A L T U S
Altus, a fusion of five gifted musicians—Dave Adewumi, Isaac Levien, Neta Raanan, Nathan Reising, and Ryan Sands—embarks on sonic journeys rooted in a decade-long musical bond. Inspired by Black American improvisational techniques, Altus creates narratives that blur the line between immediate experience and timeless mythologies.
Their performances, marked by playfulness and narrative focus, promise a unique exploration into the unknown, fueled by a shared love for improvisation. Dave Adewumi, 2019 Carmine Caruso Trumpet Competition winner, joins forces with tenor saxophonist Neta Raanan, 2023 Next Jazz Legacy Awardee, and alto saxophone phenom Nathan Reising, while bassist and composer Isaac Levien, and drummer Ryan Sands, endorsed by Canopus Drums and Paiste Cymbals provides the backbone of the ensemble.
Individually, they've shared stages with luminaries like Jason Moran, Dave Douglas, Nasheet Waits, Tyshawn Sorey, and Christian Sands.
Currently, Altus performs regularly around New York City and prepares for the 2024 release of their first album, Mythos on Biophilia Records. The love for improvisation is palpable, and it is this embrace of the unpredictable that guarantees no two Altus performances are alike.
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