The brainchild of pianist/composer Gabriel Zucker, indie jazz orchestra The Delegation continues to break new ground in New York’s dynamic music scene. Combining an array of disparate influences into a unique and emotionally immediate sound, The Delegation has performed throughout the Northeast, Canada, and Europe, and Zucker’s compositions for the group have received awards from ASCAP and the American Composers Forum JFund grant. The group’s singular musical philosophy has been profiled at length by the Ottawa Citizen, Jazz Gallery, and the American Composers Forum.
In October 2016, The Delegation released Evergreen (Canceled World), Zucker’s maximalist 12-movement composition that serves as the band’s sprawlingly ambitious debut record. The record was awarded 4.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine, and 4 stars in All About Jazz. In the World Music Report, Raul da Gama wrote: „In Zucker’s almost confrontational writing I find the vision of one who is hugely expressive. Here is a young man with a profound sense of tone and colour and how it can be wrought from diverse instrumentation to be affectingly ‘cantorial’, expressive and hugely symphonic too.“ The nearly-two-hour record features everything from angular rhythmic grooves to Radiohead-inspired soundscapes to jarring electronics-infused chamber music to enigmatic lullabies, and was one of 2016’s only contemporary releases on the prestigious ESP-Disk label.
The Delegation’s equally grandiose sophomore record, Leftover Beats From The Edges Of Time, was recorded in December 2017, and will be released early next year.
In February/March 2018, the group presents thirteen concerts across six countries, featuring an ensemble of virtuoso New Yorkers and Europeans performing music from Evergreen and Leftover Beats. In Koln, The Delegation is:
Gabriel Zucker – piano, voice
Tal Yahalom – guitar
Fyodor Stepanov – bass
TBA – drums
★★★★½ “a fascinating form of sonic installation blending wild improvisation, classical strings, disciplined unison passages and untrammeled solo excursions.”
— Carlo Wolff, Downbeat
★★★★ “Evergreen (Canceled World) totally lives up to its larger-than-life sweep and scope.”
— Dave Wayne, All About Jazz
“Evergreen is a rewarding example of what Brooklyn has to offer avant garde jazz-rock and demonstrates that ESP-Disk’ hasn’t lost its adventurous spirit.”
— Alex Henderson, New York City Jazz Record