Alto saxophonist, pianist, arranger, composer and educator Travis Sullivan has established himself as one of the most innovative and creative voices in modern jazz today. His recording debut of all originals was hailed by critics as ?one of the the best indie releases heard in the past year? (Todd Jenkins, All About Jazz), and he was praised by jazz writer Bill Milkowski (Jazz Times) as ?as artist to watch in the coming days?.
?Travis Sullivan?s Bjorkestra?, a jazz orchestra that performs the works of pop artist Bjork arranged and conducted by Sullivan, premiered at NYC?s Knitting Factory in 2004. It?s success has received critical acclaim from major publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Down Beat Magazine. Sullivan has also delighted audiences worldwide performing his unique arrangements at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The SF Jazz Festival, The Jarasum Jazz Festival (South Korea) and as a conductor for the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (Germany), the Sicilian Jazz Orchestra (Italy), and the Reykjavik Big Band (Iceland).
Sullivan?s appearances as a bandleader include The Williamsburg Jazz Festival, Joe?s Pub (NYC), Symphony Space (NYC), and a performance with Grammy nominated tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin at NYU?s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Sullivan performed with Verve recording artist and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel at the 2005 JVC Jazz Festival in NYC, whose lineup included some of the most distinguished artists in modern jazz today. Travis has also performed and or recorded with Clark Terry, Joe Williams, and The New York Voices.
Also an accomplished composer, Sullivan?s work ?The Last Tango in NYC?, a piece for accordion, clarinet, trombone, and electric guitar, was recorded by the eclectic chamber quartet ?The Four Bags? for their 2004 CD ?Offshore?.