Artists

Stephen Boegehold is a drummer and composer based in New York City. In addition to leading his own bands, he has self-released three albums: “A Telling of Death” (2016), “Shared Realities” (2017), and “Way of Dreams” (2017). Invested in a career centered around collaboration, he maintains an active performance schedule with ensembles such as Nick Dunston’s Atlantic Extraction and the David Leon Trio. He has shared the stage at home and abroad with musicians such as Michael Attias, Kris Davis, Francois Moutin, and Laurence Hobgood. As a founding member of Polyfold Musical Arts Collective, Stephen also works to build musical community through collaborative concerts and workshops. Find out more about Stephen at www.stephenboegehold.com


Alex Levine is a guitarist, composer, and improviser, currently living in New York City. He graduated from the University of Michigan jazz studies program in 2012, where he studied with Geri Allen and Frank Portolese, and is an alumnus of the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop. In New York, he has continued his studies with Miles Okazaki and Henry Grimes. Alex has played with groups led by Francois Moutin, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, and many others, along with leading his own projects, performing concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Find out more about Alex at www.alexlevinemusic.com


Lesley Mok is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. She has performed in venues and festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including TedxSanDiego, the Ringling Museum of Art, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, and the Panama Jazz Festival. While her work has its roots in jazz and improvised music, it often finds itself in between the spaces of western 20th and 21st century classical music, Afro-Cuban music, and American experimental music. As a composer, Lesley has written music for ensembles of varied sizes from duos to octets with strings and non-Western instruments. She currently leads The Living Collection, a contemporary ensemble that exclusively performs her original music. Lesley received her undergraduate and master’s degree at Berklee College of Music. During her time there, she was a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an intensive honors program where she studied with Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, and Ben Street. She was a participant at the 2019 Banff International Jazz & Creative Workshop, where she studied with Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Steve Lehman, and Fay Victor. Find out more about Lesley at https://www.lesleymok.com


Ben Rolston is a bass player and composer born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2012, he released his debut album, Fables. Consisting of 10 original compositions, Fables represents a wide palate of stylistic influences, and was well received by audiences and critics alike. The broad vision of music represented on Fables is borne out in the variety of musical projects Rolston has been a part of. He’s followed in the footsteps of many other young Ann Arbor musicians, gaining a love of jazz at Community High School (under the direction of Mike Grace), honing his musical skills and taste with world class saxophonist Vincent York, and then attending the University of Michigan Jazz Studies Program in order to absorb the teachings of master musicians such as Robert Hurst and Geri Allen. After living and making music in Detroit for around 5 years, he made the move to New York City in the Fall of 2018.

As a bassist, Rolston has had the opportunity to perform in an extraordinarily wide array of musical contexts, including hip hop (Tree City), americana (The Appleseed Collective), bluegrass (Mark Lavengood) and balkan music (Ornamatik). Rolston has traveled the world as a musician, highlights include: performing at the United States Embassy in Honduras, touring Italy and Switzerland with Alex Levine, and touring the United States extensively for three years as a member of the Appleseed Collective, and participating in musical and cultural exchanges in Japan and India. Some of the wonderful musicians Ben has shared the bandstand with are Marcus Belgrave, Tim Ries, Sean Dobbins, Vincent York, Tad Weed, Ellen Rowe, Andrew Bishop, Dwight Adams, Thaddeus Dixon, Vincent Chandler, Christian Howes, and Laurence Hobgood. Find out more about Ben at www.benrolstonmusic.com

Matt Setzler is a saxophonist, composer and cognitive scientist living in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to leading his own trio, Matt plays in a number of small ensembles in the NYC jazz and creative music scene, and has performed in bands with a wide variety of artists including Walter Smith III, Francois Moutin and John Raymond. Matt received a BFA in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan in 2013, and went on to study as a graduate student at Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Science at Indiana University – his dissertation research focuses on how group cognition and social structures in improvising ensembles shape the music they produce. Find out more about Matt at www.mattsetzler.com


Yuma Uesaka is a clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer known for his improvisational sensibilities and his powerful sound in the New York City creative music scene. An alumnus of Banff Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, Yuma worked and studied with cutting edge luminaries such as Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, and Nicole Mitchell. Born in London and raised in Michigan, Yuma started studying the saxophone at the age of 10. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from University of Michigan, where he majored in Jazz Studies and Computer Science Engineering. There he studied with Geri Allen, Robert Hurst, Andrew Bishop, and Erik Santos. Find out more about Yuma at www.yumasax.com

Former Members:

Matthew Daher | drums
Marcus Elliot | reeds
Ian Finkelstein | keyboards
Molly Jones | reeds
Sasha Kashperko | guitar
Alex Koi | voice
Michael Malis | keyboards
Jake Shadik | reeds
Rafael Statin | reeds
Jon Taylor | drums
Glenn Tucker | keyboards
Alex White | drums