About Us

Mila Art Agency is a personal assistant agency focusing on jazz music. Our main aim is to provide artists with the help that they need concerning any form of administrative work, negotiations, promotion, booking, and much more. Being musicians themselves, our founders know the everyday struggles of this profession. Next to the work concerning their music, they also work at universities and have many tasks that keep them away from the thing they love most: creating music.

Why choose Mila?

Why choose Mila? You should choose Mila Art Agency because we are committed to our artists, passionate about music, and handle every task with the utmost care and dedication. We will make sure that all your needs are met. Our team is meticulous and observant, leading to extensive and personalized research for each of your performances and projects. Here at Mila Art Agency, we are a family and we treat our artists as such. We are consistent in our quality and affordable in our rates.

What are the benefits of having a personal assistant?

With a personal assistant, you can have more time to focus on creating art without having to worry about administrative, promotional, and booking tasks which, however tedious, must be done. Our personal assistants get to know your music and your needs so that after some time of working alongside each other, the assistant knows what you need even without you asking. More venues can be contacted by our personal assistant than any single person could do themselves.

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Mikael Godée-Eve Beuvens Quartet

The Swedish saxophone player Mikael Godée and the Belgian piano player Eve Beuvens needed only a flyer and a few clicks on Myspace to meet each other ten years ago.From the start, the two musicians found very natural complicity. Soon joined by Magnus Bergström on bass and Johan Birgenius on drums they created this quartet. 

As equal bandleaders, Eve and Mikael both compose for the group; their pieces form a surprisingly consistent whole. The four musicians are bound by a strong mutual trust, and the risks they take do not impair the natural flow of the music.


Luka Russo

Luca Russo is a Milan Conservatory graduate who shifted his focus from piano to flute, studying with several renowned musicians. His passion for flamenco led to performances in prestigious theaters worldwide with acclaimed dancers like Antonio Canales and Rafael Amargo.

His compositions have been played in major concert halls across the globe, and he has published works such as Six Studies on circular breathing and Sonatina for flute and piano. He is a permanent conductor of the Cantù Youth Orchestra and has conducted other orchestras such as Bacau Filarmonic Orchestra, Lario Sinfonic Orchestra, and Como Lake Philharmonic Orchestra.

For several years he is studying bansuri and Indian music, also attending courses in Vicenza’s conservatory with Lorenzo Squillari, then studying ragas with Nicolò Melocchi, and traveling to India, at Hariprasad Chaurasia’s Gurukul in Mumbai and Bhubaneswar.



Dale Fielder

Dale Fielder is an American jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays all four saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone with equal authority. He is known for his original compositions and choice of performing rare, obscure jazz classics as well as his varied group concepts and variety of presentations. Fielder has recorded over 20 CDs as a leader for various labels since he first appeared on the national jazz scene in 1993 with his first CD Free Flow.

He grew up in Midland, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh where he studied oboe, bassoon and tuba in the school system and clarinet, saxophone, composition and arranging privately with noted Pittsburgh area tenor saxophonist Phillip Celli. Fielder is also a product of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program, where he studied as an ethnomusicology major under Dr. Nathan Davis. Fielder’s debut jazz performance was as a member of the Joe Harris Quartet, former drummer of the Charlie Parker Quintet and Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra. After relocating to NYC, he was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1984, studying with trumpeter/composer Frank Gordon and completed his first large work, “The Aquarian “for alto saxophone and chamber orchestra. While in NYC, he also performed with a host of current jazz stars such as pianist/composer Geri Allen and trombonist Robin Eubanks among many others.

After eight years in NYC, Fielder moved to Los Angeles and studied with alto legend, Charles McPherson and embarked on the challenging path of a bandleader, establishing the Dale Fielder Quartet, the DFQ, with pianist Harold Land, Jr. in 1988. By 1995, the DFQ’s personnel had settled into its current configuration with ex-Mingus pianist Jane Getz, bassist Bill Markus, and drummer Thomas White; a unit that has remained intact for 25 years as of 2020. In 1996, Fielder and his DFQ recorded a national top-ten CD, “DEAR SIR: TRIBUTE TO WAYNE SHORTER” on his Clarion Jazz label, a label Fielder founded in 1993. The CD found national attention for Fielder and his quartet. In 1997, he received his first commission and wrote the extended eleven-movement jazz suite, “OCEAN OF LOVE AND MERCY” with an all-star Nonet featuring jazz greats George Bohanon and the late Daniel Jackson and others with his quartet. The CD was recorded in performance and subsequently released by Cadence Jazz Records. From 1997 through 2000, Fielder performed throughout Europe and Asia with his Quartet. The band was also selected by the national cable channel, BET, as their 1999 Jazz Discovery winner. Fielder has taped several video appearances and shows for BET.

In 2003, Fielder released his most important and ambitious work, his hour-long third extended jazz suite, “SUITE: CLARITY” to international critical acclaim. His 2005 CD, “BARITONE SUNRIDE” also received international attention bringing Fielder recognition as one of the new baritone saxophonists in jazz. His July 2007 release “DFQ~PLAYS THE MUSIC OF PEPPER ADAMS”, continued to document his now-classic quartet with Jane Getz. Fielder’s other projects include recording and performances with an avant-garde quartet, “Luminous Monolith”, his fourth extended work, “LIGHT AND SHADOW” commissioned by and performed at Lenoir-Rhyne College of Fine Arts in North Carolina with the DFQ and his on-going exploration of the music of Pepper Adams, this time with performances with baritone great Gary Smulyan. Fielder also performed and acted in the play by visionary playwright, E.L. James, “NOBODY WALKS LIKE MY DADDY.” winning Fielder a nomination for ‘Best Supporting Male Actor” by the NAACP Theater Awards in 2012 performing on soprano sax as the character “Horn”. In 2013, Fielder performed at various venues in southern California with his new “Tribute Quintet ” with a project focusing on the music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet of 1958-1961. The music from this project has been recorded and released as the CD “EACH TIME I THINK OF YOU” on his Clarion Jazz label in October of 2012.

Fielder’s current recording projects include: “RESILIENCE!” DFQ~Dale Fielder Quartet 20th Anniversary 2-Disc CD released August 2016. In December 2017 two Bandcamp Online CDs were released: “SENSUOUS UNIVERSE” from 2006 and “SAXOPHONE STANDARDS” from 2014. In January 2018, Fielder released a 35-year-old project featuring his late friend and jazz legend, Ms. Geri Allen; “SCENE FROM A DREAM – THE DALE FIELDER/GERI ALLEN SESSIONS NYC 1986”. In May 2019, Fielder’s Tribute Quintet released their second CD, the jazz/gospel/spiritual CD and YouTube video project, “AT THE THRESHOLD” for the Rajjahz label. And in June 2019, the DFQ~Dale Fielder Quartet returned with the outstanding CD: “CONSENSUS” which was considered for a Grammy nomination. And in November 2019, Fielder released his 3rd Bandcamp Online CD entitled “ENTROPY”. As with all of his albums, all are currently available at Clarion Jazz, Apple Music, and Amazon.


Jorge Garrido Díez

Born in Logroño (La Rioja) in 1978, he began his studies in music and drums at the age of 17 at the Piccolo y Saxo music school . Years later he began to travel regularly to Barcelona to study with drummer Quim Soler and attend jazz combo classes at the Taller de Musics de Barcelona.
In 2001 he obtained a diploma in Musical Teaching from the University of La Rioja. Between 1999 and 2005 he attended different Jazz seminars in Valencia and Zarautz, where he received international drummer classes such as Nasheet waits , Marc Miralta , Guillermo McGuill , Jorge Rossy or Jo Krause . For two consecutive years he is invited to the Zarautz Jazz Seminar as a collaborator and accompanying drummer.

Finally, he entered the Musikene Higher Music Center of the Basque Country , obtaining a higher degree in Jazz Drums, under the direction of maestro Jo Krause . After graduating he moved to Madrid, where he soon began playing in different Jam Sessions with musicians such as Jerry Gonzalez , Norman Hogue or Román Filiú .
It is in this city where he formed the experimental jazz group Remedios , together with Carlos Mejías “Chepe” and Fernando Lago . With this formation he records an album and plays in different clubs in Madrid and festivals such as Imaxina Sons in Vigo.
During these years he began to play with musicians of different styles such as Dan Mathews (ex Yogourth Daze ), with whom he recorded an Indie Pop album with producer Manuel Colmenero ( Vetusta Morla ). Presenting this album they record a live show at the Radio Televisión Española studios for the Radio 3 Concerts on La 2.
Regarding his pedagogical facet, it is worth highlighting his work as a teacher in different music schools in Madrid such as Ritmo y Compás .
Since 2009 he has lived in Logroño, where he teaches Drums and Combos at the Piccolo y Saxo music school .

In 2014 he formed what would be his personal project Jorge Garrido Monk Trío , together with Alberto Arteta and Marcelo Escrich , capturing it on a record in 2015 entitled Vintage . He also continues to play with the project The Rising Circus , a jazz sextet led by bassist and composer Aitor Rodríguez , with whom he recorded an album in 2003.
Throughout his career he has played with jazz musicians such as Iñaki Salvador , Mikel Andueza , Enrique Oliver , Iñaki Askunze , Gonzalo Tejada , Andrzej Olejniczak , Alejandro Mingot , Iñaki Sandoval , Victor de Diego , Luis Jimenez , Mauro Urriza , Reinier Elizarde “El Negrón” , Santiago Reyes , Tata Quintana , Toño Miguel , Javier Arzola , etc.
Since 2016, he has regularly attended the Hurdy- gurdy courses that are taught in Casavieja (Ávila), organized by the Iberian Hurdy-gurdy Association , where he has received classes from the most renowned performers of this peculiar instrument, such as Germán Díaz , Rafa Martín , Tobie Miller , Marc Egea , Johannes Geworkian Hellman or Efrén López .
He currently combines his drumming career in the Tündra group , which he founded in 2008, with his solo project as a hurdy-gurdy player, accompanying himself on a bass Psaltery and creating Loops live. With all this, he reinterprets a repertoire of early and root music from very different latitudes under the name “Cuerdas y claves” , which he premiered at the Logroño Early Music Week in 2020.

In February 2022, he performed at the inaugural gala of the acts of the V Centenary of Antonio de Nebrija at the Teatro Real in Madrid. In this act, she shared the stage with Rozalén, Haze, Dorantes and Eliseo Parra, ending the gala with a speech by King Felipe VI.
In February 2023 he performed at the mythical London Jamboree venue with his project Strings and Keys .


Andy Middleton

ANDY MIDDLETON is one of the very top-tier saxophonists and jazz composers living in Europe today. “One of the strongest tenor and soprano saxophonists on the scene,” says Randy Brecker,  Andy Middleton is a skilled improviser and composer whose breadth of expression ranges from fierce power to tender warmth, from lyrical beauty to rhythmic drive, sounding contemporary and fresh while retaining an authentic sense of the saxophone lineage…. His compositions, harmonically modern and melodic yet rooted in the jazz tradition, provide the perfect setting. This unique voice as a player arranger and composer has led jazz icons such as Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler and David Holland to collaborate with him. He has also performed and recorded with a long list of artists including Billy Hart, Maria Schneider, Richie Beirach, Renee Rosnes, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, Marc Copland, Ron McClure, Joey Calderazzo, John Abercrombie, Steve Rodby, Scott Colley, Adam Nussbaum, John Hollenbeck, Piotr Wylezoł, Piotr Wojtasik, , Alan Jones, Dominik Wania and Fritz Pauer. Born in Harrisburg, PA, Andy received his BA in jazz saxophone and MA in composition at the University of Miami. After nearly 20 years in the New York jazz scene, he relocated to Vienna, Austria in 2006, where he is Professor of Jazz Composition, Jazz Arrangement and Jazz Saxophone at the University for Music and Art of the City of Vienna.


