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“An extraordinary artist with a proven track record of excellence” - Sam Burtis (Lee Konitz, Charles Mingus and Tito Puente)
“Creative” - Vincent Herring (Grammy winner)
Jazz trombonist Amadis Nicolas Dunkel thrills New York audiences with his highly energetic and soulful style. He regularly appears at iconic venues such as the Village Vanguard, Birdland, Jazz at Kitano’s, Iridium, Zinc Bar, and Swing 46. He leads his own bands and co-leads ‘A Mighty Good Thing’ with Grammy-winner Luis Bonilla. He is the featured soloist of the in demand ‘LaVie En Rose’ and ‘Gatsby Now’ bands, he performs weekly with the the ‘Stephen Santoro Orchestra’ and has performed with the legendary, Grammy-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (formerly the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra).
Numerous tours have led Dunkel to share his music throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. International festival appearances include the “Montreux Jazz Festival” in Switzerland; “Cairo Jazz Festival” in Egypt; “Zagreb Jazz Festival” and “Grožnjan Festival” in Croatia; “Jazz Lives!” and “Music On The Road” in Syria; “Beirut Jazz Festival” and “Byblos International Festival” in Lebanon; “Xi Hu Blooms Festival” in Hangzhou and the “Shanghai Jazz Festival” in China, and the “Jarasum Jazz Festival” in South-Korea.
A Swiss citizen, Dunkel was born in Spain and grew up in Switzerland and Italy. In 1994, Dunkel moved to Washington, DC, where he studied jazz trombone with the legendary Calvin Jones. After returning to Switzerland, Dunkel releases his debut album in 2004 and started touring in Europe and the Middle East. In 2005 he founded the Syrian-Swiss Jazz Orchestra and the “Jazz Lives in Syria” festival. In the following years, Dunkel began composing extensively for film and tv, including the soundtrack for the 2009 animation feature “The Jasmine Birds” (Golden Prize in Cairo, Egypt, Silver Prize in Rotterdam, Holland), music for the feature film “Jameela,” a Jordanian production that speaks out against honor killings, and numerous television productions. In 2011 Dunkel relocated to New York to relaunch his performance career in the world’s capital of jazz. He quickly become an in-demand trombonist. In 2013 he receives a Masters Degree from Queens College and is given the prestigious “Jimmy Heath” Award.
Over the course of his performing career, Dunkel has had collaborations with Luis Bonilla (Phil Collins), Ray Anderson (6 times in Down Beat's Critics Poll winner), Sam Burtis (Tito Puente), Calvin Jones (original Ray Charles Big Band), Charles Davis (Kenny Dorham Quintet), Vincent Herring (Grammy winner), Antonio Hart (Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Holland), Korean jazz legend Sungjo Jung, Bryan Davis (Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra), Bruce Barth (Tony Benett), Tarek Yamani, Allyn Johnson, Ziad Rahbani, Mike Longo (Dizzy Gillespie), Butch Warren (Thelonious Monk Quartet), Jeff Andrews (Wayne Shorter, Mike Stern, Blood Sweat & Tears), Andy McKee (Elvin Jones), Corcoran Holt (Kenny Garrett), Ben Perowski (Michael Brecker, John Scofield), and vocalists Kathryn Farmer, Hiba Tawaji (The Voice, France), and YouTube sensation Robyn Adele Anderson.
Originally inspired by his work in film scoring, Dunkel has extended his creative vision to music production. In the past several years he has established himself in New York’s competitive environment as a sought-after producer for jazz, rock, classical and experimental electronic music and is well known for his signature sound.
Recent recordings include:
Amadis Dunkel Octet/Sextet (Jazz Lives!)
Amadis Dunkel & Luis Bonilla: A Mighty Good Thing
Sungjo Jung Big Band in New York (Cj E&M)
Vincent Herring: Brooklyn Sessions
Roberto Blanco Swinging New York (Connector)
Wael AlKak Neshama
The Red Birds
Afro Peruvian New Trends Orquestra (blue spiral)
Suhee Choi: Superbly Sunny League
Hyuna Park: Her Morning Waltz (Internova Records)
Gary Fogel Lagtet: In the Nick Of Time (Finetime Records)
International festival appearances include:
“Montreux Jazz Festival” in Switzerland;
“Cairo Jazz Festival” in Egypt;
“Zagreb Jazz Festival” and “Grožnjan Festival” in Croatia;
“Jazz Lives!” and “Music On The Road” in Syria;
“Beirut Jazz Festival” and “Byblos International Festival” in Lebanon;
“Xi Hu Blooms Festival” in Hangzhou, and the “Shanghai Jazz Festival” in China;
“Jarasum Jazz Festival” in South-Korea.