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Berta Moreno

2016 Sidney Zolot (for excellence in music) and 2015 BMI/Evelyn Buckstein award winner, jazz saxophonist and composer Berta Moreno has become one of the most distintive voices on the tenor among her generation. Berta’s strong personality is reflected in her unique dark and warm sound on the tenor and she is often defined as a thoughtful and precise soloist who knows how to choose meaningful notes and statements. She has been touring as a leader of her quartet/ quintet in Europe for over 3 years, being awarded 1st prize at Zoetermeer Jazz Competition and 2nd prize nominated by the audience at Leidse Jazz Competition in The Netherlands in 2013

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Maksim Perepelica

New York City based internationally renowned and multi-awarded Latvian jazz bassist, producer, arranger, editor, and educator Maksim Perepelica is one of the brightest musical talents in his country as well as far away from its borders. He is the true artist with unique vision and understanding of music, deep knowledge of jazz idiom, big sound and strong rhythmic feel. He is one of the finest bassist on the scene whose passion and dedication to music has brought him over three continents including Europe, Australia and the United States, where he has performed at some of the biggest festivals, venues and concert halls, appeared on various TV and Radio programs, won several international jazz competitions, played and recorded with some of the greatest musicians in the jazz world: Steve Wilson, Alex Sipiagin, Valery Ponomarev, Manuel Valera, Edsel Gomez, Ron Jackson, Shai Maestro, Troy Roberts, Seamus Blake, Berta Moreno, Alina Engibaryan, Samvel Sarkisyan, Oscar Feldman, Jason Rigby, Silvano Monasterios, Leonid Ptashka, Taber Gable, Raphael Pannier, Kelly Green, Flavio Silva, Willerm Delisfort, Jordan Pettay, Franco Pina, Alana Sinkey, Naima Acuña, Yaacov Mayman, Aleksandra Mogilevich, Grace Garland, Ilona Kudina, Maxim Lubarsky, Edmar Castañeda, Gabriel Grossi, Park Stickney, Deborah Henson-Conant, Maeve Gilchrist, Rossitza Milevska, MTV EMA-winning band "Happyendless", Benjamin Herman, Ilja Reijngoud, Peter Beets, Simon Rigter, Johan Clement, Miguel Rodriguez, Jun Hyung An, Melissa Oliveira, Tuur Moens, Thomas Maasz, Juanma Barroso, Ruven Ruppik, Abel Marcel, Alex Correa, Viktorija Pilatovic, David Sancho, Jorge Vistel, Miguel Benito, Jorge Castañeda, Dani Juarez, Kestutis Vaiginis, Leonardas Pilkauskas, Viktors Ritovs, Toms Rudzinskis, Ivars Arutunyans, Arta, Jekabsone, Kaspars Kurdeko, Simona Smirnova among many others. Often associated with Spanish multi-awarded saxophonist and composer Berta Moreno, Perepelica has produced and recorded her debut album "Little Steps" that won The Global Music Awards for the Best Album of 2017 and was nominated for the prestigious Independent Music Awards and Spanish "Premios MIN"

Little Steps

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: J.G.Power; Lost & Found; Cosmic Dance; Lullaby for Rafi; Mind the Gap; Little Steps; Broadway Bells; Option A.

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Berta Moreno: Little Steps

Read "Little Steps" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When first seeing the title of Berta Moreno's debut record, one might be tempted to interpret it as a self-effacing gesture. Perhaps the tenor saxophonist is acknowledging her debt to the giant steps of the master of the tenor, John Coltrane himself? Upon further investigation, however, Moreno makes clear in her notes to the album that ...


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