Andrew Nevala

Director of Jazz Studies at Jacksonville State University, Dr. Andy Nevala currently directs the Downbeat Award Winning Jazz Ensemble I (2015), Jazz Ensemble III, Jazz Ensemble IV, the Latin Ensemble, oversees the Jazz Combo program, produces the annual Jazz Festival (in it’s 11th year), and teaches Jazz piano lessons. As Director of Jazz Studies, he has overseen the JSU Jazz program more than double in size during his time at JSU, with performances in the community, at regional and international festivals, and Middle and High Schools in the Southeast region.
Andy has been recognized by Downbeat magazine on 10 different occasions, winning individual Downbeat Music Awards for composition (2002), arranging (2003), and performing/directing (2000, 2001, 2002, 2015). 
Andy has recorded on over 20 CDs released in the US, Japan, and South America, most recently New West Records “Big Band of Brothers”, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Jazz Charts, and “Three Times Two”, released on the Girod record label out of New Orleans.
Andy’s YouTube Channel can be found here
The newest JSU Jazz CD, “First Circle”, was released in January 2018, and features Jazz Ensemble I, the JSU Steel Band, and the JSU Latin Ensemble. The first CD “Everything In It’s Right Place” was released in 2015 and was recognized in Downbeat Magazine for “Outstanding Performance, Undergraduate Jazz Ensemble”.
Professionally, Dr. Nevala has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra (US Touring Orchestra, 1 Tour of Japan, 2 tours of Canada), Steve Lippia (2 US tours, Fresno CA Symphony, Las Cruces NM Symphony, Corpus Christie TX Symphony, Mobile AL Symphony), Eddie Turner (3 tours of Europe), The ProJazz Trio (Bassist Gonzalo Teppa, Drummer Tyer Hornby; two Venezuelan tours, tour of Canada), and his own groups (Denver, CO, Boise, ID, Boulder, CO, Aspen, CO). He currently can be seen with the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra MaCuba (Atlanta, GA), and his own groups. He has performed with the Pensacola Symphony (vocalist Dee Daniels), Mazacote (San Francisco, CA), Orquesta Borinquen (San Francisco, CA), Conjunto Colores (Denver, CO), Nelson Rangell (Denver, CO), Mart Avant and Nightflight (Birmingham, AL), and many more.

 He is widely in demand as guest conductor, performer, and clinician, with recent guest artist performances at the Dave Brubeck Institute (Stockton, CA), the University of the Pacific (Stockton CA), California State University, Stanislaus (Turlock, CA), Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA), and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL). He has conducted the 2010 Campbell Union District Music Festival Jazz Ensemble in San Jose, CA, the Rome, GA District 7 Jazz Festival Big Bands (2012,2013), and was the 2013 Alabama Music Educators Association Gold All-State Jazz Ensemble Director. He served as a clinician at the Delta College Jazz Festival (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), the Folsom High School Jazz Festival (2008, 2010), the CMEA Hanford Jazz Festival (2009), the Sacramento State University Jazz Festival (2008, 2009), the Manteca High School Combo Festival (2010), The Boise State University Gene Harris Jazz Festival (2003, 2008), and the Casper College Jazz Festival (2007). He has also presented at AMEA (2013, 2018), GMEA (2015), performed in the GMEA Sight-Reading Big Band (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and founded the AMEA Sight-Reading Big Band (2018, 2019).
An active arranger and orchestrator, Dr. Nevala has been commissioned to arrange for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Denver Brass, the Steve Lippia Big Band, and arrangements published by 3-2 Music Publishing. He has also orchestrated, conducted, and arranged music for the Malt Jupiter Theater in Jupiter, Florida, and arranges/orchestrates musicals for the COPA Conservatory. He also arranges for the Atlanta Jazz Orchestra, JSU Jazz Ensemble I, Orchestra MaCuba, and many others.
Having studied under Dr. John Davis, Chip Stephens, Art Lande and Pat Bianci, Dr. Nevala holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Piano Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Boise State University.


Richard Ray Farrell

Richard Ray Farrell, from Niagara Falls, NY (1956) is an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, harmonica player and international recording artist. In 1976 Richard started busking and playing professionally in Paris, France. He is comfortable as a solo acoustic artist or fronting his own band on the electric guitar. Richard toured with American artists RL Burnside, Louisiana Red, Frank Frost, Big Jack Johnson, Lazy Lester and Big Boy Henry. Richard formed Farrell & Black in 1995 with Mothers of Invention drummer, Jimmy Carl Black. They produced two CD’s and toured internationally for seven years. Richard moved to Philadelphia in 2001, formed a band, and began performing with harp veteran Steve Guyger. Richard produced seven CD’s before moving to Spain in 2014. Bohemian Life (2003) contains originals and internationally acclaimed blues musicians. Acoustic Roots (2005) is solo acoustic offering blues and ragtime. Down Home Old School Country Blues (2006) with Steve Guyger has been called the best acoustic blues duo album to come out in years by Andy Grigg of Real Blues Magazine, British Columbia, Canada. Stuck On The Blues (2007) is acoustic with Italian harmonica virtuoso Marco Pandolfi. Camino de Sanlucar (2009), features legendary Spanish flamenco and rock guitarist Raimundo Amador. I Sing The Blues Eclectic (2011) delivers twelve originals and Shoe Shoppin’ Woman (2014) offers 8 originals and 3 blues classics. These CD’s charted in the US and achieved acclaim from critics worldwide. Richard’s latest CD, 3 Pints of Gin, was released in the US February 2020 and immediately hit the charts. This CD was a 2021 Nominee for Acoustic Blues Album Of The Year from The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee!
In 2022 Richard produced an electric album which was released by Nuba Records, Karonte Distribuciones and Cambayá.


Alexis Baro

Alexis Baro was born into a musical family in Havana, Cuba. Classically trained, he took up the trumpet at the age of age 8 and completed his musical education receiving a teaching certification at the prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in Havana. While in school he became a member of Buena Vista Social Club superstar singer Omara Portuondo’s band and at the age of 19 played lead trumpet for the National Radio and Television Orchestra. After moving to Canada in 2001 he was discovered in Toronto by iconic Canadian jazz drummer Archie Alleyne where he flourished as a writer and performer for eight years as a member of the Canadian award winning ‘hard-bop” band Kollage. As a band member and contributor, he was nominated for “Best Jazz Trumpeter” by the Canadian National Jazz Awards in the years 2006, 2007, and 2008. Alexis Baro has participated in more than 80 albums and can be heard as a feature soloist on some of the most transcendent Latin albums made in Canada such as Hilario Duran’s Grammy Award nominated album “From the Heart”. He has released six albums as a solo artist “Havana Banana” (2004), “From the Other Side” (2009), “Blue Skin” (released 2012), “Guilty Pleasure”- released 2015 (2016 “Global Music Award Gold Medal for Jazz), “Sugar Rush” (2017) and his 2019 Juno Award Nominated recording “Sandstorm” His 2022 release titled “Mi Raiz” (My Root) is his tribute to “The Cuban Trumpet” and all the great Cuban musicians and composers who have contributed to bringing its distinctive sound to prominence in the world of music throughout its history.


Kristian Borring

Kristian Borring is a Danish guitarist who has made a name for himself on the European jazz scene.
He is known for his melodic approach to contemporary jazz and has worked with many notable musicians, such as saxophonists Tommaso Starace and Will Vinson, vibraphone player Jim Hart, as well as lyrical vocalists such as Polish folk diva Monika Lidke, and Australian jazz singer Chris McNulty.
Kristian is often described as an understated virtuoso with a deeply melodic approach, and a “strong
rhythmic urgency…a lot of discipline and a compelling drive to the playing” (Marlbank). Kristian is
also recognised as having a “contemporary edge whilst never losing his firm grip on the jazz guitar lexicon… a masterful exposition of jazz guitar and the small jazz combo” (Bebop Spoken Here).
He currently resides in Perth, Australia, and continues to tour with his British quartet, which has received much acclaim. The Danish Jazz Magazine, Jazz Special, described the group as delivering “hard swing, lively postbop and mellow Nordic melancholy to edgy jazz-rock fusion…with great force and a controlled ferocity which suits the quartet well”, and BBC Radio 3 presenter Julian Joseph recognised the group as “a band exercising a strong sense of control and empathy”.
Kristian has released several albums. His latest, Out of Nowhere, (2021) was album of the week on both ABC jazz Australia as well Danish Radio Broadcast P8jazz. It was reviewed as being “creative
contemporary jazz at its very best” by Jazz Views, and British jazz reviewer Ian Mann described it as: “A typically classy, intelligent & sophisticated offering from Borring”.
Kristian has released several albums. His latest, Out of Nowhere, (2021) was album of the week on both ABC jazz Australia as well Danish Radio Broadcast P8jazz. It was reviewed as being “creative contemporary jazz at its very best” by Jazz Views, and British jazz reviewer Ian Mann described it as: “A typically classy, intelligent & sophisticated offering from Borring”. He has also collaborated with several musicians both as a leader and sideman. He founded his own record label Cool it Records in response to the decrease in global touring due to the pandemic.
Kristian also works as a lecturer in jazz guitar, composition, and performance at the Western Australian
Academy of the Performing Arts.

The Danish/Australian trio Number Junky is an inventive jazz group to come out of the Southern Hemisphere. They play provocative rhythms and odd-time signatures while retaining a focus on both lyrical melodies and lush harmony. The group is led by Kristian Borring with the rhythm section of Zac Grafton on double-bass, and Peter Evans on drums. Their new album Earth Matters was released in 2022 on Coolit Records to international acclaim by publications such as Jazziz, Jazz Halo, The Australian,
and Jazz Journal. The album’s maturity and appeal has beenpraised for “its lustrous sound and its melodic and harmonic qualities combined with the exploration of skilful rhythms” (Jazz Mania), while Borring was hailed as being a “post-bop wizard” (Vintage Guitars). Number Junky plays original compositions by Borring and modern interpretations of jazz standards. The trio collaborated with the piano virtuoso Fabian Almazan on ‘Earth Matters’ and have recently joined forces with British saxophonist Will Vinson for their next album.


André Hahne 

André Hahne is a German/New Zealand musician living and working in Switzerland.
He’s well known as a composer , bassist and founder of various projects such as the No Square Quartet & 60 Miles Trio. He has played with these projects all around the world resulting in numerous cd’s. He also creates music for theatre pieces.
He is a excellent accompanist and a talented soloist. He has a strong sense of melody and recently he has concentrated his research in polyrythms.
If when he was student the record of Miles Davis « The Man with the Horn » introduced him to jazz, now he’s latest influences among others are the music of Ambrose Akinmusire  and Tigan Hamasyan.
He is also director of  of the label Nova Jazz who organises concerts and the yearly jazz festival in Yverdon-les-bains, Switzerland.

The Swiss trio 60 Miles has crafted their own unique sound that draws from a variety of music, from jazz and bebop to rock and classical, creating a unique blend of styles. Since 2015, they have traveled to many countries, including Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, and Argentina. Their fourth album, “Ice Scream”, was released in 2023. This album makes us question the role of music in a time of climate crisis, and whether it is possible to make meaningful changes on our individual scales. The three musicians, Nicolas Gerber (piano), André Hahne (bass), and Philipp Leibundgut (drums), use the power of poetry and
creativity to inspire us to take action.

Created in July 1994, the jazz quartet No Square was founded and revolves around bassist André
Hahne. The group already has 11 albums to its credit and is touring all over the world. “The initial
idea was to develop lively and energetic jazz. Our music develops together and each member of the group can express themselves equally, The jazz of No Square is composed of simple melodies
and more complex binary grooves inspired by compound measures and polyrhythms developed in contemporary jazz. Next year the band is celebrating its 30thanniversary!


