by John Kelman, All About Jazz

Adam Holzman - The Deform Variations

"...amongst the many remarkable qualities of The Deform Variations is how each miniature, ranging from just under a minute to twenty seconds shy of three minutes, manages to somehow stand alone as a distinct entity yet, when taken as a whole, seems to possess an overarching narrative that makes absorbing the album in its entirety the best—the only—way to truly experience The Deform Variations.

A true crossover album that takes the introduction to a song from a progressive rock album and tour and transforms it into an album that easily fits into the jazz world, The Deform Variations is the kind of record that could, for those with open minds, drive progressive rock fans to explore more in that world while at the same time, perhaps, suggesting to jazz fans that there may be more to progressive rock than mellotrons, epic songwriting and mixed meters (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Music is, after all, just music; and while labels have emerged over the centuries to try and pigeonhole it into smaller boxes that make it easier to define and digest, the truth is that, in the 21st century more than any that has come before, music is increasingly about cross-pollination and the dissolving of unnecessary boundaries, be they cultural or stylistic. Holzman has, with the superb The Deform Variations, delivered an album that makes this point with absolute, crystal clarity.

Read entire review here!




08-May-15 Santiago Teatro Cariola Chile
246 San Diego, Santiago. SOLD OUT
09-May-15 Santiago Teatro Cariola Chile
246 San Diego, Santiago.
10-May-15 Santiago Teatro Cariola Chile
246 San Diego, Santiago.
12-May-15 Buenos Aires Teatro Vorterix Argentina
Avenida Federico Lacroze 3455.
15-May-15 Mexico City Plaza Condesa Mexico
Juan Escutia #4, Cuauhtémoc Condesa. SOLD OUT
16-May-15 Mexico City Plaza Condesa Mexico
Juan Escutia #4, Cuauhtémoc Condesa.

19-May-15 Worcester, MA Worcester Palladium
261 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608.
21-May-15 Albany The Egg
State Street, Albany, NY 12203.
22-May-15 Boston Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue. SOLD OUT
23-May-15 Harrisburg The Whitaker Center
222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. SOLD OUT
24-May-15 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102.
26-May-15 Washington, DC 930 Club
815 V Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001.
28-May-15 Glenside, Philadelphia Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue.
29-May-15 New York City, New York Best Buy Theater
515 Broadway.
30-May-15 New York City, New York Best Buy Theater
515 Broadway.
31-May-15 Wilmington, Delaware The Grand
818 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801.
02-Jun-15 Pittsburgh The Palace Theatre
21 West Otterman Street Greensburg, PA.
04-Jun-15 Chicago, Illinois Park West
322 West Armitage Avenue. SOLD OUT
05-Jun-15 Chicago, Illinois Park West
322 West Armitage Avenue. SOLD OUT
06-Jun-15 Madison Barrymore Theater
2090 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704.
07-Jun-15 Minneapolis The Varsity Theater
1308 4th St SE, Minneapolis.
09-Jun-15 Boulder, Colorado Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street. SOLD OUT
11-Jun-15 Mesa, Arizona Mesa Arts Center
1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201.
12-Jun-15 Anaheim The Grove
2200 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806.
13-Jun-15 Los Angeles The Wiltern
3790 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010.
14-Jun-15 San Francisco The Warfield
982 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
16-Jun-15 Portland Aladdin Theater
3017 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue. SOLD OUT
17-Jun-15 Seattle The Moore Theater
1932 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98101.

20-Jun-15 Vancouver Vogue Theatre Canada
918 Granville Street, Vancouver.
22-Jun-15 Edmonton Myer Horowitz Theatre Canada
8900 114 Street NW.
23-Jun-15 Calgary Theatre Junction Grand (Flanagan Theatre) Canada
608 1st Street SW.
26-Jun-15 Toronto The Danforth Music Hall Canada
147 Danforth Avenue. SOLD OUT
27-Jun-15 Montréal Montréal Jazz Festival Canada
305 Rue Ste-Catherine Ouest H2X 2A3. SOLD OUT
28-Jun-15 Montréal Montréal Jazz Festival Canada
305 Rue Ste-Catherine Ouest H2X 2A3.
29-Jun-15 Quebec City Impérial Canada
252 Saint-Joseph Rue E, Québec.
30-Jun-15 Gatineau Theatre du Casino du Lac-Leamy Canada
1 Boulevard du Casino Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3.

