News: January 2018

January 27: Greatly looking forward to tomorrow’s improvised performance at the University of Toronto’s New Music Festival with trumpeter and UofT faculty member Jim Lewis and bass player Mark Godfrey. 

January 26: Yesterday I had the pleasure and honour to participate in an incredible special concert. Trumpeter Ben McChoncie composed and conceived a very beautiful, meaningful and respectful suite of music dedicated to the stories he learned from his experiences with the Tsawout First Nation. As part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission initiated by the Canadian Federal Government, Ben has been serving as a mentor in a ground-breaking Youth Leadership Program on the West Coast of British Columbia in the Southern Gulf Islands. The entire concert was broadcast on Facebook Live and can be streamed HERE

December 2017

Delighted to report that earlier this month I successfully defended my dissertation and completed my Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto. My dissertation titled “Israeli Jazz Musicians in the International Scene: A Case Study of Musical Transculturation in Contemporary Jazz Performance and Composition” focuses on “Israeli Jazz”: a rich and multi-layered practice that fuses Israeli and non-Israeli musical influences, including American jazz in performances, recordings and composed works, largely in Israel and the United States. Through fieldwork with an array of Israeli performers who gained international prominence during the last twenty years and close musical analysis, I explore circulating and contested understandings of cultural identity, jazz tradition and the international music business.  My profound gratitude to my supervisor Jeff Packman and committee members Terry Promane and Fazraneh Hemmasi for their mentorship, guidance and support throughout the entire process! 

November 2017

Had a wonderful weekend of concerts with the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative at the Aga Khan Museum and with Amos Hoffman at PAUSA Art House in Buffalo.  Here are a few links for media coverage of the concerts: 

October 2017

Coming up next month – November 25: The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative presents “All Rivers At Once” at the Aga Khan Museum, one of Toronto’s great cultural treasures. I’ll be leading an all-star lineup of Israeli and Iranian musicians including guest artists, Pedram Khavarzamini (tombak); Amos Hoffman (oud); Saeed Kamjoo (kamanche) and Aviva Chernick (vocals). 

November 26: The Amos Hoffman Quartet performs at Buffalo’s PAUSA Art House! 

September 2017

Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet website launched at:

We are currently mixing our first album together! Here’s a taste of the album, and our time in the studio with some footage and sounds beautifully captured by Michael Fisher

August 2017

For the past two years I have been co-leading a quartet with internationally renowned oudist and guitarist Amos Hoffman. Our quartet’s lyrical and vibrant reimaginings of beloved Jewish melodies have been captivating audiences worldwide. Now we are getting ready to release our first album together! Our project presents new, fresh arrangements of songs originating from various Jewish communities around the world. It is a culmination of over 20 years of collecting songs. We can’t wait to share it with you!
Towards the end of August The Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet has two weekends of concerts in Canada and the US.  August 19th at The Rex in Toronto followed by a concert at the Markham Jazz Festival on August 20th. Then, the following weekend, the quartet will appear in Columbia, South Carolina at the Columbia JCC on the 27th.  

June 2017

Getting ready for an early July return to Northern California to perform a very special world premiere: W.A. Mathieu’s The Magic Clavier Book II, as part of Mathieu’s 80th Birthday celebration. I have been preparing these pieces for the past year and I can’t wait to share this beautiful music with an audience for the first time! Here’s what Allaudin Mathieu had to say about these special concerts:

“To honor all my friends and loyal concert-goers in Ernie’s circle, I’ve decided to expand the usual Birthday Concert at Ernie’s into a series of three concerts with an informal retrospective feel while at the same time spotlighting new work.

On Thursday, July 6th, brilliant colleague Noam Lemish will play both Books of my magnum opus for piano, The Magic Clavier. Noam premiered and recorded Book I in 2015; Book II will be the world premiere. Noam and I will also present solo and duo improvisations. The Magic Clavier, a series of etudes in each key, is a  study of extended modality, a chief compositional structure of mine, and generally in use in modern practice. The work is the best teaching-qua-music I know how to give, and is a lifetime in the making. This concert will be in the format of a single long set with a brief intermission, entirely in the upstairs of Ernie’s house but replete with modest potluck nibbles and wine. (Please use the stairs at the left side of the house for entrance.) 

