Guitarist Brad Kang has moved back home to Christchurch after a spell in the United States earning his Bachelor of Music in jazz guitar at the prestigious University of North Texas.
The 2015 magna cum laude graduate was an active part of the jazz scene in Denton, Texas and the larger Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex as well as being a part of the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band. Their album ‘Lab 2015’, which Kang was a part of as a composer and player, received a Grammy nomination for one of the tracks ‘Neil’.
He is a currently part of the faculty at The Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch. Kang has played in jazz festivals in Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Queenstown as well as the United States and Amsterdam. He was awarded the Best of Fest People’s Choice Award at the Wellington Jazz Festival in 2017.
He has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinson, Mike LeDonne, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Clark and Adam Larson. Brad has been featured on albums by Nolan Byrd, Perrin Grace, Sergio Pamies, AMP Trio, Sky Window, One O’Clock Lab Band and the Two O’Clock Lab Band.