Max Abrahams

Musician, Composer, Teacher


Max Bio PictureMax Abrahams is a performing musician and composer currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music degree (Jazz and Commercial Music with a concentration in Bass) and is well versed in multiple styles and genres of music. While in Denver he was able to perform in a broad spectrum of musical ensembles including multiple jazz trios and quartets, the progressive instrumental group Bokonon, and the Lamont Symphony. His musical endeavors have lead him all over the world, including five months studying traditional African music and South African jazz at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. While abroad he had the opportunity to immerse himself in the diverse culture of South Africa. He performed traditional dances from Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa, and learned how to play South Africa’s own Zulu drum. He also had the opportunity to study South Africa’s Jazz music and perform throughout the Durban area. After graduating from the University of Denver in the Spring of 2010, one of his quartets was selected to play in the Villard de Lans Jazz Festival in Southern France. Performing all original tunes the quartet was able to share its uniquely American music to an international audience. As a composer he is currently working on a project, mixing the rhythmic sensibilities he studied in Africa, with the melodies of East Asia and the contemporary sound of today’s American jazz music. He also fiddles around on his laptop making/producing music.