Fernando De Marco
Fernando de Marco from Brazil is based for23 years in Copenhagen and London respectively, a sought after bass player, has collaborated with various artists such as Gary Burton, Thomas Clausen, Afonso Correa, Jonny Phillips, Mikkel NordsﾠMorten Kargaard, Manￓilveira, Jacob Fisher, Christian Sievert, One Song Project, Caecilie Norby, Ben Besiakov, Santiago Ibarreche, Ingrid Laubrok, among others.
He has regularly given concerts at major jazz clubs and music festivals in Scandinavia, Europe, UK and USA. Workshops/master classes: City University London, Ritmisk Musik Konservatorium Copenhagen. Recently he moved back to Brazil joining the quintet Vento em Madeira.
Frank Harrison took up the piano at 11, and began playing gigs when he was 15. After taking up a scholarship at Berklee School Of Music, Boston, he returned to the UK and joined Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble. The band regularly tours Europe, playing at major Jazz and World music festivals. Frank has also performed with Tim Garland, Peter King, Julian Arguelles, Bobby Wellins, Julian Siegel, Don Weller, John Etheridge, Louis Stewart and Iain Ballamy.
Frank’s trio features Dave Whitford (Bill Frisell, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler) on bass and Enzo Zirilli (Bob Mintzer, Tom Harrell, Enrico Pieranunzi) on drums. They have released four albums and regularly tour the UK, Europe and the Far East.
Frank Harrison is one of the most talented young musicians I have heard Ronnie Scott
His talent shines among his peers Julian Joseph
Ten years ago Gabriela Kozyra left Poland to study Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague and later Brazilian music at the Rotterdam’s Conservatoire, which she graduated from cum laude.
Studied with Rachel Gould, Fay Classen, Jose Koning amont others, and took master classes in Holland as well as Rio de Janeiro. So far she has been involved in many different projects: “Requiem para el Mundo” with Nueva Manteca, “Music and Poetry” with Annaelis de Jong, the “Codarts Big Band Project” …
… with guest musician Cyro Baptista, Nelson Faria, Rick Margitza, Carlos Werneck, Billy Hart and the most recent one with her own quartet playing the music of Guinga.
She performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and Jazz International Rotterdam in Holland, Silesjan Jazz Meeting in Poland, Modern Sound in Rio de Janeiro. She sang also for the president of Brazil during his visit in the Netherlands in 2008. In April 2009, she received a fund from a prestigious organization Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds to study in a unique and the only school of choro and samba in Brazil and in the world called “Portatil” in Rio de Janeiro.
Currently she is preparing her first record which will include music of contemporary Brazilian composers, some of who authorized their unedited yet compositions to Gabriela.
Giannis Angelopoulos was born in Veria in 1973. He started playing the snare drum in the municipal philharmonic and very soon (13 years old) he played drums. He studied in Athens and at the Rotterdam Conservatory, where he graduated in 2002. He lives and works in Athens and is active as a composer with the nickname: Jan Van de Engel.
Giorgos Tsiatsoulis was born in Athens in 1975. He plays accordion from the age of eight.
He began studying classical music, showing parallel interest in jazz, to traditional Greek music, but also for the musical traditions of other countries.
He completed his studies in accordion taking and the corresponding qualification in 1994, studying piano and harmony at the same time.
The integration of theoretical studies came in 1998, with the degree of Harmony.
Since 1995 she has been working as a professional musician. He has collaborated with many artists, such as Stavros Xarhakos and Pandelis Thalassinos, while creating and taking part in ensembles with which appears in concerts in Greece and abroad (Gadjo Dilo,GoJam Group etc.), composing, orchestrating, writing and performing music.
Idris Rahman is an English clarinetist, saxophonist, and music producer. Rahman began his music with influences from Bengali folk, film, and popular music from the 1950s. His main work is as a saxophonist and producer with Soothsayers, Reggae/ Afrobeat collective, which he co-leads with trumpeter Robin Hopcraft. Soothsayers have released four albums and performed throughout Europe over the past ten years.
Rahman is a regular member of the “Arun Ghosh sextet” and Jonny Phillips‘ group Oriole and, as a clarinetist.
He was involved in his sister Zoe’s “Where Rivers Meet” album and “Aidan Love’s Forty Thieves Orkestar”.
Rahman has performed and recorded as a saxophonist with Osibisa, Ayub Ogada, Dodgy, Reem Kelani, Julia Biel, and many more jazz and world music/reggae artists.
He has also produced and mixed albums, including two Mercury Prize-nominated albums (Zoe Rahman’s second album “Melting Po” and “Basquiat Strings” debut album, with Seb Rochford) and two albums by vocalist Julia Biel, in addition to the Soothsayers albums.
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock resides in Jan Kus, NY.
Between 1989 and 2009 she was active as a saxophonist and composer in London/UK. She worked with: William Parker, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn, Luc Ex, Django Bates’ Human Chain, The Continuum Ensemble and many others.
Ingrid‘s main projects as a leader are Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock Septet and Ubatuba. Collaborations include Paradoxical Frog and Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey Duo.
She is a member of Anthony Braxton’s Falling River Music Quartet, Nonet and 12+1tet, Tom Rainey Trio and Obbligato, Mary Halvorson Septet, Kris’ Davis Quintet, Nate Wooley’s Battle Pieces and Luc Ex’ Assemblée.
Ingrid was one of the featured soloists in Anthony Braxton’s opera Trillium J. Awards include the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004, a Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006, the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and the 2014 German Record Critics Quarterly Award.
Commissions include Jammy Dodgers for jazz quintet and dancers (2006), Nonet music for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007, SWR New Jazz Meeting 2011 and “Vogelfrei”, a piece for chamber orchestra (ACO/Tricentric Foundation).
She won Rising Star/soprano saxophone in the 2015 in the ‘Downbeat Annual Critics Poll.
Ingrid was Improviser in Residence 2012 in the German city Moers. The post is created to introduce creative music into the city throughout the year. As part of this she led a regular improvisation ensemble and taught sound workshops in elementary schools.
Other teaching experiences include improvisation workshops at Towson University, Cal Arts, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Baruch College, University of Michigan, University of Newcastle and many others.