is a composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist from New York City.
Minkoff released his debut album, titled Til the End My Dear: Arrangements of Stravinsky
, in 2018. What began as a live performance in New York City to celebrate the centennial of Igor Stravinsky’s "The Rite of Spring", Minkoff’s transcription (done entirely by ear) is an adaptation of Stravinsky’s orchestral work for an eight-piece rock/jazz ensemble. The record also includes re-orchestrations of five additional Stravinsky compositions.
Minkoff subsequently produced and arranged an episodic recording project to commemorate the 90th birthday of Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. Starting with music from the 1962 film "Diciottenni Al Sole", Minkoff recorded and released 53 reinterpreted Morricone compositions over the span of a year, pairing each track with original artwork. The project concluded on November 10, 2019 (Morricone’s 91st birthday) with a compilation featuring music from each of Morricone’s western films that debuted between 1963 and 2015.
Minkoff is currently finishing three separate recording projects. With his rotating ensemble Vaalbara, Minkoff recently completed a two-volume jazz record of original music. He is also working on two film-related releases: a speculative film score for large ensemble written over a period of 12 years and recorded with 26 musicians, and a solo reimagining of the soundtrack from the 1973 British horror film "The Wicker Man", recorded entirely from his bedroom during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic quarantine.
Minkoff has also been a touring member of Dweezil Zappa’s band since 2017. He has also toured with singer-songwriter Amy Helm and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II.