The July 7th, Friday night concert (in the same one-set-upstairs-only format as Thursday night) will feature me improvising at the keyboard and reading from my published and unpublished writings, notably a set of brief essays I conceived during morning walks and presented to my Dad on his 80th birthday in 1987: The Walking Papers. Wife Devi and I will present a set of our favorite songs, perennial and new. There will also be anecdotes, stories (about people present, I hope), and we will all be charming.

Saturday, July 8th will be in the usual upstairs/downstairs/nibble/mingle two-set format, and will feature my longtime collaborators, percussionists Jennifer Wilsey and George Marsh (I’ve been playing and recording with George for 55 years), plus another set of songs with Devi, more playing and reading by me, plus some surprising guests. Devi and I will bring the cake, but no Happy Birthday song, OK? Just blessings and thanks all ‘round. We are very fortunate beings.”  


April 2017

April 23: I’m grateful to be participating in an important concert tomorrow, April 24th, 7:30pm at Hart House, FREE to the public. 

“Sounding Together, Standing Together: The U of T Faculty of Music Responds to the Violence of Our Times”

April 10: On my way to San Diego in a few days for a performance with Amos Hoffman. April 12th at San Diego State University, where we’ll also be teaming up with violinist Yale Strom and members of his group Hot Pstromi. COMPLETE INFO

February 2017

Coming up in one week, two years in the making:

MUSIC AND THE JEWISH WORLD: Expression Across Real and Imaginary Boundaries

Complete Program and More Details               Facebook Event Page

Saturday, February 18
7:30 PM
Father Madden Hall, Carr Hall,
St. Michael’s College
100 St. Joseph Street

“‘And from the Ruins of Time, They Blossom’: Tragedy and Transcendence in Viktor Ullmann’s The Chronicle of the Love and Death of the Flag-Bearer Christoph Rilke (1944) ”

Philip V. Bohlman (University of Chicago), narrator
Christine Wilkie Bohlman (University of Illinois, Chicago), piano

Sunday, February 19
9:00 AM – 5:45 PM
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100,
170 St. George Street

9:30 – 10:30 AM | Keynote Address- Benjamin Brinner (University of California Berkeley)
“Music in Israel: Forty Years of Shifting Boundaries, Connections, and Possibilities”

10:45 – 5:45 PM | Panels and Lectures

Presenters include: Caryl Clark (University of Toronto); David Conway (University College, London); Dan Deutsch (University of Toronto); Jardena Gertler-Jaffe (University of Toronto); Charles Hersch (Cleveland State University); Lily E. Hirsch (California State University Bakersfield); Sherry Lee (University of Toronto); Noam Lemish (University of Toronto); Evan Rapport (New School, NY); Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto).

Sunday, February 19
7:30 PM
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music
80 Queen’s Park Cres.

Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet

Amos Hoffman, oud/guitar
Noam Lemish, piano
Justin Gray, bass
Derek Gray, drums

All events are free and open to the public. No registration needed. Please write to with your comments and questions.

Co-sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto

Conference Organizers: Prof. Steven Vande Moortele, Noam Lemish, Dan Deutsch, and Jardena Gertler-Jaffe

January 2017

January 27: Also, coming up in February, two years in the making, a conference that I have organized with my friend and colleague Dan Deutsch.  The conference, Music and the Jewish World: Expressions Across Real and Imaginary Boundaries, is co-sponsored by the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto with support from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The conference takes place on February 18-19 and highlights include a lecture/recital by Philip Bohlman, a keynote address by Benjamin Brinner, and a closing concert featuring myself with Amos Hoffman. Stay tuned for complete details soon!

January 15: Coming up on February 4th, The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative is delighted to present our next concert as part of the Emergents II series at The Music Gallery. An all new program of compositions by Iranian, Israeli/Jewish composers including world premieres by Elisha Denburg & Farid Javidan and works by Parisa Sabet, Amit Weiner, Farshid Samandari & Ofer Pelz. For more information and tickets please visit The Music Gallery website

January 3:  Sound check at the theatre!

