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Noah Garabedian

Bass player and composer Noah Garabedian holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from the The University of California Los Angeles, and a Master's of Music Performance from New York University. He is a 2022 Calouste Gulbenkian In View grant recipient; 2021 Artist Fellow with Creative Armenia and AGBU; 2022 and 2016 Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient; 2011 finalist for the International Society of Double Bass Competition; 2007 finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz; 2006 John Coltrane National Scholarship recipient. 

As an educator Mr. Garabedian was a visiting professor through Fulbright to teach jazz music for one month at Silpakorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand as well as at the São Paulo State Music School - EMESP Tom Jobim. He currently works with the music outreach program at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Jazz For Young People. He is also currently part-time faculty at The New School in New York City and works at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. In the past he has served as adjunct faculty at NYU, taught with The Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, and participated in the music outreach program between UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

As a sideman, Mr. Garabedian has performed and toured with Ravi Coltrane, Jeff Tain Watts, Andy Milne, Kris Davis, Ralph Alessi, Myron Walden, Nir Felder, Frank LoCrasto, Okkervil River, and Julian Pollack. Mr. Garabedian has represented the US State Department on two separate tours as a musical ambassador where he performed for the public, taught workshops on music, and collaborated with local musicians.

In October 2020, he premiered a new composition, The Tragedy of Hate, commissioned by the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College. The piece was inspired by stories and pictures of survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of those events.


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Ember: August in March

Read "August in March" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Reflective of its enigmatic title, the members of Ember--saxophonist/trumpeter Caleb Wheeler Curtis, bassist Noah Garabedian and drummer {Vincent Sperrazza--have created something both oblique and accessible on the group's third release, August in March. With an emphasis on well designed, engaging pieces that lead into a distinctive world of close collaboration, this is music that rewards undivided attention. Aside from a few turns on the trumpet on the winding, slithering “Snake Tune," the elliptical “Sink and Swim," and the ...


Noah Garabedian: The Power of Patience

Read "Noah Garabedian: The Power of Patience" reviewed by John Chacona

Patience might be not the first word that you'd expect to find on the job description for a professional jazz musician, but it has been crucial to the career of bassist Noah Garabedian's career. Growing up in jny: Berkeley, a hothouse of young jazz talent, Garabedian never intended to become a working musician. “I definitely did not want to go to a conservatory," he said on a video call from Brooklyn. “Also, to be honest, I wasn't very ...

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Ember with Orrin Evans: No One is Any One

Read "No One is Any One" reviewed by Paul Rauch

To truly be in the headspace to appreciate the music of Ember, an understanding of the individuals making up the collective is paramount. The original compositions are not mind boggling, complex exercises brandishing the challenging dynamics of jazz composition in the 2020s. Refreshingly, the writing is open ended, containing melodies that come across as recitable mantras. The individual approaches to modern melodic improvisation within the collective memory of the musicians so easily rise to the surface of No One is ...

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Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Lo svizzero Sebastien Ammann, di professione pianista e compositore, guida in questo elegante, solido album un quintetto dalle geometrie ben definite e dai percorsi espressivo-espositivi conseguenti. Magari non vi si respirerà tutta l'originalità di questa terra, ma il lavoro d'insieme (soprattutto) è ottimamente congegnato e condotto, e sul piano solistico tutto procede analogamente, col trombone di Samuel Blaser una spanna sopra gli altri (peraltro sempre all'altezza della situazione). Subito l'iniziale “Yayoi" ci introduce eloquentemente entro i meandri ...

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Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Sebastien Ammann is originally from Switzerland but has been part of the New York City jazz scene since 2008, collaborating with musicians such as Kris Davis, Tony Malaby, Ohad Talmor and George Schuller. His current main focus is on his quintet, Color Wheel, whose second album is a kaleidoscope of fresh sounds and interesting musical combinations. Ammann's compositions often have spiky surfaces carved out by saxophonist Michael Attias and trombonist Samuel Blaser which are then made palpable ...

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Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Stark, abstract inquiries are fashioned, some resolved, some left hanging, in the jarring and resolute music of Swiss-pianist Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel. With an uncanny ability to command the moment, Ammann and his equally inspired mates—Michael Attias on saxophone, bassistNoah Garabedian, trombonist Samuel Blaser and drummerNathan Ellman-Bell—take the moment and throw in a ton of turbulence and false leads and still close the deal. Quite nicely too. For the nine Ammann-imagined tracks on Resilience, Color Wheel's cart-wheeling follow-up to its ...

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“Bassist Noah Garabedian leads a six-piece through his funky, brassily ambitious charts, as featured on a new Brooklyn Jazz Underground release, Big Butter And The Egg Men.” —Time Out New York



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

August in March

Imani Records


No One is Any One

Sunnyside Records



Skirl Records


Cow Cow Boogie

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