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Luca Luciano

“Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer who now makes his home in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” (The Musician). Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, he starts his career at the young age of twelve performing at one of the most established halls of his home town Naples and appears on television nationwide live aged 21. Introduced as "the new voice of the clarinet" on the front page of De Klarinet Magazine, Luca graduated from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy) and has been awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy (UK)

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Helen Savari Renold

Helen Savari Renold, once a member of the Malaysian duet Cenderawasih (EMI artistes of Malaysia from 1982-1990) is an alumna of Berklee College of Music '88. At present she is the director of Jazzaar Festival in Switzerland, that promotes the unique youth development platform called 'Bandstand Learning with Role Models', which she co-founded in 1992. She released together with Fritz Renold (musical director of Jazzaar Festival) their 1st CD collaboration 'Cube' on Shanti Records with a host of jazz greats performing in the recording.

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Yakiv Tsvietinskyi

Jazz trumpeter Yakiv Tsvietinskyi is one of the modern voices of the Ukrainian jazz scene. Deeply rooted in classical and modernist music as a composer, Yakiv creates jazz pieces with developed complex textures while maintaining the freedom and spontaneity of the improvisational nature of jazz. His trumpet style combines the influences of Chet Baker’s lyricism, Clark Terry’s feel of motion, Tomasz Stanko’s sound and Kenny Wheeler’s unpredictability. Born in 1990s and being a classically trained trumpet player in industrial Dnipro, Ukraine, there was no way to learn jazz other than self-education

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Mike Shapiro

Mike began studying with Charles Perry at 8 years old. Through the years he studied with various musicians including David Garibaldi, Michael Carvin, Saul Goodman, Roland Kohloff, Morris Lang and Buster Bailey. Mike has a degree from The Juilliard School. Some of the artists he has worked with include: 50 Shades The Musical, Todd Rundgren, Marcellus Hall, Forever Dusty The Musical, John Hall, Richard Julian, Genya Raven, Dakota Staton, Evidence, Wynton Marsalis, Zubin Mehta and Pierre Boulez. He has played venues from C.B.G.B.'S to Carnegie Hall in the U.S. and Europe. Mike uses Vic Firth Drum sticks.

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Marcia Miget

CEO of Miraflores Music since 1981 and Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Marcia Migét’s performance pedigree includes multiple appearances with Carlos Santana, and legends such as Freddy Redd, Larry Ridley, Voices of Latin Rock, Jimmy Cobb, Buddy Baker, Kenny Barron, Orestes Vilato, Frank Foster, Pete Escovedo, Donald Byrd, Tyrone Hill of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Malo, Garth Webber, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Carl Perazzo, Wayne Wallace’s Rhythm and Rhyme, John Santos, Babatunde Lea, David Hardiman, Harold Jones, Gabriel Manzo, Bill Ortiz, Marcos Reyes, Patrick Maier and Smackdab, Larry Vann, Kash Killion, Dartanyan Brown, Spencer Allen, Montclair Women’s Big Band, Abel Sanchez with Jorge Santana and the SF Kids, and son, drummer Jaimeo Brown to name a few

