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Gabriel Zucker is a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York. Classically trained in piano and composition. His music has received two ASCAP composition awards, and he has performed throughout New York at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Jazz Gallery, as well as across the Northeast, Canada, and Europe. Recent/current collaborators include Tyshawn Sorey, Tony Malaby, Billy Mintz, Perry Robinson, and Adam O'Farrill.

Zucker’s primary ensemble, The Delegation, was born at the 2013 Banff Jazz and Creative Music Workshop and now features twelve improvisers from all walks of musical life. In October 2013, Zucker received a JFund grant from the American Composers Forum to write an ensemble-defining work for the group; the evening-length result, Evergreen (Canceled World), won an ASCAP Morton Gould Young composers award and was premiered at the Jazz Gallery. The piece is featured on the group's debut record, produced by Zucker, which was released October 2016 on ESP-Disk'.

In 2012, Zucker was commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony First Music program to write a piece for symphony orchestra and jazz band; the resulting work Universal at Midnight was premiered at Carnegie Hall. Zucker's newest project, a quartet featuring Tyshawn Sorey, Adam O'Farrill, and Eric Trudel, debuted in 2015 with the premiere of Weighting, an evening-length work inspired by Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers. As a classical pianist, Zucker has been presented in recital by the Abby Whiteside Foundation at Weill Recital Hall, and he continues to develop a distinct voice in classical music, focusing on twentieth century composers such as Ives and Messiaen.

Zucker graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 2012, where he won the Music Department's Bach Society Prize as “a pianist who has excelled in solo, concerto and chamber music genres, a jazz pianist who has sustained a creative and virtuosic activity during his time at Yale, and a composer who has intensified his ambitious endeavor to find a synthesis between his art music and jazz interests.” A committed social activist in addition to a musician, Zucker double majored in Ethics, Politics, & Economics as well as Music, has worked on poverty policy research at MIT, and most recently led a successful campaign to end veteran homelessness in Connecticut. He recently returned from Oxford where he was studying on a 2015 Rhodes Scholarship.


Erika Dohi is a NYC-based pianist, a multi-faceted artist with an eclectic musical background that ranges from traditionally classical to jazz, free improvisation, and contemporary music. Erika has enjoyed collaborating and performing with jazz musicians Ambrose Akinmusire, Kendrick Scott and Justin Brown, and has appeared at the International Society of Improvised Music alongside Wadada Leo Smith. An advocate of new music, Erika has recently premiered works by composers Andy Akiho, Cindy Cox, and Samir Chatterjee. She also recently recorded "Desde Adentro,” a solo piano piece by Latin Grammy Winner, Fernando Ottero.

Erika is the co-founder, with flutist Gina Izzo, of RighteousGIRLS, a duo that fuses classical, contemporary, and jazz, while inviting some of today’s most prominent composers to create genre-blurring new music. RighteousGIRLS’s album gathering blue has been met with critical acclaim from both jazz and contemporary-classical critics alike. The duo has received a 2015 New Music USA Awards Grant, 3rd place in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition for GIRLS by composer/producer Pascal Le Boeuf, and a 2014 Independent Music Awards Nomination for gathering blue (Best Album) and KARakurENAI (Best Instrumental) by composer/steel-pannist Andy Akiho.

She has made appearances at international festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), D.C. Jazz Festival (U.S), Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music (Canada), Tokyo Experimental Festival (Japan), and Norfolk New Music Workshop (U.S); and has performed alongside contemporary ensembles including American Modern Ensemble, Contemporaneous, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Le Train Bleu, Ensemble LPR, and the Metropolis Ensemble.

Erika has recently performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, subculture, Joe's Pub, Symphony Space, the Cutting Room, the Cornelia Street Café, at Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), as well as in Japan at Izumi Hall, Tokyo Wonder Site, Chuo Kokaido Symphony Hall, and in the “R” music series at the Rihga Royal Hotel.

Erika received her B.M. from Manhattan School of Music’s Classical Performance Program and her M.M. in the Contemporary Performance Program, where she worked closely with musicians including Phillip Kawin, Anthony de Mare, Jeffrey Milarsky, Christopher Oldfather, Todd Reynolds, Lucy Shelton, and studied improvisation with Vijay Iyer. Currently, Erika studies piano with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl at Stony Brook University where she is a Doctoral Candidate.

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from CONCORD SONATA by Charles Ives "transcendentally" played by Gabriel Zucker & Erica Dohi, pianists in extended Pythagorean tuning, String Quartet #2 by FLUX Quartet, THREE PAGE SONATA played by Joshua Pierce in Moscow: AMERICAN FESTIVAL OF MICROTONAL MUSIC, released September 23, 2018
Erin Keppner, flute
Gabriel Zucker & Erica Dohi, pianists on 2 pianos
Johnny Reinhard, director producer

American Festival of Microtonal Music concert at Queens College
April 13, 2016

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