|əˈmalgəˌmāt| – verb – combine or unite to form one organization or structure. Trio Amalgamate’s music is new Jazz. Inspired by free improvisation and contemporary composition.
Gene Pritsker – guitar
Dan Cooper – 7 string electric bass
Gernot Bernroider – drums.
Composer/guitarist GENE PRITSKER has written over four hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music, songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles, etc. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation, an eclectic hiphop-chamber-jazz-rock- etc. ensemble. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies. The New York Times described him as “…audacious…multitalented.” The New Music Connoisseur described Pritsker as “dissolv[ing] the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it’s done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre”. The new music blog ‘I Care If You Listen’ writes “Pritsker seems to look at all music as one genre, in which all other possible styles, sounds and traditions are meant to be used as building blocks and palette colors, combined in various configurations to create a boundless whole.” Organizations he is associated with include: Composers Concordance, Composers Concordance Records, Absolute Ensemble, The International Street Cannibals and the Austrian Outreach Festival.
Austrian born drummer, GERNOT BERNROIDER, has performed and/or recorded with top ranking musicians throughout Europe and the United States. He has shared the concert stage with renowned artists such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Powell, Adam Holzman, Donny McCaslin, Gil Cogans, Dick Oatts, Phillip Harper, Reggie Washington, Valerie Holiday and Alan Praskin to name a few. Mr. Bernroider has been a member of the Adam Rafferty Trio and the Nakujabe Ensemble, and has led his own group “The Oulipians” for several concert tours throughout Europe. During his most recent tour in Germany, Mr. Bernroider received great critical acclaim as a brilliant technician with unique style (“Schwaebisches Tagblatt”). In New York City, he has performed at well known concert venues such as Birdland, Blue Note, Lincoln Center, Smalls, Iridium Smoke Jazz Club as well as Merkin Concert Hall. Mr. Bernroider received his Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music and his Master of Arts degree from City College of New York. In 2003 he traveled to Ghana, West Africa, to study and perform with Ewe musicians and their percussion ensemble “Sankofa Root 2”. Mr. Bernroider is currently a faculty member at the New York Summer Music Festival and has been a clinician at the Outreach Academy in Schwaz, Austria. He is the founder and artistic director of the NYC Jazz Workshop Mattighofen in Austria and co-founder of the NYC Jazz Crash Course in New York.
DAN COOPER was born and raised in Manhattan, and educated at Horace Mann, Columbia, NEC, and Princeton. His music’s been noted in American Record Guide, The Associated Press, Berkshire Eagle, The Boston Globe, Fanfare Magazine, and the New York Times, among others – “contemporary impressionism,” “inventive,” “drawing on vernacular styles,” “vibrant,” “especially fascinating,” “incorporates…blues into a contemporary context,” “full of instrumental virtuosity and sly humor,” “whimsical,” “carefree,” “acute,” “daring,” “well-plotted,” “hauntingly beautiful,” and with a “spirit of originality, verve, and humor, now being passed on to a new generation.” The recipient of an Aaron Copland fellowship to Tanglewood, Cooper has also received awards, commissions, residencies, and premieres from Albany Symphony, ASCAP, Cary Trust, Engine 27, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, NARAS, North River Music, NYNME, NYYS, Shakespeare & Company, and Sweet Plantain, among others. As a multi-instrumentalist, Cooper has performed internationally at such venues as Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Berlin Philharmonic, Town Hall, Bunkamura Orchard Hall, The Blue Note, CBGB, Joe’s Pub, and LPR, as well as broadcasts on NBC, Bravo, BBC, Radio France, and RAI. Cooper is a music professor at SUNY-FIT, a co-director of Composers Concordance, and also teaches music and Shakespeare classes at Greenwich House Senior Center in NYC.