Cyrus von H and the Hat Music
draws disparate worlds together into a cohesive and madly musical experience that defies classification.
Original songs by the pianist, singer and songwriter Cyrus von Hochstetter marry elements of jazz, folk and blues into dexterous solo and group performances, performed side by side with new arrangements of works by A. Schönberg.
Experimental, witty, sexy and surprising, Cyrus von H and the Hat Music grabs you by the gin joint and seduces you into a 1920’s speakeasy, feel-easy groove, lures you across Billboard charts into the scruff of coyote country, swings by the Mississippi Delta to holler the blues and finally, leaves you spent and coddled in a NYC nightclub, nearly straining to savor every last moment of his lush performance with the Hat Music.
The band includes:
Austin Becker - alto saxophone
Jim Fryer - trombone
Carmen Rothwell - bass
Michael W. Davis - drums
Cyrus von Hochstetter
Pianist, composer, singer and bandleader Cyrus von Hochstetter has developed a uniquely personal musical style, a reflection of his extensive training in classical and jazz, yet steeped in a multitude of influences and genres.
Cyrus met with early success by winning a Young Lions Jazz Award, which led to performances at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in 2004 and 2005. Moving to New York, his band mixing musicians from jazz, opera and classical netted a Downbeat award in 2009 for Best Performance. As a soloist, Cyrus has played at Theater Rigiblick in Zurich, the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, the Caramoor Music Festival in Katonah, NY and at the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv. He recorded “Hat Music,” an album of jazz, pop, rock, funk, country and bluegrass that features Larry Campbell, Stephane Wrembel and Ryan Keberle, among others.
His current band, Cyrus von H and the Hat Music, has performed at Joe’s Pub in NYC among other venues. In conjunction with the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Cyrus helped to develop a community music program and free concerts. His series of monthly musical salons, “Piano on Park,” brings the work of diverse musicians before a dedicated audience.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Cyrus studied with jazz pianists Garry Dial and Jason Moran. He earned a masters degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since 2008, Cyrus has studied piano and performance under Zitta Zohar, counterpoint and music theory with Paul Caputo and composition with Ira Taxin.