Assistant Professor, Applied Saxophone & Jazz
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Josiah Boornazian, D.M.A. is currently the Assistant Professor of Jazz and Applied Saxophone at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Boornazian is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, educator, electronic musician, and scholar of music most recently active in Brownsville, Miami, New York City, Washington state, Europe, and California. His peer-reviewed publications include articles in the inaugural edition of Jazz Education in Research and Practice and the 2018 edition of The Saxophone Symposium. As a perfroming and recording artist, Dr. Boornazian has been cultivating an innovative, technology-based jazz performance practice for several years, which began with his adoption of digital effects pedals for live performances. He has continued to develop his creative musical approach to include the use of software-based synthesizers and improvised digital accompaniment using Ableton, the popular digital audio workstation. As a scholar of music, Dr. Boornazian recently presented his research at the 2020 Jazz Education Network Conference, and he was awarded a Björn Bärnheim Research Fellowship at the Hogan Jazz Archive housed at Tulane University during the 2017-2018 academic year. In his career as a jazz and electronic artist, Dr. Boornazian has performed with diverse musicians including Mark Farina, Dave Liebman, Dave Holland, Nick Smart, Diane Schuur, Dave Grusin, Arturo Sandoval, John Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Ignacio Berroa, John Beasley, Dafnis Prieto, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Drew Gress, David Binney, Wayne Krantz, Ari Hoenig, Donny McCaslin, Will Vinson, Ben Wendel, Ferenc Nemeth, Alan Ferber, John Daversa, Kenny Wollesen, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Lew Soloff, Massimo Biolcati, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, and Shelly Berg, among others. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, a Master of Arts degree from the City College of New York, and a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2022
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