Azul Infinito on Grammy Award Official Ballot!

Posted by: Ryan on October 20, 2016 @ 1:07 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Hi everyone, I’m very excited to announce that the latest Greenleaf Music Catharsis record, Azul Infinito, has made it onto the Official Ballot for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. If you’re a voting member of the Recording Academy please consider including us on your Top 5 Nominees. We are entered into the following categories:

Improvised Jazz Solo – Mike Rodriguez on “Quintessence”, Jorge Roeder on “Mr. Azul”, and Ryan Keberle on “Eternity of an Instant”
Jazz Instrumental AlbumAzul Infinito by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella – “Mr. Azul”
Arrangement, Instrumental & Vocals – “I Thought I Knew”

Votes are due by November 4th. You can listen to the music below!

Here’s just a little bit of what people have been saying about Azul Infinito:

“5 new jazz albums you need to hear…inventive, fun, and polished — and never self-indulgent (a jazz rarity)” – Billboard

“A strikingly original album…Keberle’s most fully realized statement yet.” -

“Azul Inifinito is [Ryan Keberle & Cartharsis’] best and most ambitious recording to date…propulsive and infectious, grooving and gorgeous.” -

“Entrancing and exceptionally well-crafted tracks that expansively convey a wide range of emotions…a message that needs to be heard and experienced.” – The Ottawa Citizen

“even if you don’t know a chacharera from a bullerengue, Azul Infinito captivates with its distinctive arrangements and skein of cultural fusions and juxtapositions” - JazzTimes

“These may be art songs, but they’re art songs that invariably lead to next-level propulsion” – Down Beat

“A compelling marriage of aesthetics…simultaneously muscular and tender” – New York City Jazz Record

“Dynamic and worldly” – The New York Times

“Rooted in tradition, yet stretched inside-out and upside-down enough so that it’s a whole ‘nother animal, making it a fusion of the best sort.” – Classicalite

“Ryan Keberle is one of the hottest names in jazz trombone… His own group, Catharsis, is a powerful ‘chordless’ quintet of similarly sought-after musicians” – The Irish Times

“one of the best jazz records of the year so far, and the band kicks ass” – The Brooklyn Rail

“one of the most hypnotic record starts I’ve heard this year” – Vancouver Province

Spring 2016 Tour Blog Post

Posted by: Ryan on June 4, 2016 @ 8:50 pm
Filed under: Catharsis

Of course, this will come as no surprise to most of you, but it’s safe to say that this past season of tours could easily be summed up in two tired words: NO SLEEP! Unlike what they teach you in jazz camp it’s not all glamour and glitz on the road. With that being said, it doesn’t get a whole lot nicer than touring through the Bay Area and Southern California. If it weren’t for the exorbitant rent and lack of jazz venues I’d be high-tailing it out of New York City! Our west coast tour started off with a clinic and performance at Cal State East Bay organized by my fellow trombonist, the venerable Mitch Butler, followed by a double bill performance at the Berkeley Arts Festival organized by the prolific Bay Area jazz clarinetist, Ben Goldberg. Both Mitch and Ben’s hospitality and generosity reminded me of just how important a role the spirit of community and camaraderie continues to play in the jazz world. On a different note, many of our past tours, and probably thousands of other tours before us, have been powered by obscene quantities of quality Mexican cuisine and, I’m glad to say, this tour was no exception after the 26 burritos, 13 quesadillas, and 4 pounds of guacamole we consumed in California. SIDEBAR – Mexican food has become such a staple in our band that we now have a Mexican meal named after our bassist called the Roeder Special.

Catharsis Saddleback College

Catharsis Saddleback College

Catharsis Santa Monica

Catharsis Santa Monica

Upon our return to New York City that same sense of jazz community was on full display for our CD release performance at the Jazz Standard with many friends, colleagues, students, mentors, and fans all coming out to help us sell out the first set and fill the second. Keep an eye out for a video or two from this very special gig!

Catharsis Jazz Standard

Catharsis Jazz Standard

Perhaps the most exciting event for us this past spring was our European debut which began with a performance in a 400 year old opera house atop a 2000 year old Italian hillside village called Bergamo. Unfortunately, we had a total of 12 hours to enjoy this picturesque locale as we flew straight to the UK to play a few gigs and workshops in London and Cork. It was in Cork where our driver (me) got to test out his skills maneuvering our vehicle on the left side of the road with a manual transmission (READ: this means shifting with your left hand!). I’m glad to report that no person, animal, or vehicle was hurt in this test. Our last night in Europe was spent in one of the great cities of the world, Paris, playing at the legendary and historic Duc des Lombards jazz club. You can hear the radio broadcast of that final performance of our European tour here: LIVE at Duc des Lombards

Catharsis Bergamo

Catharsis Bergamo

Catharsis Duc des Lombards

Catharsis Duc des Lombards

The next morning, while sitting on the Paris tarmac waiting to fly home, unbeknownst to us at the time a terrorist attack was underway at the Brussels airport. This really hit close to home as we paused to consider just how much time we musicians, or anyone who travels for a living, spends in airports around the world. In the face of such brutality, as a performing artist, I feel an even greater urge to bring our music to listeners around the world, especially those with little or no access to live jazz, hoping to provide some sense of hope, peace, beauty, or other quintessence of truth our listeners find.

