photo: Thomas Lee

Peter Evans has been a member of the New York musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet. Peter currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber orchestras, free improvised settings, electro-acoustic music, jazz and composition.

As a performer, Evans has been working to broaden the expressive range of his chosen instrument and enjoys playing with steady configurations of players and composers. Current bands include the Peter Evans Trio, Quartet and Quintet, Moppa Elliott's terrorist bebop band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hyperactive improvisation duo Sparks (with Tom Blancarte), duo with trumpeter Nate Wooley, as well as a sustained interest in solo performance. Other projects include two collaborative trios: one with Mary Halvorson and Weasel Walter, and Pulverize the Sound with Tim Dahl and Mike Pride. He also collaborates frequently with saxophonist Evan Parker, in small groups as well as being a member of Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. Other collaborators have included: Peter Brotzmann, Barry Guy, Clayton Thomas, Jim Black, Okkyung Lee, Sam Pluta, Zach Hill, Steve Shick, John Zorn, David Taylor, Eric Boeren, John Hebert, Kassa Overall, Mats Gustafsson, Agusti Fernandez, Ricardo Gallo and Axel Dörner.

In New York, Peter also performs contemporary notated music and is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). This group focus premieres many new works from young composers as well as 20th century classics by composers such as Iannis Xenakis and Edgard Varese. Peter is also an experienced teacher, having given workshops on music, trumpet, and improvisation at institutions including the University of California in San Diego, the Birmingham Conservatoire, The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University and the Hochschule für Musik Köln. In June 2008 Peter traveled to the Philippines with the Cultures in Harmony project, teaching, collaborating and performing with tribal musicians in Mindanao. Evans has performed at many of the major festivals for Jazz and Improvised Music, including the Moers Festival, the Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon Festival, Jazz em Agosto in Lisbon, Jazz a Mulhouse, Warsaw Jazz Days, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and Jazz Middelheim in Antwerp. In 2010 Evans had compositions premiered at the Darmstadt and Donaueschingen Musiktage Festivals, and was named as one of the top 5 "Musicians of the Year" for the second year in a row by All About Jazz New York.