Ahmad Hassan Muhammad is a pianist and composer from Cincinnati, Ohio and a recent graduate of Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine, U.S.A). He began studying jazz in the ninth grade under the guidance of pianist William Menefield, who lit a fire inside of Ahmad through performing for his class one afternoon in the fall of 2002 at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. At Bowdoin College, Ahmad continued to grow as a pianist, composer and improviser under the inspiration and direction of Frank Mauceri, Naydene Bowder, Matthew Fogg and Steve Grover, and sought to expose his classmates, and audiences throughout New England, to jazz music and his other favorite improvisational activity, freestyle rapping. In his sophomore year at Bowdoin, Ahmad began commuting to Boston to study with pianist Aaron Goldberg—whose insightful mentorship pushed him even further—and to New York City, to study with other world-renowned improvisers such as Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby and Andy Milne. While on campus, Ahmad balanced an active performance career with passionate engagement with literature and philosophy. Having graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in English, Muhammad is currently based in Portland, Maine, and will be spending the fall touring concert venues and schools across the Northeast and Midwest with the ‘Improv Alive’ Collective.

 

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