January 1: Happy New Year! I’ll be kicking off 2017 with a performance of my multi-movement suite The People’s King, a musical tribute to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.  Really looking forward to teaming up with Sundar Viswanathan, Justin Gray and Anthony Michelli for this performance at the COC’s Noon Hour Series at the beautiful Richard Bradshaw Amphiteathre at the Four Seasons.

December 2016

December 5th, The University of Toronto’s 11 O’clock Jazz Orchestra performs at the Rex!

November 2016

Coming up on November 30th, The University of Toronto’s 11 O’clock Jazz Orchestra will be performing at Walter Hall in the Edward Johnson Building. Among other things we will be premiering two brand new works for jazz orchestra and jazz choir including my very own “Circling” set to the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke.  Very excited to team up with Christine Duncan‘s always stellar Vocal Jazz Ensemble! Admission is FREE.

October 2016

This year I have the great privilege of serving as the director of University of Toronto’s 11 O’clock Jazz Orchestra. It’s been a real pleasure working with the band and we have several concerts coming up in the next month.  Our first performance takes place on November 5th, appearing at Hart House as part of their Friday Night Series. We’ll be presenting arrangements and originals by Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Bob Mintzer, Terry Promane & Andrew Jones

September 2016

TWO ARTICLES: Grateful to the Toronto Star and The Varsity for articles about The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative‘s Ashkenaz concert. Here are links to both articles: The Star & The Varsity.

UPDATE: Happy to share an interview I did recently ahead of this Sunday’s I=I’s concert. Read it HERE.

I am so excited to be leading the following project as pianist and co-artistic director! Sunday, September 4th at 3pm, The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative (I=I) returns with an all-new program, “All Rivers at Once”, presented by the Ashkenaz Festival at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.  Connecting new and old music, innovative and traditional, classical and vernacular, political and artistic, “All Rivers at Once” brings together internationally renowned Iranian/Persian and Israeli/Jewish musicians to create a dialogue for peace through music. Referring in its name to a poem by the famed Persian poet Jelaluddin Rumi, invoking the interconnectedness and intersectionality of all peoples,  “All Rivers At Once” presents brand new arrangements of traditional Iranian and Israeli songs as well as several original compositions by its performers.

I will be joined by tombak virtuoso Pedram Khavarzamini, Montreal kamanche master Saeed Kamjoo in a rare Toronto appearance, NYC based Persian-Jewish vocalist Galeet Dardashti, rounded out by Kianoush Khalilian on nay, Jacob Gorzhaltsan on clarinet and Toronto based jazz/world music stalwarts Andrew Downing, bass, and Anthony Michelli on drums. The ensemble will showcase collaboration across political boundaries, with this all-star cast of improvisers covering diverse idioms from jazz, folk and world music.

I=I has stormed the scene with a sold-out Toronto debut in 2015, making their mark with a distinctive integration of diverse musical worlds and bridging political distances. “All Rivers at Once” is no different, transcending cultural divergence through what will be an extraordinary kaleidoscopic tapestry of sound. I=I is proud to be presenting this concert at the 2016 Ashkenaz Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious festivals of Jewish music and culture in the world. The Ashkenaz Festival emphasizes cross-cultural projects and attracts a multi-cultural audience of over 60,000 people.

For more info please visit the Ashkenaz Festival page HERE or our Facebook Event Page HERE.

To learn more about the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative visit our website.

August 2016

Hello from Billy Bishop airport in Toronto, on my way to NYC for three performances with Israeli jazz guitarist and oudist Amos Hoffman.  We’ll be at Cornelia Street Cafe on Friday August 5th, at Fat Cat with Saxophonist Asaf Yuria on the 6th and then at Smalls on the 9th.  Really looking forward to playing again with Amos as well as Asaf, Eric Wheeler (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums).

May 2016


MONTREAL: Thursday, June 2, 2016. 8:00pm @ Upstairs Jazz. Poster. Facebook Event Page 

OTTAWA: Friday, June 3, 2016. 9:30pm @ Black Squirrel Books .Facebook Event Page.

