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Sigmar Matthíasson

Sigmar Matthiasson is a man of many names but the one most fitting is the Bass Viking. His sound is best described as a magnificent blend of hardcore groove and colorful melodies with influences ranging from Megadeth and Led Zeppelin to Jaco Pastorius and Ray Brown. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigmar started playing bass around the age of 16. He was first introduced to jazz when studying at the F.I.H. School of Music where he graduated from in 2012. Later on Sigmar furthered his jazz studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he studied with Jeff Carney, Reggie Workman and Hal Galper among others

Alan Hall

Current composer, band leader and drummer of Ratatet, a neo-jazz sextet based in the San Francisco Bay Area which features Bassoon, Trombone and Vibraphone. Started drumming professionally with a San Jose, California based Mexican American Party Band: "Los Unicos" at age of 13. Began working as jazz drummer in San Francisco Bay Area until departure for Boston, MA. Attended Berklee College of Music and in 1986 joined percussion faculty there for 7years. While in Boston, he worked/recorded with singer Rebecca Parris, Scott Robinson, Stu Hamn, Larry Coryell, among others. Moved to back to California where he played/recorded with Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Kai Eckhardt, Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Kenny Washigton among others. Currently teacher at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and Cal State East Bay in Hayward.


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