Dominic Fragman is a unique and exciting artist. He is a world renown multi-instrumentalist, performer, educator, lecturer, and program designer who's work focuses on improvisation, innovation, and freedom. He is a direct descendant of the lineage of groundbreaking jazz musicians including iconic masters, Paul F. Murphy, Larry Willis, and Cecil Taylor.
Fragman is the co-founder of the Spirit of Jazz & Democracy, the Spirit of Innovation & Freedom, the Spirit of Innovation & Drumming, and the Mind Set of Innovation. His programming and work with Paul F. Murphy, Larry Willis, poet laureate Jere Carroll, and philosopher Dr. Sybol Anderson has been recognized as historic. Fragman has formed partnerships for his work with Zildjian, Loyola University of New Orleans, Maryland Humanities, Voice of America, Regis University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and others.
The Spirit of Jazz & Democracy (SJD) is a program of interactive lectures, concerts, workshops, and masterclasses that highlight the congruency of jazz and democracy and focus on the role of improvisation and innovation in the expansion of freedom and the betterment of the human condition. SJD features 100% improvised concerts by Paul F. Murphy and Larry Willis with guest performances by poet laureate Jere Carroll and multi -instrumentalist Dominic Fragman. The program has been recognized as historic and Oxford's Grove Music Dictionary has noted the music as "a new direction in jazz and art.
Spirit of Innovation & Freedom
Innovation is essential to the expansion of freedom. Advancements in information and technology facilitate progress in thinking and doing for the community as a whole. The Spirit of Innovation & Freedom brings into the focus the similarities in the process of innovation across disciplines. The program begins with a panel discussion on the role of improvisation and free thinking in the expansion of information. Paul F. Murphy and Dominic Fragman speak on the topic in regard to music. Pierre Sprey, conceptual designer of the F-16 and the A-1, speaks on the topic in regard to aerodynamics. Following the panel is a fully improvised concert featuring the Spirit of Jazz & Democracy ensemble.
The Spirit of Innovation & Drumming is a customizable program of music presentation and education that promotes development and evolution. Each event is led by Master drummer, Paul F. Murphy, and multi-instrumentalist, Dominic Fragman. Together they offer performances, clinics, and workshops that focus on improvisation and innovation in music and drumming.
Guitar, drum set and singing, simultaneously. The Solo Trio is Fragman's vehicle for intense, captivating songs interweaved by exhilarating improvisations drawing from African, Brazilian, Eastern, Jazz, and Rock influences. His performances have been wowing audiences and are often lauded as mind-blowing, sensational experiences. After seeing Fragman perform, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russel commented, "It's amazing. Had I not seen it I wouldn't have been able to imagine it."
MindSet of Innovation
Innovation is an integral part of democracy and freedom. The Mindset of Innovation programming fosters and facilitates freedom by teaching and promoting free-thinking, self-liberation, and the peaceful tolerance of ideas and truths.
Spirit of jazz & democracy at Regis University
Regis University of Denver will host the Spirit of Jazz & Democracy for a workshop and concert on Monday, September 24th. The workshop and the concert are free and open to the public.
The Mindset of Innovation at SMCM
Dominic Fragman will be teaching the Mindset of Innovation at St. Mary's College for the DeSousa-Brent Scholars program. The DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program cultivates the academic and leadership potential of talented students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
The Zildjian family welcomes dominic fragman
On Monday June 11, 2018, the Zildjian family welcomed Dominic Fragman as a new artist. Fragman hand selected a new set of Avedis cymbals with the help and hospitality of the Zildjian artist relations team: Sarah Hagan and Emily Smith. Zildjian celebrates 400 years of making cymbals this year.Zildjian and Fragman will be collaborating on programming for the Spirit of Innovation & Drumming.
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