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Ted Taforo is a performer, composer, and educator known for his versatility, unique compositions, and powerful saxophone sound. Ted is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and California Institute of The Arts.
Recent projects include Us from Spoon's Hot Thoughts on Matador Records, Duncan Thum's soundtrack for season 3 of the Netflix Original Series Chef's Table, Ted's second solo album You Are, and Snow Nerds' Gup Life on Orenda Records. Ted teaches woodwinds at The Rhodes School of Music in Los Angeles and is a resident artist for the Music Immersion Experience (MIE) at Roosevelt Elementary School in San Gabriel, CA.
"Ted Taforo is a fantastic saxophonist with a vision of the future of improvised music. Keep your eye on him."
- Charles Pillow
"In my opinion Ted Taforo is one of the bright shining lights in the current crop of young creative musicians in the new millenium. He possesses all of the intelligence and technical wizardry found among his peers plus a profound sense of humanity. Notes are not wasted, there is a story that is central to his improvisational excursions, and most importantly, he always lets his heart govern his choices."
- Larry Koonse
"Ted is one rare flowering plant in the arid landscape of the desert chaparral. His open spirit allows him to experiment and flourish in a number of improvisational contexts. That's hard to find."
- Mark Ferber
"Ted Taforo has immense talent that manages to push almost every boundary."
-Emily Perlman, Open Ears Music
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