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Frank Bond

A veteran of the Vancouver Canada music scene, Frank Bond's interest in music started at an early age. Picking up the guitar by age 11 Frank started lessons at the first school he attended. With a hunger to learn more Frank took lessons from local music teacher Faust Pinto. As well as learning piano this is where he was taught the basics of music composition and creating music in various styles. Other early music endeavours included learning flute for school band and backing the school choir on guitar. During junior and senior school years Frank took advantage of immersing himself in as many different bands as possible thus opening the door to start playing professionally by age 16

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Martin Antaya

Born in Montreal, Québec, Canada in 1971, Martin Antaya started learning piano and guitar from the age of 8. He pursued classical as well as jazz studies in musical institutions such as McGill's conservatory (theory), St-Laurent college (classical piano with Anne-Marie Gendron, jazz piano with Lorraine Desmarais, jazz arrangement with André Beaudry, classical guitar with André Roy) and Université de Montréal (instrumental composition with composer André Prévost). He seldomly makes public prestations, as he devotes his life mainly to contemporary and jazz composition, integrating both written and improvised music. He founded the Martin Martinsky Trio in 2008, composing and playing guitar, with band members Denis Monette (drums) and Olivier Labrecque (bass), who was replaced for the unique public performance in october 2008 by double-bassist Frédéric Alarie. From 2010 to 2019, he was working in a group improvisation public performances project at the A.M.I.C./C.A.I.M (Alternative Musical Improvisation Center/ Centre Alternatif d'Improvisation Musicale) with music school-master, teacher and composer Alain-Jacques Coutu.

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Fred Tompkins

Fred Tompkins was born in St. Louis in 1943. After high school he played tenor saxophone in and around his home town for several years before beginning the formal study of music at the St. Louis Insitute of Music, in 1964. By this time his strongest influences were jazz artists such as John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and the Jazz Messengers and the M.J.Q., and classical composers such as Paul Hindemith and Béla Bartók. His earliest compositions, as originally recorded on the album, Compositions of Fred Tompkins, showed a natural tendency to combine those genres into his own style. Some of the pieces tended to exploit a dramatic contrast between genres, but soon the transitions became smoother and the styles more synthesized

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Adam Ahuja

NYC-based Adam Ahuja is a live-looping artist, keyboardist, vocalist, and multi- instrumentalist. He has drawn international recognition touring independently as an artist and as a past member of acts such as Robert Randolph & Family Band and the Ana Popovic Band. Ahuja’s keen sense of the contemporary music scene prompted him to establish Infinity Gritty, a music label, consultancy, and artist development agency. Infinity Gritty has partnered with Grammy-winning label Ropeadope Records on distribution and promotion for multiple projects. Ropeadope is home to albums by jazz luminaries such as Christian Scott, Nate Smith, Snarky Puppy, and others. In 2017, Ahuja released his critically-acclaimed album “Ubiquity” via the Infinity Gritty / Ropeadope joint venture, on which he composed and performed all music, including keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and voice, and wrote the lyrics

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James Weidman

Pianist James Weidman is indisputably an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman’s affiliations is staggering in depth & breadth: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, MBase Collective, Cassandra Wilson, TK Blue (co-leader of Taja), Abbey Lincoln, Ruth Naomi Floyd (Producer), Kevin Mahogany (Music Director), Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Ray Anderson. That list includes several NEA Jazz Masters, musical trailblazers, and great singers; relationships requiring both the skilled touch of an adept soloist as well as superior accompaniment expertise

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Paolo Russo bandoneon

PAOLO RUSSO - pianist, bandoneonist and composer Welcome to Paolo Russo’s unique music universe: a journey across Italian flavours, classical tones, Nordic landscapes, free improvisations, with a distant echo of Argentinean tango. Born in Pescara (Italy) in 1969, he lives in Copenhagen (Denmark) since 1996. He started his studies with the cembalist Chiara Tiboni and graduated at “Conservatorio L. D’Annunzio” in Pescara, in 1993 (teacher: Rachele Marchegiani). In 2002, he graduated at the prestigious Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen. During the past 21 years, he developed a very intense music activity, with performances all around Europe, as well as Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Japan, Faroe Islands, Thailand, Tanzania, Mozambique, Algeria, Russia, USA, Greenland and Cuba

better than TV

better than TV had its formal debut in 2011. Our line up changed during the years as former students left Cambridge, and it is fluid and rather unconventional. We published two albums, 'Late’ in 2015 and ‘Song from No Man’s Land’ in 2018, both receiving positive reviews and radio time. We play regularly in Cambridge and London.

“light-hearted, engaging compositions” Jazzwise magazine, September 2015 “a wealth of talent” Pete Butchers, Jazz Today “Close to Jazz, but not only” Pino Saulo, Battiti, Rai Radio3

MUSICIAN Born:

Q Morrow

Well schooled in many styles of music and guitar technique, Q is a rare breed of guitarist who feels at home in any style of music, on any guitar. Having studied extensively jazz, funk, pop, rock, and classical guitar here in the far West, Carnatic (South Indian Classical) and Hindustani music in the far East, Brazilian and Cuban music on the side, it would be no stretch to say that his versatility is his strongest point. What sets him apart from other world musicians is the fact that his interest in music is spiritual, not technical. To Q, music is an offering. Growing up in Caldwell, Idaho, a suburb of Boise provided Q with ample practice time

Balagan Cafe Band

An eclectic new project, this group combines the worlds of jazz, world music and classical, featuring the intimate chamber instrumentation of violin, guitar, cello and accordion and an elegant yet fiery fusion of improvisation and written music. Ranging from Parisian and American Jazz, the Chaabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan folk melodies through to the early modern and folk music of Western Europe, Balagan fuses these threads into a coherent and characteristic sound world. ‘…this is music for the ears, heart and feet.’ The past couple of years have seen the band perform at venues including the Elgar Room, Omnibus and National Portrait Gallery to enthusiastic public responses

Kate Thomas

"Pink Martini, Tom Waits, Amy Winehouse and Kate Bush walk into a ... festival" One of the most entertaining and engaging shows I have ever experienced ... Kate’s phenomenal charisma and encouragement of audience interaction created an electric atmosphere ... an exceptionally talented performer; the audience singing along, dancing and rewarding every song with rapturous appreciation ... such a superb talent ... She is certainly one to watch and an artist we hope to work with again in the near future." - ARTHOUSE MUSIC Eclectic British singer-songwriter Kate Thomas grew up in a small town in Essex called Laindon, near a place nicknamed 'Alcatraz'


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