12-Jul-15 Weert Bospop Festival Netherlands
Vrakkerveld 2c, 6002.
17-Jul-15 Saint-Julien-en-Genevois Guitare en Scène France
Stade des Burgondes – Avenue Napoleon III – 74160 Saint-Julien-en-Genevois.

UK TOUR 2015
28-Sep-15 London Royal Albert Hall United Kingdom
Kensington Gore, London.
29-Sep-15 London Royal Albert Hall United Kingdom


July 22nd
The Cutting Room, New York City
44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010
(212) 691-1900

A killer jam band with Glenn Alexander, Mino Cinelu, Will Kenney and Nathanial Townsley. Come hear us burn through some classic 70's Jazz-Rock tunes from Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Miles, Tony Williams Lifetime, etc.!!


July 27th
H3 w/ Roland Heinz
The Kiwi / special morning event
Absam, Austria (near Innsbruck)

Modern organ trio concept with great European guitarist Roland Heinz and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. I play Fender Rhodes and Moog bass! We have a cool record out! Note, this is a coffee party 11am morning concert!!


July 30th and 31st
H2 w/ Roland Heinz
The Early Bird
Innstrasse 55
6020 Innbruck, Austria

2 killers nights in the beautiful town of Innsbruck with my buddy Roland Heinz on guitar and Claudio on drums. This is a very hip small venue, guaranteed to be an awesome and uplifting hang!


August 7th
Outreach Music Festival
Schwaz, Austria

A special Science Project master minded by Adam, Alien Beach Party will combine Sci-Fi Jazz-Rock Jams with Sci-Fi films! The line-up includes Lorenz Hargassner on sax, Jane Getter on gtr, Roland Heinz on gtr, Bernard Lackner on bass and Ralf Gutske on drums. Projected on a big screen behind us will be clips from classic science fiction films. Can't beat that!

Adam will also be appearing with other killer projects at the Outreach Festival, on August 8th and 9th. Please check the website for the full program.

Take some lessons with Adam this summer!!
….at Outreach!

Adam will be teaching ensembles and private lessons at the Outreach Music Academy in Schwaz, Austria. Come hang and take the super fun "Rock Out" ensemble classes, where we will learn and perform classic rock, prog-rock and fusion! For kids and adults!
…and in New York!!
Adam is also available for private lessons in New York City, please email me at
…and on Google Helpouts!!
Yep, gotta keep up with the times!

Adam in the July 2014 issue of Keyboard Magazine!
A nice interview / lesson by the awesome Jerry Kovarsky where Adam discusses the playing style of one of his heroes, Jan Hammer.

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By the way, check out Adam's recent artist feature in Keyboard from last August, and also the clips on the Keyboard website where Adam discusses his set-up with Steven Wilson. Endlessly fascinating!

Miles Smiles in The Ukraine!!

Yep, you heard it right, Adam just got back from a great gig in, of all places, Lviv, in the Ukraine! Adam performed as part of a Miles tribute led by master trumpet player Wallace Roney called Miles Smiles at the Alfa Jazz Festival in Lviv (fyi, in the western part of the country, far from the conflict). The gig went great! The all-star band also featured Rick Margitza on sax, Alphonse Mouzon on drums and Reggie Washington on bass.

…and Down The Road……
more news coming soon on:

*Fun, New CD in the works! "The Deform Variations"
A compilation of 27 short piano improvisations from Steven Wilson's "The Raven That Refused To Sing" tour, 2013! Exhilarating!

*Going back into the studio with Steven Wilson, coming up in September!

*A Solo Synth tour on the east coast of the US in late October!


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