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MP3 Justin Monsen - All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Intellectual high art music. Viennese secessionists has coffee with modern jazz musicians.

7 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Modern Creative Jazz, JAZZ: Jazz-Rock

“Justin Monsen’s music has depth and character rarely heard from someone of his generation. His contemporary style is reminiscent of the global jazz scene sweeping the continent. Formally trained in America, his music and compositions reflect the ‘free’ aspects of the genre, and his cathartic improvisations will be warmly received by European and American audiences alike.”

Chris DeSantis Author, “Clocks of New York: An Illustrated History”

“Someone once said that jazz is a strange alchemy of inspiration,
perspiration, and improvisation, and that it continues to delight us because we never know which part of the formula we are responding to at any given moment. Listening to the Justin Monsen, it is clear that whatever elements go together to form his unique sound, he has mastered the art of not just making us listen, but making us love what we hear."
Barry Alexander, Barry Alexander and Associates
Justin Monsen loves to eat sushi. That would be most fitting, because he was born in Japan.

Having a businessman as a father and an artist as a mother, Justin traveled and was exposed to many different cultures from a very early age. His began his musical career when he was eight; his mother dragged him to classical guitar lessons in Tokyo.

After leaving Japan, he moved to Connecticut, the Cayman Islands, Burlington, Vermont and Oslo, Norway, before making New York City his home. It was the hustle and bustle of the urban environment that triggered him to communicate through composition, all that he heard, smelled, touched and saw.

Justin’s formal musical education was at the University of Vermont. There, he founded, directed and managed Roku, a seven piece a jazz-rock, ensemble that recently released a CD nationwide. In addition, he was deeply active in the freelance music scene, playing gigs in background jazz, opera accompaniment along with high school and college musicals.

Justin’s solo album “All that is Solid Melts into Air,” showcases his performance and compositional ability. Accompanied by an intimate and dazzling quintet, the music speaks louder then what can be stated here.

Studying at New York University and Berklee College of Music, has given Justin the pleasure to study with Peter Bernstein, Lage Lund, Ben Monder, as well as many others. While at UVM he studied with Joe Davidian, Joe Capps, Alexander Stewart, Tom Cleary, Wayne Schnedier, and Patricia Julien.

Band Members Include:

Saxophones - Andy Allen (https://www.tradebit.com
Piano/Rhodes - Peter Krag
Bass - Russ Flynn (https://www.tradebit.com
Drums - Dan Ryan (https://www.tradebit.com

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