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 Innovation & Freedom, the Spirit of Jazz & Democracy. the Spirit of Innovation & Drumming, and the Mindset 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, Voice of America, Regis University Denver, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 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.
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 programming illuminates the similarities in the mindset of innovation across disciplines and the role of improvisation in that process. Both innovation and improvisation promote the exploration and embracing of different ideas and perspectives and the positive progress of thought, technology, art, and society as a whole. SI&F is a panel and concert format.
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. Solo Trio performances wow 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."
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.
Dominic Speaks at Tedx Greatmills
Dominic will speak at the TEDx Greatmills event on March 23rd. His talk will focus on the topics from the Spirit of Innovation & Freedom and the Spirit of Jazz & Democracy.
Spirit of InnoVation & Freedom at PAX NAval air museum
The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum will host the Spirit of Innovation & Freedom on January 12. The event will include a panel discussion on the mindset of innovation as well as a fully improvised concert by the SJD ensemble.
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