About the Ensemble Members

Douglas Detrick

Trumpet, Composition
Founder, Artistic Director

Douglas Detrick is a Portland, Oregon-based composer, trumpet player, and arts consultant whose work in these diverse areas is distinguished by its quiet thoughtfulness and its embrace of good ideas from unconventional sources. He was awarded the 2011 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works and Presenting Jazz grants for his work with his chamber-jazz quintet Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble, and the commissioned work “The Bright and Rushing World” was premiered at New York’s Jazz Gallery in 2012 and performed throughout the United States. Since joining the New York community in 2010 he has performed at the Stone, Jazz Gallery, and Issue Project Room, performed new music by Christian Wolff with the composer and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at its farewell performance at the Park Avenue Armory, and joined the curatorial team of Dave Douglas’ Festival of New Trumpet Music.

In addition to his continuing work with AnyWhen Ensemble, Detrick also performs traditional folk music and originals inspired by these songs for his Cartography project which employs a flexible group of musicians, from solo to a quartet, in his unique arrangements that present music from the many channels of the American folk tradition in a chamber-jazz context.

Detrick has been commissioned by the NOW Ensemble; Beta Collide, a leading new music ensemble led by trumpeter Brian McWhorter and Grammy-winning flutist Molly Barth, formerly of Eighth Blackbird; the Meridian Arts Ensemble; the Willamette Jazz Collective; The Little William Theatre Festival of New Music; saxophone soloist Kimberly Reece; the arts non-profit Spark and Echo and others.

Hashem Assadullahi

Saxophone

Hashem Assadullahi is a saxophonist, bandleader and music educator in New York City. Hashem has performed music ranging from the big band repertoire of the swing era, to straight-ahead styles, to contemporary projects performing the works of Ornette Coleman, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Zorn, and Tim Berne. In 2008 Hashem formed his Quintet, featuring some of the best musicians in the Pacific Northwest, along with trumpet icon Ron Miles.  The group has since expanded to a sextet and has recorded two albums: Strange Neighbor (8bells, 014) and Pieces (OA2 records, pending release). Hashem has lead groups featuring some the world’s greatest talents in Jazz, including Alan Ferber, Ben Monder, Mark Ferber, and Rich Perry.  In addition to his own releases, he has had the opportunity to record with several ensembles, appearing on the albums Live at Jo Fed’s with the Poisonous Birds (June 2008), The Turning Point with the Douglas Detrick Quintet (8bells, 015), as well as Walking Across (8bells,016), Rivers Music (Origin Classical, OC33012), Awake, Awake (pending release), and The Bright and Rushing World (pending release) with the Anywhen Ensemble.  In addition to performing, he has held positions teaching music courses and directing numerous ensembles at various institutions including Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand, Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon. Hashem frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator across the United States and abroad. Hashem received his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Texas in Arlington and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon.

Shirley Hunt

Cello

Noted for her stylish interpretations, luminescent stage presence, and ambitious collection of musical projects, Boston-based cellist and viola da gamba player Shirley Hunt brings fierce imagination and integrity to music of the Renaissance, Baroque, 20th and 21st centuries.

Shirley performs extensively with local and international period instrument ensembles including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Wiener Akademie, Agave Baroque, and Bach Collegium San Diego. Other recent engagements include performances with Archetti, Berkeley Symphony, Musica Pacifica, Mark Morris Dance Group, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony. Festival appearances include the New Hampshire Music Festival, Corona del Mar Baroque Festival, and the Berlekeley and Boston Early Music Festivals.

Equally at home on baroque and modern cello as well as the viola da gamba, Shirley embraces an astonishingly eclectic life as a multi-instrumentalist and collaborator. In addition to championing historical and contemporary art music, she improvises, plays jazz, writes string arrangements, and maintains fluency on a number of instruments designed by the 20th Century American composer Harry Partch.

