Trumpeter and composer Cyrus Nabipoor aims to tell stories. Central to his approach are the Taoist concepts of duality, equilibrium and wu wei. Nabipoor’s unique voice is unmistakable as he flows between genres, unable to be pinned down. Warm and lyrical, with a unique sense of phrasing, he balances focused clarity with daring exploration. In both composition and improvisation, melody reigns. Through his pairing of trumpet and electronics, Nabipoor bridges the perceived dichotomy of nature & technology while seeking new tonal possibilities.
In addition to his solo projects, Cyrus is a member of Noruz, Brass Lightning, Doombalaya, Sexual Thunder, and Outer Core. He is a frequent collaborator of Korgy & Bass, Barra Brown, Jeff Albert and Jon Roniger. Cyrus co-produces ‘Lore’, a multisensory storytelling performance series, with visual artist Ida Floreak.
Cyrus has worked with Jamison Ross, Elle King, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, James Singleton, Jason Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Johnny Vidacovich, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Michael Ray, Mike Dillon, Stanton Moore, Larry Sieberth, Dean Ween, Brad Walker, Peach Tree Rascals, David Hugo, and many more. He has performed at events/venues such as the Portland Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, and Preservation Hall.
Born and raised in Portland OR, Cyrus Nabipoor 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 trumpeter Derek Sims. In high school he joined the Alan Jones Academy of Music. Cyrus holds a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University New Orleans, where he graduated magna cum laude and was awarded outstanding undergraduate in both Jazz and Brass. While at Loyola, he studied with Nick Volz, Tony Dagradi and Jimbo Walsh. Cyrus also spent a very formative term at the Grieg Academy in Norway studying with ECM legend Per Jørgensen and Martin Winter (Bergen Philharmonic). In 2015, Cyrus was awarded the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Scholarship.
Cyrus is endorsed by Edward’s Trumpets. He has partnerships with PreSonus & Horn FX.