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.
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”.
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