Peter Apfelbaum & The New York Hieroglyphics

The continuation of the Hieroglyphics Ensemble, the 14-piece New York Hieroglyphics has been Apfelbaum's main vehicle for his large-ensemble music since 2003. In 2007 Apfelbaum wrote and toured "Aural Histories - Nine Lives", a suite commissioned by Chamber Music America and featuring Malian vocalist and griot Abdoulaye Diabate. The group plans to record the piece in the Spring of 2015.


In 2003 composer John Zorn celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his band Masada by inviting Apfelbaum and various other artists to each pick a composition from the vast Masada repertoire to cover for the CD Voices In The Wilderness (Tzadik). Apfelbaum chose "Acharei Mot", rearranging and recording it with a Septet of NY Hieroglyphics musicians. After the initial statement of Zorn's darkly majestic theme, the piece develops into something entirely different, growing and building and finally falling apart before the reprise of the theme at the end.


Peter Apfelbaum
(tenor sax/organ/drums)

Charlie Burnham

David Phelps

Patrice Blanchard

Dafnis Prieto

Hiawatha Lockport 
(de-tuned organ)

Aaron Johnston 
(recording engineer)