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Al Daniels

Al Daniels is an accomplished composer/arranger and jazz pianist. Over the course of his half century as a player/composer he has worked with some of the finest musicians on the west coast. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Al's music history dates back to high school where his classical performance in the Bay Area Young Musicians Competition (sponsored by Pepsi) won him a new Kawai piano and an appearance with the San Francisco Symphony. But as Al's musical vocabulary increased legendary jazz saxophonist John Handy became an early inspiration and mentor during his studies at San Francisco State

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Michael Pignéguy

Michael Pignéguy is a gifted drummer, composer, band-leader, arranger and producer. He performs & records alongside a variety of other skilled, international musicians & vocalists as either, THE AWAKENINGS ENSEMBLE (World, Arabic, Latin & Jazz) The Michael Pignéguy Sextet (Jazz) The Michael Pignéguy Quartet (Jazz) & other extended orchestral versions of the Jazz formats Where many artists are wary of straying too far from home, both literally and figuratively, Michael Pignéguy (pronounced Pin-ay-gee) has had the pluck to investigate all sorts of music beyond his beloved jazz roots and to base himself in somewhere as improbable and exotic as Doha, Qatar

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Al-Jiçç

Band created in 2007 by Gonçalo Lopes on clarinet-bass and Nuno Damião on trumpet with the purpose of creating and improvising melodies within the diversity of scales and rhythms of Mediterranean music. Initially Al- jiçç collaborated with several percussionists in rehearsals and performances and in 2011, with bassist Francisco Artur and drummer Vitor Costa, was recorded the first cd 'Mostar', named after the Bosnia-Hezergovina city. Mostar ' was well received by critics (Time Out, Jornal de Letras, radio Antena 2) and was promoted at festivals such as Andanças, Avante, Junta-te ao Jazz and at several venues in Lisbon as the MusicBox, Bacalhoeiro and Cafe Tati. In 2013, Nuno Damião wrote a set of songs inspired by the novel 'Snow ' by Orhan Pamuk, which resulted in the CD ‘Estórias de Kars’

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Zoran Majstorovic

-“PORIN” award with his band as the best overall new music artist in Croatia -“Damir Dičić” award as the best Croatian jazz guitar player -“Status” award as the best Croatian etno musician/instrumentalist -“Miroslav Sedak Bencic” award as the most prominent Croatian jazz composer Jazz musician, guitarist, multiinstrumentalist, sound artist, arranger and composer, begins to play guitar at the age of 9, and plays professionally since the age of 13. His first guitar teacher was his father, a well known guitar player in Rijeka area during 1960’s and 1970’s. Later on he studied with the most prominent guitar players in Croatia and studied with and/or attended workshops of many world famous guitar players like Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, Marc Ribot, Sid Jacobs, Kurt Rosenwinkel… After playing shortly in some demo-bands he joins, at the age of 14, a pop-rock group called “Teens” and stays with that band for 7 years.During those years the band played hundreds of concerts in Croatia and abroad, winning many awards in Croatia and internationally (most notable Porin 2000.g.), releasing 3 cd’s, gaining high popularity and appearing on numerous music festivals in many different countries. In the years that followed he collaborates with many famous singers, mostly in Croatia, takes part in different projects, recordings and orchestras in Croatia and internationally


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