For Trees & Birds is a New York City based Indie Rock and Contemporary Jazz band that blends improvisation and rhythmic structure to create a "choir over groove" aesthetic. They are influenced by a wide range of artists such as Björk, Bill Frisell, Dirty Projectors, The second Miles Davis Quintet (1964-66), Radiohead, and the Bill Evans Trio (LaFaro & Motian). While the band’s sizable repertoire of original music (with a cover tossed in here or there) proves to be eclectic, For Trees & Birds is a group well rooted in jazz and alternative rock. They perform frequently in the New York City area, and have toured in California and Florida
Jasper Dutz is a multi instrumentalist, gamer, and composer who aims to project and promote creative sincerity not only in music, but in all mediums of art. As a performer, he seeks to push the boundaries of all his instruments and speak with a unique voice that can be identified as his own in any setting regardless of genre. As a composer, he chooses to write music that conveys stories that evoke feelings of nostalgia and mysticism. Outside of music, Jasper finds inspiration in nature, video games, science, and the lore of fictitious universes (eg. Lord of the Rings, Pokémon, Starcraft, Star Wars). A few of his creative influences include; Hayao Miyazaki, Björk, Junichi Masuda, Yasunori Mitsuda, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stan Lee.
Lee Meadvin is a guitarist raised in the New York suburbs. He started guitar at a very early age, and discovered improvised music in High School. He attended New York University as a music major and studied with some of the most renowned guitarists in the world. In addition to an active life as a performer, he writes and records pop music with a variety of projects. Along with reams of different kinds of music, he is influenced by quiet spaces, literature, and water. Sometimes he thinks he's a fish but deep down he knows he's not a fish.
Chris Gaskell is a bassist/composer native to Miami, FL. Raised in a musical household, Chris began playing guitar at 10 and eventually took to upright bass at 15. He progressed under the direction of Alex Berti, the Principal Bassist of the Miami Symphony. By his senior year of highschool he had been selected for both the Florida All State Orchestra and Jazz band. Chris graduated from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Although he comes from a jazz background, his music incorporates elements of latin music, indie rock, and hip hop into the traditional jazz platform. His goal is to make improvisation-based music that is accessible to all audiences, not just improvising musicians.
Connor Parks is a drummer native to Orlando, FL who began playing percussion at the age of 11. He picked up drum set 3 years later and is now an in demand musician in the NY scene. He began his studies at the University of Central Florida then transferred to the New School for Jazz where he worked and studied with artists such as Jane Ira Bloom, Reggie Workman, Matt Wilson, Ben Street, Aaron Parks, Billy Hart, and More. He has played at countless venues and has composed music for a variety of ensembles ranging from duos to nonets with strings.