Jack Broza is a New York City based artist working on making music that is clear and direct. His work explores the potential of multimedia to tell stories that are personally affecting and socially pertinent. Trained as a jazz and classical guitarist, Jack studied composition at Yale University and Afro-Cuban music while living in Havana.
Jack's music ranges in form as much as in genre; recent endeavors include his first solo album, Gather, Together, a two-hour dance-theater piece entitled Opera x Metamorphoses, and the score to the short film Freehand. For these projects and others Jack has been recognized with a number of accolades, including the Abraham Beekman Cox Prize in composition, a Best Shorts Competition award for film scoring, the Lewis P. Curtis Fellowship, the Tristan Perlroth Prize, and the Charles P. Howland Fellowship.
A third generation musician, Jack's earliest influences came from his father, Jamie Lawrence, and grandfather, Elliot Lawrence. Before beginning at Yale, Jack focused on jazz performance, studying guitar in summer workshops at NYU and Berklee School of Music. Since then he has been coached in improvisation by Grammy-Award winning saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, studied composition with Konrad Kaczmarek and Kathryn Alexander, and learned from Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey during the life-changing Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music.
Much of Jack's work blends music with visual media or is composed in response to visual art. He has completed multiple video art projects alongside longtime collaborator Leonard Galmon. At Yale he was commissioned by the Yale University Art Gallery to curate, compose, and perform four concerts as part of their Gallery+ series; each performance was installed within the specific design of a YUAG special exhibition, the music responding to the art and architecture. The live performance of his debut album Gather, Together, which earned Jack a Creative Performing Arts award at Yale, was accompanied by original sets, projection design, and short film.
Beyond the spheres of composition and performance, Jack advocates for broader education around underrepresented musics. As a leader of the Yale Jazz Collective, Jack organized free public concerts, masterclasses, and festivals, and in 2016 he helped lobby the university towards their new 'Jazz Initiative'. From 2018-2019 he embarked on a year-long oral history project about contemporary Cuban music, a Yale-funded documentary initiative aimed at preserving stories from musicians in Cuba and the Cuba diaspora.