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Ambient

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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Alix Tucou

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(…) "With my own compositions, I research ways to stimulate Imagination mainly. I see Imagination as another sense of perception of reality “ {…)(ArtNowAFterHours Interview 2021)​ In this 2021 interview , Alix resume in fact one of the main conceptions he explores with his Bass Trombone and compositions for more than 25 years. The discovery of many different styles of music since age 21 after he finished his Undergraduate Studies in the Bordeaux Conservatory , is a endless source of inspiration to craft his sound at the same time as his personality. From 1999 , from reggae to funk, he ends up playing and interpreting the music of Frank Zappa (LPJZ feat Ike Willis)

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Al Swainger

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Al Swainger is a musician who happens to be a bassist. He is also a composer, improviser and FX enthusiast. His eclectic tastes have led to making music in a wide variety of genres over the years with literally hundreds of musicians. Covering ground from pop to progressive rock , traditional to modern jazz and fully improvised soundsculpture. Al is always keen to explore new musical territory. Currently he is focusing his unique style on his own experimental composition project Pointless Beauty. An album (After & Before) is due for release later this year featuring Neil Yates, Mike Outram, George & Mark Whitlam. Other current projects include recordings with omnifusion trio Snow Giants – UN (Mike Outram, 05Ric), the Art Trip – The Music of Art Pepper (Alan Barnes, Craig Milverton, Nick Millward) and art-rock band GRICE – Alexandrine (featuring Grice, 05Ric, Luca Calabrese, Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, Hossam Ramzy, Steve Bingham, B.J.Cole)

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Maggie Moor

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Maggie Moor’s sultry alto blends original poetry, scat and improv through jazz and blues inspired ambience. Maggie Moor embodies the jazz feel of the sexy siren, and features legendary soloists. What says more than what they all say about Maggie Moor's music? “Maggie Moor’s jazzy torch songs showcase her deep, sensuous singing style and cinematic lyrics...” David Sanborn, Grammy winning saxophonist "Listening to Maggie Moor’s voice put me in a trance… I almost forgot to play my horn…” Richie Cannata (Billy Joel) Grammy Winning Saxophonist “True talent always shines and Maggie Moor is certainly glowing!” (Steve Boyer, Grammy winner for Eric Clapton, Unplugged) “Maggie Moor’s vocals are incredibly sophisticated and the production is impeccable!” Kerry Leigh, Sacramento CA Rock/Blues producer “Maggie Moor is that rare style of jazz singer who puts her deepest emotions into her song writing and then is brave enough to let those emotions come through on stage.” Mc Glaughlin Maggie Moor has recorded with musicians, David Sanborn, Buddy Williams, Kenny Rampton, Rob Paparozzi, George Laks, George Naha, Jeff Ganz, Mark White, Eddie Ojeda, Marty Dunayer

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Kjetil Jerve

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Norwegian piano player, father of triplets. Based in Oslo, working internationally. DUGNAD rec artist and maker of #DailyPiano videos on Facebook and Instagram. Born 1988 in Ålesund. Played in Åse Skolekorps Marching Band. Got a really great Swedish piano teacher at age 10, who encouraged to pursue all music, not just classical. Got heavily into early Elton John, soul, funk, fusion, jazz and avant-garde - still studying George Gershwin & Béla Bartók. Played in the local Big Odd Band, leading to The Middle Norwegian Youth Big Band (Midtnorsk ungdomsstorband), meeting future collaborator Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Kristoffer Eikrem and Dan Peter Sundland. Went to the Sund Folk College's jazz class (check that thing out!) and got to consistently playing piano with other people in bands for the first time

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Brent Bowman

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Brent A. Bowman is a music educator and musician. At Berklee he played with Al Di Meola, Tiger Okoshi, Mick Goodrick, Abraham Laboriel, Oliver Nelson II, Steve Swallow, Jeff Stout, and Wayne Naus. He has performed with Candy Johnson, Gerry Beaudoin, Sonny Kenner, Carmel Jones, and The Alvin Ailey Dancers. He has toured with Tiny Tim, George Goebel, Frank Fontaine, The Inkspots, George Jessel, Frank Gorshin, the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He shared the stage with Bob Hope, The Carpenters, The Temptations, The Four Tops. The O’Jays, Captain and Tennille, KC and the Sunshine Band and The Ohio Players

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Cezary Ostrowski

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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

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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

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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

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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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