Utsi Zimmring

Utsi Zimring is a drummer and composer, Born and raised in Israel. He began to play drums when he was 7 years old and guitar when he was 12. At the age of 12 he joined local bands and first appeared on TV when he was 15. He quickly became a well known and respected drummer in Israel, recording over 120 CDs, touring with major artists and performing on popular TV programs.
He has toured, performed, and recorded with artists such as Mike Stern (Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker), 2011 Grammy winner with the Mingus Big Band David Kikoski (Roy Haynes), Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham), Bob Franceschini (Mike Stern, Victor Wooten)Ted Curson,(Miles Davis),Scott Hamilton(Tony Bennett),Bendik Hofseth(Steps Ahead) Â Ruben Rodriguez (Marc Anthony),Jeff Andrews(Mike Stern) Per Mathisen (Bill Bruford, Alex Acuna, Antonio Sanchez), Ulf Wakenius (Oscar Peterson, Michael Brecker), Jurai Griglak (Poogi Bell), and many more.
In 1998 he formed the fusion band Zonzee, where he played drums and composed and arranged most of the music. Zonzee was signed by NMC, the biggest record company in Israel and recorded two CD’s, the second featured Mike Stern. The success gained Zonzee a prestigious contract with the Israeli  Foreign Ministry to represent Israeli culture as well as opened door to many Jazz Festivals and clubs all over Europe and the USA, including world’s finest jazz club Blue Note in New York.
In 2011, Utsi released his first solo album Zone 23 that included 6 original tunes and 2 newly arranged songs. The musicians who participated in the recordings and live shows are the top world musicians such as Mike Stern on guitar, Dave Kikoski on piano, Bob Franceschini on sax and Ruben Rodriguez on bass to name a few.
With Per Mathisen, great Norwegian bass player, Utsi formed a power rhythm section and they cooperate together on various music projects. in December 2016, Utsi and Per with pianist Dave Kikoski released the album New York City Magic on Alessa Records.
Recently, Utsi is touring with various jazz project (check out the Music Project section) and is about to record with Organism and Bulatkin-Mathisen-Zimring projects.


Mihalis Kalkanis

The double bass player Mihalis Kalkanis stands out among the representatives of the new generation of Greek jazz musicians. He comes from a musical family and participates in the most important forms of the genre. He is a particularly daring and creative musician and composer, successfully experimenting and offering us unpredictable music. He dresses his grandmother’s traditional singing with electronic music and he does field recordings in immigrant religious ceremonies, giving us an amalgam of the world’s sounds in the album “World Echoes in Athens”.
His band ‘Mihalis Kalkanis Group’ was chosen as “the new music proposal” of the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival 2018, while the following year he made a special appearance at the Summer Nostos Festival – SNFCC, with the leading Siberian multi-instrumentalist and composer Nadishana, as his guest. In the same year he appeared in other festivals in Greece and Cyprus, while in October his group was selected first among 300 nominations to appear at the Fira B Festival in Spain.
The highlight of the band’s course so far were the two performances in the Small Theater of Epidaurus (July 24 & 25) with two separate artists as guests, the Armenian oud master HaigYazdjian and avant-garde electric guitarist Giannis Anastasakis. The acclaimed jazz musicians took audiences along for a ride through jazz, ambient, traditional and world music, employing their highly original sound for two spellbinding concerts that were enthusiastically received by audiences and were considered one of last summer’s best musical experiences.

Mihalis Kalkanis Group
The live performances of the band travel the audience to a world where elements from East and West, old values with contemporary ideas and experimentation are mixed in a magical way. This has already been reflected through its special performances in the most important Greek festivals (Athens Jazz Festival, Summer Nostos Festival / SNFCC, Athens Epidaurus Festival etc) as well as in Spain (Palma Jazz Festival) and in Cyprus (Aglan Jazz Festival).
The band line-up: Lefteris Andriotis (cretan lyra), Vasilis Baharidis (drums), Mihalis Kalkanis (double bass), Christos Kalkanis (clarinet), Orestis Benekas (piano/keyboards).
The band’s new album ‘Emotions’, released in June 2022 by United We Fly, was recorded live at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall and has received numerous rave reviews.
“Its sound world is strong and special, full of emotions, images, colours and disparate musical elements.” news247.gr
“..a masterful soundtrack that overflows with aesthetics.” depart.gr
“The harmonious coexistence of acoustic instruments with electronic and processed sounds is highlighted even more by the live recording of the album, to whose sonic world you get addicted and want to listen to it again and again…” efsyn.gr

Origan Trio
The new group of these three leading musicians has already found its own sound. Through the three acoustic instruments, powerful and authentic melodies are expressedand evolve in a context of improvised music, creating a sound that is a special statementin the new European jazz scene.
The Trio is comprised of Mihalis Kalkanis (double bass), Sylvain Fournier (drums) and Nicolas Masson (saxophone). One musician grew up by the sea (Greece) and two in a mountainous country (Switzerland). Through their musical conversation, they redefine and explore new ways ofmaking different musical elements and cultures coexist.


João Leão

Brazilian musician and producer João Leão brings the creative energy of Brazil’s contemporary independent scene, having recorded more than 30 albums and toured extensively with important Brazilian indie artists like two times Latin Grammy Award winner Céu. Living in Toronto since 2018, João is also highly sought in the local Brazilian and Latin music scenes, touring and collaborating with artists like Bruno Capinan and Jerusa Leão. His first album, Bilis Negra (2018), explores an atmosphere of introspection and melancholy, backed by carefully placed electric piano mantras and textures with a hint of the most authentic Bossa Nova vibes.


Chris Drave

Chris Drave was born in Hamburg in 1977. At the age of 6 he began classical violin lessons with Eva Maria Krauspe. At the age of 14 he also started playing the guitar and making his first band experiences.
His focus has always been on independent songwriting and working in various bands.

From 1999 he studied to become a teacher, majoring in violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and had violin lessons with Jürgen Groß, Peter Heidrich, Anton Barachowski and Liudmila Minnibaeva.
He played guitar & violin in “Der Fall Böse” (approx. 200 performances, 3 CD productions), was a violinist in the graceless salon orchestra, in the midnight show in the Schmidt Theater, played with David Harrington, Kathrin Wulff, U96 & Claude Oliver Rudolph, Red Lounge Orchestra, etc.
He has created various compositions for Inter-Klang, stringNbase & ChamberLoop, among others, and is the author of the songbook “Mellows Songs for 2 Violins” (Schell-Verlag)
His current projects are the duo Inter-Klang, TC-Mellows, Djangonauten, Robert Carl Blank, VioLoop, stringNbase, Rendez-Vous, Trio Cinematique and ChamberLoop.

Christian Renz Paulsen
Born in Barranquilla (Colombia) in 1982 into a German-Colombian family of musicians, he began taking classical piano lessons at the age of 5 with the Colombian pianist Rosalba Reina de Villalón and later with harmony and music theory with his father Gunter Renz. Already at the age of 13 he was intensively involved with Latin American and Caribbean music. A few years later he won his first composition prize “Música Clásica Caribe 2000” with his work “Fantasía sobre el Río Sinú”.

Christian Renz has lived in Hamburg since 2001 and works as a pianist, composer, arranger and music teacher. There he studied with the renowned composer Wolf Kerschek and completed his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) in the subjects piano jazz (Dipl.-Musikl.) and composition (M.Mus.) with distinction. During his studies he received numerous awards, including the “Germany Scholarship” and the “Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation Scholarship”.

He was also a guest lecturer in jazz theory and composition at the HfMT Hamburg, the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Universidad del Atlántico and the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia.
In 2017 he was awarded the Contemporary Composition Prize by the City of Barranquilla for his work Nocturno a la Bella for piano and flute. In spring 2020 he began his doctoral studies in Artistic Research with a focus on composition and musicology.
His catalog of compositions includes works for piano, solo voice and piano, mixed choir, chamber music, string orchestra, symphony orchestra, jazz and salsa ensembles. His works are influenced by Latin American rhythms and the texture and harmony of jazz and classical music.

He has worked as a pianist with, among others:

United World Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Jan Degenhardt, HfMT Bigband Hamburg, Laeiszhalle, SchauspielhausHamburg, Joe Gallardo, Renz Ramos, Mete Mono, Maelo Ruiz, Cristian Fernández, Javier Vasquez, Rafu Warner, Manolo Lezcano.

Composers & Arrangers:

Mannheim Youth Symphony Orchestra, Speyer Chamber Orchestra, WDR Radio Orchestra, NDR Big Band, Klazz Brothers, Wolf Kerschek, Kaiser Quartet.


Jeff Denson

“Playing music is a deeply spiritual experience for me – it is sacred. When it is pure it can be like traveling without moving – a gateway to another world or reality.”
In the current jazz environment, the art of jazz expression and the world of formal education are fully intertwined. Serious dedication to either path takes powerful commitment, but fully pursuing both demands a level of diligence and focus that is immensely challenging. Jeff Denson is a man who is meeting that challenge.
Fully immersed in both worlds since the late 1990s, the bassist/composer has balanced a full career as sideman and leader while taking a full course of studies leading to his doctorate. In addition to maintaining an intense performing and touring schedule in the U.S. and Europe while in school – including a long relationship with legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz that continues to this day – Jeff has also taught extensively all over both continents.
Today he is a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California and the Director of its Outreach Program designed to develop the Bay Area’s most talented musicians while making the local scene a productive and fertile environment for jazz. While this intensive level of activity is easily a full-time job, Jeff takes a relentless 24/7 approach, composing for and leading three distinct ensembles, participating in a few cooperative groups and working on his three-act Chamber Opera, WEBS.
At first glance, it might seem that Jeff Denson, like so many of the younger generation that has emerged in the past 20 years, is a product of the formalized jazz education system. This is simply not the case. In reality, he has developed in the age-old tradition that dates back to the earliest days of jazz – listen to the masters, sharing in oral traditions through his personal mentors, and straight-up hands-on experience in the trenches.
“I have the highest degree that a person can earn in music; however I owe a great deal of my ‘education’ to my experiences on the ‘street’ or on the bandstand.”
Jeff’s “bandstand” credentials are indeed impressive. He has recorded 10 albums as leader/co-leader and over a dozen more as a featured sideman – four with Konitz (including live recordings at the Village Vanguard and Birdland). Over the past 15 years, he has shared the bandstand with an impressive and diverse array of remarkable musicians including Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Joe Lovano, Jane Ira Bloom, Kenny Werner, Dave Douglas, Bob Moses, Giacomo Gates, Howard Alden and many more.
Born in Arlington, Virginia – just outside of Washington, D.C. – in 1976, Jeff grew up in a fertile musical environment and began playing the alto sax at 8 years old, switching to electric bass in high school. His mother’s love of the Beatles became his own, and he also discovered R&B, especially Stevie Wonder, James Brown & the J.B.’s and Marvin Gaye– particularly affected by the legendary Motown Records bassist James Jameson. By the time he was completing his high school education, Jeff was playing and singing with his own funk and rock bands. His interest in jazz started with fusion – Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke – but shifted direction one fateful day. Like countless musicians over the past 50+ years it was a chance encounter with Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue – specifically Paul Chambers playing lead on So What – that provided an epiphany. Soon after, Charles Mingus’ Haitian Fight Song locked the young bassist into this new direction, both as a player and an artist.
“Mingus came to represent more to me than ‘just’ a great bassist – he represented a man with great conviction who no matter what he was up against, he would make his it his way!”
After two years of studying visual arts (painting and photography) at Virginia Commonwealth University, Jeff entered Northern Virginia Community College in 1997. Here he met Herb Smith, an intense and influential teacher, with whom he played professionally for a number of years in every corner of the local scene. A single lesson with the great post-bop bassist Butch Warren led to another traditional aspect of true jazz education – a personal mentorship built upon hanging out on the scene and listening, questioning and learning first-hand from musicians. He also continued listening intently to the bass masters – he names Ron Carter, Ray Brown and Scott LaFaro as major influences – and for two years studied privately with an extraordinary teacher, Pepe Gonzalez, who made a profound impact upon the young musician. The element of intensely personal mentorship that he has experienced – especially the one that Pepe provided to him as a musician and a man – has powerfully influenced Jeff’s commitment to his own students, laying the foundation for his own contribution to the passing-down continuum that is the legacy of jazz at its most sacred.
In 1999, Jeff began his studies at the renowned Berklee College of Music, and after graduating cum laude in 2002, his career hit full stride. Jeff began performing extensively with Minsarah, the internationally acclaimed cooperative trio he had formed in 2001 with fellow Berklee students, pianist Florian Weber and drummer Ziv Ravitz. Touring extensively in the U.S. and Europe, they recorded their first album for the now-defunct hubermusik Records label in 2003 and were signed by Enja Records in 2006, recording two albums. Growing rapidly in stature, they performed at top concert halls and festivals, including the Berlin Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival in Paris and the Montreal Jazz Festival among many others. In 2007 they joined forces with Lee Konitz, becoming the legendary figure’s first regular ensemble. They recorded three albums together for Enja and toured regularly, especially in Europe with dozens of tours since 2007. In 2010 Jeff moved to New York City and became a highly in-demand member of the local scene. Amidst all this activity Jeff continued his studies, while continuing to play, perform and teach.
He received his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Florida State University; and his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music Performance with an Emphasis on Composition from the University of California, San Diego in 2010. Jeff’s intensely focused experience at UCSD, where he also studied privately with Anthony Davis and Mark Dresser (who Jeff cites as a most powerfully influential teacher and a very close friend), added another important dimension to his musical vision – a deep love of the Western Classical traditions, especially Bach, Debussy, Ravel and the 12-tone masters, Berg and Schoenberg, along with Eliot Carter. Weaving this influence into his own composing and theoretical imperative, particularly in the context of his Secret World ensemble, Jeff has embarked on a truly unique path as a composer and performer.
In 2011, with extensive experience in providing workshops, master classes, lectures and clinics all over Europe and the U.S., and seven years of institutional teaching while pursuing his advanced degrees, Dr. Denson accepted an offer from the Jazzschool Institute (now the California Jazz Conservatory) to become a full professor in order to focus upon his goals as an educator. Despite Jeff’s educational commitments he remains a fully committed active musician and remains powerfully focused on his own sweeping musical journey.
An acknowledged and highly respected master of his instrument in both the jazz and Western Classical disciplines, Jeff clearly expresses his view on technique:
“I’ve spent a great deal of time developing pretty extensive technique on my instrument but that is only because it’s a means to open the channel between the ear, heart and mind. It’s the key to communicating with as little impediment from the instrument as possible.”
That mastery fully serves his purpose as a composer and leader. A man of limitless creativity and vision, he is influenced by a wide variety of interests including film, nature and painting (particularly Vincent Van Gogh). All of this is reflected in his broad-based and ambitious artistic imperative, which includes vocal music (he is an accomplished singer), electric music, experimental forms, larger ensemble works, multi-media presentations and video.
He is currently focused on four projects as a leader, Jeff Denson’s Secret World (a quartet featuring Jeff on bass and vocals and has included such extraordinary trumpeters as Ralph Alessi and Cuong Vu), Electreo (an experimental ensemble of electric bass, electric bassoon and percussion), the Jeff Denson Trio, featuring pianist Joshua White, and the Jeff Denson Trio +1 – a project that will feature a special guest artist each season, beginning appropriately with Lee Konitz in 2014/15, already slated for more than a dozen performances in the U.S. In addition, Jeff performs solo and in some special duets. He has recently released two duo recordings on pfMENTUM Records: I’ll Fly Away, a re-imagination of hymns and spirituals with Joshua White; and Two, with the remarkable European clarinetist Claudio Puntin.
From his position as Outreach Director for the CJC, Jeff is nurturing young musicians into the world of professional performance, promoting partnerships and relationships among various elements of the Bay Area scene. A key part of his mission is to provide that special growth experience of allowing young musicians to share the bandstand side by side with the professionals with whom they will become colleagues in the future. His ultimate goal is to not only foster this emerging talent, but also to create an atmosphere of activity and productivity that is intended to make the local scene a viable professional option for young musicians. It’s his hope that this will keep this young talent in the area rather than departing for other cities in search of career success.
“As an educator I want to pass on my passion for music to the next generation and to help foster a community that contributes works of depth and meaning to a world that so desperately needs it.”
For Jeff Denson, this multiple commitment does not create conflict, but rather, confluence