TORONTO: Saturday, June 4, 2016. 7:15 Pre-Concert Chat/8:00pm Concert. Spectrum Music presents “The Tower of Babel” featuring Amos Hoffman, Peter Lutek, Noam Lemish, Justin Gray & Derek Gray.  More Info:

I did a fun interview with Chelsea McBride from Spectrum Music in which I talked about the ideas and inspiration behind this collaboration. Check it out HERE.

April 2016

Had a great time at Birmingham City University (UK) at the 4th Rhythm Changes Conference with its theme of Jazz Utopia. I presented my paper entitled, “Audiotopias of the Multi-Local Musician: Amos Hoffman, Transcultural Jazz and the Polyphony of Style” and delighted in learning about the incredible jazz research that scholars and musicians are doing all over the world.

Coming up May 6th, I am looking forward to attending and presenting a workshop at the Deep Listening Day at EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  The event is hosted by the Center for Deep Listening at RPI. I can’t wait to present our workshop of “Ancestral Voicings”: a Sonic Meditation that I have been working on with Jane Rigler (USA) and Björn Eriksson (Sweden) for the past few months.  More Info and Full Day Program.

Also, a little bit later in May, I will be presenting a paper at the 9th annual International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) Conference/Festival which takes place in Waterloo and Toronto.

March 2016

NEW CD The Turning with George Marsh and Jim Kerwin featuring all new original compositions and improvisations now available for purchase online!  Please visit CD Baby to get copy! (or click on the photo of the album cover).  Listen to “Dee” from The Turning HERE

February 2016

I will be returning to the Bay Area for two weeks of performances and the celebration of my new CD with George Marsh!

Here is a brief overview of these upcoming concerts:

February 12th, 7:00-10:00pm

at The Plaza Bistro in Sonoma
CD Release Party with George Marsh and Peter Barshay. Celebrating the release of our new album The Turning (2016)

February 13, 7:30pm

at Piedmont Center for the Arts
“Winter’s Leaving: A Concert of Iranian and Israeli Music” featuring the US premiere of my clarinet quintet Bakesh Shalom Ve’rodfeyhu (Pursue Peace)

February 16, 6:00-9:00pm

at Dry Creek Kitchen
Duo with Miles Wick

February 20, 6:30-9:30pm

at Hotel Healdsburg Jazz Winter Series
Noam Lemish Quartet featuring Shea Breaux Wells, “A Night of the Singer/Songwriter: From Joni Mitchell to Now”

February 21, 3:00pm

at Occidental Center for the Arts
Noam Lemish Quartet presents and afternoon of original music and songs featuring Matthew Rothstein, Peter Barshay and Alex Aspinall.  Advanced Tickets can be purchased HERE

January 2016

Before heading to California for two weeks of performances in February, I have a very special concert coming up here in Toronto on February 2nd at the Rex. Internationally acclaimed Israeli jazz guitarist and oudist Amos Hoffman is coming to Toronto for a few days of performances  and workshops and he will be appearing with my quartet on the 2nd, at 9:30pm. His visit will also include a masterclass at the University of Toronto on Friday, January 29th and a performance at the Emmet Ray on February 1st at 7pm.  During his stay Hoffman will also be working with Spectrum Music composers in preparation for our big June 4th concert, The Tower of Babel which will showcase all new works composed especially for Amos Hoffman and an ensemble under my direction.

December 2015

NEW TRIO RELEASE with George Marsh (drums) and Jim Kerwin (bass) set for FEBRUARY 2016. The Turning features several new original compositions and improvisations. I will be heading out west to California for a few performances to celebrate this release! Stay tuned for more information!


I am also delighted to share that my article, “Between Utopia and Destruction: The Making of ‘Jazz Rhapsody on Soviet Jewish Themes'” was just published earlier this month by the University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought. “Jazz Rhapsody on Soviet Jewish Themes” is my original composition for jazz quartet based on two very different songs by Soviet Jewish composers. In this essay I contextualize my work and analyze the compositional processes used.

October 2015

Excited to announce a 2016 collaboration with Spectrum Music, in which I will serve as musical director and pianist for a  concert featuring new works composed especially for globally acclaimed Israeli jazz guitarist and oudist Amos Hoffman. The concert titled “Tower of Babel” will take place on June 4, 2016 at the Alliance Francaise Theatre. For more info, please visit Spectrum Music.


