Jack Boaz (he/his) is a violinist, sound designer, songwriter and improviser. He lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is interested in how all things move and sound together- specifically wondering how long-ago folk fiddle melodies and free improvisation can interact in symbiotic ways with digital sound and production. Boaz writes and performs traditional fiddle tunes and americana music with his band Boaz and Zito and teaches fiddle in his private studio.
He has performed and premiered work all over the world: the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (Berkeley, CA), The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Dranouter Festival (Belgium), Lotus Temple (India), and Taos Center for the Arts (Taos, New Mexico).
In 2018 to early 2019 Boaz won the Hertz Traveling Fellowship from UC Berkeley and travelled from Scotland to India to China and back again, collaborating with local musicians and playing folk music all the way. The Hindustani Classical Indian music and club music that he 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 he 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.
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.
His mentors and teachers include renowned improviser and pianist Myra Melford, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, Evan Price of the Turtle Island String Quartet, Bang Hee Lee, and Hungarian folk violinist, Csoori Sandor. He has participated in masterclasses with bassist and improviser Joelle Leandre and jazz-drummer Allison Miller.