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Jeff Arnal (b. 1971)

"A balletic sense of time and imaginative deployment of colour have combined into a highly original concept" The Wire, UK

Jeff Arnal studied with noted American composer Stuart Saunders Smith and visionary artist Milford Graves receiving an MFA in music from Bennington College. His music can be heard on a number of independent labels with releases on Mahakala Music, C3R Records, Clean Feed, Editions Brokenresearch, Generate, Leo and Public Eyesore. Arnal has performed and collaborated with a wide range of musicians throughout the U.S. and Europe with appearances at Ausland (Berlin), Berlin Exploratorium, deSingel (Antwerp), Issue Project Room (New York), German Nordwestradio - NDR (Bremen), Hallwalls (Buffalo), MATA (New York, Music Gallery (Toronto), Roulette (New York), and Vision Festival (New York). His collaborations with choreographers have been produced at PS 122, Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, Chocolate Factory, and Judson Church. In 2002, he co-founded Improvised and Otherwise, a multidisciplinary festival in Brooklyn, NY. Later he organized performances and sound installations at The Chocolate Factory in Queens, NY and served as curator of On The Way Out, a monthly music series he founded at Freddy’s Bar in Brooklyn, NY. From 2012-16 Arnal was a Senior Performance Specialist at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in Philadelphia, PA. Currently he is the executive director of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC.

2021 radio interview with Mike Watt (Minutemen/Firehouse) on the Watt from Pedro show: Listen to the interview.

Silver Ash 2012


Press Links

It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine - 2022 Drum Major Instinct / Interview
All About Jazz - 12/2011 Silver Ash
Squid's Ear - 12/2011 Silver Ash review
The Wire - 1/2010 Generate Records
All About Jazz - New York - 8/2009
Jeff Arnal : CD Roundup - One Final Note 2005


Selected Discography

• (2023) Astral Chronology with John Dierker (EP) - Mahakala
• (2022) Drum Major Instinct with Curt Cloninger (CD) - Mahakala
• (2012) Pail Bug with Dietrich Eichmann, John Hughes, Astrid Weins (CD) - Generate
• (2011) Silver Ash with Aaron Dugan, Casey Block (7") - Generate
• (2009) Brooklyn Mantra with Ernesto Diaz-Infante (7") - Generate
• (2009) Quadrologues with Seth Misterka, Nate Wooley, Reuben Radding (CD) - Clean Feed
• (2009) Dog Day with Aaron Dugan (CD) - C3R Records
• (2007) Live in Hamburg with Dietrich Eichmann (LP) - Broken Research
• (2006) Rogue States with Gordon Beeferman (CD) - Generate
• (2006) MEJA with Michael Evans (CD) - C3R Records
• (2006) Looking in My Ear with Lars Scherzberg, John Hughes (CD) - Creative Sources
• (2006) Transit with Seth Misterka, Nate Wooley, Reuben Radding (CD) - Clean Feed
• (2004) Red with Seth Misterka, Chris Dahlgren (3" CD) - Generate
• (2004) Mogami with Ryan Smith (CD) - Public Eyesore
• (2004) Rara Avis with Seth Misterka, Gordon Beeferman (CD) - Generate
• (2004) The Temperature Dropped Again with Dietrich Eichmann (CD) - Leo
• (2002) Tripwire with Lars Scherzberg, John Hughes (CD) - Generate
• (2001) Spy Satellite with John Dierker, Jonathan Vincent (CD) - Generate
• (2001) Top Floor Encounter with Lars Scherzberg, John Hughes (CD) Oaksmus
• (2001) Bodies of Water with Gordon Beeferman (CD) - Generate
• (2001) Badlands with Blaise Siwula, Vattel Cherry (CD) - Cadence Jazz
• (2000) Red Room with John Dierker (CD) - Generate
• (1999) Generations Duo with Philip Wofford (CD) - Generate


Astral Chronology

Astrum 1 (5:36)


Drum Major Instinct

Walking in Rotterdam (7:44)


Jeff Arnal Trio with John Dierker and Gordon Beeferman

Vision Festival 13 (7:19)

Pail Bug gen 18

Fifth Pail (7:06)

Silver Ash gen 17

Live on WFMU - Lifeboat / Intermission (9:22)