Constant Stranger unites three improvisers and composers, Richard Sears
on piano (NYC), Martin Nevin on bass (NYC), and Guilhem Flouzat
(Paris). The trio has toured through Europe, and performed in
California and New York. This concert celebrates the collective’s debut
release on Fresh Sound Records, recorded last year in Los Angeles. The
program will feature original compositions by Sears, Nevin, and
Brooklyn based pianist Richard Sears possesses an
original voice as an improvisor and composer. His composition has been
recognized by grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the Los Angeles
As a performer, Richard has appeared with the Billy Hart Quartet (ft.
Mark Turner and Ben Street), the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, Joshua
Redman, Chick Corea, Ralph Alessi, Eric Revis, and others.
His most recent release, “Altadena”, features the legendary drummer,
Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. “Altadena”
earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, naming it one of the Best Albums
of 2017. His forthcoming release, "Iron Year", features music composed
since his move to Brooklyn in 2015.
In 2006, Martin received a scholarship to attend Manhattan School of
Music, where he studied bass with Jay Anderson and David Grossman, and
composition with Michael Patterson. Since then he has performed and/or
recorded with notable artists such as Albert “Tootie” Heath, Billy
Hart, Greg Osby, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ethan Iverson, and
Aaron Parks, in venues across the U.S and abroad.
In May 2017, Martin earned a Masters degree from Columbia University in
Music Education. In November 2017, Martin was awarded a grant by the
Jerome Fund for New Music, awarded by the American Composers Forum.
His debut record "Tenderness is Silent" was recently released.
Martin appeared here previously with the LeBoeuf Brothers.
Parisian drummer Guilhem Flouzat is gaining
attention and praise throughout the jazz community: drummer Dan Weiss
calls him ‟one of the most talented young drummers I have met”,
composer and pianist Dan Tepfer says he is ‟an accomplished composer
with an original and fresh conception of development within a piece”.
His collaborations have led him to play at jazz landmarks such as
Smalls, Jazz Gallery, Zinc Bar, and 55 Bar in New York, Sunside in
Paris, Sounds and Music Village in Brussels, and Jz Club in Shanghai.
As a sideman, he has collaborated with guitarist Lionel Loueke, multi
reed player Steve Wilson, bassist Linda Oh, and saxophonist Ben Wendel.
A Fulbright scholar, Guilhem Flouzat went from the National
Conservatory in Paris (CNSMDP) to the Manhattan School of Music, where
he is currently a full scholarship Bachelor Degree candidate studying
with John Riley. Other drum teachers include Bill Stewart and Eric