Akshat Jain is an artist committed to outreach and civic practices through the field of music and his voice as a tubist. As an active performer, Akshat has performed with a number chamber ensembles including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Brass Quintet, the Western Brass Quintet, the West Michigan Brass Quintet and Motor City Brass Quintet. He is a founding member of Origin Brass, an ensemble committed to educational outreach and the development of contemporary repertoire for the genre. Akshat is also involved with Classical Revolution Chicago, an organization that brings classical chamber music out of the concert hall and into the neighborhoods of Chicago. He believes that classical music should be accessible to all, and it is the artist’s responsibility to bridge the gap between audiences and the music that we perform. By making these connections stronger, music can have a lasting positive impact in the communities that surround it.
Akshat is pursuing a MM at DePaul University and holds degrees from Ball State University and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Originally from Vadodara, India, he has lived in Zambia, Thailand, Canada and the United States. His skills have taken him to the OperaMaya Festival in Cancún, Mexcio, the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan and the Fresh Inc Music Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In September 2017, he will be travelling to Seoul, South Korea to participate in the Seoul International Community Orchestra Festival. Along with festival participations and his education, he freelances around the Midwest, often performing in Michigan and Indiana, along with Illinois. He also maintains a private teaching studio in the suburbs of Chicago. His principal teachers include Floyd Cooley, Matthew Lyon, Anthony Kniffen and Thomas Riccobono.
For more information about Akshat and his ensemble Origin Brass, check out their website.
Laura Harrison – Chimera
for 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, piano, trumpet, tuba
Haley Woodrow – Music Major (Just a Regular Day)
for trumpet, horn, tuba, percussion, piano