Jacques Mignault

This is the story of a musician who fell in love with music at a young age. Growing up in a log cabin in the country north of Montreal, he would spend hours listening to the Beatles on an Electrohome bubble record player in front of a fireplace. When he was nine years old, he picked up a six steel string acoustic guitar and started playing.In school, he discovered Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and began experimenting with tape to produce multitrack works. He even created jingles for student radio stations using a Philips sound on sound tape machine borrowed from a friend. As a teenager, he honed his guitar skills by practicing in front of his brother’s cover band, even replacing the lead guitar on one occasion. He also discovered fusion music while listening to a tiny transistor radio his grandfather had brought from Japan. After studying alongside Art Roberts at Concordia University, he went on to win the first prize in the Roland Synthesizer music contest among seven hundred entrants from twenty-two countries, which was judged by the legendary Oscar Peterson. He founded a fusion band called Agharta and produced his first album with them in 1981. He also played with renowned percussionist Michel Séguin and shared the stage with Zachary Richard in front of 250,000 people on the plains of Abraham. He went on to play with a band called Anoosh for two years, led by an Armenian singer named Raffi Niziblian. During that time, he continued to listen to and collect music, particularly albums by Bill Evans and Duke Ellington. His top ten favorite albums of all time include works by George Duke, Weather Report, Bill Evans, Fourplay, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington & John Coltrane.


Harmonious Wail

The members of Harmonious Wail are purveyors of Americana-infused Gypsy Jazz, who continue to take their listeners on a ride via the music of the Hot Club sounds of Parisian cafes, to the deepest blues of the Memphis Delta, to the heartfelt folk scenes across every-town-America. This harmonious clique are sublime entertainers, great educators, and lifters of spirits. Harmonious Wail is a trio of multi-award winning musicians. Sims Delaney-Potthoff, a mandolin virtuoso, and vocalist, Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, vocalist extraordinaire, whose percussive instrument of choice is a cardboard box (but who can also rock almost any household object), and Jeffo Weiss, a master bassist who dazzles and mesmerizes on both upright and electric 5-string bass. These illustrious, yet humble artists vow that every performance is played from the heart and infused with a perfect balance of inspiration, emotion, wit and storytelling. The Wail celebrates 10 recordings in its 30+ years of existence and is currently kicking off its 4th decade releasing two new CDs simultaneously! One  project showcases Harmonious Wail’s original compositions, and the other is a collection of Gypsy Jazz standards recorded in collaboration with some the world’s  leading Gypsy Jazz All Stars. As stewards of the Gypsy Jazz genre, they have established the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, held twice a year in Madison, Wisconsin.  They also offer to take the fest on the road as a special concert package. They have mastered a plan on how to bring amazing Gypsy Jazz All Stars from around the world, and place them in front of concert audiences throughout the United States. Their gracious approach to music and storytelling translates beautifully for any musical education outreach program. They are as illumined off stage as they are on. And their skills are tailored to fit groups of varying skill and age.  Popular topics have included; ”The Instrumentation of Gypsy Jazz,” “How to Succeed in the Music Biz,” and “Maggie’s Method™: If You Can Speak You Can Sing.” Never a dull moment, the philanthropic trio has also established The Henry Mac Fund. The fund was created in March of 2015 in memory of Sims’ and Maggie’s son, Henry. Henry was a superb musician who will not be forgotten, as funds are awarded annually to a young, upcoming musician who is looking for support to move her/his musical career forward. These young musicians will continue to help make the world a better place through music. The funds are awarded every June at the Madison Area Music Association awards ceremony. (The MAMA’s). Not only a touring band, the ever-reaching Harmonious Wail has worked with National Public Radio, performing on multiple shows and even donating pertinent songs for NPR to use in annual fundraising campaigns. Their music has been placed in films, and they recently received the 2017 Musicnotes Outstanding Musical CareerAchievement Award.



Dom Minasi

Dom Minasi has been playing guitar all his life. He became a professional when he was 15 years old. In 1974, he was signed to Blue Note Records. After two albums, he left the recording business and did not record again as a leader till 1999 for CIMP records. During the seventies, he had an opportunity to work and perform with a slew of jazz giants, including Arnie Lawrence, George Coleman, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, and Dave Brubeck. Wanting to have control of all aspects of his music, Dom, along with his wife, Carol Mennie, formed CDM Records. With his new trio, Ken Filiano -bass and Jackson Krall- drums, on April 23rd, 2001, they recorded in one set, “Takin ‘The Duke Out” ‘ live,’ at the Knitting Factory in NYC. It was released in October 2001. “Takin’ The Duke Out” met with glowing reviews. In March 2006, Dom’s most ambitious project was released. Using his trio as a base and writing for small and large ensembles, The Vampire’s Revenge is a double disc set of almost two hours of through-composed music with lots of room for improv. Many renowned Jazz Journalists throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe selected The Vampire’s Revenge as one of the best recordings of 2006. In April 2009, Dom recorded Dissonance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder for re: KonstruK Records, which was later released on Konnex Records, featuring Dom on nylon string guitar, Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Tomas Ulrich (cello), and Ken Filiano (contrabass). Dissonance is a totally different sound. This group is a real combination of contemporary 21st-century composition. Since 2016 Dom has been an Unseen Rain Records Recording Artist. You can go to his website and read and hear all about Dom. In 2023 look for new releases coming from this extraordinary artist.


Dana Ali

Dana Ali is an American singer and songwriter from Atlanta, GA. She has crossed the waters to the United Kingdom with her bass player Dave Hewitt (Babe Ruth fame). They have cowritten and recorded songs in the USA and in the U.K. Dana Ali, takes elements of Soul, Jazz, Blues and R&B with Funk Rhythms to create a fresh and distinctive sound. Dana Ali has been touring the U.K. extensively and in the course of her musical career, Dana has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Performing at a variety of venues and festivals, making dozens of appearances in the UK, Dana has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans, serving as both inspiration and role model.


Sina Bathaie

Sina Bathaie, producer, multi-instrumentalist based in Toronto, Canada is known for his unique approach in incorporating authentic oriental sounds in his music. His hypnotic performances have garnered him fans from across the globe. Sina has been featured at festivals such as Luminato, Pacific Contact, Folk Music Ontario, CINARS, TD Jazz Festival, Mundial Montreal, Prismatic Festival, Aga Khan Museum, Fete de la Musique Mont Tremblant, as well as TV and radio appearances at CP24 and CBC Radio Metro Morning and Big City Small Worlds. His latest album Oracle is a deep dive into electronic music scene and organic house and offers a fresh oriental sound along with electronic beats. His second album Ray of Hope was released on Windcatcher Records in 2017 and was nominated for Best World Music Album of the Year in 16th annual Independent Music Award in NYC. His debut album Sound of Silence was released in 2012 and received warm critical acclaim. Born in Iran, Sina started learning Santur at the age seven from his father, Master Javad Bathaie and studied Persian classical repertoire (Radif) with the instrument Oud. He later studied Composition and Orchestration at Berklee College of Music and has scored movies such as The Horse Latitudes, Un royaume déménage, Ameno and Mr Settled Immigrant.


Jeremy Wong

Jeremy is one of Vancouver’s rising stars of jazz, with a rich baritone that evokes such classic voices as Nat King Cole and Johnny Hartman, along with modern greats like Kurt Elling.  Like Elling, he is a fellow disciple of vocalese, following in the footsteps of Jon Hendricks and bringing old standards new life through his poignant, honest lyrics and storytelling.
Already a seasoned performer, Jeremy’s resume includes festival appearances fronting the Bruce James Orchestra, the role of Paul in Pascal Saunier’s opera, Le Destin du Jazz Club, many gigs around Vancouver, and entertaining in lounges aboard cruise ships the world over.  Since returning to Vancouver, Jeremy released his debut album, Hey There, through Cellar Music Group in September 2022.
Jeremy holds a Diploma of Jazz Studies from Capilano University where he studied with Steve Maddock and Jennifer Scott.  In Rejean Marois’ acclaimed ensemble, Nitecap, Jeremy shared the stage with modern greats: Maria Schneider, Donny McCaslin, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Canadian stars Bria Skonberg and Laila Biali.  Outside of jazz, Jeremy also has extensive experience in the worlds of choral music and barbershop harmony, including an international medal winning collegiate quartet, and appearances on TV, film, and radio.


Jean-Baptiste Hardy

Jean-Baptiste Hardy was born in 1989, and grew up in south of France. He started classical guitar at the age of eight, and studied it for 10 years. In the same time he discovered and learned Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed fingerstyle repertoire. In 2003, 2005 and 2007 he attended the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society festival in Nashville, and was lucky to perform there and meet with great players such as Tommy Emmanuel, Jim Nichols, and Joscho Stephan.

After moving to Paris in 2006, he started to play in jam sessions, and to perform concerts in several music places, as a sideman and band leader, mixing lots of genres, from fingerstyle to blues, rock, gospel, and world music.

