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Geir Hjorthol

Geir Hjorthol was born on September 12, 1952 in Sykkylven, Norway. He started to play the trumpet in a marching band at the age of 14, but it took a few years before he started to work seriously with music – along with his academic career as a teacher and researcher of nordic literature. As a trumpet player Geir combines the sound of the trumpet with alternative playing techniques and electronic sound processing. His free improvised music is inspired by folk music and contemporary, free tonal music. The sounds of Geir’s music come not only from acoustic instruments, electronic effects and the human voice, but from nature and everyday life

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Gijs Levelt

Gijs Levelt is a trumpet player, composer and teacher. In his work he explores the boundaries of world music, improvised music, contemporary composed music and pop music. As a trumpet player, he is best known for his work with the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, with whom he has toured the world since 1997, released 15 albums and entered into various international collaborative projects. He was also founder and co-band leader of several crossover bands and ensembles, including STriCat, the Axyz Ensemble and Spinifex. As a sideman and guest musician he has played with a large number of artists in different genres, from the Willem Breuker Kollektief to Chef's Special, in clubs, theaters and festivals all over the world. Together with composer / flutist Ned McGowan, Gijs led the Karnatic Lab, a concert series, a series of festivals, a record label and a number of ensembles for years

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Hugh Manwell

Born out of his studies in the mecca of Jazz, New York City, Hugh Manwell crashed on the scene in 2014 creating his own lane for his unique, contemporary sound. A live multi-instrumentalist and producer, Hugh Manwell intricately blurs the line of Jazz, Funk, and Soul while remaining true to his own raw, uncut sound. Hugh's style has been compared to a mixture of artists such as Robert Glasper, J Dilla, Miles Davis, BadBadNotGood, and Jackie Mclean, and more. Originally making his debut as an electronic producer known as STATIK LNK, Hugh switched his stage name and his style to the current funk/soul/jazz sounds in 2016

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Dan Zimmerman

Dan Zimmerman devoted himself to guitar at age seven when he heard Love Gun, the new album by Kiss. Dan’s list of guitar favorites soon expanded beyond the space makeup of Kiss’s Ace Frehley to include John Scofield, Eddie Van Halen and Wes Montgomery, to name a few. After playing in high school rock bands, he studied classical guitar at UC Santa Barbara and jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. At UCSB Dan played in Evil Farmer, a rock/jam band known for spontaneous, creative and sometimes disastrous improvisations. Evil Farmer shared the bill at festivals and clubs with many other bands including ALO, who Dan still sometimes guests with. Dan has played guitar professionally in Southern California for more than 20 years

Gui Duvignau

Gui Duvignau is a bass player and composer born in France and raised in Brazil. His multi-cultural background has led to a life of traveling and musical exploration. A jazz musician in essence, he also draws inspiration from his experiences performing Rock, Brazilian and ‘World’ music, as well as his studies in Contemporary music. He attended Berklee College of Music where he studied with Vuk Kulenovic, Yakov Gubanov, Greg Hopkins, Ted Pease, John Lockwood, Fernando Huergo, to name a few, receiving his bachelor degree in Jazz Composition. His first album Porto, in collaboration with singer Sofia Ribeiro was inspired by his time living in Portugal

Marianne Trudel

Marianne Trudel is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improvisor, and arranger. A generous and engaging artist, a veritable powerhouse in Quebec and Canada’s instrumental music scene, Marianne Trudel has presented multiple artistic projects that not only bring her considerable skills to the fore but also her keen sense of creativity. At once energetic and passionate, her music cross-cuts a wide swath of musical interests. Her moving, spellbinding music is not easily labelled, one of its many strengths. At once sophisticated and catchy, authentic and unique As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance to: duets (MTrudel+ John Hollenbeck, MTrudel + Karen Young), trios (Trifolia), quintet (Marianne Trudel 4 + Ingrid Jensen), septet, and large ensembles

Maddalena Ghezzi

I am a voice player and composer born in Milan and living in London. I am passionate and curious about using my voice in creative ways to discover new sounds. I am band leader for FUWAH, Stanza Da Tre and Wells Reflections. I collaborate with musicians and artists in different disciplines. I studied jazz singing with Brigitte Beraha. I am currently deepening my research in singing, Libero Canto, improv and composition with Sara Serpa. To broaden my understanding of the voice I have attended workshops in Mongolian throat singing (Michael Orminston and Candida Valentino), Yiddish and Russian songs (Polina Shepherd), Maquam music (Louai Alhenawi) and others. I am currently working on my MINERALS series, solo album, FUWAH’s fourth album and more.


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