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PETER EVANS Being & Becoming


Peter Evans - trumpet, compositions
Joel Ross - vibraphone, synthesizer
Nick Jozwiak - bass, synth bass
Michael Shekwoaga Ode - drums

Being & Becoming was formed by trumpeter and composer Peter Evans in 2017. The
group has become Evans’ primary band and compositional outlet, synthesizing both an
enormous range of influences, as well as the incredible stylistic diversity of the band
members. The group has released two albums, their eponymous debut in 2020 and the
symphonic work Ars Memoria in 2022, both on Evans’ label More is More. 2023 and 24
has seen the group tour consistently in the USA and Europe, now incorporating synths,
explicitly groove-oriented compositions, a more considered application of textures from
Early Music, 20th Century modernism, all framed with a spirit of exploration and a
sound which defies any easy categorization. A new album has been recorded in 2024 at
the legendary Rudy Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey, for release in 2025. All four
members are recognized as leading virtuosi on their respective instruments, and have
individual careers as soloists, bandleaders, producers and composers.

Peter Evans - trumpet, compositions
Peter Evans is a composer, trumpet player, improvisor and bandleader based in
New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical
experimentation, and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices
and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and
collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with
an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music.
He leads and composes for several different ensembles, primarily Being & Becoming
(with Joel Ross, Nick Jozwiak and Michael Ode) and SYMPHONY (with Alice Teyssier,
Jozwiak and Levy Lorenzo). He leads the improvisational trio Forever 21 with virtuosi
Andy Berman (guitar) and Michael Ode (drums). As well as collaborative projects such
as Pulverize the Sound (with Mike Pride and Tim Dahl), Evans continues to work in a
variety of new formations, exploring through-composed music, group improvisation,
arranging, and electronic music.
As a composer, Evans has been commissioned by the International Contemporary
Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the
Jerome Foundation‘s Emerging Artist Program, and the Doris Duke Foundation. Evans
has presented and/or performed his works at major festivals worldwide. He has
composed works for his own ensembles, soloists, chamber ensembles, and choir. In
2022 Evans was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition.
In addition to touring and presenting his groups internationally since 2007,
Evans has been exploring solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a
leading voice in the field, having released 7 albums of solo music since 2006, including
the critically claimed “More is More” and “Lifeblood”. He has performed solo concerts
in the USA, Europe, Asia, and South America.
As an educator, Evans has given masterclasses and conducted workshops on
improvisation, composition, instrumental practice and creativity at the Juilliard School,
Manhattan School of Music, the New School of Social Research, Royal Academy of
Music, Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hochschule für
Musik Köln, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Institute of Sonology, Melbourne
University, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, University of Toronto, University of Oregon,
Cornish College, Oberlin Conservatory, and Cleveland Institute of Music. Between 2019
and 2022 Evans conducted a series of performance-centered workshops with young
musicians in Lisbon, Portugal, a series called Som Crescente. In 2020 he received a grant
from the US Embassy in Lisbon to further develop this series, expanding this work to
students in the Azores.
Evans has worked with some of the leading figures in contemporary music: John
Zorn, Pauline Oliveros, Brian Ferneyhough, Kanye West, George Lewis, Anthony
Braxton, Mary Halvorson, Evan Parker, Craig Taborn, Ambrose Akinmusere, Lydia
Lunch, Weasel Walter, George Benjamin, Peter Brötzmann, Dave Liebman, Ingrid
Laubrock, Jeff „Tain“ Watts, Tyshawn Sorey, Ikue Mori, Steve Schick, and many others.
As an interpreter of notated concert music, Evans has performed and recorded works
by Varese, Xenakis, J.S. Bach, Stravinsky, Elliott Carter, Marcos Balter, Julio Estrada,
Wagner, Ligeti and more. In 2024 Evans recorded the fearsome concerto Abyss and
Caress by Lucia Dlugoszewski, after performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony and
the WDR Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ilan Volkov.
Peter Evans has been releasing recordings on his own label, More is More, since 2011
beginning with his quintet‘s critically acclaimed album „Ghosts“. MIM has over 20
releases to date.