Summer 2015

The launch of the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative with our concert “Converging Paths” was a smashing success. A sold out show, support from wonderful community and university partners and sponsors, and tremendous enthusiasm for our message and music from many corners of this city and the world. We are grateful and thrilled and looking forward to several more exciting events coming up this year.

The buzz is still going strong and reviews are still coming in, here is a great one from SEE Change Magazine and Elisa Birnbaum: “Converging Paths: Musical group bridges Israeli, Iranian divide,”.

For photos from the concert please visit our facebook page HERE.

Audio from the concert is now available on SoundCloud including my clarinet & string quartet piece, “Bakesh Shalom” (Pursue Peace) and our performances of traditional Iranian and Israeli songs.

Spring 2015

MORE PRESS for I=I’s upcoming concert: Listen to our interview on CIUT 91.5FM “Global Rhythms” with Ken Stowar and read Spectrum’s feature: “Profile: Noam Lemish & The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative,”.

UPDATE: The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz published a great article about the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative and our upcoming concert! Read it here:  “In Toronto, Iranians and Israelis Make Music, Not War,”. 


I’m delighted to announce that several months ago I became a part of a collective of composers and musicians called the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative (I=I).  We have been working hard in preparation for a very exciting concert at the end of this month.

On Tuesday, March 31st at 7:30pm, the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative will launch with a special collaborative musical performance at the Alliance Francaise Theatre in Toronto.  Tickets are available online HERE.

The concert will present both the exciting world premiere of three new compositions, conducted by guest conductor Shalom Bard (Toronto Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor 2012-2014) and a collaborative performance with renowned guest artist from Montreal, Saeed Kamjoo, Iranian Kamanche virtuoso. Supporting the evening’s debut are the Toronto Arts Council, co-sponsors the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto and partners the North York Arts and Koffler Center of the Arts.

The evening will reflect the encounter of Israeli-Jewish and Iranian cultures through original compositions by collective members Parisa Sabet, Dan Deutsch and myself. These pieces incorporate Jewish and Persian traditional music, the poetry of renowned Iranian poet Omar Khayyám and Israeli popular songs. I will also be teaming up with Dan piano and special guest Saeed Kamjoo, Kamanche, for a powerful improvisatory exploration of traditional music from Israel and Iran.

The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative (I=I) collective, created in 2013 encourages an intellectual and cultural dialogue between individuals and communities through artistic creations. The project presents the fruitful possibilities of cross-cultural musical collaboration. For more info about I=I visit our website or facebook page.

February 2015

I am really looking forward to the premiere of my new piece “Song for Lia” which I composed in celebration of my niece’s birth a few months ago.  On Wednesday, February 11th I will be sitting in on piano with the University of Toronto 12TET (directed by Terry Promane) at Walter Hall.

November 2014

A few months ago I joined Michael Brooker’s tentet MB10. A group comprised of fantastic musicians presenting Mike’s wonderful original music and arrangements. Check out the group’s first release on bandcamp at:

MB10 will be returning to The Rex on December 8th!


July 2014

Happy summer! I am really looking forward to my upcoming visit in the Bay Area with performances set in San Francisco, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Sacramento and Occidental.  Indeed, I am deep in preparation for the world premiere and recording of Allaudin Mathieu’s The Magic Clavier. July 26th, I will be joining Allaudin for a concert at the Occidental Center for the Arts, presenting two world premieres of his work (Twenty-Four Almost Easy Pieces will be performed by Allaudin and The Magic Clavier by myself) and performing improvisations separately and together.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, it is such a profound delight and honor to have been asked by Allaudin to play his music and it has been a true joy spending time and working on the pieces this past year. I can’t wait!!!

July 26th, 2014. 8pm. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS (Occidental) Allaudin Mathieu & Noam Lemish: New Music for Piano

For more info visit the OCA’s website.

