The New York Second is a Netherlands-based musical ensemble established in 2015. It features the compositions of bandleader and pianist Harald Walkate and has released three albums: Bay of Poets (2017), Emergo (2020) and Music at Night (2022). The group has performed as a quartet, as a quintet, and – on its most recent album – as a septet.
For its upcoming album, to be released March 2023, the group recorded in trio setting.
The group’s albums and performances have featured some of the Netherlands’ best-known musicians, including Teus Nobel, Jasper van Damme, Tom Beek, Mark-Alban Lotz, Thomas Pol, Jesse Schilderink, Vincent Veeneman and Frank Paavo.
The music of The New York Second can be classified as contemporary jazz, but takes on influences from soul, Latin and classical. Critics have typified the music as “atmospheric”, “poetic” and “cinematic”.
foto’s: Stijn Kuiper
In August 2022, the prominent Dutch jazz magazine Jazzism featured Harald and The New York Second in an article that covered a wide range of subjects, from Harald’s double life to how a taxi driver in Florida inspired one of the pieces on Music at Night.
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