Steve Lehman

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This article is about the musician. For the photographer, see Steve Lehman (photographer).
Steve Lehman
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Background information
Born 1978
Genres Jazz
Experimental music
Instruments Alto saxophone
Sopranino saxophone

Steve Lehman (born 1978, New York City)[1] is a composer and saxophonist in the genres of jazz and experimental music. His compositions have been performed by a number of international performers and orchestras. As a performer, Lehman leads a number of his own ensembles and performs frequently as a sideman with artists like Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, and Jason Moran. His recording Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi Recordings 2009) was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times.[2] Lehman’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, Down Beat magazine, The New York Times,[3][4][5] Newsweek, and The Wire,[6] National Public Radio,[7][8][9] and the BBC. Lehman was a Fulbright scholar from 2002-2003.[1] He holds a B.A.(2000) and M.A.(2002) in Composition from Wesleyan University[1] and received his D.M.A. (2012) with distinction in Music Composition from Columbia University.


  • Mise En Abîme (PI Recordings, 2014)
  • Dialect Fluorescent (Pi Recordings, 2012)
  • Kaleidoscope and Collage (Intakt, 2011)
  • Dual Identity (Clean Feed, 2010) (with Rudresh Mahanthappa)
  • Travail, Transformation and Flow (Pi Recordings, 2009)
  • Door (Pi Recordings, 2008)
  • On Meaning (Pi Recordings, 2007)
  • Manifold (Clean Feed, 2007)
  • Demian as Posthuman (Pi Recordings, 2005)
  • Simulated Progress (Pi Recordings, 2005)
  • Interface (Clean Feed, 2004)
  • Artificial Light (FSNT Records, 2004)


  1. ^ a b c "Steve Lehman". Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Chinen, Nate (December 18, 2009). "Free Jazz, Futurism, Funk and Ferocity". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Chinen, Nate (2012-03-23). "A Flamenco-Playing Sitar and an Asymmetrical Groove". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  4. ^ Smith, Steve (2011-03-20). "A Complex Jazzman, Informed by His Classical Side". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  5. ^ Chinen, Nate (June 9, 2009). "Finding an Asymmetrical Pulse With a Jagged Rhythm". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Adventures In Sound And Music: Issues". The Wire. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  7. ^ Jackson, Josh (2009-05-26). "The Checkout". The Checkout. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  8. ^ "Steve Lehman, Finding A Computer-Assisted 'Flow'". NPR. 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  9. ^ Jackson, Josh (2012-03-27). "Steve Lehman Trio: Operating Inside The Matrix". NPR. Retrieved 2012-06-08.