I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to reunite with some of my favorite musicians for performances across the Bay Area.  Here is info about these exciting performances:

July 19, 2014. 6:30-9:30pm HOTEL HEALDSBURG  (Healdsburg) with Peter Barshay (bass) & Alex Aspinall (drums)

July 20, 2014. 5:00-8:00pm JB’s LOUNGE (Sacramento) with Matthew Rothstein (sax), Jason Carr (bass) & Alex Aspinall (drums)

August 1, 2014. 7:00-10:00pm PLAZA BISTRO (Sonoma) with Peter Barshay (bass) & George Marsh (drums)

August 3, 2014. 4:00pm. Chez Hanny Jazz House Concert Series (San Francisco) duo with George Marsh (drums)


April 2014


Very much looking forward to the Toronto debut of “The People’s King” as part of the 12th Annual Small World Music Asian Music Series on Thursday, April 24th (8pm) at The Music Gallery, Toronto’s home for creative music. The Music Gallery is a truly wonderful venue! I will be joined by Sundar Viswanathan (reeds), Justin Gray (bass) and Derek Gray (drums). The evening will also include my multimedia presentation on the music and culture of Bhutan.  Tickets are available HERE.

February 2014

As many of you know, while I was teaching music in Bhutan during the 2009/2010 academic year I had the great honor of being commissioned to compose a multi-movement suite in celebration of His Majesty the King of Bhutan’s 30th birthday.  Upon my return to North America, I arranged the suite for jazz quartet and this new adaptation made its world premier at the 2011 Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Since then I have performed the suite on numerous occasions. I am thrilled to launch “The People’s King” project online with a brand new website at Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. I hope you enjoy the music and story behind it as much as I cherished the experience that led to its manifestation. Keep in touch for updates on upcoming concerts and other news about the project.

January 2014

Happy New Year!  Coming Up in 2014:

  • I am deeply honored and excited to have been asked by pianist, composer, author (and also my longtime teacher) W.A. Mathieu to premiere and record his new set of piano pieces, The Magic Clavier. The world premiere is scheduled for July 26th in Sonoma County, California. Stay tuned for details.
  • Upcoming CD releases in 2014 include Sonic Truffles, an album of improvisations with Will Johnson.
  • I will be premiering new compositions and arrangements with the University of Toronto 12TET and University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Choir.
  • Northern California performances in July and August 2014!


December 2013

Update: Check out this new CD Review of Nightfall on All About Jazz. Written by Eyal Hareuveni.

December 4th, a brand new piece of mine will be premiered by the University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by vocalist extraordinaire Christine Duncan.  The work, titled “Loving Kindness Practice”  is composed for SSAA and jazz rhythm section. I have been having a terrific time working with the group ahead of this concert and I am really looking forward to hearing it!


November 2013

Earlier this month, the University of Toronto 12TET released their new album, which features my composition “Rebirth” as the title track. The album is available on iTunes. We will be celebrating the release of this recording on Tuesday, November 19th, 7:30pm in Walter Hall at the Faculty of Music. The concert will also feature a performance of my composition, “The Nagila Mayster” in a new arrangement for this terrific ensemble!


October 2013

Looking forward to a return appearance at The Rex on October 14th, this time featuring a quintet playing my original music. Also, later this month, on the 25th, excited about returning to the Gate 403 with a trio.

September 2013

UPDATE: Just Published by MAKE: A Literary Magazine, my book review on the “Anthology of Essays on Deep Listening”.

My new CD with George Marsh, Nightfall is now available online at iTunes and CD Baby, Amazon and other digital distributors!

August 2013

Towards the end of this month, bassist Miles Wick will be coming to Toronto from NYC and joining me for a couple of shows while also presenting a set of his original music at the Tranzac.  Performances include August 28 @ Tranzac and August 30th @ Gate 403.

July 2013

UPDATE: Very nice article by Nicolas Grizzle of the Bohemian ahead of my performances this month.

Arrived in the Bay Area a few days ago and looking forward to an exciting month of performances here in California.  The highlight comes on July 21st, when George Marsh and I celebrate the release of our second album, Nightfall at Sonoma State University. Here is a brief summary of  my upcoming performances. Check the performance page for complete details about venues.