In 2012, he decided to live in Istanbul where he could fully devote himself to his musical career. He started to study jazz on his own, and developed a great knowledge in harmony and improvisation. Early swing and manouche guitar, through great influences such as Django Reinhardt or Bireli Lagrene, and then bebop, bossa nova, funk or fusion got added to his rich repertoire. In 2014 he recorded his first album On verra, as a trio, with Ekin Bilgin on bass and Riccardo Marenghi on drums, which was already a mix of all genres and influences that JB had learned. His music is hard to categorize, since it gathers some swing, jazz, rock, blues, brazilian and fingerpicking colours in it.

JB was back in France in 2015, where he set up a new guitar-bass-drums trio, with Benjamin Asnar on bass and Rory Quinn on drums. He played in almost every jazz venue in Paris, and lots of guitar festivals through the country, and recorded 2 other albums with them : Reprise in 2018 and Which Way in 2022.

In the same time, JB has developed a solo repertoire, performing classical, fingerpicking and folk compositions. He has released 2 solo albums : Nouveau départ in 2018 and Confidences in 2021.


Michael Neff

Born in 1975 and raised on a farm in Appenzellerland, he was enthusiastic about music from an early age and has been playing the trumpet since his youth – first in a brass band and then in a groovy funk band with schoolmates.

He discovered jazz at the St. Gallen Jazz School, where he studied trumpet and jazz improvisation with the main subject teachers Bernhard Schoch and Lester Menezes.

After completing his professional studies in 2000, he received a sponsorship award from the cultural foundation of the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. This enabled him to spend six months in New York taking lessons from Eddie Henderson, Cecil Bridgewater, and Mike LeDonne.

In 2008 he received another grant from the Ausserrhodische Kulturstiftung. This enabled him to spend a composition semester abroad with the saxophonist/composer Andy Middleton at the Vienna Conservatory.

Since 2000 he has led his own band, the Michael Neff Group. Current line-up: Mario Söldi (dr), Christoph Sprenger (b), Rainer Hagmann (violin), Andi Schnoz (g), and Michael Neff (tp & flh). Michael Neff is a musician par excellence, who plumbs the
highs and lows of jazz as a trumpeter and as a composer with a sure sense of style.

More than 20 of his compositions and interpretations are regularly played by RadioSwissJazz!

"Michael Neff and his group rely on relaxed and relaxing tones. He keeps it up even when it gets a little louder. His trumpet and flugelhorn sound so beautiful, lyrical and light that the question arises: can jazz sound beautiful? He is allowed to. Especially
when Michael Neff's poles of calm carry so much further than some raw musical feats of strength." (Franz XA Zipperer)


Julia Brüssel

Julia Brüssel is a German violinist and composer specializing in the versatility of musical languages. The press describes her as a Jazz- violinist as well as an experimental improviser. Her range is influenced by contemporary, interdisciplinary art, dub, ambient, electronic global music and many more….

Already as a pre-school child she developed a passion for violin and string music and finally got her first violin- lessons in the age of 6.
Right from the start of her musical career, she was interested alongside of classical music also for improvisation and novel sounds of different musical scenes.
She grew up in Cologne and played since the age of 14 as one of the youngest steadily in own various
cross-genre bands and was asked for many different projects and collaborated as well with German and
international musicians on a professional level from the age of 16, before she went to music college.
(OneDropLeft, C-Jam Collective, Jadugar Trio, Tim Isfort Quartet, “Burma meets Europe” and many more) These year’s influences significantly shaped her musical path and expanded her individual musical violin style.
During this time she experimented with pedals and also began to develop her first methods,
adding electronic sounds to her violin play and found her roles in her bands as a soloist, a part of melody sections as well as the rhythm sections.

After graduating from high-school, she studied “Jazz Violin” at the Music Academy in Cologne in 2013 with Roger Hanschel and Michael Gustorff (jazz and improvisation) and Sebastian Gottschick (classical).

2015 she became a permanent member of the formation “The Dorf” and became part of the collective and label “The Dorf & Umland”, which is honored with the WDR
Jazz Award (2020).

In 2018 she made her debut as a guest soloist on the main stage of the renowned (Free)Jazz-Festival “Moers Festival” with the intercultural act “Siddi Traces”. Since then she has been invited regularly as a soloist/ improviser to play with own projects and to collaborate with well-known international artists from the experimental scene.

In the same year she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree with top marks and founded Julia Brüssel Quartet and developed a Solo program that deals with the sounds in purely acoustic form and in connection with live electronics.

As a co-founder of the Kurdish-German Avian Quartet, which performs self- interpreted and arranged Kurdish folk music in a string quartet she played for several years and collaborated with well-known Kurdish artists like
Cemil Qocgiri or Mikali Aslan and played in sold out Rudolf Oetker Concert Halls in Bielfeld.
As an artistically Leader with the quartet she directed a multigenerational interdisciplinary Project in Cologne under the name of “Lost Treasures from Kurdish and German Culture” with around 70 artists involved.

2019 was one of her first plane trips to New York, where she played with new musicians and got a taste of the local Jazz and Improv Scene.
From there she went to India Chennai, following an invitation by the “Goethe Institut” as an “Artist in Residence” who selected her as one of a few young promising artists from Europe and India to collaborate together.

She has received regular grants, scholarships and promotions from federal funds with her projects and as a solo artist for her artistic activities.
In the pop and film industry she has played on many records and soundtracks and joined some house bands of several TV Shows like “Euro Vision Song Contest” and has been accompanying the Pop Band “AnnenMayKantereit” on their club and arena tours.

Since 2020 she has an electro-acoustic duet project with bass clarinet player and electronic “Kraftwerk” musician Falk Grieffenhagen.
In addition to this and her solo work, she is currently focusing on her Germany-based band “hilde”, and the duo project with Ghanaian percussionist Abass Dodoo in London.

She is represented on numerous recordings and constantly plays with regional and international artists and cooperates outside of Europe in USA, India and in Africa.


shelly Rudolph

SHELLY RUDOLPH has been singing, performing and composing for over twenty-five years, embracing the sounds of soul, jazz, blues, R&B, reggae and pop. Music has taken Shelly all over the world with ensembles that range from intimate duets to Jazz Orchestras and most everything in between. She is among the busiest vocalists in Portland, Oregon performing with her own projects, including collaborations with jazz innovator and NW icon, Tom Grant.

Following the release of her latest album, The Way We Love (OA2, 2020), which featured the late, great, GRAMMY winning maverick cellist David Darling, Shelly has continued to deepen and expand her unique expression of “fresh and powerful romanticism” by creating pieces and events that integrate spoken word, song, evocative instrumentation, visual art and dance.

Ms. Rudolph has self-produced and released three original full-length albums, an EP for her swamp-soul band Midnight Honey and a playfully intimate piano-vocal holiday collection “RUDOLPH,” all selling thousands of units and digital downloads.As a songwriter and vocalist she has collaborated and recorded with: David Darling (ECM), Zach Gill (Jack Johnson), David Piltch (kd lang), Ken Stange (Joe Cocker), David Mathews (Etta James), Tom Lackner (Airto and Flora Purim), Tom Grant and Pink Martini’s Phil Baker. These recordings have solidified her standing as a marketable artist for agents and venues, established her as a notable musician among peers and press, and garnered songwriting and recording work nationally and internationally.

Shelly has received placement on pandora.com, regional, national and international jazz stations and song licensing rosters. She was chosen to be part oft the Multnomah County Library’s music project, was selected by Mayor Adams as one of the featured musicians on Portlandonline.com’s ListenLocal program and has made numerous live performance and interview appearances on NW radio and TV stations. She is a proud recipient of RACC’s Professional Development Grant.

Following the release of her latest album, The Way We Love (OA2, 2020), which featured the late, great, GRAMMY winning maverick cellist David Darling, Shelly has continued to deepen and expand her unique expression of “fresh and powerful romanticism” by creating pieces and events that integrate spoken word, song, evocative instrumentation, visual art and dance.
Ms. Rudolph has self-produced and released three original full-length albums, an EP for her swamp-soul band Midnight Honey and a playfully intimate piano-vocal holiday collection “RUDOLPH,” all selling thousands of units and digital downloads.As a songwriter and vocalist she has collaborated and recorded with: David Darling (ECM), Zach Gill (Jack Johnson), David Piltch (kd lang), Ken Stange (Joe Cocker), David Mathews (Etta James), Tom Lackner (Airto and Flora Purim), Tom Grant and Pink Martini’s Phil Baker. These recordings have solidified her standing as a marketable artist for agents and venues, established her as a notable musician among peers and press, and garnered songwriting and recording work nationally and internationally.

Shelly has received placement on pandora.com, regional, national and international jazz stations and song licensing rosters. She was chosen to be part oft the Multnomah County Library’s music project, was selected by Mayor Adams as one of the featured musicians on Portlandonline.com’s ListenLocal program and has made numerous live performance and interview appearances on NW radio and TV stations. She is a proud recipient of RACC’s Professional Development Grant.


Stefano Rocco

Stefano Rocco started playing classical guitar at the age of 7 and soon after he began performing in the local area of his hometown Monfalcone.

In his teens, he started playing electric guitar in the styles of rock, blues, and fusion, showing a great interest in improvisation, which later led him to study jazz.

After his move to London in 2009, he started playing as a sideman for different singers and bands both in-studio and live, this experience allowed him to explore the London music scene and meet new musicians who were relevant influences.

In 2011, he began the Jazz Bachelor Degree at Middlesex University, London studying with Stuart Hall, Carl Orr, Nikki Iles, Chris Batchelor, Rob Townsend, and many other renowned jazz educators.

In 2014, after graduating with BA in Jazz (Hons) he relocated to Sydney, where he quickly started performing and teaching guitar.

After meeting pianist Pablo Puentes and double bassist Muhamed Mehmedbasic, they formed Syd’ Side Trio and started playing in venues around Sydney.

This led to a weekly residency in one of the venues, since 2018 Stefano continues hosting this weekly jazz event in Surry Hills, having the opportunity to play with some of Sydney’s most talented jazz musicians.

Stefano has been focusing consistently on writing his compositions; in August 2019 he and his quartet recorded his debut album “A NEW NIGHT, A NEW DAY”. The quartet features Muhamed Mehmedbasic on double bass, Nick Southcott on piano and Ed Rodrigues on drums.

Stefano is also a passionate guitar teacher and has gained significant experience teaching one-on-one, groups, and ensembles in primary and high schools across Sydney.



AEGONIA is a fantasy project which includes a series of novels and atmospheric metal music with lyrics inspired by the world of the books. So far the artists have released two novels “Tales from the lands of Aegonia”, one LP album “The Forgotten Song” (2019) and two folklore singles based on the most mystical part of the Bulgarian folklore, closely related to ancient Rhodopi mountain. In the world of Aegonia the biggest power of a sorceress/sorcerer is their song. The magical and fulfilling melodies of the project can be played either with the heavy sound of a full-metal band or with acoustic classical instruments and vocals.


Gregory Rivkin

At this day and age the art Gregory Rivkin’s trumpet-playing is at the stage of epitome of taste and equilibrium on every and any level. Always connected on stage to the moment and present tense, Gregory is a real -deal story-teller, when he plays ballads. Hard-swinging, lyrical and melodic at medium tempos, he becomes extremely dangerous, when it’s time to burn. An accomplished band-leader with robust musical individuality and a prolific sideman, the trumpeter gained his international reputation in the scene of Paris, France and New York, N.Y., U.S.A. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006. In addition to his diplomas with excellence in classical trumpet, Gregory has won awards in several international and national competitions in a discipline of classical and jazz trumpet held in Israel, France and the United States. His high light sideman work in New York credits: Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, Mingus Big-Band just to name a few. Arguably one of the finest Israeli trumpeters and jazz artists, Greg leads his own groups and works as featured soloist and core member with Tel-Aviv Big-Band, Haifa Big-Band, Eli De-Gibri Big-Band. Rivkin’s creative imagination, virtuosity and ability to sink into the roots of Black American Music and deliver the authenticity of this art-form is also highly demanded by band-leaders and producers, who work in the alternative streams of music, by mixing contemporary hip-hop, folk and rock elements.


