“The music glows with a banked-fire intensity, a quiet inner flame that... draws [the listener] closer to its warmth."
- John Chacona, All About Music
"[His second album] is a distinctive, deeply probing, creatively conceived, beautifully executed work."
- Thomas Conrad, Stereophile Magazine
Bass player and composer Noah Garabedian holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from the The University of California Los Angeles, and a Master's of Music Performance from New York University. He is a 2022 Calouste Gulbenkian In View grant recipient; 2021 Artist Fellow with Creative Armenia and AGBU; 2022 and 2016 Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient; 2011 finalist for the International Society of Double Bass Competition; 2007 finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz; 2006 John Coltrane National Scholarship recipient.
As an educator Mr. Garabedian was a visiting professor through Fulbright to teach jazz music for one month at Silpakorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand as well as at the São Paulo State Music School - EMESP Tom Jobim. He currently works with the music outreach program at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Jazz For Young People. He is also currently part-time faculty at The New School in New York City and works at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. In the past he has served as adjunct faculty at NYU, and taught with The Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall.
As a composer and bandleader, Noah has released two albums under his own name, as well as one album as a part of the trio collective, Ember. In October 2020 he premiered a commission from the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, entitled “The Tragedy of Hate.” His latest quartet album, “Consider The Stars Beneath Us,” was released on Outside In Music in October 2022. He is also the musical director for the dance show, “Rhythm Is Life,” featuring choreographer and world-renowned tap dancer Dormeshia.
As a sideman, Mr. Garabedian has performed and toured with Ravi Coltrane, Jeff Tain Watts, Andy Milne, Kris Davis, Ralph Alessi, Myron Walden, Nir Felder, Frank LoCrasto, Okkervil River, and Julian Pollack. Mr. Garabedian has represented the US State Department on two separate tours as a musical ambassador where he performed for the public, taught workshops on music, and collaborated with local musicians.
In October 2020, he premiered a new composition, The Tragedy of Hate, commissioned by the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College. The piece was inspired by stories and pictures of survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of those events.
"...Noah is a positively organic bass player, an incredible artist..."
- David Wiegand, of The San Francisco Chronicle