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World Music and Improvisation Ensemble

GlobeTrotting features Steve Gorn, playing bansuri flutes, clarinet and soprano sax, John Davey, playing the double-bass, and Brian Melick playing percussion instruments from around the world. The trio recently released it’s first CD “You Are Here” to favorable reviews. J Hunter, writing for www.albanyjazz.com, writes “GlobeTrotting has created a chemical reaction that is as beautiful as it is intense. A portal to places the listener may never have seen is opened, and Globetrotting is beckoning: “Step through. What have you got to lose?...Gorn’s bewitching reeds and flutes set each scene, frequently acting as primary narrator. There’s a lovely breathiness to Gorn’s woodwinds that gives his sound a feeling of the everyman...Globetrotting’s music is a fully-functional, visceral experience that will fill you with joy and wonder. It also reminds us that applying jazz’ improvisatory aesthetic to non-Western musical structures can create something unique and beautiful”. Glenn Astarita, writing for ejazznews.com, states “This is an absolute gem of a recording, where the group moniker provides credence to the ethnocentric fusion of jazz and world music via the trio’s worldly permutations...it’s an organic brew consisting of mystical jazz-world music intonations and phrasings, largely sprinkled with whimsical melodies...these rather spiritualized performances enable the mind’s eye to wander towards a state of solstice, regardless of the various metrics or pulses. Overall, this multifaceted and endearingly appealing effort warrants repeated spins.” World music recording artist Paul Winter, comments “GlobeTrotting is a unique and remarkable trio. Their new album, “You Are Here”, is an engaging adventure in organic interplay, dynamic grooves, and lyrical liquid melodic free’flights.”
Steve Gorn, whose flute is featured on the 2004 Academy Award winning Documentary film, “Born into Brothels”, has performed Indian Classical Music and New American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano saxophone and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His teachers include Sri Gour Goswami of Kolkata and Pandit Raghunath Seth, and he performs regularly with Pandit Samir Chatterjee and Pandit Barun Kumar Pal. Well known to audiences in India and the West, he has been praised by critics and leading Indian musicians as one of the few westerners to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian music. As an innovator in the field of contemporary world music, he is featured on Paul Simon’s Grammy nominated CD, “You’re The One”, and has toured and recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter, Tony Levin, Badal Roy, Glen Velez, Krishna Das, Alessandra Belloni, John Lindberg and Layne Redmond. His most recent recordings are “Colors of the Mind” and “Priyageeta”.
John Davey has recorded his first CD as a leader, entitled “Sound Bites”, in 2005. His chamber-jazz string trio FROM THE BRIDGE, released their debut CD “9 views from the bridge” in the Spring of 2001. The recording features nine compositions of John Davey. He has studied with jazz bassists Gary Peacock, Dave Holland and Mark Helias. He performed for three years with his quartet THE BRIDGE, appearing at The Syracuse JazzFest in 1994 and 1995. He has performed with The Catskill Symphony, jazz pianists Mike Holober and Francesca Tanksley, saxophonists Al Galodoro, Brian Patneaude and J.R. Montrose, the late percussionist Collin Walcott, and jazz cellist Hank Roberts. He has produced the concert series THE JAZZ COMPOSERS AND IMPROVISORS PROJECT, featuring some of the best jazz musicians in Central New York, The Hudson Valley and NYC. He recorded and performed with the New Jersey based jazz trio INTERWEAVE for ten years.They recorded their critically aclaimed album “Expedition” at Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio. He teaches jazz bass at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, where he also teaches Jazz Combo and Jazz Theory.
Brian Melick is much in demand in the Capital District , performing, recording and presenting workshops. He performs with the Celtic-folk ensemble The McKrells, singer/songwriter Cathy Ryan, and flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski. He first teamed up with Davey over twelve years ago, performing with The Roop Verma Ensemble, an experimental group blending western jazz with Indian ragas. He is featured on Davey’s CD “Sound Bites”, and has recently performed with pianist Jeremy Wall and vocalist Phillip Hernandez. He has two recordings , “Percussive Voices” and “Diverse Elements” that feature his wide-reaching experimentation of world percussion.