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The members of Ambient have performed together for years at local churches. James, Walt and Andy have been playing instruments all their lives and the love for music has continued to grow. In 2006 Ambient became an official band and have gained a diverse following in Central Illinois. Since the formation of Ambient they have provided music for many weddings, socials and jazz events in the Peoria area. KEY POINTS OF INTEREST: ~ Opening guest band for legendary R&B artist Dionne Warwick (2006) ~ Winners of ICC RiverCity Soul Fest Idol Contest (2007) ~ Freshman album to be completed and released (2008)

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Cezary Ostrowski

Cezary Maciej Ostrowski (born 30 September 1962) is a Polish composer, musician, songwriter, author, visual artist and journalist. Ostrowski was born in Brzeg, Lower Silesia. He is best known for his work as a leader of the critically acclaimed new wave band Bexa Lala, established in 1983. Before that, he had fronted the groups: Taz and Leo Patett in the early 1980s, bands renowned for their rough, and violent sound influenced by free jazz, electronica, and post-punk. In 2001, he formed the jazz duo Trzaska & Ostrowski that released the album Blades. In 2003 his another duo Swietlicki & Ostrowski released the album Crawl

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Jean-Michel Leblanc

Jean-Michel Leblanc is a multi-instrumentalist and composer active in in Quebec, Canada. As a sideman, he participated as an accompanist, arranger and co-composer for various artists such as "Mégane Cyr" and progressive rock band "Citizens", and is now an active member of experimental musical ensembles "The Plastic Waste Band" and "Le Jager". His work with these groups, coupled with his numerous activities as a freelance musician, led him to perform all around Quebec and Canada. ​ As a composer, he synthesizes his hard rock roots with his passion for cinematic music and his love of modern pop with his fascination of contemporary classical music

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Michael William Gilbert

Michael William Gilbert grew up in Connecticut and Brussels, Belgium. While living in Europe he first encountered the music of Varese, Stockhausen, and Pierre Henry, as well as music of India, Africa, and Japan. After studying electrical engineering at MIT, he continued studies in music at the Boston School of Electronic Music, later as a teacher and designer of synthesis systems. He graduated with a degree in music from Hampshire College, and shortly thereafter became the technical director of electronic music studios at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Ognjen Savija

Ognjen Šavija: Member of Cultural Association Ambrosia. Guitar player, musician, composer, producer, sound designer, art performance artist, multimedia artist & DJ – the explorer of Infinity and its possibilities. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1971. He has taken classical guitar lessons from Mile Praljak. Simultaneously, he has worked with electronics and audio engineering, and has studied several other music instruments. 1986, together with his brother Nebojša Šavija-Valha, he started experimenting with music and sound within contemporary music, new age, experimental, avant-grade jazz and ambient (See Ognjen Šavija and Nebojša Šavija-Valha duo). At the same time he has played with several alternative rock bands. 1991-1996 he was a leader of a goth rock band the Invisible Fields. During 1993, together with his brother, he developed an audio-visual project “Twilight Whisper” that was performed at the beginning of 1994 involving several more people

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Klas Jervfors Turner

I was born and now I'm alive... I play various brass instrument with various success. “For me the longing to be able to live in harmony with family, nature, work and music has always been a soul searching quest. I still search for that state of mind and balance in life where everything is just flow. The fishermen in the film had their challenges and anxieties that came out of their way of living. Just as the fishermen I have my fair share of those thoughts from where I stand, a midlife father, working in the rat race… But, that can´t keep me of dreaming of something bigger and better

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Forrest Young

Forrest became known as “The Emergency Drummer” in the late 90s* while studying jazz at VCU. He’s earned three Emmy Awards for his session work on separate PBS documentaries, along with Frank Coleman and VGO Productions. Forrest's band will be headlining the RVA Jazz Festival this summer with his band, The WWAY. Along with Chris Whiteman (D-Angelo) on guitar, Jonah Kane West on organ, and Dane Alderson (Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer Big Band) on bass. Forrest is also a visual artist whose Lyric Portraits can be seen at ArtThruZ.com. *When your band’s regular rhythmist is out sick..

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Johanna Pitkänen

Johanna Pitkänen is a pianist and composer from Helsinki. She has explored the musical globe from Scandinavia to Cuba and from different parts of Africa to Spain. Pitkänen writes music by commission and performs on solo piano and with duos and trios. Her oldest ongoing group is Kokko Quartet, a Finnish jazz group using world music influences in their music. The group has released two albums, their latest release is Orient Express from 2016. Pitkänen also writes music for film. In 2019 she released electronic music together with producer Satu Nieminen Pitkänen graduated from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor’s degree in Pop and Jazz Music

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Thomas Wolff

Thomas Wolff spend some active years in the 80´s playing with several bands in the Rhinevalley around Remagen /Bonn.Among therm BILLY AKEEM, the TALEWOOD ORCHESTRA and his own quartet CONNECTION. He changed his focus during the 90s and built up his "digital production suit" CREATIVE-SOUND.de with many publications, most of them under the project name HARMONIC OBSESSION, available on amazon, iTunes and most online shops. (Acid Lounge - RED, Disorder by Night, Embraceable, Per Se, Flute Mood, Chill Out Lounge - Strings, ....) Some of the music (2004-2012) is available as music clips at Youtube


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