Rafael Leafar Statin
Hailing from Detroit, Rafael Leafar Statin is a multi-instrumentalist, having mastered saxophones, clarinets, flutes, piano, and electronica—as well as a composer, producer, educator, and creative improviser. His connection to music was jazz, fostered by a musical family from an early age. His parents made life-changing investments to guarantee him access to quality education performance opportunities in Detroit at the Detroit School for the Arts, the Detroit Civic Jazz Orchestra, and The New School for jazz. Since 2009, Statin has had major recordings and performances with artists such as Reggie Workman, Robert Hurst, Marcus Belgrave, Spencer Barefield, Wendell Harrison, Marion Hayden, and Sterling Toles. His latest album is The Override Switch, an eclectic amalgam of acoustic and electronic sounds, released in partnership with techno-wizard Jeff Mills.