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Ryan Berg

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Ryan Berg was born into a musical family. His parents were musicians. His grandparents were musicians. He has made himself a staple on the New York jazz scene and has traveled throughout the world. Some of the musicians Ryan has played and/or recorded with include: Gregory Porter, Mark Whitfield, JD Allen, Stacy Dillard, George Burton, Tim Warfield, Josh Evans, Lenny White, Rashid Ali, Anthony Wonsey, Gerald Clayton, Sullivan Fortner, Lindsey Webster, Bruce Williams, Marquis Hill, Roy Hargrove, and many others... In addition to this, he has played on many albums, been a band member for a television show produced by Kelsey Grammer, and played as a member of the broadway shows “Jersey Boys”, “Hadestown”, and “Summer.” He is currently a member of The Brianna Thomas Band, Frank Lacy Sextet, and leads his own group along side members Stacy Dillard, Jeremy “Bean” Clemons, and Craig Magnano

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Matthias Kohler

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Born in 1983 in a small town near the capital Berne, Matthias Kohler is a Swiss artist active in Jazz and contemporary music. His work ranges from straight ahead Jazz to contemporary and improvised music. He is currently most active with the group "This Is Pan"; the group name is a nod to the greek god of music and nature. Matthias Kohler was an artist in residence in Singapore, Hudson NY, France, Switzerland and Japan. He is active nationally and internationally; mostly with his own groups but also as a sideman.

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Uli Geissendoerfer

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German-American pianist, composer and educator, Uli Geissendoerfer, originally from Munich, is a versatile and remarkable musician exploring rhythms and melodies across many styles of music, with a special emphasis on World, Jazz and improvisation. He worked with among others Tito, Puente, William Cepeda (awarded a Grammy nomination), Groove Collective, Giovanni Hidalgo, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leslie Uggams, Cirque du Soleil, Kofo the Wonderman, Ute Lemper, David Cassidy, several Symphonies, the Connecticut Opera and more. His current projects include, Colors a World Jazz Quintet featuring Belgium vocalist extraordinaire Pascale Elia with their first album charting on #2 in the JMC charts, the Beregovsky Project, a duo with fabulous award winning violin virtuoso Alicia Svigals and Bangalore Breakdown (first release “Diary”), an Indian World Jazz project featuring Premik Russell Tubbs

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Antero Priha

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Trumpetist Antero Priha is a versatile and intuitive trumpet player and composer. He has played, composed and arranged music from many different genres and played and recorded with a great number of domestic and foreign top artists. He is a band musician and composer who leads he ´s own groups and projects. Antero has collaborated in various projects with: Ray Charles, Carla Bley, Freddie Hubbard, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson & Gil Evans. Finnish stars J. Karjalainen, Ismo Alanko, Judge Bean, Pekka Pohjola, Jukka Linkola, Sakari Kukko, Upi Sorvali, Edward Wesala, Hasse Walli and Otto Donner have also been his musical co-operation partners. Priha has also created a career as a studio musician on television and radio, including Espoo Big Band and Umo Jazz orchestra as a soloist and musician. Priha has recorded a number of his own composing entities, movies and dance works, served as orchestra director in various configurations www.anteropriha.com

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Stephanie Lottermoser

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Stephanie Lottermoser started taking classical piano lessons and vocal training at the age of 7, with 14 she started to play saxophone and took lessons with Karsten Gorzel, Johannes Enders, Don Menza and Axel Kühn. She studied jazz saxophone with Leszek Zadlo at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. From 2000 - 2008 she was a member of the State Youth Jazz Orchestra Bavaria, also multiple winner in the competition "Jugend Jazzt" in the solo and ensemble classification. Since 2009 she is a teacher for saxophone and Combo in the workshop "Jazz Juniors" of the Bavarian State Youth Jazz Orchestra www.ljjb.de. In 2013/14 she received a six month scholarship oft he bavarian gouvernment for a stay at the "Cité Internationale des Arts" in Paris

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Aiskander

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AISKANDER – a Polish avant-garde composer, as well as guitarist and music producer. His artistic pseudonym is the Arabic version of his real name (Iskander) preceded by the letter "A". He learned playing keyboard instruments and classical guitar, but his instrumental and composing skills were developed by the musician on his own. The artist performs mainly instrumental jazz-funk, avant-funk and art-pop. The willingness to improve the creative process inspired Aiskander to work on his own material. In mid-2009 Aiskander recorded his first solo album Tysięczna część radości. The opening songs Róża wiatrów, Fantazja and twelve other compositions woven around the melodic sound of a classical guitar announced the direction continued in the next two albums

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Apostolo Kalt Orchestra

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Apostolos Kaltsas(aka Apostolo Kalt) is an active Greek bassplayer,composer & songwriter who has toured extensively and recorded with many artists in his homeland, Greece.He also studied Theatre at University of Athens.From 2004 to 2012 he was a member of the very popular rock band “Ypogeia Revmata”.He has published 3 albums in a wide stylistic range.As a performer he has appeared at numerous festivals in Europe and USA.

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Joy Ellis

Joy Ellis is a pianist, singer and composer based in London. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama she has toured all over the world playing jazz. Past gig highlights include Ronnie Scott’s, the Jazz Café and the Barbican Pit Theatre in London, the London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival and No Black Tie Jazz Club in Kuala Lumpur. She was recently selected as one of fourteen emerging artists to work with Mercury-nominated singer ESKA on a composition residency in Manchester. In December 2019, Joy released her second album entitled 'Dwell'. The album reflects her passion for jazz and improvisation, her love of groove and dance music, her classical roots as a pianist and the soulful, poetic aspects of being a singer-songwriter.

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Bodek Janke

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Bodek Janke is one of today´s most sought after drummers and percussionists of the international jazz and world music scenes. His unique and outstanding way of playing the drums, Indian tabla and various percussion instruments has given him opportunities to collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma, Lars Danielsson, Bill Evans, Bobo Stenson, Leszek Możdżer, Gilad Hekselman, Nuria Rial, the WDR, NDR & HR Radio Bigbands, Jasper van´t Hof, Kinan Azmeh, Kristjan Randalu, Petros Klampanis, Tarek Yamani, the Turtle Island & Atom String Quartets, and many others. Dubbed as ´a master of many dialects´ by New York´s drum legend John Riley, Bodek´s distinctive sound was recorded on more than 200 albums as a sideman

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Gidi Derzy

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Gidi Derzy was born in to a musical family, started piano lessons in age of 6 with classical music till 13, Also listened to jazz, funk, rock & pop at that time. Then he moved to jazz and other geners he started to compose and arrange his own music. In 17 years old he decided to study in a conservatory on Jazz genre. Gidi graduated 2 jazz conservatory's on the first one he played in a local jazz big band of the conservatory in the north of Israel and the second was in Tel Aviv till the age of 25. ​ Along the way he played with different band's and genres like - blues, jazz, fusion, funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, rock, progressive and more. Gidi recorded & produced couple of albums and singles to different artists in Israel includes his own projects.


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