Born in Canada and raised in Argentina, Michael Sarian is a trumpeter and composer whose work has been heard throughout the United States, South America and Europe. In Buenos Aires, he studied with some of the best musicians in Argentina, including Juan “Pollo” Raffo, Richard Nant and Juan Cruz de Urquiza. Michael relocated to New York City in 2012 to pursue a master’s degree in Jazz Studies at NYU, where he studied with great musicians such as Laurie Frink, Alan Ferber, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi and Mike Rodriguez.
In 2014, Michael released his debut album as a leader, Subtitles, and in 2015 followed with his second release, The Escape Suite. Michael dubbed the septet as “The Chabones” (Argentine slang for the dudes…or the schmucks) and in 2015 he established Michael Sarian & The Big Chabones, a 16 piece big band alternative, showcasing his own compositions and arrangements, as well as other originals written for the big band.
“Perhaps Sarian’s disposition to innovate – an inherent pivot away from the stringent politics of aesthetic identity in New York jazz — reflects a deeper pivoting in identity, one unique to a composer who, like many endowed with the tensions of a transnational or diasporic identity, cannot fundamentally belong.” – Raffi Wartanian, Jazz Times
“Sarian’s trumpet literally speaks” – Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
“Sarian is a steady study in dichotomy. With a wordless elegance, the New York City-based musician is flexibly firm, loosely tight, and brightly dark. The innovations within his compositions are deceptively dramatic with varying degrees of a melodic sensibility.” – Frank De Blase, Rochester City Newspaper