“In Zucker’s almost confrontational writing I find the vision of one who is hugely expressive. Here is a young man with a profound sense of tone and colour and how it can be wrought from diverse instrumentation to be affectingly ‘cantorial’, expressive and hugely symphonic too.” — Raul da Gama, World Music Report
“Evergreen (Canceled World) totally lives up to its larger-than-life sweep and scope.” — Dave Wayne, All About Jazz
Dave Wayne, All About Jazz, The Delegation: Evergreen (Canceled World), 4 January 2017.
Raul da Gama, World Music Report, The Delegation: Evergreen (Canceled World) Review, 31 October 2016.
George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly, BIG SESSIONS: Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Basically Baker Vol 2, The Delegation: Evergreen (Canceled World), 12 January 2017.
Bird is the Worm, Recommended: The Delegation – Evergreen (Canceled World), 12 November 2016.
Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, Pianist/composer Gabriel Zucker, on creating 'a more thorough and complete expression about the world,' 25 October 2016.
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, Recommended Disc Picks for 2016.
Sylvannia Garutch, The Jazz Word, The Delegation – Evergreen (Canceled World), 14 November 2016.
American Composers Forum, Gabriel Zucker: Maximalism and Negative Space, 4 February 2015.
Jazz Speaks, Gabriel Zucker Speaks, 4 May 2014.
Indie jazz orchestra The Delegation is the latest incarnation of pianist and composer Gabriel Zucker's musical experimentation. The group combines Zucker's complex rhythms and harmonies and his maximalist approach with an impressive roster of improvisers from all walks of musical life. Dropped into to the mix are melodies and lyrics that belong principally to the world of indie rock, producing a singular take on improvisation in the 21st century. The group's musical philosophy has been profiled at length by the Jazz Gallery, the American Composers Forum, and the Ottawa Citizen.
In the group's debut season, Zucker was awarded an American Composers Forum JFund grant to write an ensemble-defining evening-length work. The evening-length result, Evergreen (Canceled World), was premiered in May 2014 to a full house at the Jazz Gallery in New York, and was awarded an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Evergreen is available now on ESP-Disk'.