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Michael Sarian

"Sarian's trumpet literally speaks" Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz

Trumpeter and composer Michael Sarian has been praised for his "unique compositional and instrumental voice... reminiscent of [his] lyrical contemporaries such as Ralph Alessi, Ambrose Akinmusire or Avishai Cohen...certainly deserving of a large audience and much recognition." (Friedrich Kunzmann, All About Jazz)

Born in Toronto and raised in Buenos Aires, Michael relocated to New York City in 2012, where he studied with Laurie Frink, Alan Ferber, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi and Mike Rodriguez. Michael has performed at some of the most iconic international stages, including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Getxo Blues Festival in Spain, Teatro Colón in Argentina, and at some of New York City's most beloved venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, BRIC JazzFest, The Beacon Theater, and Central Park SummerStage. He has appeared on WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer, NPR's World Cafe, and many more.

Michael's artistic output is as diverse as his background: his second quartet album is set for release in 2022 with ears&eyes Records, has released several duet recordings with pianist Matthew Putman on 577Records, electronic avant-garde music with Barcelona based pianist Olec Mün on piano and coffee records (with a second set for release in 2022), and several albums with his septet Michael Sarian & The Chabones, most recently LEÓN in 2018 with ZOHO Music.

He also performs regularly with his big band, Michael Sarian & The Big Chabones, is a stable member of The NYChillharmonic, the Bette Smith band, among other collaborations and projects. In 2020, Michael was a semifinalist at the prestigious DCJazzPrix, a 2020 Performer-Composer in Residence at Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity, and artist in residence at Culture Lab LIC for the winter/spring 2022 season.


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"Sarian's trumpet literally speaks" Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz

“Sarian sets aside the modern jazz flare which he had impressively developed in New Aurora (2020) ... seductive and hypnotic music that paints imaginary landscapes.” Fernando Rios, ArgentJazz

“Sometimes reminiscent of Kirk Knuffke or Kenny Wheeler, Sarian largely carries the expressive baggage.” John Sharpe, The New York City Jazz Record

“A heightened sense of sophistication can be heard ... leaving the trumpeter sounding warmer, more confident and simply grander than ever [...] The influence of pioneering romantic horn players who prominently feature in the ECM catalogue, such as the late great Kenny Wheeler, Tomasz Stanko or Enrico Rava, seems within one’s reach at each and every turn of New Aurora.” Friedrich Kunzmann, All About Jazz

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

After the Rain:...

Self Produced


The Art Of...

Nardis Music


A Lifeboat (Part I)

577 Records



piano and coffee records



Self Produced


New Aurora

ears&eyes Records



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