BIO

“Ned Ferm has become an institution in and unto himself.”
– Copenhagen Jazzhouse Program, July 2015

Biography

Ned Ferm is an internationally acclaimed performing and recording multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, improviser, producer, composer, educator, and organizer. Already, he is known as an important contributor to Jazz, Rock, Folk, Pop, and Roots music. Perhaps best known for his work on saxophone, his artistic voice has been heard throughout Europe and North America on stages and recordings and in classrooms since he began playing the violin at age four. Born in 1982, and raised on a farm on an island off the coast of Maine, Ned fell in love with music at a very early age and has amassed an impressive resume. Whether he is playing huge concert halls in Italy or recording in the deep woods of Canada; giving a master class to conservatory students in Estonia or teaching beginners in Denmark; organizing school concerts or an entire festival on Mount Desert Island in Maine; Ferm always brings with him the professionalism and charisma that has allowed him to flourish around the world.

As an Artist

  • Performed/recorded with: John Parish, Mark Howard, Yusef Lateef, Roswell Rudd, Airto Moriera, Jorge Rossy, Ben Street, Tyshawn Sorey, Jakob Bro, Jacob Anderskov, Kresten Osgood, Thomas Morgan, Mark Guiliana, MØ, Warren Smith, Steve Swell, Teitur, Kira Skov, Maria Faust, and many more
  • Performed/recorded on: saxophones, clarinets, flutes, vocals, keyboards/synthesizers, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, violin, banjo, mandolin
  • Featured on more than 30 recordings released internationally (please see “discography” page)
  • First recording as a bandleader, “Spent All The Money,” released in 2014 on Stunt Records to critical acclaim
  • Leads and co-leads several groups, including: Ned Ferm’s Spent All The Money Band, The Homies, The Lying Kings, The Middle Earth Quartet, The Cabin Project, The Ned Ferm Failure, The Magic Johnsons, The Ferm/Osgood Duo, and an untitled sci-fi 60 minute voyage dedicated to the great science fiction film soundtracks
  • 2006-2013: Artistic Director at Bar Harbor Jazz Festival


As an Educator

  • Early 2016: Guest saxophone and ensemble instructor and lecturer in Tallinn and Viljandi, Estonia
  • Guest ensemble director and teacher at various European Conservatories (University and High School levels) and Jazz Camps (all levels) since 2001
  • Private instructor on all instruments, theory, composition, arranging, and improvisation since 1996
  • Saxophone and Clarinet instructor at Hillerød Night Music School for Adults (Denmark) since 2013
  • Spring 2013: Interim High School Instrumental Music Director (leading Concert Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Big Bands and Small Ensembles, Wind Ensembles, Jazz Improvisation/Theory Classes)
  • 2006-2013: Jazz Big Band & Small Ensemble Director at Mount Desert Island High School
  • Fall 2009: Interim Music Teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School
  • 2006-2008: General Music Teacher at Islesford Elementary School
  • 1996-1998: Saxophone Instructor at the Summer Festival of the Arts (SFOA)


As a Student

  • 2013-2015: Attended & graduated the Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) with an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma / Soloist Line of Study (A.P.D., equivalent to a PhD in Saxophone Performance)
  • 2001-2006: Attended & graduated RMC with a M.A. and B.A. in Saxophone Performance
  • 1999-2001: Attended William Paterson University (WPU) as a Jazz Studies Major on saxophone
  • 1996-1999: Attended & graduated Mount Desert Island High School (Bar Harbor, Maine)
  • 1987-1996: Attended & graduated Mount Desert Elementary School (Northeast Harbor, Maine)


Awards, Nominations & Honors

  • The first American ever accepted into RMC and first to complete the B.A., M.A., and A.P.D. (Soloist Line) programs
  • 2014 Danish Music Award (Grammy) for “Jazz Release of the Year” with Maria Faust Sacrum Facere (won)
  • 2014 Carl Nielsen Prize for “Roots Recording of the Year” with Ned Ferm Spent All The Money (nominated)
  • 2014 Estonian Music Award (Grammy) for “Jazz Release of the Year” with Maria Faust Sacrum Facere (nominated)
  • 2003 Danish Music Award (Grammy) for “Jazz Discovery of the Year” with Anderskov Accident (won)
  • Awarded “Outstanding Soloist Awards” at the Maine State Jazz Festival seven times in six years (1994-1999)
  • The first High School Junior ever accepted early into WPU’s Jazz Program
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