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Michael Forfia

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Communication is the core element of my artistic pursuits. A native of Akron, Ohio, utilize and create space for communication to flourish. As a bassist, radio producer, and educator I engage and deliberately elevate the more beautiful aspects of humanity.

I was a finalist in the Ron Carter Bass Competition at the Detroit Jazz Festival in July 2016 and was awarded the 1st prize at the International Society of Bassists’ Scott LaFaro jazz bass competition in July 2015. I produced season two of “Jazz@Eastman – Past, Present, and Future,” a weekly hour-long podcast featuring music and stories from the Sibley Music Archives and Eastman’s global alumni network - which is currently in its second rotation in Rochester, NY.

I was raised in a stunningly hospitable Midwestern music community, and credit my influences to the art and music boom that has been born out of the rustbelt revival. My interested have led me to perform in settings from free-jazz improvisation to contemporary popular music groups, and with a variety of international groups and artists including violinist Christian Howes and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

In addition to performance, I engage with his local community through educational and arts leadership roles. I've been a featured lecturer and performer at educational workshops and has collaborated with arts organizations in a variety of administrative positions. A 2016 graduate of the Eastman School of Music, I was formerly a Graduate Teaching Assistant, a Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program Fellow, Programming Director and Producer of the radio show and podcast Jazz@Eastman – Past, Present, & Future, and administrator of the Eastman Gig Service.

I received the 2016 Post-Graduate Internship award by the Eastman School of Music Arts Leadership Program. I currently resides in New York City where I assist with programming and media production at “The First Church of Jazz”, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church.