A posting of a live recording of some new material Zygmon is doing from a show at Rockwood music hall in December of 2016. The song is adapted from limbindi and voices from Heart of the Forest by the Baka forest people of Cameroon. The original Zygmon’s version
Zygmon is a quartet I lead that plays instrumental adaptations of Cameroonian Baka Pygmy music. When I was nine years old I borrowed a book from my dad by Louis Sarno entitled “Song From the Forest:My Life Among the Pygmies”. What I read captivated me and was the beginning of a life long fascination with … Continue reading “The Genesis of Zygmon”
Common Quartet was born out of a group of friends hosting a weekly jam session in Brooklyn for three years. The Hive is their debut album featuring special guest Steve Cardenas.
Saxophonist/composer Seth Trachy was raised on a farm in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and spent his childhood exploring the Appalachian wilderness and absorbing the soulful sounds of artists such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding from his father’s record collection. Trachy received recognition early on in the Downbeat student music awards while attending high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Kenny Werner, Dave Douglas, Steve Cardenas, Peter Bernstein, Miguel Zenon, Henry Cole, Clarence Penn and Jeff Hirshfield..
Trachy relocated to New Jersey in 2000 to study on full scholarship at William Patterson University for two years before completing his studies at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. In 2005, Trachy was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Workshop as well as the Ravinia Jazz Festival. He has studied with Sam Yahel, Dave Tofani, Miguel Zenon, George Garzone, Armen Donelian, Joe Lovano, and Eddie Saulkin. In addition to studying jazz, Trachy has studied Indian classic music at the Ustad Alik Akbar Khan School of Music in San Rafael, California. He currently lives in Brooklyn working as a freelance saxophonist.
Zygmon performs modern instrumental adaptations of Cameroonian Baka pygmy music. Inspired by a lifelong fascination with Pygmy music from the Ituri Rainforest Trachy wrote a suit of compositions based on transcriptions of Baka music. After workshopping the repertoire for a year with bandmates Glenn Zaleski, Pablo Menares and Felix Lecaros Zygmon went into the studio to record the debut album with special guest Miguel Zenon.
%10 of all gross profits from Zygmon are donated to either Global Music Exchange or Survival International to help the Pygmies in their fight to not be evicted from their homelands.
Learn more about the Baka here