Co-Founder/Creative Director A composer and saxophonist specializing in combining multiple musical styles, Anthony is the composer of The Spectacular War Museum an eight-hour long suite of music for nine players. The piece combines the power and spectacle of a jazz quintet with the subtly and precision of a string quartet. The Spectacular War Museum is based on a short cycle of poems Cekay wrote in 2005, which tell of the life and times of the devil, humanized and brought to life on earth. When performed at length, the suite includes eight hours of music for jazz quintet combined with string quartet.
The Spectacular War Museum featured on NPR Music:
Born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois, Anthony holds a masters degree for The City College of New York and undergraduate degrees from The University of Louisville and currently resides in New York City. He performs regularly with drummer Christian Coleman creating improvised jazz duets.
In addition to The Spectacular War Museum, Anthony performs regularly with singer/guitarist Julie Kathryn in the band The Devastating Strength. Taking its name from Bruce Springsteen’s For You, The Devastating Strength originated as a blues duo and now performs with a full cadre of players.
Here are some excerpts from The Spectacular War Museum:
Here is an early duo performance by The Devastating Strength:
Here is a performance of improvised duets featuring Anthony Cekay and Christian Coleman:
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