Competition: US & Canada
Anna Webber (b. 1984) is a New York-based flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live the overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. With her Simple Trio, featuring drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Matt Mitchell, she has released two critically acclaimed albums on Skirl Records: Binary (2016) and SIMPLE (2014).
In addition to the Simple Trio, Webber leads the septet Percussive Mechanics, with which she has released two albums on Pirouet Records: Refraction (2014) and Percussive Mechanics (2013). Her other projects include a quartet with Jonathan Goldberger, Michael Bates, and Jeff Davis; a big band co-lead with Angela Morris; Jagged Spheres with Devin Gray and Elias Stemeseder; and The Hero of Warchester with Nathaniel Morgan and Liz Kosack.
Webber has performed and/or recorded with Dan Weiss’ Sixteen; Jen Shyu’s Jade Tongue; Matt Mitchell’s A Pouting Grimace and Sprees; the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble; Ches Smith’s Laugh Ash; the Adam Hopkins Sextet; Ohad Talmor’s Grand Ensemble; Fabian Almazan’s Realm of Possibilities; Noah Garabedian’s Big Butter and the Eggmen; the Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble; a sextet from Bang on a Can All-Stars member Ken Thomson; Harris Eisenstadt’s Recent Developments; and the Marike van Dijk Stereography Project. She recently played in the world premiere of Sila: The Breath of the World by Pulitzer Prize-winner John Luther Adams at the Lincoln Center.
In 2015 she was the recipient of a grant from the Shifting Foundation. In 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop. She is the winner of the 2010 Prix François-Marcaurelle at the OFF Festival of Jazz in Montreal. She has been awarded grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Originally from British Columbia, Webber studied music at McGill University in Montreal before moving to New York City in 2008. She holds master’s degrees from both Manhattan School of Music and the Jazz Institute Berlin.
Profile photograph by Evan Shay