Devin Brahja Waldman is a New York saxophonist, drummer, synthesizer player and composer who leads the band BRAHJA, whose sixth album was released by RRGEMS Records in September, 2019. Waldman has accompanied his aunt, outrider poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. He has performed with Patti Smith, William Parker, Nadah El Shazly, Malcolm Mooney, Thurston Moore, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Charles Hayward, Mette Rasmussen and Yoshiko Chuma. Waldman is a member of New York City’s Heroes Are Gang Leaders (led by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis) as well as Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush (Constellation Records), and the Norwegian hardcore group MoE; he is a co-founder and producer for the Moroccan music ensemble Ziad Qoulaii Allstars— whose debut album will be released by Akuphone in 2020— and the NYC/Philly duo Notable Deaths. As a youngster, Waldman was taken under the wing of pianist Paul Bley. Waldman is a co-producer for Fast Speaking Music a NYC poetry and music label which has released the works of Amiri Baraka, Meredith Monk, Eileen Myles, CAConrad, Fred Moten, Daniel Carter, Thurston Moore, Joanne Kyger and many others. 

BRAHJA (core unit)

Damon Shadrach Hankoff     piano

Isis Giraldo     synthesizer and voice

Martin Heslop     bass

Daniel Gelinas     drums

Devin Brahja Waldman     alto saxophone

(guests & extended family)

Adam “Bones” Kinner tenor saxophone

Margaret Morris     voice

Daniel Carter     winds & brass

Sam Shalabi       guitar 

Luke Stewart electric bass

Anais Maviel     percussion and voice

Alexis Marcelo synthesizer

Adam Zanolini     winds

Sarah Good         voice and keyboards

Annie Shaw         voice and keyboards

Connor Bennet  tenor saxophone

Marcus Elliot     tenor saxophone

Jamal Moore     tenor saxophone

Heru Shabaka-ra     trumpet