Biography:Although currently living and working in the San Francisco Bay area, Mr. Connah originally hails from Baltimore, Maryland. According to biographical info provided by the Jazzschool website (http://www.jazzschool.com/connah.htm) it was here that "his early training was provided by Dr. Asher Zlotnik from 1976 to 1978. These lessons were so crucial and epiphanous that, really, everything since has been more or less superfluous."
Subsequent to this, and for the bulk of the '80's, Connah lived in Santa Cruz where "he collected jazz records, did the usual circuit of rancid little lounge gigs that we all do, and hosted a jazz radio show on the local NPR station. During this time he took three years of legit piano lessons from Richard Hindman." (http://www.jazzschool.com/connah.htm) Furthermore, Santa Cruz is where his association with Ben Goldberg originated, as did his friendship with drummer Smith Dobson, Jr. (who has performed as a member of the Sour Note ensembles). It was also during this period that Mr. Connah recorded with guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, members of Camper van Beethoven, and was a member of the band Wrestling Worms.
Since relocating to San Francisco in 1990, Connah has obtained a Master's degree in composition from Mills College; was a member of the After the End of the World Coretet; has performed live with clarinetist Ben Goldberg's Brainchild, Pittsburgh's "post-jazz" ensemble WaterShed 5tet, saxophonist Dan Plonsey's Large Ensemble, composer/sound designer Dave Slusser, improvising saxophonist Giani Gebbia, experimental vocalist Bonnie Barnett, and r&b vocalist Brenda Boykin; has recorded with "out-there" rock band The Code, and prog-psych rock band Mushroom (with Patrick O'Hearn); and contributed a track to the Wavelength Infinity: A Sun Ra Tribute 2cd set (also on Rastascan).
But over the past six years, most of Connah's energy has been devoted to composing for and performing/recording with the Sour Note personnel.
CDs on which Graham Connah appears: