Michael Dessen

Michael Dessen - lineal

Michael Dessen is a composer-improviser who performs on the slide trombone and computer. Drawing on experience across a wide range of contemporary forms, he creates his own unique blend of music and collaborates with some of today's most exciting innovators. In the Michael Dessen Trio, he performs on trombone and laptop, along with Tyshawn Sorey on drums and Christopher Tordini on bass. This trio's first album, Between Shadow and Space, will be released in early 2008 on Clean Feed Records, following Dessen's 2007 leader debut, Lineal, which featured Mark Dresser, Susie Ibarra, Vijay Iyer, Terry Jenoure and others performing his acoustic compositions. He is also a member of the collectively-run Cosmologic quartet, which has released three albums and toured in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the US. As a collaborator, Dessen has also recorded or performed with Yusef Lateef, Shahrokh Yadegari, Adam Rudolph, Dana Reason, Marty Ehrlich, Jean Derome, Danielle Roger, Marcos Fernandes, Marianne Trudel, Marcelo Radulovich, Nathan Hubbard, Jason Robinson and many others. He currently teaches at the University of California, Irvine, where he co-directs the "Composition, Improvisation and Technology" division of the Music Department.