Filippo Vignato

Born in Northern Italy in 1987 and raised in a musical family, he took his first trombone at the age of 10. Nowadays he performs intensively in Italy and Europe as a sight-forward sideman and as a leader of his own bands and he is considered as one of the most interesting Italian musicians of his generation. He is active in different fields of jazz and improvised music, embracing contemporary music, Avantgarde jazz and world music. From 2014 he leads an electric trio with Attila Gyarfas on drums and Yannick Lestra on fender Rhodes. His latest project is a quartet alongside Giovanni Guidi on piano, Mattia Magatelli on bass and Attila Gyarfas on drums, which recorded ‘Harvesting Minds’, released in September 2017 by Cam Jazz. He won the ‘Best New Talent’ award in the 2016 ‘Top Jazz’ critics pool promoted by the historic Italian jazz magazine ‘Musica Jazz’ , following the release of his debut album ‘Plastic Breath’ (Auand). Throughout his career he received several other awards: from the  as a best soloist at Barga Jazz 2011 to the Burghausen European Young Artists Jazz Award 2017. He has also got a sound academic education: he’s graduated summa cum laude at the Conservatoire National Superiéur de Danse et Musique de Paris and he studied also at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam and in the italian conservatories of Ferrara and Rovigo. As a soloist, arranger and composer, he had the opportunity to work with several musicians and bands including: Giovanni Guidi Rebel Band, Ghost Horse, Francesco Diodati, Hank Roberts, Pipe Dream, Piero Bittolo Bon Bread & Fox, Zeno De Rossi Zenophilia, Giovanni Falzone Quintet, Enzo Favata & Tenores di Bitti, Vink Globokar Ensemble, Enzo Carniel Sextet, Vincent Le Quang Quintet, Rosa Brunello Y Los Fermentos, Ada Montellanico Quintet, Hank Roberts, Pasquale Mirra, Dan Kinzelman, Alfonso Santimone, Stephane e Lionel Belmondo, Dave Milligan, Onno Govaert, Reiner Baas. In March 2017  he was invited as ‘resident artist’ by the ‘Vicenza Jazz New Conversations’, one of main italian jazz festivals where he performed 3 concerts, presenting his trio, his quartet and the trombone solo performance ‘Solologue’. With his own projects or as a sideman he has appeared in the most relevant festivals in Italy: Novara Jazz, Correggio Jazz, Vicenza Jazz, Umbria Jazz Winter, Young Jazz Foligno, Sudtirol Jazz Festival Musiche Sulle Bocche, Time in Jazz, Fano Jazz, By The Sea, Fiemme Ski-jazz, Young Jazz Foligno, Festival di Nuova Musica di Macerata, Jazz Club Ferrara, Roma Casa Del Jazz, Cross- Roads Emilia Romagna, Festambiente Sud, Narni Black Festival, Isea Jazz, Pescara Jazz etc; and in Europe: Festival Jazz à la Villette (Paris), Jazz sous les Pommiers (Coutances), Edinburgh Jazz Festival (Scotland), Valijevo Jazz Fest (Serbija) , Bimhuis (Amsterdam). He has performed all over Europe, and in particular Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbija, Russia, The Netherlands and Scotland.

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Ava Lemert

Prolific songwriter, singer, producer, tenor saxophonist, Ava Lemert was born in Covina, California, a suburb in Los Angeles, County. Before she started preschool, Ava was wacking on toy drums, making up songs and singing them onto her sister's cassette tapes. Eventually, Ava was her High School's first underclassman —as well as the first female— Drum Major. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Ava struck out into the workforce. Music wasn't a part of her busy life until 2005 when as a mother of a 3 year old son, she re-learned how to read sheet music so she could play her dusty saxophone again in a community band

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Sasha Mashin

Sasha Mashin was born in 1976 in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1991 he joined the Kvadrat jazz-club where he met many jazz musicians of St. Petersburg. After studying for two months at the Musorgsky Music School, he decided to start his professional career as an artist and quit the school. From 1995 to 1998, Sasha was a permanent member of the quartet of saxophonist Igor Butman. In 1998, Sasha participated in the creation of MosGorTrio band and moved to Moscow where he also kept busy collaborating with some of Russia’s best jazz musicians. In 2005 Sasha Mashin participated in the educational program Open World Program USA in New York and played with such legends as Clark Terry, Kenny Barron and Jimmy Heath at the Blue Note Jazz Club. Since 2008 Sasha has invited many foreign musicians to perform along with his band all over Russia. Sasha Mashin performed with a long list of musicians such as Benny Golson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Johnny Griffin, Lew Tabackin, Eddy Henderson, James Spaulding, Steve Slagle, Gary Smulyan, Larry Schneider, Mark Turner, Craig Handy, Donny McCazlin, Alex Sipiagin, JD Walter, Dhafer Youssef and many others.

Solon McDade

Solon McDade grew up in a musical environment constantly surrounded by music and musicians. He began playing the washtub bass as soon as he was big enough to pick it up, and later moved on to the larger upright bass. He and his siblings were trained as musicians from a young age and exposed to their parents’ extensive and eclectic record collection. They were soon playing alongside their parents in the McDade Family Band, a group that toured Canada with their own brand of Canadiana folk music at festivals and theatres throughout the 1980s and 1990s. These gigs and particularly the late-night jam sessions at folk festivals left a lasting impression on Solon

Polygon Quartet

Polygon launched their first album "Monkey Puzzle" at the 2017 Manchester Jazz Festival. They are a jazz saxophone quartet made up of 4 internationally award winning saxophone players. With original material written by Tom Thorp (Soprano/Alto) and Kyran Matthews (Baritone) Polygon blend the complex interplay of classical chamber music with fiery and virtuosic jazz improvisations. Their energetic performances see them journey through the realms of free improvisation to classic be-bop styles, alongside elements of classical music, funk and contemporary European jazz, using a variety of sax groupings