Trumpeter / Composer / Educator
photo by Scott Friedlander
Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia performs “traditional folk music from an imaginary place.” Formed in 2011, the quintet features Deutsch’s trumpet and compositions along with violinist Zach Brock and trombonist Ryan Keberle, atop the foundation of Gary Wang’s bass and a collection of percussion instruments from around the world played by Ronen Itzik. The band’s 2014 recording Another Time, Anther Place (Alternate Side Records) was chosen as an Editor’s Pick by DownBeat Magazine, which calls it a “well-planned, beautifully executed program” with “odd meters, unusual instrumentation, deep compositions, (and) a clearly drawn fantasy world.” Deutsch has recently joined with author Chris Tarry to create "The Road to Pannonia", a series of narrated pieces which bring the mythology of Pannonia to life.
New videos are up from Pannonia's performance at the 2016 Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Fest including the first two chapters of "The Road to Pannonia." Scroll down to watch!
Pannonia's First CD is available for purchase from CD Baby, Amazon & iTunes
Downbeat selected Another Time, Another Place as an editors pick for January 2014. Here's the full review:
BY FRANK ALKYER
Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia, Another Time, Another Place (Alternate Side)
You’ve got to love an album of “traditional folk music from an imaginary place,” which is what Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia delivers on Another Time, Another Place. This well-planned, beautifully executed program draws on influences from practically everywhere. Deutsch seems to be obsessive on details, and he’s hell-bent on making music that’s just a little (or perhaps a lot) different than what you’ve heard before. Deutsch has written a set of 10 songs that seem to serve as the soundtrack to a movie script yet to be written. And he starts with excellent source material. Prior to recording the album, Deutsch had gone back and reread one of his favorite books, Tom Robbins’ 1984 novel Jitterbug Perfume. Five of the tunes on this recording were inspired by the book, including the driving “Bingo’s Bees” and the intensely beautiful “K23.” In creating this world, Deutsch shows incredible humor, too, especially on “Serious Beets,” a tune he calls the Pannonian drinking song. The song is a hoot, with bassist Gary Wang bowing as if he were stumbling down a Pannonian boulevard. Of the other five tunes, two are part of what Deutsch calls an “unusual modes of transportation suite.” “Dirigible” and “Funicular” are both terrific. The other three tunes provide great opportunities for the band to stretch out. My favorite of these is “Kék Szín,” which is Hungarian for “blues.” It’s a great, toe-tapping wonder of Eastern European soul that highlights this fascinating band—Deutsch on trumpet, Zach Brock on violin, Brian Drye on trombone, Wang on bass and Ronen Itzik playing ridiculously fine percussion. Even here, Deutsch and company prove to be fantastic storytellers. The solos are superb, and Deutsch makes great use of off-mic instruments soloing, almost as if to offer the audience a stage whisper about what’s happening in the studio. Odd meters, unusual instrumentation, deep compositions, a clearly drawn fantasy world: That’s Pannonia. That’s Josh Deutsch. If you want to see this band live, check out their CD release gig on Feb. 11 at Korzo in Brooklyn.
"Pannonia...unfolds as a suite of tiny, amiable vignettes...piquantly lyrical...tightly improvised." - Fred Bouchard, NYC Jazz Record
More videos of the band are available at my YouTube Page