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Aaron Stewart

Aaron Stewart was born in 1969 in Santa Clara, California and was raised in San Jose. He attended University of California at Berkeley and received a B.A. in Political Science in 1991. He moved to New York City in 1994.

During 1995 and 1996 he participated in Cecil Taylor’s large ensemble (35 musicians) under the direction of the pianist and played 5 concerts with them at the Knitting Factory. Also during that season at the Knitting Factory, he performed in the premiere of Anthony Braxton's Composition 189 for 10 instrumentalists during a 3-day festival of the composer's music. And he performed on Muhal Richard Abrams' recording Song for All (Black Saint) with the composer at the piano, Richarda Abrams-voice, Brad Jones-bass, Eddie Allen-trumpet, Craig Harris-trombone, and Bryan Carrott-vibraphone, percussion.

In 1997 he performed as an instrumental soloist in Anthony Braxton's opera Composition Trillium R: (Shala Fears for the Poor). The ensemble included 14 vocalist/actors, 9 instrumental soloists, and full orchestra. Two performances were given at the John Jay College Theater. During the same season, he participated on saxophonist Steve Coleman's recording Genesis and the Opening of the Way (BMG) on which he can be heard alongside such performers as Greg Osby, David Gilmore, and Ravi Coltrane, as well as percussionists from the Cuban folkloric ensemble Afro Cuba de Matanzas.

He composed Infrastructures for the TONK ensemble (flute, clarinet, electric bass, electric guitar, percussion, and baritone voice) during the 1998-99 season. The TONK collective also includes a writer who provided the text sung by the baritone in Infrastructures, a choreographer, and a set designer. Infrastructures was premiered in January of 1999 in Tonk's multimedia "Fences" show. His collaboration with the co-operative saxophone quartet, Collective Identity, resulted in the recording of the album The Mass, which was released on Palmetto Records in 1998.

Aaron Stewart often performs with pianist Andrew Hill's Point of Departure Sextet, which has performances in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Lisbon, and Istanbul. He can be heard in a large ensemble album with Andrew Hill that was released on Palmetto records in January of 2002. And he has an ongoing involvement with Muhal Richard Abrams in scheduled performances at the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis) and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Aaron is currently writing music for two new ensembles in collaboration with pianist Craig Taborn. Both ensembles will make their debut in late 2002

Aaron Stewart's records on clean feed
Hard Blues
Julius Hemphill Sextet
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