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Maryam Yusefzadeh & Thomas Nordlund 'Migration':
Maryam and Tom’s unique music brings a sound that is ethereal and meditative. This group forms its music drawn from Persian tones, and jazz overlaid by poetry and voices that touches the heart.
Maryam Yusefzadeh born in Iran, is releasing her new album “Migration” A collaboration with guitarist Thomas Nordlund featuring adventurous arrangements of traditional Persian songs and new original compositions. Her musical training began in Iran and was furthered at Uof M Studying Jazz and classical vocal music, continued with renowned Jazz vocalist Roberta Davis. Through-out her life in Minnesota, she has collaborated with several local and national artists, among which, co-founded the group "Robayat" with Tim Sparks and Tim O’Keefe; co-created the music for the Katha dance group “Rubaiyat - Life in a Day” performed at The Cowles Center; “Embracing the Beloved” a cross cultural musical with Nirmala Rajasekar
and David Harris, and several Plays “Love Letters from the East”, “Hebrew Lesson” and "Sohrab and Rustam". Maryam also performed in the Walker Art Center World Premiere performance of "Logic of the Birds" by Shirin Neshat.
Maryam has several jazz performances to her credit including stints as soloist with Cedar Walton Trio, founder of the vocal jazz quintet Solfege, a soloist with the MacPhail Center Jazz Ensemble, the Love Ensemble under the direction of Roberta Davis, the vocal jazz group Essentially Jazz.
Thomas Nordlund is a guitarist and composer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied guitar with Roger Brotherhood, Jaime Guiscafre, and Tim Sparks, and holds a B.A. in guitar performance from the University of Minnesota-Morris, a Certificate in Jazz Studies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and completed the Sound Design Program with James Patrick at Slam Academy in Minneapolis.
In 2015, he released his debut full-length record "Divide Avenue". In addition to presenting his own music, he is an active sideman with Sarah Morris, Chris Bates, and Maryam Yusefzadeh, and has performed or recorded with Dead Man Winter, Moon and Pollution, MR DR, The Jana Nyberg Group, The Fontanelles, The Adam Meckler Orchestra, The Madison Jazz Orchestra, and Irie Sol, among many others.
Tony Axtell, a native Minnesotan, graduated from the Musician's Institute Of Technology in Los Angeles, CA with a degree in bass studies.
A true multi-instrumentalist, he is an accomplished bassist, keyboardist, vocalist, drummer, guitarist, as well as a prolific composer, arranger, engineer and producer. Tony's skills can be heard on many genres of music he’s had the fortune of being involved in over the past 25 years.
Sean Turner’s compositions and orchestrations have been utilized by Sony, Oprah Winfrey, Lifetime Network, Discovery Channel, American Express, Target, Chicken Soup For The Soul, and he has been a featured artist for Getty Images among many others. He has authored two instructional texts and written and produced three albums — one of which received a “Parent’s Choice Award” for children’s music.
Turner began his professional music career performing as a vocal soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera soprano Lucy Shelton in the world premiere of twentieth century composer George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of Children.” He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University and was awarded a Jazz Study Grant from the National Endowment For The Arts to study in New York with JoAnne Brackeen.