Nico Soffiato Zach Swanson Duo
Nico Soffiato, Italian guitarist, composer and educator, currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving his Master’s degree in philosophy with a thesis on the ontology of music, he moved to Boston. There he attended Berklee College of Music, thanks to a Best Entering Talent Students scholarship, and graduated magna cum laude. At Berklee he studied performance and composition with David Tronzo, Jon Damian, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi and Jeff Galindo to mention a few. Nico was also selected to be part of an all-guitar ensemble whose members included notable alumni like Bill Frisell, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Stern and Wolfgang Muthspiel.
Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Adam Schneit grew up in Portland, Maine, and has made Brooklyn his home since 2006. He earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with esteemed artists including Steve Lacy and Bob Brookmeyer. Since moving to New York, he has contributed to the work of performers in a range of genres, from jazz musicians to singer-songwriters. Among the creative artists he has made music with are Kenny Wollesen, Sean Moran, Eivind Opsvik, David Ambrosio, George Schuller, Jacob Sacks, Chris Lightcap, Vinnie Sperrazza, Devin Gray, Flin van Hemmen, Sunny Kim, Heather Masse and Sofia Koutsovitis. His main group, the Adam Schneit Band, combines the freewheeling, improvisational spirit of jazz with the visceral directness and melodic purity of rock and folk music. The band (featuring Sean Moran, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass; and Kenny Wollesen, drums) released its first album, “Light Shines In,” on Fresh Sound New Talent records in December 2016. He regularly plays as a sideman in a number of groups, including the Anna Weber/Angela Morris Big Band and the Jesse Peterson Quartet. He also played on the soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
“…like songs without a singer. The leader’s tenor saxophone voice is up-close and warm…seeking emotional communication, giving space to lyrical ideas.”
-Martin Longley, Downbeat Magazine
"Schneit has the authority and distinctiveness to make a virtue of diversity.”
-Brian Morton, Jazz Journal (UK)