David Linx

Born in Brussels but Parisian by adoption, and trained by the collaborations with a myriad of legendary American and European musicians, David Linx is, if not the greatest (quote from Jazz Magazine), aat least, one of the most formidable jazz singers one is bound to hear and grace the stage. His first big international acclaimand breakthrough came with the Label Bleu released album Up Close back in 1995, with co-leader Diederik Wissels as well as the re-release of his album with the writer James Baldwin: A Lover’s Question with Pierre Van Dormael, Steve Coleman, Toots Thielemans, Slide Hampton… It definitively renewed the landscape and the perception of vocal jazz by means of a totally new approach and has inspired an entire generation of singers and musicians. Amongst the numerous awards David Linx has received over the years we can mention the Octave d’ Honneur in Belgium for his entire career, The Edison Jazz Award in Holland, best jazz vocal album of the year for Brel with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and many awards in France: Victoires du Jazz in 2019: voice of the year, Prix Charles Cros, Académie du Jazz.


Christophe Monnoit

Christophe Monniot is a jazz saxophonist born in Caen . He holds a first prize unanimously in Jazz and improvised music from the National Conservatory of Music in Paris . He obtained the first prize for soloist at the Concours national de jazz de la Défense . He began by studying the trumpet , before preferring the saxophone , all at the conservatory of Caen , and obtained a master’s degree in musicology at the University of Rouen . He made a name for himself within Laurent Dehors ‘ group , Tous Dehors , then with the creation of the Campagnie des musiques à ouïr , a delirious musical-country trio with his companions Rémi Sciuto and Denis Charolles . His impressive qualities as a soloist have earned him a call in the groups of Stéphan Oliva , Daniel Humair , Patrice Caratini , or the festive Coronation of the eardrum by Fred Pallem .


Bänz Oester

Bänz Oester (born 1966 in Bern ) is a Swiss jazz bassist. Oester studied classical double bass with Bela Szedlak from 1983 to 1987 and also with Peter Frei at the Swiss Jazz School from 1986 to 1989. He worked as a sideman with Dewey Redman, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Ray Anderson , Arthur Blythe, Joey Baron, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, Bill Stewart, Gary Bartz, Jim Black, Walter Norris, Michel Godard, Adam Nussbaum and many others.

He led numerous bands of his own, including several trio formations, e.g. the Trio Oester with Mike del Ferro and Gilbert Paeffgen , Trio Weiss , Oester Pfammatter , Who with Michel Wintsch and Gerry Hemingway , Braff , Oester, Rohrer , The Bridge with Philipp Schaufelberger and Pierre Favre , with whose ensemble he recorded the ECM album Fleuve ( 2006), as well as various quartet and quintet formations. He also worked in the duo Hiroko Takada and Andreas Schaerer . He has led the successful quartet Rainmakers since 2012 .

In addition to albums as a sideman and band leader, he released the solo album Blospermint Suite in 2007 . Oester is a professor for double bass and ensemble playing at the jazz department of the Musikhochschule Basel . 


Robert Castelli

Born into a family of drummers (a grandfather, two uncles & his father), Robert learned the basics from his father, who, along with his Uncle, were lifetime members of the NYC Musicians Union, AFM Local 802.

By high school, having started private lessons as well as classes in music theory, he was playing professionally all over the NY/Tri-State area. He went on to study Theory & Composition, Piano, Guitar, Orchestra Percussion & Drums at the Westchester Conservatory of Music, State University
of NY at New Paltz, and  Drummers Collective NYC. Over the years he has studied with some of the most well known drummers in New York & the world including,  Ed Soph, Gary Chester, Kim Plainfield, Tony “Thunder” Smith, Robbie Gonzalez, Robbie Ameen, Horacio el Negro Hernandez, and Joe Ascione. 

After several years in Austria, Robert now lives in Barcelona, Spain, where he continues to play and record with well known & up & coming artists in just about every style (Pop, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, World, Musical Theater, etc.) from small clubs to small stadiums.

His playing as a sideman has been written about in The NY Times online, Cadence Magazine, Jazz Halo Belgium, and Drums & Percussion Germany. His 3 Boom releases have received critical acclaim from some of the most widely read magazines and websites in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe.

Robert is also an accomplished guitar player. He started out at 14, learning on his own with songbooks brought home by his father, who at the time worked for G. Shermer’s in NYC to supplement his income. Eventually he went on to study with Mark Slifstien at Westchester Conservatory in White Plains, NY, and privately with ex Berklee guitar teacher Alex Adrian, in Queens, NY.

Founding ‘Trio of Boom’ in 2007, Robert has played with different configurations of ‘Boom!’ over the years, and continues to explore new musical territories as such.



Markus Zahrl

A World of Bliss begins within ourselves – with the first thought of how we want the world around us to be and what we do to make it a magic place. Music reminds us of this vision and helps us make the world a better place.” explains Markus Zahrl about the title of his new Album.

A World of Bliss is Markus Zahrl´s first full album as a leader. It follows his EP Celtic Dance, released in 2020 (which had 3 songs in the Top #10 Smooth Jazz Listener Countdown). Featuring eight new original songs, the music is an inspiring and uplifting collection.

Markus says, „This new album is a contra point to the challenging times we have to face in the world right now. Music is a source to stay positive.“

All eight tracks of A World of Bliss were produced and written by Markus. Two songs—“Dreams Come True” and „Joyful Life“ were composed more than 10 years ago. Markus found them again during the planning process and rearranged them for the new Album. They fit perfectly into the mood of the whole project.

The song „Good Vibes“ was inspired by the „handpan“-Instrument that Markus loves to play. This is a wonderful instrument on which he gets many ideas for his musical life.

2 songs (Chilling in the Nature, Spring is in the house) were a continuous process of the last years to find the final expression of that mood. Especially the musical ideas of band members – Werner Köck, Wolfgang Köck, Harry Hauser and Christian Grobauer made the songs to a wonderful masterpiece. (as with all the songs on the Album)

A World of Bliss, Something New and You light up my Love were composed during the pandemic period and they reinforced the theme of the record, of staying strong and positive even when the times are tough.

Markus Zahrls’ personal relationship with music started at the ago of 5 years with playing the drums. At 16, he picked up the saxophone and immediately loved it, and it was pretty much the only thing he wanted to do in his life. At 17, he joined his town’s  the local big band and turned pro at 19. In the 1990s he studied at the Conservatory of Vienna (jazz saxophone) and at the Berklee College of Music Bosten/USA. Markus was a sideman for artists like Kirk Covington, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Dobbins, Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna, Rounder Girls, Russkaja, Hot Pants Road Club, Waldeck, Andy Lee Lang and many more, touring and doing sessions for many years before releasing his first solo EP in 2020. His EP immediately reach top 10 of Smooth Jazz Listener Countdown with 3 song and gained international attention. 

Markus, who lives in the Vienna/Austria area with his wife and his son, says after finishing the recordings for this album: „I can’t wait to play this new music live. Playing live is what I love the most. Every time I go on stage I enjoy the deep connection and the energy between the audience and the artist. It creates a magical space where wonderful things happen.“

After being in the music business for 30 years, „I still want to make the world a better place with my music“, says Markus, „I want to heal it in some way and help the people who are interested in my music to reach a place where there is love, joy and no suffering.“ That’s what I wanted to express with this song, and what I´m deeply convinced that music can do for us.“


Jacques Mignault

Groove 55 is a collaborative group of friends working towards the same goals: making great music, publishing world class top quality audio and video productions.

All the albums from Groove 55 are available on iTunes and Spotify.

The principal Groove55 members, consists of Yves Adam (alto, tenor & baritone sax, as well as clarinet) a graduate of McGill’s music faculty in jazz performance and former saxophone teacher at The Montreal International Jazz festival Blues Camp, and currently teaching in a high school music program.

Jacques Mignault (Keyboards) studied alongside Art Roberts at Montreal’s Concordia University; he would later go on to win the inaugural first prize of the Roland Synthesizer music contest among seven hundred entrants spanning over twenty-two countries that was judged by the late great Oscar Peterson.

Co-founder of Groove 55, Yves is from south of Montreal, and is in large part responsible for the smooth suave sound of The Jazz Groovers.

Co-founder of Groove 55 (Quebec), and instigator of over twenty jazz albums, Jacques composes, arranges and oversees the production in all its aspects.


Claudia Acuña

Reflection and re-dedication are steady themes in the life and work of Claudia Acuña. Following her dynamic debut on the NY scene in the 1990’s she released five albums as a leader before slowing down to adjust to motherhood and restore her power. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, she returned refreshed and reborn 2019 and in 2019, delivered the Latin Grammy nominated album Turning Pages, representing reclamation, recovery, survivor and documenting a major creative leap.

As 2020 rocked the world we all experienced our own version of such a journey, asking ourselves important questions of intent and purpose. Claudia returned to a long time desire – to record a duets album of songs from her homeland, Chile. As the world slowed to a crawl, Acuna took this time to remember the past, to find the core of her dedication and the power of music. The result is DUO, 9 songs recorded with some of the finest musicians in the world. Entering the studio with the likes of Fred Hersch, Christian Mcbride, and Kenny Barron for an intimate recording put her in a vulnerable spot, but the ease and comfort of the experience set the tone. The simplicity of just two, feeling the music and letting it flow through them, brought her to a new place as a singer.

Seven of the songs on DUO come from composers hailing from Chile, Cuba, Argentina, and Mexico, and one from the great Chick Corea. The final track is Acuña’s sole original composition, and speaks of her relationship with Mother Earth. ‘…at the end of the day we all walk alone, and we can discover our beauty when we see Earth and us as one’

Born July 3, 1971 in Santiago and raised in Concepcion, Acuña established herself on the Chilean jazz scene in her early 20s. When she arrived in New York City in 1995, Acuña quickly gained recognition as a leading voice on a scene rapidly being transformed by a wave of brilliant Latin American musicians. Part of the roiling scene centered on Small’s, she plunged into collaborations with masters such as Jason Lindner, Harry Whitaker, Arturo O’Farrill, Guillermo Klein, Avishai Cohen, Branford Marsalis, George Benson, Louie Vega, Danilo Perez, and Tom Harrill.

Her five albums as a leader established Acuña as a creative force, from 2002’s Rhythm of Life (Verve) and 2004’s Luna (MaxJazz) though 2008’s In These Shoes (Zoho Music) and 2009’s strikingly beautiful En Este Momento (Marsalis Music). Whether putting her stamp on popular Latin American ballads, reimagining jazz standards from a South American perspective, or bringing infusing Afro-Caribbean material with a wide rhythmic sensibility, Acuña stands out as a passionate and emotionally incisive singer with a gleaming, burnished bronze tone.

For much of the past decade she’s put her recording career on the backburner to focus on raising her son. Instead of touring, she’s stayed closer to home, where her keen intelligence and intrepid spirit has made her the vocalist of choice for many of jazz’s most creative figures.


Allen B

Allen B is an independent songwriter, producer, recorder and singer. His music encompasses a wide range of genres, from hip-hop, Afrobeats, rap, techno, trap, R&B, and even including elements of jazz and blues. He doesn’t believe in setting boundaries to artistic expression, and allows his creative spirit to travel freely, depending on his mood, thoughts, and state of mind. That is why his first EP bares the title Gypsy King: one who is a wonderer and master of his own universe, indifferent to all that is conventional and conservative.

His lyrics cover themes such as the allure of crypto currency and man’s unquenchable desire for possession and power (Bitcoin, Shiba Inu), the threats of an AI ruled dystopia (AI Technology), the struggle to find a better life in which man can live in dignity (Find a Way), and brief moments of escape from a harsh reality through altered states of consciousness (XENA’S MOON). The most uplifting song he has put out to date is certainly Virginia Beach, a smooth, summer hit that puts the listener in an instant state of calm.  

Allen B’s life history is as colorful as his music. He is a navy veteran, business graduate and consultant, teacher, former dancer and creates his own minimalistic art pieces. In short, no one can remain indifferent to his unique aura. You don’t want to miss the rising of this unique human being’s musical career, so be on the look-out for his upcoming projects in 2023.


Xavier Harry

Xavier HARRY, pianist and composer,  studied classical music, creole music and jazz music with piano teachers Antoine HERVE and Jean-Pascal MOGET. Over the years, he has developed an aesthetic of melody, demonstrating real pianistic qualities (loose phrasing, good rhythmic articulation, natural lyricism).

With his musical compositions, he puts the spotlight on classical music, jazz and creole music for a successful mix of genres, namely deep, singing and melodious music.

