Leon Gruenbaum : Keys, Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee

Leon GruenbaumLeon Gru­en­baum has been a vital force in the New York music scene for near­ly 30 years. After ear­ly clas­si­cal train­ing on piano and clar­inet, Mr. Gru­en­baum devel­oped an inter­est in jazz, funk and avant-garde music.

Mr. Gru­en­baum con­ceived of the world’s first rel­a­tivis­tic music key­board, a patent­ed MIDI con­troller called the Sam­chillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee. He has record­ed and per­formed inter­na­tion­al­ly with this instru­ment with gui­tarist Ver­non Reid (Liv­ing Colour), James Blood Ulmer and many oth­ers.

He also plays this key­board while vocal­iz­ing in his most recent project, “Cre­ative Apoc­a­lypse”.  He also recent­ly led a band, “Genes and Machines”, which fea­tures – in addi­tion to anoth­er vocalist/keyboardist – two drum­mers, one acoustic and one elec­tron­ic.  Genes and Machines has per­formed at the Stone, BAM­Cafe, and reg­u­lar­ly at Nublu.

In 2003–4 Mr. Gru­en­baum was a vis­it­ing artist at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, where he led stu­dents in an “Inter­ac­tive Anti-Fash­ion Show”

Artists with whom he has per­formed on Sam­chillian include The Roots, Ver­non Reid, Cha­ka Khan (Sum­mer­stage ’99), Nana Vas­con­ce­los (Pat Metheny’s per­cus­sion­ist), Cyro Bap­tista (Paul Simon’s per­cus­sion­ist), Mic­ah Gaugh, Beans (Warp Records) , Aaron Comess (Spin Doc­tors), and M.C.P.S.