Elijah J. Thomas – flutes & soprano saxophone
Michael Laderman – flutes
Hyuna Park – piano
Park Jeong Hwan – bass
Art Lillard – drums
The Thomas-Laderman Quintet is a small ensemble based in New York City headed by flautists and composers Elijah J. Thomas and Michael Laderman. Performing original music and innovative arrangements that highlight the immense facility and artistry of the flute and the composers themselves, the Thomas-Laderman Quintet is sure to bring new and exciting sounds to the forefront of the New York music scene.
Elijah J. Thomas, a Philadelphia-born flutist, saxophonist, educator and composer began his musical journey at a very young age under the direction of Mr. John Zisk. A graduate of Temple University, Elijah holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Arranging & Composition and a Master of Music in Music Education from the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance (with an instrumental concentration in flute and single reed instruments). Elijah has been fortunate to study woodwind performance and improvisation with notable jazz musicians Dick Oatts, Tim Warfield, Jr. and Walter Bell, as well as composition and orchestration under Kevin Rodgers, Dr. Cynthia Folio, Dr. Maurice Wright and Dr. Norman David. As an educator, Elijah has held teaching positions with Temple Music Prep, Settlement Music School, Tune Up Philly (of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra), The Shipley School, and The Primavera Fund. Currently, Elijah works for the New York City non-profit Education Through Music, Inc., acting as a PreK-5th grade elementary school music teacher and Band/Choir director in Staten Island. Additionally, he is an avid composer, with two full-length projects “Diversity” and “The Unity of Sound” released with his former group The NeW Quintet, available on iTunes, CD Baby and all other online retailers. More info: artistecard.com/elijahjthomas
Michael Laderman, flutist and composer, has had a varied and interesting performance career encompassing jazz, classical recitals, new classical chamber music, and other styles as varied as rock, Iranian wedding music and Armenian folk song arrangements. He recorded what is likely to become the title track for a forthcoming album of the New York-based rock group, Tigers and Monkeys; was in a jazz/rock quartet representing Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival; participated 8 times at Zinc Bar concerts of jazz composed by New York Composers Circle composers, including 14 of his own compositions; performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as an Artists International competition winner; three National Flute Association conventions; the 1995 New York Flute Club Flute Fair; the Settimana Musicale Senese at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy; Merkin Concert Hall twice; jazz festivals in New York City; and three New York Flute Club concerts, one as a Young Artists competition winner. He is also a member of the Brooklyn Squires, a duo with a guitarist/singer/songwriter/whistler/harmonica player, et al., that performs 1920s-style jazz, traditional folk ballads and some R&B and rock. More info: maladerman.wixsite.com/fluteperformer