Brandon Sherman // Andrew Conrad // Colin Woodford // Emilio Terranova
‘A really great band; really tight.’
//Darek Oles (Brad Meldhau /Bennie Maupin /LA Jazz Quartet)
‘Your music really helped people pay attention to the colors in my work.’
//Lukas Blok (award winning color-field artist)
‘The creative energy and ensemble work generated by this collective is truly innovative and engaging. Its so wonderful to hear such fresh music played with vigor and total commitment to the moment.’
//Larry Koonse (Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden, Larry Goldings)
Chord Four is a "California Avant-Garde" ensemble of improvisers and award-winning composers creating original music which strikes a careful balance between interesting rhythm and harmony. Conceived in 2008, this chord-less Los Angeles based ensemble has relentlessly built a 50+ song repertoire while maturing their individual and group sound.
Heavily influenced by jazz, as well as the traditional music of West Ghana, Indonesia, India and the Balkan region of Eastern Europe, their music is difficult to place into a specific genre. This, along with their familiar yet unique variable instrumentation makes for a dependably intriguing collection of sounds and timbres.
The members of the ensemble are, in score order: Andrew Conrad on tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and melodica, Brandon Sherman on trumpet, flugelhorn, and melodica, Emilio Terranova on double bass, and Colin Woodford on drums, cymbals, and melodica.
ANDREW CONRAD Tenor Sax/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Melodica
Andrew Conrad is a single reed artist residing in Los Angeles, CA. He began studying clarinet at age 10 on the Central Coast of California, and quickly fell in love with it while listening to recordings of Benny Goodman along with Classical records, Oldies radio, Musical Soundtracks, and any Jazz CDs he could steal from his older brother. Andrew performed traditional Classical repertoire playing in chamber ensembles, orchestras, and freelancing as a clarinetist around San Luis Obispo, CA; but the school Jazz Band led him to pick up the Tenor Saxophone at the age of 16. He discovered a new world of possibilities in improvisation at the end of High School, studying with James Miley, George Stone, and Dave Becker at Cuesta Community College for two years afterwards. Andrew went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz and Improvisational Music at the University of Nevada, Reno where he studied Improvisation and Jazz with Peter Epstein, David Ake and James Winn. Graduating in 2008, Andrew moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Master’s degree in Jazz performance at the California Institute of the Arts. While attending Cal Arts he absorbed music from around the world including West African drumming with Alfred Ladzekpo, Balinese Gamelan with I Nyoman Wenten, Cuban music with Aaron Saferty and David Roitstein, Balkan Folk Music with Miroslav Tadic, Kate Conklin and Milen Kirov, and Indian Classical music with Aashish Khan, Swapan Chadhuri and Randy Gloss. Andrew also studied with Charlie Haden, Vinny Golia, Paul Novros, Larry Koonse, and David Roitstein. Andrew spends his time teaching, composing and playing music in Los Angeles. In 2013 he started an Improvisation class through the Harmony Project in Ventura, CA and continues to work with students throughout Southern California. He is a co-leader of the improvisational jazz quartet Chord Four, and plays regularly with Orkestar Meze. He has performed and/or composed music with Poor Dog Group, Wild Up, Angel City Jazz Festival, Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra, and Vinny Golia in Los Angeles.
BRANDON SHERMAN Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Melodica
Brandon Sherman, a native of Southern California, has been performing music for over 25 years starting with violin and piano at age 3 and moving on to trumpet, French horn, and trombone. He started trumpet at age 10, and began studying privately with such names as Bobby Shew, Leslie Drayton, John Fumo, Howie Shear, Ralph Alessi, and other New York names like Brad Shepik, John Hollenbeck, Jason Moran, Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley and Jim Black. Throughout his high school years he played professionally on trumpet and French horn in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas with the Los Angeles Jazz Society, The Lane 29 Jazz Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Youth Orchestra, the Mike Stanley Wind Ensemble and many other professional ensembles. In 2002, Brandon moved to Reno, Nevada where he made a name for himself as a freelance musician, leader and sideman in a variety of jazz and improvisational music ensembles. While in Reno, he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada studying under Dr. Larry Engstrom, Dr. David Ake, and Peter Epstein. While at the University, Brandon developed a love for composition and began writing and arranging music constantly for Brass Quintet, Jazz Small Ensemble and Jazz Big Bands. In 2007, Brandon moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the California Institute of the Arts (graduated May 2009) where he studied with Charlie Haden, David Roitstein, Larry Koonse, Vinny Golia, and Wadada Leo Smith among others. While at CalArts, he studied music from West Ghana, Indonesian, India and the Balkan region of Eastern Europe with Alfred Ladzekpo, Swapan Chaudhuri, Randy Gloss, Aashish Khan, Nanik Wenten, and Miroslav Tadic respectively. In 2010, Brandon was a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award. After close to three decades of living on the west coast, Brandon relocated to New York City to continue his musical endeavors where he resided for 3 years. Music performance has also provided him with the opportunity of performing all over the United States and Europe. Brandon now currently resides in the Reno/Northern Nevada Area; he continues to lead an active performance and recording schedule in Reno as well as in Los Angeles, New York and Europe.
