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About US

The Domino Ensemble is a collective dedicated to new music. The group has a flexible instrumentation depending on the sound of the different projects. That said, there is a core group of musicians that have been a constant (and unique!) contribution to the group from the beginning. Since its inception in 2018, the group focused on commissions, performances and educational workshops transiting the fine line between tango, jazz, experimental “academic” music and free improvisation. It has released 3 albums, offered free workshops and premiered dozens of new compositions by composers from all over the US. 

Also in 2018 the ensemble was integrated as a 501c3 organization. We are always thankful for your tax-deductible donations! Help us continue with our activities. 

Jorge Variego

Jorge Variego was born in Rosario, Argentina. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and is currently on the Music Theory/Composition faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. His music can be heard in the Parma, Albany Records, CMMAS, Centaur and Naxos libraries.

In 2017 he was named Mentor of the year in the College of Fine Arts and Sciences, Performing Arts division at the University of Tennessee. He is also the founder director of the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble, a student group dedicated to free improvisation with electronic media and is member of the Society of Composers National Council

More about our founding director: http://jorgevariego.com 

Our founding director

The list of AMAZING musicians worked with us is constantly growing (in no particular order). Hunter Deacon (drums), Rob Linton (bass), Matt Nelson (bass), Scott Swanberg (bass), Cullen Burke (electronics), Mark Boling (guitar), Mike Baggetta (guitar). Some of the workshops that we offered, featured Richard Barrett, Valeria Mignaco, Sean McCollough, Ed Sarath, Joo Won Park, Tim Feeney, Oğuz Büyükberber. 

"Domino Ensemble's new album [Purple Ego] is astonishing, forward-thinking

The sound of this release has really beautiful production, which brings class and smoothness to each cut. The instrumentals are highly dynamic and touching, and in particular, the amazing twist of the lead clarinet really brings a sense of identity to each track. It’s a true joy to hear this amazing ensemble of world-class musicians interact with one another, feeding off of each other’s chemistry and ability to create massively infectious, yet classy and understated melodies.

Whether you are a fan of modern jazz, or you prefer the old guard, you’ll certainly be impressed by Domino Ensemble. This group has got so much to offer, and they bring an unprecedented level of charisma to this genre today." JAZZ CORNER

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