SHORT BIO

Jack uses pronouns they/them/he/his. They are a trans individual interested in exploring the form and play of the violin and how it fits into different spaces in music and performance. 

BIO

Violinist and songwriter Jack Boaz's music has been described as a striking balance of controlled melodies and free-wheeling improvisation They layer and loop their deeply-intuitive, folk inspired melodies, drawing influence from their Celtic and Hungarian roots, the blues and free-jazz traditions of the United States, where they live and work. 

After winning The Alfred Hertz Memorial Scholarship from the University of California Berkeley in 2017, Boaz travelled from Scotland to India to China and back again, collaborating with local musicians all the way. The deeply spiritual improvised music of India and club music that they played in Hangzhou, China, as well as the European folk tunes and spirit of collaboration they learned at Jeunesses Musicales Internationales’ Ethno gatherings has deeply influenced their style since. 

Before their almost 2 year long world tour, Boaz lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area where they focused on DIY experimental recordings (leading and producing a record, The Blues and Other Attempts with an 8-piece band) and free-jazz collaborations with visual and performance artists. They have played concerts at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, where they live-scored the films of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren. Boaz is currently based in Taos, New Mexico where they have started a program in the elementary schools to teach young children the violin with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony.   

Boaz’s mentors and teachers include renowned improviser and pianist Myra Melford, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, Evan Price of the Turtle Island String Quartet and Hungarian folk violinist, Csoori Sandor. They have participated in masterclasses with bassist and improviser Joelle Leandre and jazz-drummer Allison Miller. Boaz graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Music and was previously educated at the Mannes School of Music (The New School) in New York City.