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Otmaro Ruiz & Bruno Mangueira

OTMARO RUIZ Considered one of the most important jazz pianists in the current scene, Venezuelan Otmaro Ruiz is known for his versatility and virtuosity. After working intensively in Venezuela with artists such as Soledad Bravo and Ilan Chester, Otmaro moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to join the group of great names of the jazz world such as Alex Acuña, Justo Almario y, Abraham Laboriel, with whom he still collaborates in diverse projects. With an intense musical career, filled with concerts, workshops and recordings worldwide, Otmaro worked for 5 years with Dianne Reeves as a pianist and musical director

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Monika Hoffman

MONIKA HOFFMAN is a Swedish singer with Hungarian-German roots. She is at home not only in classical music, latin, jazz and pop, but also in three languages, namely Swedish, Hungarian and English – all of which she uses for shades of musical expression that are quite distinct. Monika Hoffman studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she played with legends like Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. In Hungary she became well known for participating in the TV show Megasztár – Voice of the Year, which resulted in a recording contract and a spot in the Hungarian finals for the Eurovision Song Contest

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Mazzola

Short Curriculum Vitae Guerino Mazzola • Swiss citizen • 1961-66 Gymnasium Typus B • 1966-71 Diploma in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, • and Crystallography at University of Zürich • 1971 PhD in Mathematics • 1972-75 Postdoctoral Studies at Universities Paris-Sud and Rome • 1980 Habilitation in Algebraic Geometry and Representation Theory • 1978-82 Lecturer at Universities of Zürich and Basel • 1980-84 Development of Mathematical Music Theory • 1981 Construction of Music Computer for Transformation Theory of Musical Patterns • 1984-86 Scientific director of the Darmstadt Symmetry-Project • 1986-89 Lecturer at University of Zürich • 1986-88 Director of SNSF-Project on Depth-EEG and Music Perception together with H

OrgelDuo

Hr og Fru OrgelDuo Travels the World is the debut album of the danish band OrgelDuo. Armed with drums and a hammond organ, the masterminds Daniel Sommer and Simon Eskildsen want to guide listeners and readers in their new homemade universe. The two musicians have created an audio-visual experience which tells the story of two retired Danes from a small suburb. Under the names Hr & Fru OrganDuo they travel the world - going on adventures, getting themselves in hairy situations and meeting plenty of exciting people.. Simon Eskildsen and Daniel Sommer are both professional musicians with several critical acclimated albums behind them

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Renato Diz

Renato Diz is a Portuguese pianist, composer and producer based in New York. Born in Porto, Portugal, Renato studied classical piano exclusively for 12 years, under the tutelage of Dr. Rui Pintão, at Fundação Conservatório Regional de Gaia. A chance encounter with jazz at a concert by pianist and composer Carlos Azevedo, introduced him to the world of improvised music and he decided to pursue his studies in this art. In 2004 he became a private student of Carlos Azevedo and in 2006 he was accepted in the leading jazz program on the Iberian Peninsula at the time, for a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Performance at ESMAE - IPP in Porto

Duo Elevation

David Ellington grew up in Connecticut, moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music before moving to New Orleans in 1983. After immersing himself in the extraordinary music scene in New Orleans, David moved to Atlanta in 2005 where he shortly met drummer Chris Burroughs. Drummer/percussionist Chris Burroughs was raised in Rockford, Illinois and began playing at the early age of four. During his teenage years, Chris moved to Atlanta, GA to begin his professional career. Chris has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia and has shared the stage with artists like Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carmen Bradford, Jennifer Holiday, Russell Gunn, Chris Duarte and more… Collectively their musical experiences and special artistic chemistry, make for an exciting elevated musical duo, known as Duo Elevation.

Ilaria Capalbo / Stefano Falcone

The collaboration between bassist and composer Ilaria Capalbo and pianist/composer Stefano Falcone is a work in progress, evolving since the pair met during studies and as their careers took shape, bringing Ilaria to Sweden and Stefano to Italy. The duo works on original compositions, co-writing and free improvisation, leading the tiny ensemble towards a distinctive, chamber-like sound that well represents the musicians' respective backgrounds and experiences. With this project, Stefano and Ilaria were featured as Artists In Residence for two years in a row at JazzIt Fest, a yearly event organized by Italy’s most prominent jazz magazine

Duo

Label: Vectordisc Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Black Orpheus; Young and Foolish; Stella By Starlight; Here’s that Rainy Day; My Foolish Heart; Once I Loved; F Minor; Invitation.

Duo

Label: ILK Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Better Get Hit in Your Soul; Dancing in Your Head; A Change Has Come; Mali; Kaira; Bells; Mopti; Marlong; Sundiata.

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Ron Thomas / Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Budd Kopman

One of the wonderful things about jazz is that it can be appreciated from more than one angle, oftentimes simultaneously: pure entertainment, art as entertainment, art as beauty and art as intellect among others. Some of this, of course, relates to music in general, but jazz as a genre has moved beyond any stylistic boundaries to ...


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