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Harris Eisenstadt

Drummer, Percussionist, and Composer Harris Eisenstadt (b.1975) was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has performed in Africa, North America and Europe at major festivals and concert series, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Los Angeles Art Fest, World New Music Days Switzerland, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Halifax Spring Fever Festival, Bakersfield Jazz Festival, Outpost Creative Soundspace Festival, Earjam Festival, SFAlt Festival, CEAIT Festival, Line Space Line Festival of Improvised Music, and at traditional Mandinka celebrations throughout the Brikama region of Gambia, West Africa.

Eisenstadt has performed and/or recorded with Steve Beresford, Big Black, John Butcher, Les Claypool, Nels Cline, Lol Coxhill, Mark Dresser, Vinny Golia, Wayne Horvitz, Peter Kowald, Yusef Lateef, Bennie Maupin, Butch Morris, James Newton, Sam Rivers, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Adam Rudolph, Paul Rutherford, Elliott Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, and Bernie Worrell, among many others.
Eisenstadt appears on over thirty recordings, with releases on the 482, 9 Winds, AOA, Bruce's Fingers, Clean Feed, Circumvention, Barely Auditable, CIMP, EMR, Meta, Evander, Infinityland, Newsonic, Plutonium, Questionable, Parallactic, Siren, YAL, and Zerx record labels, as well as independent and major motion picture scores.
Harris has participated extensively in interdisciplinary collaborations. Highlights include work with Wadada Leo Smith accompanying films by Ken Jacobs, work in the dance world with members of Urban Bushwomen in New York, and in California with contemporary Butoh dancer Oguri and as an accompanist in the CalArts Dance department. He studied and performed traditional West African dance from 1999-2003. Work with theater: Eisenstadt is a member of Macbeth (A Modern Ecstasy), a one-man adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy starring Tony award-winner Stephen Dillane, directed by Travis Preston, musical director Vinny Golia. The play opened November 2004 at REDCAT (part of Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles) to rave reviews, runs in London's West End Fall 2005, and will continue to tour internationally in 2006.

Eisenstadt has received awards, grants, and scholarships from the American Composers Forum, AOSA, California Arts Council, California Institute of the Arts, Collectif Artists Plasticien, the Durfee Foundation, and KlezKanada. KOLA (Kreative Orchestra of Los Angles), the ensemble he co-led with Jason Mears, was nominated for LA Weekly Best Jazz Artist (2005), and his recordings have garnered numerous end-of-year Top 10 awards, including "Vista" (collective trio with Sam Rivers and Adam Rudolph), named "Best Recording of 2004" by "One Final Note."

Eisenstadt completed his BA cum laude at Colby College (Maine), lived in New York, then moved to southern California, where he received an MFA (on scholarship) from California Institute of the Arts. 2005 and beyond he will split time between New York and Los Angeles.

Eisenstadt teaches privately and has taught for several arts organizations. Highlights include work as a demonstrating artist for Lincoln Center's "Rhythm Is Our Business" jazz education program in New York City, and as the drumset instructor at The Henry Mancini Institute Summer Jazz Workshop for high school students in Los Angeles.

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