  • July 12, 7:00pm. Plaza Bistro, Sonoma. Trio w/ Jim Kerwin & George Marsh
  • July 14, 5:00pm. JB’s Lounge, Sacramento. Quartet w/ Matt Rothstein, Bill Douglass & George Marsh
  • July 19, 6:00pm. Larkspur’s Friday Night Jazz. Quartet w/ Kasey Knudsen, Jeff Denson & Alex Aspinall
  • July 21, 2:00pm.  CD Release Concert at Sonoma State University. Noam Lemish & George Marsh
  • July 26, 8:00pm. The People’s King @ Occidental Centre for the Arts. Quartet w/ Bob Afifi, Jim Kerwin & Alex Aspinall
  • July 27, 6:30pm.  Hotel Healdsburg. Trio w/ Jim Kerwin & George Marsh.

June 2013

Our Kickstarter Funding Campaign has been a smashing success! Thank you everyone for the generous contributions and support.  George Marsh and I will be celebrating our new CD Release July 21st at Sonoma State University.  Visit Sonoma’s music department page for more info HERE.  I am very much looking forward to my upcoming July visit to the Bay Area!  There are several exciting performances scheduled. Please check my Performances page for detailed listing of all of my July shows in California.

May 2013

MAY 12 UPDATE: Drummer George Marsh and I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the completion of our second CD together. We’ve prepared a short video about our campaign (look for it on the right) and have some audio for you to enjoy on our Kickstarter page. Hope you consider supporting our project!!

May 8th, I will be performing all new original material at the Tranzac Club with Mark Godfrey on bass, Evan Cartwright on drums as part of a double bill with pianist Tania Gill.

April 2013

April 23rd, I will be joining the TPE ensemble to record my composition “Rebirth” (written for TPE) at Revolution Recording in Toronto. Looking Forward!

March 2013

Performed on Tuesday March 5 (at the MaRS center) for the University of Toronto reception welcoming the new UofT President designate, Meric Gertler.  Photo from the performance HERE. Later this month, on March 25th,  I will be re-joining the TPE ensemble for a second performance of my newest composition “Rebirth”, this time @ The REX.

February 2013

My latest composition, “Rebirth” will be premiered February 12 by the Terry Promane Ensemble (TPE) at the University of Toronto.  The TPE is a fantastic 12tet and I am delighted to be joining them on piano for my piece. Later on in the month (February 28) I will discuss the music of Michel Petrucciani as part of the UofT Jazz Listening Lecture Series.  March 1st I will be leading a trio @ The Rex performing an all originals set, showcasing new material!

January 2013

Happy New Year!

Video from my November participation at the Array Session #14 is now available on YouTube courtesy of Array Music:

Musicians Union


Ten Miles


One Half

Euphoria Elastica II

November 2012

  • November 10th I will be performing a few original compositions piano solo at a special fundraiser concert for Tryptych Concert & Opera. Concert starts at 7:30pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church West Hall Theatre (2737 Bayview Avenue).
  • Delighted to be invited by Rick Sacks, artistic director of Array Music to take part in the upcoming Array Session #14, an evening of improvisation, experiments and interaction. November 26th, 8:00pm @ Array Space (155 Walnut Street).

October 2012

October 18th I will be presenting at the University of Toronto, Jazz Department Listening Lecture Series on the music of Abdullah Ibrahim.

September 2012

Back in Toronto after a terrific summer in California and now, an exciting new chapter begins at the University of Toronto as I embark on my Doctoral studies towards a DMA in Jazz Performance at the Faculty of Music. Here are a few other notes:

  • September 17th:  Performing with Dan Fortin & Fabio Ragnelli @ The Emmet Ray (Details)
  • September 27th: Have the great honor of performing at the Memorial for celebrated Czech-Canadian author, Josef  Škvorecký @ Hart House, University of Toronto.  Here are a few articles about Škvorecký:

NY Times —  Toronto Globe & MailWikipedia

July 2012

UPDATE: Excellent article by Andrew Gilbert (Berkeleyside) about “The People’ King” ahead of our performance at the Jazzschool in Berkeley.  Noam Lemish: Swinging in Shangri-la

July is packed with exciting performances all across the Bay Area! Please visit my performances page for a full listing of upcoming concerts. Highlights include:

  • Trio performances with Jim Kerwin and George Marsh are scheduled for Sonoma and Healdsburg
  • I will join the Sonoma State Faculty Jazz Ensemble for a concert at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and will present my own concert in the same series with vocalist Lorin Benedict
  • One final performance for this summer with vocalist Shea Breaux Wells at Vin Couture in Healdsburg

