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Ralph Alessi

Ralph Alessi

Trumpeter-composer Ralph Alessi points to his studies with Charlie Haden at CalArts as a prime influence on his musical thinking: “He would always talk about playing as if it was your last opportunity to play the music. That’s a pretty advanced concept.”

In that same spirit of spontaneity, Alessi says, “I don’t like things to be overly rehearsed. The bulk of the music that I like playing is more improvised. So I’m cool with notes not played exactly right. I’m more into setting up an environment with musicians that will able us to make music in the moment.”

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