Cyrus Nabipoor is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader, singer and teacher based in New Orleans, LA. The young musician is quickly establishing himself as a powerful voice in the creative music scene, balancing focused clarity with daring exploration. Cyrus is involved in a variety of New Orleans acts, most notably with his Quintet and as co-leader of NORUZ. Cyrus frequently collaborates with beat-makers Korgy & Bass, as well as being on the creative team behind pop-sensation Cyrus Snow. He is co-founder of Lore, a multisensory storytelling performance series, with visual artist Ida Floreak.
Cyrus plays an Edward's trumpet & switches mouthpieces a lot. He has artist partnerships with PreSonus & Horn FX.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he began playing trumpet at age 11. He wanted to play trombone, but it wouldn’t fit on his bike. As an adolescent Cyrus was taught by Cynthia Plank and local trumpeter Derek Sims. In high school he joined the Alan Jones Academy of Music, where he learned how to stop playing stupid shit (mostly). Cyrus holds a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University New Orleans. He graduated magna cum laude and was awarded outstanding undergraduate in both Jazz and Brass. While there, he studied with Nick Volz, Tony Dagradi and Jimbo Walsh. Cyrus also spent a term at the Grieg Academy in Bergen Norway studying with ECM legend Per Jørgensen and Martin Winter (principal trumpet, Bergen Philharmonic). He regularly returns to Norway, where he has ongoing collaborations with Simen Kiil Halvorsen, Roar Kjeldahl Berntsen, Arne Fjose Sandberg, Petter Asbjornsen & many more.
Cyrus has performed with Jamison Ross, Elle King, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, James Singleton, Steve Masakowski, Johnny Vidacovich, Michael Ray, Mike Dillon, Stanton Moore, Larry Sieberth, Dean Ween, and Jarle Vespestad. Cyrus is a recipient of the 2015 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Scholarship.
“As a New Orleans-based transplant by way of Portland, Oregon, Cyrus Nabipoor finds himself at the crossroads of the rich history of his chosen instrument and the endless possibilities wielding it can provide. The young trumpeter, composer, educator, and bandleader is rapidly accruing a who’s who of local talent as his list of associated acts, ranging from numerous styles of jazz across its history to funk and its groove-laden offshoots, rock, experimental improvisation, and in many cases, a mixture of the above. He’s equally adept and gaining ground in mastery of the trumpet as a pure acoustic medium as well as an electronically mediated source of soundcraft. Expect to hear more and more from this up-and-coming artist regardless of where in the world you find yourself.” -Nick Benoit
Top photo by Mary Katherine Leslie