Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Band/Artist Name: KROM

Band/Artist Name: KROM
Album Name: KROM
Website Address: http://kromtrio.com/
Music Style: Jazz

With their fresh, genre-crossing sound, KROM is making a name for themselves as an up-and-coming force in today’s music scene.  Unafraid to push boundaries, this ensemble creates music that reflects their affinity for rock and jazz music resulting in a sound that is powerful and unpredictable.

This New York City-based band, led by pianist Adam Kromelow and featuring drummer Jason Burger and bassist Raviv Markovitz, gained quick attention with the release of their debut album “Youngblood” on ZOHO Records (Released under the band name Adam Kromelow Trio).  This album, which was produced by GRAMMY-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill, reached number fourteen on the College Music Journal radio charts and was widely acclaimed by critics.  It was picked as one of the Top Ten CDs of 2012 by the Philadelphia Inquirer, named the Debut Album of the Year by Nippertown Magazine and hailed as “one of the most captivating discs by a jazz trio in years” by the Toledo Blade.  Their second album, self-titled KROM, will be released on March 11th, 2014.

KROM has played in some of New York’s most prominent venues such as Long Island’s famed Paramount Theater where they opened for the world-renowned rock/world music group Rusted Root.  They have also headlined at Iridium Jazz Club, the Jazz Gallery, and the New Trier Jazz Festival. Further, these three musicians as individuals have performed throughout the United States with jazz luminaries such as Bob Mintzer, Kenny Werner, DJ Logic, and Matt Wilson, as well as famed artists outside of the jazz world including international pop stars Feist, Andrew Bird, and Young The Giant.


Described as “The real deal” by All About Jazz, and “a sensational pianist, and brilliant young musician” by the Buffalo News, pianist Adam Kromelow is making a strong name for himself in today’s music scene. Originally from the north suburbs of Chicago, Adam moved to New York City to study at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music from which he graduated in 2011. In school he was extremely fortunate to study with modern jazz piano icons Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer.

Aside from his trio, Adam has been performing actively throughout the country with numerous different ensembles.  In the winter of 2010, he made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a guest soloist for their Welcome Yule concerts at Chicago’s Symphony Hall.  In addition, Adam was selected by pianist Brad Mehldau to perform in his solo piano master class held by the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop.

Adam has had the honor of performing alongside such jazz luminaries as Bob Mintzer, Jon Irabagon, and DJ Logic, and is the current touring pianist with popular R&B singer and America’s Got Talent finalist Alice Tan Ridley.  He was also recently commissioned to compose and conduct a piece for the grammy-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Adam’s piano playing has earned him numerous awards including the Downbeat Magazine award for outstanding jazz performance, and the Manhattan School of Music President's award.



Raviv Markovitz, 22, is an acoustic and electric bassist originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, and is a recent graduate of Columbia University in New York City. Raviv won 3rd place in the 2011 International Society of Bassists Jazz Bass Competition and was selected as one of 15 semifinalists for the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition, which is widely considered the most prestigious competition in jazz.  He was also selected to the 2010 YoungArts Jazz Combo, and was a member of the 2009 GRAMMY Band, where he performed at Grammy-related events in Los Angeles.

Raviv has toured and performed internationally and within the United States at venues such as the Berklee Performance Center and Symphony Hall in Boston, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India, the Iowa City Jazz Festival in Iowa City, Jazzkeller in Frankfurt, among many others. He has performed with some of jazz’s leading artists including Joe Lovano, Cassandra Wilson, Matt Wilson, Makoto Ozone, and Jimmy Heath, among others, and has studied with musicians such as Charlie Banacos, Matt Penman, Bruce Gertz, John Clayton, Mark Helias, and Ben Waltzer.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, raised in Orange County, CA, and now residing in New York, NY, drummer/percussionist/producer/composer/educator Jason Burger began his musical journey at age five with piano lessons. It wasn’t until the age of eleven that he began to play the drum set and soon his passion for music, and drumming in particular, became the central focus of his life. Now 23 years of age, Jason is a recent graduate of Manhattan School of Music, and has performed at several major New York venues including the Blue Note, Terminal 5, Bowery Ballroom, the Jazz Gallery, Smalls, Mercury Lounge, City Winery, and the Knitting Factory with a wide range of ensembles of varying musical styles. Recently, Jason has begun performing with legendary jazz pianists Kenny Werner and Ted Rosenthal.

He is also one of the founding members of the production company Mason Jar Music (masonjarmusic.com), where he works as a producer and session drummer/percussionist. Since its inception in 2010, Mason Jar Music has worked with such artists as Feist, Alicia Keys, the Wood Brothers, Abigail Washburn, and Andrew Bird. Jason has co-produced recordings, helped to put together ensembles, acted as a musical director, and performed as a drummer/percussionist for several of MJM's projects. Musi  that he has co-written and/or performed has been featured on MTV, The EntertainmentNetwork, the Food Network, and NPR.

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