COLIN WOODFORD Drums/Cymbals/Melodica
Colin Woodford is a composer, percussionist and improviser from Los Angeles. As a student he won full scholarships to music camps at Idyllwild, Berklee, and the Colburn School. He was a Fox/Grammy mentee, received over 20 outstanding soloist awards, and Hinished third in the Spotlight Awards, the farthest a drummer had yet advanced. At college in Manhattan he was honored with placement in the advanced improvisation ensembles, above his year. Finishing his BFA at California Institute of the Arts, he was allowed to explore his sound- oriented approach to music. With this concern for sound and texture, he has built his two drumsets. He is pursuing an MM at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Colin has collaborated with dancers, animators, and visual artists, written music for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, notated the façade of spf:Architecture in Culver City, and had pieces premiered by San Francisco Choral Artists and New York chamber group, Loadbang. He works extensively in California new music series’ from San Diego to San Francisco. In February 2011 Colin was in Haukijärvi, Finland as an Arteles fellow where he wrote 4 hours of music including a commission for the House Games Triennial in Jyväskylä. He learned phrasing from George Carlin and Victor Borge, percussion from playing musicals, and his drum set teachers include Joe LaBarbera, John Riley, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Erskine, Bernie Dresel, Jerry Steinholtz, Raynor Carroll, and his father, Peter Woodford. Colin’s music is deeply invested in the overlap and interplay of music with language. His approach to music has allowed him to lead his own solo projects including a solo ampliHied cymbal improvisation, a house concert where the house is the instrument, and a web series of ‘other drum solos.’ His supportive playing has also earned access to the indie-improv band ‘Chord Four,’ the contemporary classical ensemble ‘wildUp,’ the afrobeat orchestra ‘Sogo Takeover,’ the Indian/American soul band ‘PremaSoul,’ the standards group ‘Woodford, Ehling, Ratner, and Wallace,’ singer songwriters across Los Angeles, big bands and show orchestras on the Las Vegas strip, as well as creative music greats Wadada Leo Smith, Bennie Maupin, Dwight Trible, Vinny Golia, Larry Koonse, and Darek Oles. Most recently, he has recorded and toured with singer-songwriter TohKay, where he drums, plays melodica, and does background vocals; and has found small success recording and mixing acoustic music.
EMILIO TERRANOVA Double Bass
Born in Sarasota, Florida, but raised in San Diego, California, Emilio Giuseppe Terranova was brought up in family of circus performers. Specializing in clown routines and simple acrobatic acts, Emilio performed alongside his mother, uncles and grandfather from age 7 until 10 at San Diego fairs, events, and private parties. When his love for music began to blossom in his early teens, performance seemed a natural outlet of expression. His first introduction to jazz was through the music of Charles Mingus which led to an immediate fascination and love of all things gritty and improvised. By 18 years old, Emilio moved to the Los Angeles area to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz bassist. He earned his Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Bass from California State University Northridge under the guidance of Gary Pratt and Darek Oleszkiewicz, then continued under Darek’s and Charlie Haden’s direction at California Institute of the Arts to earn a Masters of Fine Arts. Emilio continues to perform alongside such greats as Larry Koonse, Howie Shear, Kim Richmond, John Daversa, and countless others at Los Angeles’ top jazz venues including Catalina Bar & Grill, Blue Whale, and Vibrato Grill Jazz. Current creative projects include Trevor Anderies Quintet, Chord Four, and Michael Mull Octet. He taught jazz combo classes at California State University Northridge from 2011 to 2016, and is currently Jazz Band Director at Valencia High School in Valencia, CA.