This talented pianist has released 3 albums which are recognized and appreciated by both critics and the public : “Miroir” (Harry Création – 2006), “Sensibilitè” (Harry Création – 2010) and “Essence of” (Harry Création – 2016).

Xavier HARRY is also a piano teacher. He shares, with simplicity and in a playful way, his passion for music.


Ron Jackson

World-renowned, Seven String Jazz Guitarist, composer and arranger, Ron Jackson has performed, recorded, and taught music in over 30 countries. Jackson is likely the only African American seven-string jazz guitarist alive. His goal is to bring awareness to the instrument through education, music, and events.


As a musician, Jackson has mastered the six, seven, and twelve-string guitars and plays other fretted string instruments like the ukulele, banjo, and electric bass. He has been featured as a leader in jazz festivals all over the world, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and Winter Jazzfest. Jackson’s influences include George Benson, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix. He has studied under the tutelage of Pat Martino, Barry Harris, Melvin Sparks, Mike Stern, and the seven-string master, the late Bucky Pizzarelli.


As a recording artist, Jackson has had a successful recording career, releasing eight albums. Beginning with the chart-topping “Guitar Thing” (1991) and “Flubby Dubby” (2008) which was recorded live with his Hammond Organ trio. His most recent release, the Jazzweek Top 100 album, “Standards And Other Songs” (2019) was his first as a leader on seven-string, incorporating traditional standards and jazz reimagining of radio-friendly pop songs, like Drake’s “Passionfruit”. 


As an educator, Jackson provides education and awareness of the seven-string guitar – via Individualized instruction and free/low-cost educational resources comprising workshops and live-streamed micro-lessons across his social media channels. He also teaches six-string guitar classes to elementary students in NYC Public Schools, who would not otherwise have access to jazz.


These days you can find Ron performing for audiences with his band, teaching virtually and in-person, and hosting his popular weekly Instagram show Sunday Evening Jazz. In 2022  Ron was awarded the South Arts Jazzroad grant to support his “Whatever’s Open” Tour in March-April 2022.  This coincided with his Top 10 Jazzweek album release, “Standards and My Songs”. 


Robert Chris Dahlgren

Robert Chris Dahlgren, who was born in New York in 1961, has mainly been on the road as a jazz bassist, who has played with greats like Anthony Braxton or Charles Tolliver.

Dahlgren, who has lived in Berlin for many years and teaches ensemble playing here as a university teacher, is now presenting his debut as a singer/songwriter. The result is the remarkably versatile, exciting album “Dhalgren” (no spelling mistake!), on which Chris Dahlgren really does not cut a bad figure as singer and lyricist.

The American is very modest in Berlin: «I don’t want to be ‘fancy’, after all the outstanding singers I’ve worked with, I had no faith whatsoever in coming even remotely close to them. I just wanted to be myself, »says the jazz musician very modestly. He doesn’t have to hide himself at all, these nine songs have style and character.

The opener «Lay Low» comes across as relaxed and sarcastic, while the acoustic intro of «Forget Your Name» immediately makes you think of Leonard Cohen. And right, the next song “Stairs” rattles and howls a little like Tom Waits. Dahlgren doesn’t want to deny the influence, but he gets the hang of it and does his thing after all. His Sinatra parody “Berlin, Berlin” is wonderful, with the wonderful line of text: “I want to wake up in a city that never works”.

It’s fitting, for Dahlgren songwriting is all about atmosphere, an elusive magic. You can feel it most beautifully in the dreamy poem «I’m An Asteroid».


Miko Reed

As a recently signed recording artist with So Bold Ent./Sony Music record label, Miko Reed knew from a very young age that music was something she wanted to pursue for a lifetime. At a young age, she started singing and playing the keys in church with her father on the praise team. Drawing on influences from Gospel, R&B, Funk, Soul and Jazz as well as playing musical instruments, has helped develop her as an artist.

Miko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual & Performing Arts that she earned from Cal State University San Marcos in which she studied music, fine art, graphic design and video production.
Miko has performed in many groups ranging from R&B, funk, gospel, blues, Latin jazz, Reggae and Top 40. She has had airplay on KPRZ ‘K-Praise’ Radio, Comcast Cable and most recently sang as a back-up singer to Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist Rebecca St. James, recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty and Brenton Brown, and was a part of a musical theatre with celebrity actress and singer, Loretta Devine from the hit movies ‘Waiting to Exhale’ and ‘The Preacher’s Wife’.

Miko likes to stay busy with her music career and is currently working on recordings in her home studio and is performing with a female saxophone quartet called ‘The Saxations’, an 80’s tribute band and her own funk, soul and R&B band. Miko Reed just recently signed a record deal with So Bold Ent./Sony Orchard label and her recent single release, ‘Back to that Day’ went #85 on the DRT Global Top 200 airplay charts and #7 on DRT Top 150 Independent airplay charts.


Schlaier Hirt

How do the last 118 seconds in the life of Mungo Park, the protagonist from T.C. Boyle’s masterpiece Water Music sound? Staying with T.C. Boyle: how does the musical psychogram of the sign-speaking chimpanzee Sam from his current novel Talk To Me sound? How does my tax identification number sound like? And is there a possibility that Falafel is a Swabian dish? Schlaier Hirt answer these and other questions with their timeless compositions and extraordinary arrangements – profound, congenial, complex, virtuos, humorous.

In their more than 30 years of cooperation, Manne Schlaier and Thomas Hirt have developed an incomparable and congenial duo identity.

They played several times at the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, festival director Claude Nobs described their performances as Outstanding Performance. They played in Austin/Texas in the famous Elephant Room and were musical ambassadors at their concert at the Goethe Centre Nicosia. The two artists have released four albums with originals and are constantly working on new compositions.

In 2020, they arranged their compositions for symphonic orchestra, with a playing time of over 90 minutes. In the course of the lockdown sessions their pieces Overture and Majoh were produced in April 2021 at Roxy Ulm with corona-related reduced orchestral line-up, documented in live music and video recordings.

Manne Schlaier and Thomas Hirt also work as solo artists and play as sought-after instrumentalists among others for 30 years with the Persian superstar Ebi Hamedi at London’s Royal Albert Hall, at Dubai World Trade Center, at Sydney Town Hall or at Santa Monica Civic Center in Los Angeles.


Carl Orr

British/Australian guitarist Carl Orr has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the world including Billy Cobham, George Duke, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Gary Husband, Bennie Maupin, Don Grusin, and Pee Wee Ellis. In addition he has performed at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club over 300 times since 2008, where he has jammed onstage with the likes of Mike Stern, Marcus Miller and Nigel Kennedy.

He also played guitar on the 2018 UK tour of Sting’s musical show “The Last Ship”. A prolific composer, Carl has recorded ten albums as a leader and is featured on albums by Billy Cobham (who recorded two of Carl’s compositions), Fletch’s Brew, Damon Albarn/Nathan Haines and many others.

Carl was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall Of Fame in 2017 in his hometown of Adelaide.

His “Seeking Spirit” album was a runner up for Best Jazz Album in the 1991 ARIA Awards(Australia) and his song “Until” co-written with Renee Geyer, was runner up for “Best Jazz Composition” in the 1996 APRA Awards(Australia).

Carl has taught guitar at The Australian Institute of Music(Sydney), Brunel University(London), Middlesex University(London) and The Academy of Contemporary Music(Guildford).


Barabas Lorinc

Trumpet player and producer, Barabás Lőrinc (given name Lőrinc), is a pioneer of the  improvisational music scene in Budapest. Over the past decade his club events and bands  provided fertile ground for kindred spirits experimenting at the crossroads of jazz and  electronica. He gained wider international recognition at events such as the Montreaux Jazz  Festival, iTunes Festival in London and also shared stage with the Thievery Corporation,  Bonobo and Erik Truffaz. 


Andres Jimenez

Formerly known as Marcos Jimenez,  Andres Jimenez performs in major international jazz events and jazz clubs around the world. His main projects as a leader, include a quintet, a trio, and a piano solo. Beside his career on stage, Andres is a regular teacher at the Ejma of Lausanne and AMR in Geneva.

Andres Jimenez, Spanish born raised in Geneva, Switzerland, started at the age of 10 by playing everything he heard by ear. Music has been always part of the life of his family that produced several professional musicians: “my parents bought a piano upon their arrival in Geneva, I initiated myself reproducing what I heard on records and from radio, soon I started to improvise my own compositions”. He soon began listening to pop recordings that his brother brought home. He began playing along with those recordings and into his teens started to go on stage with cover bands of the Beatles, the Moody Blues, and others in vogue at that time.

Andres Jimenez studied jazz piano for two years with pianist Michel Bastet. Then, during eight years he attended the course of Sébastien Risler in the Conservatoire Populaire de Genève. where he was deeply immersed in, and fascinated by classical and contemporary music. Additionaly, he attended composition lessons with composer Eric Gaudibert.

Later, he had piano lessons with Franco d’Andrea, Richie Beirach, and most importantly Kenny Werner.

In 1995 he graduated from his classical studies obtaining a certificate with the congratulations of the Jury, and the Special Prize Kneiffel.

He then continued his exploration of jazz as an autodidact, transcribing solos and arrangements, playing with local musicians such as Erik Truffaz, Maurice Magnoni, Mathieu Michel, Christophe Calpini, Patrice Moret, Daniel Schläppi, Dominic egli, Marcel Papaux, to name a few.

He also founded the Andres Jimenez quartet and performed his own compostions with musicians such as Marc Johnson, Bänz Oester and Norbert Pfammatte for a tour in Switzerland and France.

Daniel le Bris in one of his reviews defined Andres as ”a rare, sensitive and inventive artist, subtle melodist that is worth the stop. Unwilling to succumb to the siren charms of the facility, the musician realized that music is about feeling, sensuality. And alone or with his trio, the note is there, that hits the right place. His attraction to the diversity makes him a pianist “atypical” attentive to all types of music”.

Andres Jimenez has accompanied many singers, including Christine Python with whom he won the Sacem prize at the vocal competition of “Festival de Crest” in France, he played with drummer Daniel Humair and worked with french female singer Zizi Jeanmaire and choreographer Roland Petit. He was the pianist and arranger for what should be the final “tour de chant” of Mrs Zizi Jeanmaire. He also composed a song for her, which was recorded on the album “La Liberté est une Fleur”.


Emiliano Sampaio

The Guitarist, trombonist, conductor, arranger and composer, born in São Paulo (Brazil) in 1984, studied music firstly at the University of Campinas. In 2012, Emiliano moved to Graz in Austria, where he studied jazz composition. In 2021, he finished his artistic doctoral research entitled “Restructuring Hierarchy Within and Between Jazz and Classical Orchestras” with honors. 

As a bandleader, Emiliano released eleven albums with his trio, his nonet and his own big band and his music was played in important Brazilian, Australian and European jazz clubs and festivals.

As a conductor, arranger and composer, he has worked with the Metropole Orkest (Netherlands), HR Frankfurt Radio Big Band, CCJO (Cologne), JazzKombinat  (Hamburg), Lungau Big Band (Salzburg), Fete Huppe (Hannover), Uptown Big Band (Bern), Wayjo (Perth), Toshi Clinch Big Band (Melbourne), Big Band & the Vocals (Copenhagen), HRT Croatian Radio Band, Uni Jazz Orchestra (Regensburg), Graz Composers Orchestra (Graz), Mere Bigband, Soundscape, Speaking Jazz Big Band (Sao Paulo), Jerimum Big Band (Natal), Badi Assad, Dominguinhos, Trombone Quartet of Campinas, Orquestra Experimental de Sao Carlos (Brazil) and others. 

Emiliano won many prizes for his work such as 1st Prize at the Karel Krautgartner composition contest (Prague), diverse “Downbeat Student Awards” in the categories “Best Small Jazz Combo”, “Jazz Soloist”, “Outstanding Original Composition”, “Outstanding Arrangement for Large Jazz Ensemble”, and 3rd Prize in the Jazz Comp Graz Composition Contest.


Ineza Kerschkamp

Born in Rwanda, raised in Belgium, now living in the UK. Ineza’s unique past and present is one explanation for her intriguing and daring mix of Jazz and Neo Soul music. Ineza’s 2018 debut EP ‘Where are you from’ received praise from Bandcamp Daily and Fresh on the Net establishing her as a unique singer and composer dedicated to the art of storytelling. Since the release Ineza has been supported by international music producer, promotor and organizer Serious and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Ineza is currently touring with award winner singer – songwriter Tom Odell. 

