Graduate Student Spotlights

Avi Granite

Jazz Studies

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
The Graduate Jazz Performance Program at NYU Steinhardt is the best I could find. The Faculty is world class, including many of my musical heroes. The city of New York is the center of my musical universe and the opportunity to study, live and experience all it has to offer while earning my Masters Degree was to good to pass up.
My inspiration is:
a desire to express/communicate my experiences through musical composition and improvisation. In short, to comment on humanity through emotion art.
I would like to be remembered for:
Pushing the boundaries of my art form, specifically as a progressive composer/musician.
Something I collect:
Why I went to Graduate School:
To further my skills as a performer, to better myself as an educator and to study with the best.
My best job ever:
Performing with my international quartet in Zurich, Switzerland.
A hobby I have is:
Watching and playing Basketball.
The professor who influenced me the most:
that's tough, I'd have to say Brad Shepik
My favorite place to study is:
Bobst library
My best commuity service experience:
Composing music for a dance performance to raise awareness and funds for a Women's shelter.
My secret passion is:
If I could take a year off I would:
Travel to the far East and compose music in a log cabin in a forest somewhere.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Toronto, Canada
What are your plans after you graduate?
To record and perform new music as well as teach and share my experiences at a college leve.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
-Grants to Individual Musicians Non-Classical - Canada Council for the Arts (Commissioned compositions and residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts). -Grants for Sound Recording Non-Classical - Canada Council for the Arts (Recorded a CD with my group "A
Community Service and Other Activities:
-Performed at numerous fundraisers over the years, specifically for Breast Cancer and Women's Shelters. -Volunteered as an ensemble leader at Unionville High School.