The Austin Piazzolla Quintet has been stunning audiences since late 2009. Founded by violinist James Anderson, Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. APQ continues in the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla’s classic compositions, breathtaking original compositions, and talented improvisation.
In the summer of 2010, APQ released their first studio album – “Libertango” – to sold out audiences in Austin and San Antonio. APQ has held residencies at numerous venues in Austin, packed both dance and concert halls, has been featured in numerous music festivals, and has toured in support of their album. APQ features some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, with experienced musicians coming from diverse backgrounds and educated at some of the world’s finest music schools.
James Anderson has been hailed by critics as a violinist “who bucks tradition,” a “world class violinist, improviser, and composer,” and “the most swinging violinist in Colorado.” A Fort Collins, Colorado native and violinist since age five, James is at home in a number of musical arenas including classical, jazz, tango, bluegrass, and rock to name a few. Already an award winning violinist after graduating from high school in 2003, James continued his music studies at the University of Northern Colorado with a violin scholarship. While at UNC, James became an active performer on the Colorado Front Range – performing more that 100 concerts of all types every year – and would become the concertmaster of the various, award winning UNC orchestras.
After graduating with honors, James was accepted to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England for graduate studies. While in England, James became a regular on the vibrant London jazz scene while studying alongside some of the world’s finest classical performers such as the Belcea String Quartet and the London Symphony Orchestra. James has been featured in concert halls around the globe including London’s Wigmore and Barbican Halls, and the Sala Mozart in Zaragosa, Spain. James has performed with some of world’s greatest fiddlers such as Mark O’Connor, Doug Kershaw, Christian Howes, and Darol Anger, has collaborated with such pop artists as Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Marcia Ball, Stanton Moore, Ben Taylor, and Fyfe Dangerfield, and recently recorded for the soundtrack to the major motion picture “Bernie” starring Jack Black. Now based in Austin, Texas, James is an in demand violinist and teacher on the vibrant music scene.
To see more about James, visit his webpage – www.jamesandersonviolin.com
Jonathan Geer is a pianist and composer, born in the epic state of Texas. He spent his formative years in Waxahachie, the cultural and social hub of the state. In 2001, Jonathan graduated with a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He has worked with many film directors locally as well as internationally. His music has appeared on American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, the BBC, Access Hollywood and numerous other shows. He has also composed soundtracks for games appearing on Mac, PC, Nintendo DS and iPhone/iPad.
To see more about Jonathan, visit his webpage - www.jonathangeer.com
Mike Maddux has played, on piano and accordion, everything from Colombian vallenato and cumbia to jazz. He is a long time participant in the Austin music scene, but has never been as excited, or been as challenged, as he is playing the music of Astor Piazzolla. Currently he is kept quite busy with APQ, the vallenato and cumbia band Cerronato, San Antonio’s world jazz group Le Monde Caché, and various other projects.
Chris grew up in Austin, TX and started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of ten. Once in high school his interest in improvisation led Chris to begin taking jazz lessons, and he made first chair in the Westlake High School jazz ensemble his sophmore, junior, and senior years. While at Westlake he earned frequent soloist awards at jazz competitions and earned the single guitar spot in the Texas All-State Jazz Band his junior and senior years. He also composed his first big band piece, “En Route”, which was performed by his high school and published by Walrus Music.
In 2002 Chris entered the jazz guitar program at the University of North Texas in Denton with both music and academic scholarships. During his time at UNT he studied with guitar professor Fred Hamilton and was a member of the Two O’Clock Lab Band directed by Jim Riggs, the One O’Clock Lab Band directed by Neil Slater, and the L5 Electric Guitar ensemble. He appears on recordings by all three of those groups as well as the first and second UNT Jazz Chamber albums, all of which (except for the Two O’Clock recordings) feature his own original music. His big band piece “Foe Destroyer” appears on Lab 2006 and is published by Walrus Music.
Chris’s musical ventures have taken him all over the world. In the Summer of 2005 he toured Poland for two weeks with the One O’Clock Lab Band; he performed with the One O’Clock again in January 2006 at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conference in New York City and later in Pennsylvannia and Chicago; he performed in the Netherlands with the Matt Sawyer Jazz Orchestra at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival; and he has toured nationally several times with jazz/funk/world music supergroup Snarky Puppy and budding rock band Oso Closo.
To see more about Chris, visit his webpage – www.chrismcqueen.com
G. Pat Harris is a bassist, songwriter, composer and arranger who has his feet planted in Americana, jazz and classical traditions. Originally from Michigan, he has had the honor of performing with many extraordinary musicians in countless different musical settings.
A student of Edward Fedewa and John Fremgen, Pat graduated magna cum laude from Central Michigan University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Bass Performance with a minor in philosophy. In 2009, Pat earned his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance with academic honors from the University of Texas at Austin.
In October 2009, Pat independently released his first album as a leader titled “Live 4/9/09″ which is available at all shows and through this website. He has also performed on “Walk the Path” with the Peter Stoltzman Trio and the debut album of Leah and the Moonlighters.
Currently, Pat has been writing music, performing and recording with singer/guitarist Anna Mae Mitchell for a new album scheduled for a November 2011 release. It features 12 original songs recorded at Greenhaven Studios in Austin, TX. He is also the coordinator and an instructor for the Austin Live Music Academy and is the instructor of bass at Concordia University.
To see more about Pat, visit his webpage – www.gpatharris.com
Tony Rogers has long been a jack of many trades, but has most lately returned to his first love, the cello, which he studied intently for two years at the University of North Texas. Though a music school dropout, he holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, though he does not hold it very often. Usually just when he has to move it. Tony composes and records documentary soundtracks, often playing several different instruments. Most recently for the award winning “Wild Horse, Wild Ride”, a character study of people and horses.
Tony can be found a several times a month in Austin, performing with his folk band MOLARO, with the top-shelf songwriter JENIFER JACKSON, or occassionally with the acclaimed rock band QUIET COMPANY.
To see more about Tony, visit his webpage – www.anthonyleerogers.com