June 2012

It’s been an exciting start to the month with performances alongside Jim Kerwin and George Marsh both in Healdsburg as part of the opening weekend of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and in Oakland at the Piedmont Piano Company concert series. A few days ago, I also had the great pleasure of accompanying Sheila Jordan (recently designated a Jazz Master by the NEA) in her Healdsburg Jazz Festival masterclass, playing alongside her regular bass player, Cameron Brown. More performances coming up later this month include two dates with Shea Breaux Wells at Vin Couture in Healdsburg and appearances with Doug Miller and Alex Aspinall.

May 2012

A great delight to be back in the Bay Area for the summer! George Marsh and I are hard at work preparing towards the release of our second album later on this summer. In May, I am looking forward to playing with Peter Barshay and Lorca Hart at the Hotel Healdsburg and later on in the month, I will be appearing with Doug Miller and Alex Aspinall at Jupiter in Berkeley, and Osteria Divino in Sausalito. I have also recently discovered that I will be joining the fabulous vocalist Shea Breaux Wells for a series of performances throughout the summer at Vin Couture in Healdsburg (a new venue) on Saturday nights! Please visit my performances page to learn more about these and other concerts coming up.

March 2012

As I mentioned in my previous update, in January, among other things, as part of my role as composer-in-residence for gamUT (the University of Toronto contemporary music ensemble) I was busy finishing up my next composition for the ensemble.  My new piece, ‘Divertimento’ (for  fl, ob, cl, sop. sax, tbn, two violins, vla, vlc and db) will make its premier on March 17th at Walter Hall in the Edward Johnson Building at the University of Toronto, conducted by Patrick Murray. Rehearsals are in full swing and I’m very much looking forward to the performance.  Also coming up in March is a return date to The Trane Studio on March 27th!

January 2012

Happy New Year! 2012 began with a fantastic trio concert with Jim Wall and Ron Coulter in Carbondale, Illinois. Now back in Toronto where thankfully, for the time being, winter seems to still be in a slumber and looking forward to my upcoming performance  January 11th at The Trane Studio with Trevor Hogg, Daniel Fortin and Fabio Ragnelli. January will also be a busy month of composing as I will be completing a new piece for a March 17th world premiere by the University of Toronto’s gamUT ensemble.

December 2011

December brings with it a short visit back to the Bay Area that includes several Northern California performances as well as an opportunity to visit dear friends and enjoy some sunshine!

November 2011

Now back in Toronto after a wonderful summer in California. As composer-in-residence in 2011-2012 for the University of Toronto Contemporary Music Ensemble, gamUT, I have recently completed my first composition for the ensemble. Titled, “The Nagila Mayster”, (this invented English-Hebrew-Yiddish title translates to the “Master of Joyfulness”) and dedicated to percussionist George Marsh, it will be premiered at Walter Hall, at the University of Toronto, on November 30th, 7:30pm by gamUT. This 12 minute composition is scored for 2 sopranos, woodwinds, brass, marimba, percussion, piano, double bass and drum-set and will feature Greg Harrison on drums and myself on piano.

August 2011

After being away from California for two years (a year teaching music in Bhutan and a year of Graduate Studies in Toronto) I am back in the Bay Area for the summer. It’s been wonderful to visit friends and play music with so many of my favorite musicians.

It was a great delight to perform my original music on opening night at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, June 3rd, 2011. The band featured Matthew Rothstein, Jason Carr and Alex Aspinall. Among other pieces, we premiered my original, Bhutanese inspired, multi-movement suite “The People’s King” in its jazz arrangement. You can learn more about “The People’s King” HERE and listen to a track from the Healdsburg festival concert HERE. I hope to have some video clips from this concert up on the website soon.

One of my exciting projects this summer involves composing a score for the short documentary film, “Shirt Out, Game Over!”. A film about Bhutan, directed by Eric Paternot.

I still have several more performances coming up this summer before I head back to Toronto to complete my Masters studies in Music Composition at the University of Toronto. Visit my calendar for concert listings.Poster