All of the Above is a Cincinnati-based sextet featuring Nave Graham (flute); Mikey Arbulu & Zack Stump (clarinet); Scott Jackson (violin); Yijia Fang (cello); Matthew Umphreys (piano) and David Abraham (percussion). All of the Above made their Carnegie Hall debut in December 2017 and their international debut in July 2017 as an ensemble-in-residence at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. All of the Above is currently in their third year as the ensemble-in-residence at Xavier University. The ensemble’s residency includes performances in the Xavier Music Department Concert Series as well as various ensemble coachings, recruiting of future music majors, masterclasses, and side-by-side performances with Xavier University students. Additionally, AOTA has been a Next:Generation ensemble with Concert:Nova since 2015. As part of this mentorship program, members of AOTA have been given the opportunity to perform alongside Concert:Nova artists while also participating in workshops on interactive performances, marketing, non-profit education, and improvisation.
All of the Above’s 2018 season included a concert series at the Cincinnati Art Museum in conjunction with a gallery opening by local Cincinnati artist Ana England, a featured concert at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music in New York City sponsored by the International Society of Contemporary Music, as well as a residency at the University of South Carolina with the new music organization CICA (Collaborations in Contemporary Art) and the Wired Music Concert Series. Most recently, AOTA returned to Carnegie Hall for a performance in the New York New Fusion Music Festival in Weill Recital Hall. Additionally, All of the Above’s premiere full length album featuring the music of Douglas Knehans and Edward Smaldone will be released on Ablaze records in 2019.