A recipient of the Voices of Music Young Artist Award, Shirley holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Southern California, where her principal teachers were Hans Jensen, Ronald Leonard, and Mary Springfels. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, has served as a Visiting Teaching Artist at California Institute of the Arts, and has given master classes at Cornish College of the Arts, Willamette University, and the Oakwood Academy of Creative Education. She can be heard on the NCA and Origin Classics labels as well as on numerous pop/rock albums and feature film soundtracks.

Current projects include a complete recording of the cello suites and viola da gamba sonatas of J.S. Bach; performing and recording with chamber-jazz quintet Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble; and Bradamante, a duo collaboration with cellist Elinor Frey combining poetry, theater, and music for two cellos.

Steve Vacchi

Bassoon

Steve Vacchi is professor of bassoon at the University of Oregon, where he also coordinates the chamber music program. His teachers have included C. Robert Reinert, Rebecca Eldredge, Matthew Ruggiero, K. David Van Hoesen, Stephen Maxym, Frank Morelli, and William Ludwig. He holds degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. with high distinction/Performer’s Certificate), The Hartt School (M.M.), and Louisiana State University (D.M.A.), where he held a Board of Regents Fellowship. His dissertation is a “how-to” for bassoonists on fluttertongue and singing while playing; it focuses on five solo works requiring both techniques.

Vacchi’s recording credits include Argo, BMG Classics, Centaur, NMC (Israel), North Pacific, Sony Classical, Edward Hines Music, Equilibrium, 8 Bells Records, Origin Classical, Orange Mountain Music, and Imagine Music. He has performed in 23 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. In the U.S., Vacchi has performed with The Florida Orchestra, Santa Fe ProMusica, the Rhode Island, Tulsa, and Rochester Philharmonics, and the New World, Baton Rouge, Colorado, Honolulu, Kansas City, Oregon, Eugene, New Haven, and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. He is a member of the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Bach Festival, Arizona MusicFest, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (CA), and Music on the Hill (RI). He has performed in backup groups for such diverse artists as Michael Brecker, Victor Borge, Garrison Keillor, Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, The Moody Blues, and Peter Schickele. He has been a featured soloist in works by Haydn, Mozart, Strauss, J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Lindpaintner, Jurriaan Andriessen, Michael Daugherty, Walter Hartley, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Walter Mays, and Peter Hope.

An advocate of new music, Vacchi has performed more than 360 recently-composed works, including 105 premieres. A member of the Oregon Wind Quintet, he also performs with Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble, which features contemporary improvisation and jazz chamber music. Vacchi maintains interests in instrument collecting and early music, performing on dulcian, rackett, Baroque, Classical, and French bassoons. He has performed throughout the west coast as a Baroque bassoonist, including appearances with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Vancouver’s Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Vacchi’s biography is included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

Ryan Biesack

Drumset

Ryan Biesack is a drummer, percussionist and educator who maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the jazz, rock and improvised music worlds. He holds both a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Biesack has been an instructor of music and drum set at Oregon State University since 2009, where he teaches drum set, The History of Rock & Roll, Reggae History, and directs the OSU Jazz Ensemble.

Biesack has played professionally for over a decade, and has performed with Ron Miles, Hashem Assadullahi, Wayne Horvitz, Douglas Detrick, Ganesh Anandan, Konorak Reddy, Dylan Fowler, Halie Loren, Mile Denny and many others. In addition to being in demand locally as a performer and clinician, he has played and taught throughout the midwest, the west coast, New York City, India, South Korea and most recently in Nepal at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory. Biesack works with ensembles ranging in scope from straight-ahead and swinging to cutting edge, modern, improvised and new music.

Some of Biesack’s most recent playing can be heard with NYC based saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi’s Sextet, whose latest Origin Records release, “Pieces,” features dynamic original jazz compositions performed by a stellar line-up of musicians, featuring the unparalleled Ron Miles on trumpet. Ryan is also a Crescent Cymbals Artist as of 2013.