader and composer.

Avram grew up on both coasts of the United States, received a liberal arts degree at Harvard University and studied music at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. He spent several years in Paris, France, where he began his career and refined his artistic vision. He has performed in festivals and clubs in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East, and is fortunate to have collaborated with many legendary figures over the years.

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RITUAL—-"A ruggedly appealing new CD" —- NYTimes

"The fire ignited by saxophonist Avram Fefer is fresh, yet it sounds as eternal as all things avant in jazz... a stellar example of the trio tradition.

Fefer's varied experience, be it playing hypnotic West African traditional music or electro-acoustic trip-hop, informs his highly developed sense of swing. His coiled phrasing lends these propulsive excursions an infectious, groove-oriented focus.” (Allaboutjazz.com)

“Ear-grabbing work from this killer trio. ...has a sense of groove that's undeniable…. drawn-out, soulful explorations that ring out with a sense of freedom and an inherent swing” (Dustygroove.com)

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Patient, inspiring private teacher with 20 years experience is now accepting new students. See what a difference a really great teacher can make! We will address issues of rhythm, melody, harmony, tone production/breath, ear training, and improvisation. All ages, levels and styles are accepted and encouraged. Sax, Clarinet, Flute, and/or Specialized Improvisation lessons are all available. Sliding scale fees, flexible Times, and convenient location in downtown Manhattan. Skype lessons available. email: [email protected]          

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Juba Lee

Clean Feed Records



Clean Feed Records


Shimmer And Melt




Not Two Records



NotTwo Records



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