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Monika Hoffman

The Malmö-based Monika Hoffman has made a thrilling musical journey. Geographically she's landed in Boston, Hungary and Canada. Musically she moves in between the areas of Classical Music, Latin Jazz and Pop. Since Monika has roots in a Hungarian family of musicians it never struck her as unnatural to embrace her colourful heritage. September 22'nd she will finally release her first album at home base. On her debut album ”Let's Run Away” Monika's music spans over several hues of the Latin-american musical palette. She has chosen to compose her lyrics in English, Swedish and Hungarian. ”I think it's very important to preserve my heritage

Caleb Joseph

In a industry full of cookie-cutter artists Trumpeter Caleb Joseph’s latest album “Only You” feels like a hearty plate of soul food you never knew you needed until now His musical landscape brimming with trendy fads like trap and pop, one Tampa musician’s sound is classic enough to stand the test of time, but relevant enough to cut through the heart of listeners across varying backgrounds, from multiple generations. Trumpeter Caleb’s Joseph’s latest album, Only You, feels like a hearty plate of soul food you never knew you needed, until now. For the past decade, Caleb’s unique trumpet styling has garnered a local fan base that is captivated by his blending of old school 90’s jazz, fused with his high- energy riffs inspired by musical genres that hail from the around the world

Christine Kamau

Christine Kamau is a Kenyan Trumpeter, Composer and Performing Artist. Her music is a fusion of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Benga and Chakacha. Kamau credits her musical influences to Hugh Masekela, Maroon Commandos, Miles Davis among others. In 2012, Christine Kamau released an 8-track instrumental Afro-Jazz album titled 'This is for You'. The album offers an exciting listening experience, the music being a fusion of jazz with African music elements of ‘Benga’ and Rhumba’. This debut release earned positive reviews from the music community and also saw Kamau featured on a BBC music program titled ‘Africa Beats’ a series that showcased emerging music talent from Africa

Birgit Ulher

Born 1961 in Nuremberg, she studied the visual arts, which still have an important influence on her music. Since moving to Hamburg in 1982 she has been involved in free improvisation and experimental music. Since then she has “established a distinguished grammar of sounds beyond the open trumpet” (jazzdimensions.de). She works mainly on extending the sounding possiblities of the trumpet by using splitting sounds, multiphonics and granular sounds and has developed her own extended techniques and preparations for producing these sounds. Besides this material research she is especially interested in the relation between sound and silence. Since 2006 Birgit Ulher works with radios and uses extended speakers, fed with radio noise in her trumpet mutes

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Longineu Parsons

Longineu Parsons is a musician and composer who is hailed internationally by critics as one of the world’s finest trumpet players. Parsons is a master of trumpet, a composer, a multi-instrumentalist, a singer and a stage performer. Over his career, he has performed in over 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and has shared the stage with the likes of Branford Marsalis and Cab Calloway. Longineu is an Associate Professor of Trumpet at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida. Locally, Longineu has participated in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on 10 occasions

Mario Alberto Silva

Born and raised in the Mission District of San Francisco to parents from Diriamba, Nicaragua, Silva composed the album to be a rich sonata, or musical journey that reflects the influences that conceived his artistic persona; a dynamic product of the Americas. “I come from a strong Nicaraguan family, rooted in complex mythology and spiritual traditions,” Silva says. “I also grew up in the Mission, which offered me a range of powerful influences from Aztec dancing to Afro Cuban Santeria and everything in between and it all shines through on the album.” Compositionally Silva fuses Afro-Cuban ritual drumming, Funk, EDM, Dixieland, Jazz, instrumental Pop and other styles, while paying homage to the tradition of trumpet players and composers that came before him


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