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Garrett Wingfield

Los Angeles based saxophonist and composer Garrett Wingfield leads, plays with, and composes for multiple ensembles that perform often around the United States. His contemporary jazz octet, The Octopod, performs compositions and arrangements that feature highly orchestrated sections integrated with free improvisation. Wingfield won a 2018 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his composition "Berne Center," which is on the Octopod's most recent album, "Monoliths and Sepulchres." His other projects include Los Angeles based and co-led quartet, Off Cell, which explores the more punk-minded side of jazz while still playing compelling compositions that unfold in unexpected ways. The chamber ensemble Ptyx Trio features woodwinds, harp/vocals, and guitar, and explores textural soundscapes and interlocking counterpoint while working to incorporate written material in novel ways that make the listener question whether the music is composed or improvised. Nothing Machine is Wingfield's variable size saxophone ensemble that performs graphic scores and text scores alongside some traditionally notated material. Wingfield also has a background writing for large jazz ensemble. He has both recorded with and written arrangements for many well renowned soloists, such as Andy Martin, Arturo Sandoval, Greg Gisbert, Chuck Findley, and the One O' Clock Lab Band. Recently he contributed an arrangement to a recording project for His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand. His original composition, “Anthropoidea,” won a Downbeat Student Music Award for best Graduate Jazz Composition. The former Director of Jazz Ensembles at Texas Woman's University, Wingfield is also in demand as a teacher and clinician at the high school and college level.