"Adam has a highly personal lyrical style and approach. I expect that he will soon be making an important contribution to the international music community.”
- LARRY KOONSE
“… A guitar solo worthy of Pat Metheny, which should reintroduce his gentle style of shred to a new generation.”
“…Every improvisation met his specifications of logic and intrigue, succeeding on a level few older guitarists ever get to.”
- GREG BURK
Adam Ratner is a guitarist, composer and producer based in Los Angeles, CA. He was mentored by bassist Charlie Haden and also studied with Larry Koonse, Alan Pasqua, and composition with Vince Mendoza.
Adam has shared the stage and worked with musicians including Larry Goldings, David Binney, Ravi Coltrane, Louis Cole, Genevieve Artadi, Sam Wilkes, Tim Lefebvre, Pedro Martins, Nate Wood, Darek Oleszkiewicz, Ben Wendel, Jack Conte, Fabiano Do Nascimento, and Niia. His videos with Louis Cole Big Band have totaled over 4-million views on YouTube. He has been recognized at Lincoln Center in New York City as a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards and was a featured teacher at FIMUCA 2020; a Brazilian government sponsored guitar seminar, along with Daniel Santiago, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Mike Moreno.
Adam has toured with the experimental pop-electronic group KNOWER, including performances throughout the west coast and at the SF Jazz Festival.
His quartet RICK (w/ Sam Gendel/ Richard Sears/ Louis Cole) released a live LP on Stones Throw Records, and in 2017, he played on INGA’s Terrible Records releases Infinity and 4444. He has been featured on Genevieve Artadi’s 2015 album La, La, La, Sam Wilkes’ LP Live on the Green (Leaving Records), as well as on NPR Tiny Desk Concerts with Fabiano do Nascimento.
His recordings along with INGA have been featured as “Best New Track” by Pitchfork.com, BBC Radio 6, and featured on Bandcamp weekly. Adam’s performances have been highlighted numerous times by the LA-Weekly and have been frequently chosen as “pick of the week” by LaJazz.com. His releases Dreamscape and Novo Horizonte feature David Binney, Louis Cole, Genevieve Artadi, Sam Wilkes, & Jacob Mann, and his new release Into the Wave is out now.