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Zhivko Vasilev

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Zhivko Vasilev is one of the most popular Bulgarian kaval players. He is well known for his experiments with the kaval and the constant seeking for unexplored paths in music. Thanks to his experimental spirit he is constantly driven to combine traditional kaval sound with different western styles such as jazz, funk, latin, latin jazz, pop, electronic music and many more. The result of this incredible symbiosis is an exotic and unique style that he constantly improves. He hails from the Southern city of Smolyan, Bulgaria in the heart of the Rhodopi mountains. He inherited his love of music from his father and began his early training on the kaval at the NUI Dobri Hristov music school in Varna, Bulgaria

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MarieVeronique Bourque

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Marie-Véronique (MV) Bourque, an extremely talented artist from Saskatchewan, is not afraid to think and act outside the box. Her original songs and unique interpretations of jazz standards (by flute and voice) pair beautifully with her hard-to- define music genre. Marie-Véronique is a nominee for the 2021 Trille Or Awards Gala, which will take place May 29 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In 2019, MV was brought to Oxford (UK) for a recording session on Will Cox’s debut album, “A Darkling Shore”. The session also included a number of other accomplished artists including Orlando Harrison (Alabama 3) and Lily Dior

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Naïssam Jalal

A vertiginous flutist and prolific composer, Naïssam Jalal comes from a fertile background in music fuelled by passion and curiosity. Born in a Parisian suburb of Syrian parents, she assimilated and transcended the essence of European and Arab classical music, the art of jazz improvisation, the urgency of hip-hop, the euphoria of funk and the vitality of traditions from Africa, with a keen sense of synthesis and a hyper- sensitive touch. This fine trajectory has been marked by a number of excellent CD releases and prestigious awards such as the Coup de cœur from the Académie Charles Cros (2017) and the Victoires du Jazz (2019)

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Joyce Spencer

As an award winning saxophonist, based in Dallas, TX, Joyce Spencer is a force to be reckoned with as a multi-instrumentalist of saxophone (soprano, alto and tenor) flutist, singer, songwriter and composer. The best way to describe Joyce is flexible and adaptable, as she is also a multi-genre artist of traditional to contemporary jazz, R&B, funk, fusion, Gospel./Christian, blues and pop giving her an added gift to provide the spice of variety to each event or even cater to one genre depending on the demands of the venue. Joyce's prior performance experience includes orchestras, concert bands, wind ensembles, choirs, jazz bands, stage plays, musicals, etc

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Documentary: Jazz Flute

Documentary: Jazz Flute

Long the mainstay of classical ensembles and orchestras, the flute crossed over to jazz earlier than most people think. It first turned up in ragtime orchestras and marching bands of the late 1800s. Then it was buried in jazz bands for accents or novelty purposes in the 1920s. Crowded out by the clarinet in dance bands ...

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Mariane Bitran

French flutist, Mariane Bitran, released her fourth album "Wind Of Tomorrow ", in duo with Togolese guitarist Alain Apaloo on the Danish Jazz label, Alisio Music in december 2019. This album, recorded in Copenhagen, includes 9 original tracks and a african/meditative version of " What a Wonderful world ". Since her debut, Mariane Bitran has released two album as a leader, in Quintet form "A Place for You", "All One" and "Grey To Blue " in collaboration with Japanese pianist and composer, Makiko Hirabayashi, feat. American saxophonist, Bob Rockwell. All three albums were released for the Danish Jazz label, Stunt Records and well received both by the audience and the critics . The music is wide-spanning; inspired by different forms and rhythms and by her collaboration with musicians from the world-jazz-scene, as well as her roots in both classical and contemporary music. As soloist Mariane performed in festivals and toured in France, Germany, Denmark and Brazil, with musicians such as: Simon Spang-Hanssen, Pernille Bevort with Marcelo Nisinman, Chassol, Alain Apaloo's Api Pipo with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Zoomtop Orchestra with Richard Bona, Bojan Z, Nene Lima Filho, Olivier Cahours, Poul Reimann, Thomas Fonnesbech, Morten Lund, Anders Mogensen, Christophe Lavergne, only to name a few...

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Kristian Sensini

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He is a Piano and Flute player with Classical and Jazz Background studies, with credits for Movies and Tv shows, Documentaries, Animation projects. From 2010 Sensini received a total of 9 Nominees for Best Score (categories Feature Film, Documentaries, Promotion, Best Song, Best Short) at the Jerry Goldsmith International Film Music Award. In 2013 he won the Global Music Award for the soundtrack of the horror movie “Hyde’s Secret Nightmare” In 2014 he won the ColonneSonore Award for the soundtrack of the Animation Movie “Rocks in My Pockets”. The movie and his soundtrack were candidates at the 2015 Academy Awards. In 2020 he won the Global Music Award for his solo album “KuartetS” Sensini studied at Conservatory “G

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Yulia Musayelyan

Yulia Musayelyan is a flutist and composer born in Moscow, Russia, now based in the US. A versatile performer in classical and jazz idioms, she is the founder of the YM Quartet, Macayú Trio, Tango Meets Jazz project, and New Music Collective, dedicated to the performance of new original chamber music. Yulia has toured the US, UK, Europe, Central and South America with various musical projects. A recipient of the 2001 NFAA Award, she was a soloist with TACTUS Contemporary Ensemble in 2005 with guest conductor maestro Pierre Boulez. Her chamber works have been premiered at Symphony Space in New York City and featured in the 2006 film Natalie Bonn

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Juan Saiz

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Born in 1986 in Santander and begins to play the transverse flute at the age of 10 at the Conservatory Jesus de Monasterio de Santander, where he studies flute with Jaime Salas and composition with Emilio Otero. During his last years at the conservatory he focuses on the study of jazz and contemporary composition and, shortly thereafter, moves to Barcelona to study the upper level of Jazz and Modern Music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). He completed his studies between Barcelona and the Kask-Koninklijk Conservatorium de Ghent (Belgium) with professors such as Bart Defoort, Eladio Reinón, Gary Willis, Agustí Fernández, Gorka Benítez, Julia Gallego

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Haruna Fukazawa

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Haruna Fukazawa is a New York-based flutist originally from Tokyo, Japan. She has been an active member of the American and Japanese musical scenes as a performer, composer, and recording artist for over a decade.

After graduating from Mushashino Academia Musicae in Japan, Haruna’s musical career started as a classical musician. Upon attending a performance by the great Oscar Peterson, Haruna decided to dedicate her life to jazz. ​

Haruna’s straightforward, joyful, and powerful playing style is inspired most by her legendary teacher and mentor Frank Wess


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