In 2015 Ineza accepted a place at the prestigious Trinity Laban conservatoire 

of Music and Dance. Before moving to London she studied Jazz at the Maastricht Conservatoire in The Netherlands. Since graduating Ineza has become a prominent performer and educator on the London Jazz scene. Ineza is part of the critically acclaimed London Vocal Project, She holds a residency at Oliver’s Jazz bar in Greenwich and she’s a vocal tutor at ACM.



Jason Schneider

Jason Schneider is a popular jazz trumpet player in Germany‘s Rhine-Main metropolitan region, who appears both as a soloist and as a section player. Even before he completed his studies with Axel Schlosser in 2009, he was active in countless formations. He played with Aloe Blacc, Ralf Gustke, Keith Copeland, Ack van Rooyen, Bob Mintzer, Herb Geller, Claudio Roditi and many others. He is a prizewinner at Jugend musiziert, Jugend jazz and Jeunesses Musicales, toured several countries on concert tours (Canada, Russia, Japan, Norway, Israel, Nicaragua, Brazil, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Lithuania, Romania …) and took part both as a guest musician and as initiator on several album productions. With J-Sound he received the Jazz Scholarship of the City of Frankfurt am Main in 2015. At the moment he is working – increasingly as a singer – on his own projects (J-Sound, The Argosonics, Kokonino Kounty), new recordings and works as a sideman in several bands.

J|Sound impresses above all with its clear lines. Whether powerfully propelling, rousing energetic or

colourfully shimmering and atmospherically dreamy each and every one of the multi-faceted, original composition creates an individual atmosphere that hits the mark. ” The Band experiments with shapes, sounds, dynamics and balances. It explores the load-bearing capacity of electrical and electronic components, different aggregate states of melody, volumes and ways of increasing rhythms and they do not look around indecisively but master their material and don’t lack any clarity.” (FR) Due to the high virtuoso versatility of the individual band members all ingredients merge into a dynamic overall sound.

Shortly after it was founded the quartet received the 25th Frankfurt Jazz scholarship, released its debut album on the Swiss Jazz Label Unit Records in 2016 and has since continuously developed its unmistakable group sound. With the second album ‘Loose Tongue’ J|Sound now presents – audibly matured – the fruits of constant collaboration. Since its five years of existence, The J|Sound Project has undergone a metamorphosis from a promising young collective to a working band with a profile and a group sound that has grown together. The deletion of the ‘Project’ from the band name is a consequent step towards more independence and with a ‘loose tongue’ the band exudes a new self-confidence.

“For J-Sound Jason Schneider put together a quartet that doesn’t slip on the dazzling parquet of his compositions. In all of his own compositions, Schneider relies primarily on energy. That works both in a breakneck neobop like the opener ‘Swift To React’ and in the bizarre sound creations that characterize a high-energy number like ‘Third Quarter’. But there are also a few quieter pieces in which the band sounds downright pensive. “ – Jazzthing

“The young man from Frankfurt (Jason Schneider) can do a lot. He plays harmoniously colorful and atmospheric. He is technically good and virtuoso, plays up to the high register and his sound is versatile “ – Jazz’N’More

“The band experiments with shapes, sounds, dynamics and balances. It explores the load-bearing capacity of electrical and electronic components, different aggregate states of melody, volumes and ways of increasing rhythm. And she does not look around indecisively, but masters her material and does not lack any clarity. “ – Frankfurter Rundschau

“Jason Schneider (tr, flh) and Michael Schreiner keep the massive blower going with his tenor saxophone. With a spirited pianist, Yuriy Sych, who also finds the right notes on the Rhodes, Ivan Habernal (b) and Uli Schiffelholz (dr) you create an excellent fusion that is made even more invigorating by rousing solos. “ – CONCERTO magazine


Vistel Brothers

Jorge and Maikel Vistel hail from Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) in a family with an extended music tradition. Their father, Jorge Vistel, a trumpet player, introduced the young brothers early on to the music world. While only in their teens, Jorge and Maikel became highly skilled in jazz improvisation and they were soon renowned for their maturity and musicality. Alone, each musician is outstanding, but together, the brothers’ connection creates improvisational magic.

The band was founded in ENA (National School of Art, La Habana), where the brothers were studying. When the brothers moved to Spain in 2006 they went along with their protect, and they keep on evolving their music and themselves as musicians. The band has participated in several festivals around the world. Important festivals to mention are Monterrey Jazz Festival (EEUU), Bermudas Jazz Festival, Habana Jazz Plaza and Varadero Jazz Festival, just to mention some. Since they moved to Spain in 2006 they have played in festivals such as Móstoles and Zamora Jazz Festival. Jorge in the trumpet and Maikel in the sax are the main members of Vistel Brothers along with other great musicians, such as David Virelles, Cuban living in New York, at the piano; Reinier Elizarde (El Negrón) at the bass and Iago Fernández at the drums. In May 2010 their first album, Evolution, was released with the record label Freshsound New Talents.


Matteo Burci

Matteo Burci has been bass player with the Bern Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and started playing the double bass when he was 20. After completing his studies in Italy at the conservatory in his hometown of Bologna and in Germany in the famous double bass class of Prof. Dorin Marc, his musical journey led him to the Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala under the direction of Riccardo Muti. He also played for many years in the Orchestra Mozart under Claudio Abbado, where he worked with the most important artists of our time.

In 2017, Matteo Burci discovered his passion for jazz in Bern. Later he was allowed to deepen his knowledge of the jazz language in New York with the bass virtuosos Marco Panascia and Jay Anderson.

The fact that he is now as at home in the world of jazz as he is in classical music allows Matteo Burci to play not only as part of excellent orchestras and chamber music ensembles (e.g. with Les Solistes de Berne), but also with local and international ones Jazz greats such as Willie Green, Sandy Patton, Matthieu Michel, Stewy von Wattenwyl, Sarah Hanahan, Elmar Frey, Pius Baschnagel, Dave Blaser and many more. to perform. In 2019, a tour even took him to the home of jazz, the USA.
In 2020 he founded the Swiss Jazz Ambassadors, a young jazz band dedicated to the great American jazz repertoire.


Vinny Valentino

Vinny Valentino is a Grammy-nominated guitarist and composer, continuing to redefine musical genres and break melody barriers to audiences worldwide. Blending the eternal elements of blues and jazz music since his international debut album (The Distance Between Two Lines), he is consciously expanding on the confines of his instrument and the compositions and recordings that stems from it. The Distance Between Two Lines also rocketed up the charts to number two and held its own on the national charts for fourteen weeks.


Setting himself apart from all others in his lane, Vinny has been playing the guitar since age six. Hailing from the Washington DC area, he began touring as part of a progressive rock band when he was still in high school. It was at age sixteen that Vinny made the conscious decision to pursue a career in Jazz; influenced by the likes of George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Nat King Cole.


Studying Jazz at Howard University, he earned his bachelor’s and soon after released his first solo recording. In present day, Vinny now has twelve recordings with his mark on them and has appeared with his band on BET’s, “Bet on Jazz”; a one-hour feature program that quickly became one of the top five requested programs on BET.


Embracing the fact that he was one of the first musicians to perform live on the internet, Vinny continues to pioneer the digital world by offering online clinics, performance opportunities and lessons at www.vinny.com. A significant part of this journey of innovation into the online space is Vinny’s “Play Along Tunes” initiative (www.playalongtunes.com). With this program and site launch in 2008, Vinny gave aspiring musicians the opportunity to download various tracks that omit the instrument they play; it’s an interactive jam session without coordinating all of the other musicians and space all the while being surrounded by the world top bandmates.


Vinny’s compositions have been recorded by Steve Smith and Vital Information, John Benitez, George Benson, Sunny Sumter and Steve Haas and are featured in the best-selling Jazz book, “All Jazz Real Book.” The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts have recognized Vinny’s talents as composer, arranger, and recording artist with a grant for a series of works entitled “New Music for Three Guitars”. Participating in multiple world tours including tours to Russia, Asia, Central and South America, Vinny has been an integral part of keeping music alive and expanding its reach through every border and barrier.


In addition to his personal accolades as a musician, he’s been producing and editing Greetings from America shows since 2005, honing skills in graphic design and web development and is even a private pilot in whatever free time he has. Vinny Valentino is a one-of-a-kind musician who is always striving to learn. Music never stops evolving, so why should he?



Warren Galea

Warren Galea is a Maltese guitarist, pianist, and composer. In May 2019 he released his debut album – The Odyssey, featuring Warren on guitar, Andy McKee on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums.

Past performances include The Blue Note Jazz Festival, Nublu 151, ShapeShifter Lab, the Jazz Educators Network Conference 2019(JEN), Rockwood Music Hall, Williamsburg Music Center, the Malta Jazz Festival, the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally, and ‘Les Sons d’ Une Ile'(Paris). In 2014 Warren was awarded first place in the Malta Jazz Contest.

The following year he released an EP with F-Trio. A graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (New York), his biggest five influences are Mozart, Charlie Parker, The Beatles, Frank Zappa, and Jimi Hendrix. 



Thomas Yermack

Tomas Yermack is an American jazz guitarist who offers the world of music something unusual: his uniquely beautiful style of Two Hand Guitar. His unique approach to playing the guitar is what sets him apart from other musicians and makes him noteworthy.

By tapping on the fretboard of the guitar with both hands at the same time he is able to play a limitless variety of stunning melodies and arrangements. The sound is much closer to that of a piano or harp than it is to a guitar.

His is a unique approach to playing and produces an equally unique sound that is definitely worth experiencing.

Thomas doesn’t strum or fingerpick but taps with both hands much the same way one would play a piano. The Two Hand Guitar technique is as interesting to watch as it is to hear. He has been playing this style of guitar for over 45 years, which speaks volumes for the quality of his music and his undisputed musicianship.
Each performance is special in its own way, but Thomas’ music never fails to touch the hearts of listeners and fill them with positivity and inspiration.


Susanna Lindeborg

Susanna Lindeborg, piano and keyboard, started her professional musical career at the middle of the 70th. From her classical upbringing she turned into work with jazz and improvisation, which showed to be her right element. The thing you first think of together with Susanna Lindeborg is her work with the mix of acoustic and electronic instruments, which has been known most of all through the group MWENDO DAWA, which she is the leader of together with saxophone player Ove Johansson. Mwendo Dawa has been succesfully touring in 22 countries in Europe, North and South America and China performing at festivals like Montreux, Northsea and Montreal.

The past few years she has been regularly visiting USA and Canada with Mwendo Dawa. Susanna also writes a lot of the repertoire for the group. Besides Mwendo Dawa Susanna Lindeborg toured a great deal with the female jazz group Salamander during the beginning of the 80th. Salamander arouse a lot of attention on the European continent and in USA and Susanna came to tour a lot internationally with these two groups.

Today you can also hear her in the Lindeborg/Johansson Duo and Natural Artefacts. Susanna has been touring with Natural Artefacts and LJDuo with performances both in the world of improvisation music as well as the world of electro acoustic music. She also is doing solo improvisations together with her computers doing electroacoustical backgrounds.

Susanna Lindeborg writes her own music and some of this got profiled when she released her first soloCD 1989. The CD got a lot of attention and gave her some work for instance in Germany with some radio and TV recordings.


Susanna with her blonde appearance showed to hide a volcano under the surface. Where can you today hear piano better played than this?

Folket, Sweden
There are few keyboard players that approach the synthesizer with such a power as Susanna Lindeborg.

Nye Takter, Norway
Susanna Lindeborg showed not to be only a superb instrumentalist but she also shows to be a magnificent talent of composing.

Jazz Podium, Germany
It is great that she – a lone woman – can create just that supplement of sounds and harmonics which she thinks the (very beautifully recorded) good old sounds of grand piano shall be accompanied by. It is lovely to receive noble analogue nice sounds together with the machines keeping other colourings in the background, or the opposite.

Anders Kirkegaard, JazzSpecial Denmark
Susanna Lindeborg is a refreshingly original voice that easily holds the listener´s attention for a full-length solo album: not an easy feat.

Steven Loewy, Cadence, USA