Akshat Jain

Tuba, 2017

Akshat Jain is an artist committed to outreach and civic practices through the field of music and his voice as a tubist. Getting his start on classical guitar, Akshat worked his way through every brass instrument before eventually landing on the tuba. Eventually, it just stuck, and an inseparable relationship began. 

Akshat is currently an active performer and teacher throughout the Chicago area. In addition to his responsibilities as faculty at Merit School of Music, he teaches private lessons at Lane Tech HS and Fremd HS. 

As an active performer, Akshat has performed in a multitude of genres. As a chamber musician, he has performed with ensembles including New Chicago Brass, Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble, Aduro Brass, the Western Brass Quintet, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Brass Quintet. Akshat is also a founding member of Origin Brass Quintet, an ensemble committed to educational outreach and the development of contemporary repertoire for the genre. He is also the tubist in Fire Thief, a local Chicago indie band.

Akshat is also an active orchestral freelancer and has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony, the Muncie Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a jazz musician, Akshat has performed with Nicholas Payton under the direction of Dana Hall and the Jazz Workshop Big Band at DePaul University and has performed under the direction of Mark Buselli at Ball State University. Not afraid to play some walking bass lines, he also enjoys playing sousaphone in brass/funk bands and performed most recently with J-Livi and the Party. 

Akshat holds a MM from DePaul University and holds degrees from Ball State University (BM) and the Interlochen Arts Academy (HS). Originally from Vadodara, India, he has lived in Zambia, Thailand, Canada, and the United States.

His talents have taken him to the Aspen Music Festival for two consecutive summers; OperaMaya Festival in Cancún, Mexico; the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan; Fresh Inc Music Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the Seoul International Community Orchestra Festival in Seoul, South Korea. His principal teachers include Warren Deck, Floyd Cooley, Gene Pokorny, 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