Ike Sturm, bassist, composer, bandleader and Music Director for the Jazz Ministry at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan, will be joined by Ben Monder on guitar and Mark Ferber on drums.
Raised in a musical home in Wisconsin, Ike Sturm learned from his father, gifted composer and arranger, Fred Sturm. Ike received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music and has been fortunate to perform with Gene Bertoncini, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Steve Lehman, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler and many others. He has played on four Downbeat award-winning recordings as well as Steve Reich’s releases on Canteloupe and Nonesuch Records. He has appeared with the International Contemporary Ensemble and Alarm Will Sound.
A musician in the New York City area for over 30 years, Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Guillermo Klein, Maria Schneider, and Marshall Crenshaw. He also contributed guitar parts to the last David Bowie album, “Blackstar”. Ben conducts clinics and workshops around the world, and has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, NYU and the New School. He was the recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award in 2014, and a Shifting Foundation grant in 2013. Ben continues to perform original music internationally in solo and trio settings, and in a long standing duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 200 CDs as a sideman, and has released 6 as a leader: Amorphae (ECM, 2015), Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013), Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005), Excavation (Arabesque, 2000), Dust (Arabesque, 1997), and Flux (Songlines,1995).
Mark Ferber grew up in Moraga, CA, and began playing piano at the age of four, before moving on to drumming and percussion. Mark attended the University of California in Los Angeles, earning a B.A. in Geography. He has distinguished himself on both coasts and abroad in live performances and recordings. In Los Angeles, a partial list of credits includes Anthony Wilson’s Organ Trio and Nonet, Billy Child’s Chamber Ensemble, Wadada Leo Smith, and Bob Sheppard. In New York, he has worked with Lee Konitz, Don Byron, Fred Hersch, Norah Jones, Steve Swallow, Jack Wilkins, and his twin brother, Alan Ferber, among others. He is currently touring and recording with Ralph Alessi’s group, ‘This Against That’, and Jonathan Kreisberg’s Trio and Quintet.