Meet New Faculty at The School of Jazz and Contemporary Music

Fay Victor

“She’s essentially invented her own hybrid of song and spoken word, a scat style for today’s avant-garde.”

—Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

“I’m excited to be part of the New School’s faculty, a faculty that embodies great teachers and artists that are as diverse as this great city. I’m looking forward to my work with the students!”

Brian Marsella

‘Marsella is as versatile and talented a pianist as you will find.’ — Frank Alkyer, Downbeat Magazine

‘…the classically trained Marsella displayed dizzying technique while imbuing pieces with an authentic soul- jazz feeling.’ — Bill Milkowski’s review of Brian Marsella Trio August 10th set at the Village Vanguard

“I am looking forward to come back as a teacher to a school I attended—I enjoy when things come full circle. Also, it is exciting to see the New School bridge the gap between classical and improvised music and am thrilled to be able to share my experiences.”

Roxy Coss

“I am excited to join The New School’s community for so many reasons. The students in the Jazz department are so passionate about music and learning, and they all have such a great attitude. The faculty are all equally passionate about the art form, as well as deeply committed to passing along the information to the younger generations. The teachers are coming from such diverse musical and personal backgrounds, that it has helped to create a very rich atmosphere of exploration, which feeds the continued passion and commitment to learning from the students. There is an established culture of growth, expansion, and forward movement, along with respect to tradition and the elders, which are all necessary components for the continued success of the arts!”

Angelica Sanchez

“I’m teaching Improvisation Ensemble: FILM, an ensemble that focuses on improvising with silent film. We are exploring treating the silent film as another instrument and composing and expanding short pieces as a means for improvisation. The overall focus is to develop strategies for listening and incorporate space in music.

The New School has a world class faculty. It’s an honor to be a part of it. The Jazz Department is very forward thinking and offers many opportunities for students that you can’t get any where else. The New School fosters creativity and musical growth for both student and teacher.”

Alex Hargreaves

“Some of my favorite musicians in the world have either taught or studied at The New School, so it is quite an honor to now be a part of such an amazing community. Having grown up working with mentors from a variety of musical traditions, I’ve always valued the importance of getting different perspectives on music through private study. The New School provides so many great opportunities for students to work one-on-one with professional musicians in NYC, and I am very excited to be involved in that process.”

Darius Jones

“I am deeply honored to join the jazz faculty to explore ideas around improvisation, musicality, sonic manipulation, and more with each student in my Improvisation Ensemble. My desire is to share what I have learned along my journey to hopefully help a student grow closer to their true artistic intentions. I have long admired the New Schools founding history as a socially conscious institution, a tradition of critical theory, and an openness to the art of pedagogy. I am so excited to join this community and follow in the footsteps of many great thinkers who have giving to this place.”

Dirk Freymuth

“I am excited to be a part of Martin Shore’s class, Take Me to the River, which draws on his documentary films about music and mentorship in Memphis and New Orleans. This class represents a new paradigm for teaching music history, and I am honored to be a part of it. I will be arriving in the last week of March to introduce the music of Memphis. See you then!

For me, the New School represents the cutting edge of college music education in jazz and popular music. The student-driven curriculum avoids the kinds of antiquated policies and requirements still seen at many other institutions that force students into performing music that has little or no relevance to their own artistic vision and aspirations. Variety is the key, and the New School has a staggering number of options in classes, ensembles, and private instructors. There are few places like it. Skeptics need only look at the quality and number of New School graduates who are among the top artists on the scene today in a variety of styles.”

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