Our final tour of the season was through the great state of North Carolina via Washington, D.C. Our gig in D.C. was one for the ages, although, not for the reason you might think. In an unfortunate turn of events our 2nd set was cut short after a motorcyclist decided to test out his custom sound system’s maximum volume just outside the jazz club. The club is not known, unfortunately, for it’s superior sound insulation. However, the tour was salvaged in Greensboro, NC with a performance and workshop at the Miles Davis School of Music, a state university program, led by my good friend and great bassist (and my former tenant!), Steve Haines. Steve took us out to a fabulous dinner just down the street from the infamous Woolworth building that effectively sparked the beginning of the civil rights movement in 1960. There now stands a poignant memorial and museum honoring the four courageous freshman college students who sparked a social revolution. Our final gig in North Carolina took place at the majestic Carolina Theater in Durham where we were given the royal treatment – what a beautiful theater and wonderful audience!

Catharsis finished up with performances for a sold out crowd at the Center City Jazz Festival in Philadelphia and then one more show back home in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall. In total, over a 3 month period, Catharsis performed 19 concerts and 9 workshops – easily our most productive period in the band’s 5 plus years together. After some further deep reflection, for those aspiring jazz musicians and band leaders, I’d like to share 7 things I learned as a band leader:

1. European mini vans are just slightly larger than an American Toyota Corolla.
2. Even the band leader has to sleep. Sometimes.
3. Irish audiences are AMAZING.
4. Bread and butter is all you need for a satisfying meal in France.
5. Guinness, Murphy’s, Beamish and soda bread is all you need for a satisfying meal in Ireland.
6. Wine and prosciutto is all you need for a satisfying meal in Italy.
7. There’s no such thing as a satisfying meal in England (just kidding, we had some ridiculous pizza at Pizza Express!)

Sign up for our mailing list if you’d like to stay informed of our upcoming concerts around the world (you can find that on our Contact page). We have an exciting 2016/17 season in the works including tours to New England, the Carolinas, Colorado, the Northwest, upper Midwest, and Europe!

Spring World Tour Announced!

Posted by: Ryan on March 8, 2016 @ 4:25 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Okay, well it’s not quite a world tour but it’s getting closer!  :-) It’s been a dream of mine for a very long time (at least 20 years) to lead a band on tour through Europe and it’s happening in one week!  Tour dates below. We’ll also have a nice little run through DC and North Carolina. LOOK OUT, Catharsis is coming!

2016 CD release tour small

Order our upcoming record now and watch our first music video!

Posted by: Ryan on February 15, 2016 @ 3:46 am
Filed under: Catharsis, Events, Press

Watch our debut Music Video now!

You can now order our newest record Azul Infinito. ORDER HERE on iTunes or HERE on Greenleaf Music (preferred)

We had a great run in California and Montana this past month.  Look for us in NYC (Jazz Standard on March 15th), Bergamo Italy (March 17th), London (Pizza Express on March 18th), Cork (Crane Lane Theater on March 20th), Paris (Duc de Lombards on March 21st), Durham (Carolina Theatre on April 1st), and Philadelphia (Center City Jazz Fest on April 30th)!

Hello friends! I am incredibly excited to announce that our upcoming Greenleaf Music album, called Azul Infinito, is now available on iTunes, Amazon or Greenleaf Music. This music represents a first for me and the band on many levels.
- it’s my first attempt at writing music inspired by time spent performing with many incredible South American composers over the past 15 years including Pedro Giruado, Sebastian Cruz, Samuel Torres, Ivan Lins, and Emilio Solla (the record includes five originals and three covers – Pedro’s beautiful zamba, “La Ley Primera”, Sebastian Cruz’s “Canción Mandala” and Ivan Lins’ “Madalena”)

- it’s the first time I’ve written music with lyrics, here in collaboration with my long time friend and brilliant poet Manca Weeks (two songs from this collaboration are included on the record)

- it’s our first in-studio music video (made by none other than David Doob, the father of our drummer, Eric Doob. And, if you ask me, it’s pretty badass!)

- it’s our first tour to Europe (March 16-22)

Other exciting things to look for on this record are liner notes written by Grammy award-winning artist, Arturo O’Farrill (and by yours truly) and beautiful artwork by Maddy Sturm including a booklet insert with lyrics.

And, finally, this album documents what has been, and continues to be, a true working band made up of my absolute favorite musicians (and people) on the planet – Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Camila Meza on vocals, Jorge Roeder on bass, and Eric Doob on drums. These musicians have brought a vitality, unparalleled musicianship, and commitment that I never could have imagined.
Azul Infinito Cover-Art

New record to be released on March 4th on Greenleaf Music!

Posted by: Ryan on January 22, 2016 @ 9:14 pm
Filed under: Catharsis, Press, Uncategorized

Hi everyone, back from an amazing tour in Japan with Catharsis Japan Edition (pictures here) I am thrilled to announce that Ryan Keberle & Catharsis will release our next album, Azul Infinito, on March 4th on Greenleaf Music. I can’t wait for you all to hear this record which was inspired by my many experiences playing music of the immensely talented composers from South America I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years (Pedro Giraudo, Sebastian Cruz, Samuel Torres, Ivan Lins, Emilio Solla, etc…) In the meantime, here is a short teaser to get you ready for the real thing! Pre-orders begin on Feb. 5th!