Guitarist and Composer Dr. Jeremy Sagala (b. 1974, USA) is an unusually versatile and experienced musician, with expertise in styles from jazz, fusion and rock, to contemporary composition and electronic sound design. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music (with Magna Cum Laude Honors), the Boston Conservatory and The University of Buffalo. He earned his doctorate in 2006 from Brandeis University. He has over 35 years experience as a guitarist, and over 20 years of professional musical teaching experience. Both as a guitarist and composer, his music has been played throughout the USA, Germany, Australia and Japan. Jeremy has presented numerous workshops and courses throughout his career, particularly focusing on improvisation and new music. His website can be found at www.jeremysagala.net.
The New York Times described his compositional language as „rugged but not harsh, and the timbres and gestures he used here–bent pitches, quarter tones, juxtapositions of introspection and explosiveness–yielded an undeniably dramatic sound world„. Others have described his approach as „incredibly elegant“ with „gorgeous pitches and lovely orchestration“. He has founded several music groups and ensembles that seek to deepen the public’s understanding and appreciation of contemporary music of all kinds.
He is a sought-after session and live player, currently working with several jazz vocalists in small duo projects, and recently with a jazz-rock group “Trion”. He is also available for composition/arranging and notation work.
He currently teaches in Zeulenroda-Treibes, Thüringen. Throughout his career he has taught hundreds of students.
„The Pump“, a Jeff Beck tribute (guitar and programming J. Sagala))
„Just Do It“, original by CAB (J. Sagala, guitar)
„Wired“, (written J. Sagala, guitar and programming J. Sagala)
Selected TV spots, Concerts, and Reviews
1996 JazzErie, Summer concert series performance (Erie, Pennsylvania, USA)
2005 Televised Jazz Performance WICU (Erie, Pennsylvania, USA)
2009 – ElectroAcoustic Music Concert (Hammond, LA, USA) Concert Reviewed in “Hammond Star” newspaper
2009 Televised “Madness in Art” Performance and Lecture (Hammond, LA, USA)
2009 My CD “Through Autumn into Winter” reviewed by Jay C. Batzner on Sequenza21.com
2010 New York City performance (New York, NY, USA) Reviewed in the “New York Times” newspaper
2010 Concert Touring with Ensemble llusis tour program (Lousiana, Mississippi, Alabama, USA) Ilusis Concert reviewed in „Hammond Star” newspaper
2011 Concert Performance (New South Wales, Australia)
2013 Electroacoustic Music Concert Performance. (Fredonia, NY, USA) Review: “An anything but ordinary Faculty Recital”
2014 Ensemble Hörsinn Concert “Composer Portrait” Performance (Münster, NRW, Germany)
2015 Solo Electric guitar Concert (Münster, NRW, Germany)
2015 “New Music for Electric Guitar concert (Fredonia, NY, USA)
2018 Electric guitar Performance with ensemble transmitter (Nürnburg, Germany) “ad astra” Concert
2018 Solo Guitar Performance at art exhibition “Frankenstein 4.0” (Ingolstadt, Germany)
2018 Electric guitar Performance with ensemble transmitter (Ingolstadt, Germany) “musica ex maschina” Concert
2021 Electric guitar Performance with ensemble transmitter (Nürnburg, Germany) “Dark Ladies”
2022 Performance with jazz fusion group “Trion” (Donauwörth, Germany)
2023 Currently writing and recording a collection of original music to be released in the second half of 2023.