Joel Ross - vibraphone, synthesizer
For the past several years, Joel Ross has been refining an expression that’s true to
his sound and his generation. In 2019, the vibraphonist-composer released his
anticipated Blue Note debut KingMaker to eruptive critical acclaim. He’s topped the
DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star category for vibraphone and in 2017, he became one
of the youngest artists to receive a coveted Residency Commission from The Jazz
Gallery. With the release of Who Are You? (Blue Note, 2020), Ross shares the
culmination of a year-long exercise in experimenting and risk-taking on and off the
Inspired by mentor Stefon Harris’ empathetic, whole-self approach to articulation,
Ross has adopted an entire ethos dependent on truthful, ongoing communication.
Honesty persists throughout his sets. And with each release, he reaffirms a
commitment to authentic discourse, particularly among the members of his band Good
Vibes: Jeremy Corren, Immanuel Wilkins, Kanoa Mendenhall and Jeremy Dutton.
A steadfast improviser, Ross saturates live sets with a lyrical intuition that’s
equally grounded in melody and phrasing. He plays the moment. Rather than impose
energies on the music, he allows moods to set, linger and transform. In recent years,
he’s engaged established artists of similarly tenacious voices, including Makaya
McCraven (Universal Beings, 2018), Maria Grand, Kassa Overall, Nicole Mitchell,
Gerald Clayton, Melissa Aldana (Visions, 2019), Walter Smith III (In Common, 2018),
Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jure Pukl (Broken Circles, 2019), Rajna Swaminathan, Wynton
Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Marquis Hill (Modern Flows Vol. 2,
2018), who penned liner notes for Who Are You?
Playing thoroughly in the broad, resonating tradition of Black music, Ross draws
inspiration for his layered expression from vital, intersecting scenes of his native
Chicago. Imbibing nuanced traditions from improvised music hubs to the church, he
embraced a range of gestural possibilities he’d begin refining in New York. After
graduating from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, Ross pursued a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies from The New School in downtown Manhattan.
Now based in Brooklyn, he regularly performs across the country and around the
world. As a leader, he’s appeared at such storied venues and iconic events as Smalls
Jazz Club, Umbria Jazz Festival, The Jazz Gallery, Winter Jazz Fest, Newport Jazz
Festival, Dizzy’s Club, BRIC Jazz Festival, The Blue Whale, North Sea Jazz Festival, The
Brubeck Institute and Kuumbwa Jazz Festival, among others. A highly sought
collaborator, he’s performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Village Vanguard, SF Jazz,
Duc des Lombards, Ronnie Scotts, Jazz Standard, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s
Oakland and California Jazz Conservatory.

Nick Jozwiak - bass, synth bass
Nick Jozwiak is a bassist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, DJ and composer based
in New York City. Jozwiak has cultivated a bass practice that defies convention,
combining the most rigorous classical technique with an improvisational style ranging
from the most traditional Jazz language to the most rarefied textures of modern music.
He has performed with Dave Liebman, Tyshawn Sorey, George Garzone, Aaron
Burnett, Peter Evans, Ravi Coltrane, Social Assassins, the electronic music group
Metadance, and many more. He maintains an active career as a producer of electronic
music under the name Nick Joz.

Michael Shekwoaga Ode - drums
Michael Shekwoaga Ode is an Nigerian-American drummer, composer, and
educator. Ode, who grew up in Durham , was exposed to gospel early in church and was
given a toy drum kit at the age of four. In high school, he took instrumental lessons and
played in various musical ensembles such as the marching band , jazz ensemble and
orchestra. Ode studied with drumming legend Billy Hart at the Oberlin Conservatory .
He starred alongside Billy Hart, Wallace Roney, Javon Jackson, Les McCann, Gary
Bartz, John Clayton, Peter Bernstein, Eddie Daniels, Cyrus Chestnut, Sullivan Fortner ,
JD Allen and Gerald Clayton .
He released his first EP with the band Eno in 2017. He’s played in bands led by Van
Morrison, Joey DeFrancesco, and Theo Croker , with whom he toured worldwide. He
can also be heard on Cosmic Transitions by Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few. The duo
album Beyond was also created with Collier


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