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Noah Baerman

Director, Jazz Ensemble

nbaerman@wesleyan.edu

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Noah Baerman

Noah Baerman is a Jazz pianist, composer, educator, author, and activist. His tenth album under his own name, “The Rock and the Redemption,” features the Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble, a musically eclectic group featuring a number of his former Wesleyan students. His work as a jazz educator has been codified in ten acclaimed instructional books through the Alfred Publishing Company, addressing improvisation, harmony, technique, and other topics. His work as a social activist and socially conscious artist has come to full fruition through his founding and directorship of the non-profit Resonant Motion.

Fifteen years after nearly walking away from the piano due to his struggles with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), an incurable connective tissue disorder with which he was born, Noah Baerman remains fiercely active. These challenges and his experiences as a foster parent have deepened his already fierce commitment to “message music,” as evidenced by his powerful 2014 CD release Ripples (“With its heady mix of transcendence, activism, deep lyrical expression and soulful sense of swing, pianist/composer Noah Baerman’s triumphant new CD, Ripples, is one of the best and the brightest releases to grace our region in quite some time.” Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor) and his position as Artistic Director of Resonant Motion, an organization committed to the union of music and positive change. A disciple of NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, he has participated in and composed for numerous recordings as a bandleader and sideman. His 2003 release "Patch Kit" features jazz legends Ron Carter and Ben Riley and revolves around his struggles with EDS (“Much more than just a commendable exercise in education and humanitarianism, this is a wonderful and inspiring musical journey that's a testament to the power of jazz, humor and positive energy to turn a challenging situation into one of joy and hope.” – Joel Roberts, All About Jazz – New York). Patch Kit raised awareness and funds for EDS and led to an invitation from Marian McPartland to be a guest on her long-running NPR program Piano Jazz in 2005. Two compositions premiered on that show then appeared on his album Soul Force, a tribute to the life and message of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Soul Force featured Noah’s writing for large ensemble.. In 2008 he was awarded a "New Works" grant from Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation. The resulting Know Thyself, an emotionally sweeping 65 minute suite for septet, was premiered at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and at the Jazz Gallery in New York and recorded for a 2010 release.

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Courses

Fall 2017
MUSC 455 - 01
Jazz Ensemble

Spring 2018
MUSC 455 - 01
Jazz Ensemble