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Angela Turone & Chris Platt

Angela Turone and Chris Platt are Canadian musicians that have been collaborating since 2014. Angela and Chris met in their hometown, Toronto, while completing their studies in the jazz performance program at the University of Toronto. There, they discovered a common love and appreciation for Brazilian music and came together as an ensemble. With Angela on vocals and piano and Chris on guitar, they seek to explore the diverse and beautiful music of Brazil, performing their creative interpretations of repertoire from the bossa nova, samba and jazz genres. Their 2020, FACTOR-funded album Sounds of Brazil is a reflection of Angela and Chris’ deep interest in Brazilian music and how it intertwines with their jazz roots

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Mathias Lundqvist

Pianist, composer, arranger, teacher.

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Sopio

Sopio Murusidze is a New York-based vocalist, composer, and lyricist from the charming city Tbilisi, Georgia. She has been singing since she could speak and started training in classical piano from the age of five. Having a musically immersive childhood led Sopio to be influenced by jazz, classical, Georgian folk, R&B and soul. While attending Tbilisi State Conservatorium she had performed in the city’s major concert halls, jazz clubs and was featured in the most-watched daytime TV shows such as “Our Morning” on Georgian Broadcaster and “Afternoon” on GDS TV. In 2015 Sopio was awarded for participating in Young Musicians Contents at Movement Theatre in Tbilisi, Georgia. Sopio moved to New York City to expand her musical horizon and earned her Bachelor's Degree at The New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music

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Yuko Mabuchi

Yuko Mabuchi started playing classical piano at age 4, in her hometown of Fukui, Japan. As a teenager she was fascinated by American R&B, Hip-Hop and Blues. After hearing the music of some of the Jazz greats, she fell in love with Jazz and after high school began her study jazz piano. She was soon performing locally as a soloist, and as a member of a local jazz trio. In 2010, Yuko arrived in Los Angeles to further her studies and had the opportunity to perform at some of LAs top venues. Yuko has released three CDs: “Waves” (Vista Records, 2011) “My Life” (Vista Records, 2014) collections of original compositions

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Live People Ensemble

Live People Ensemble is a Moscow-based band that was founded in 2009 by Russian pianist and composer Natalya Skvortsova. They play original music that feels stylistically close to contemporary European jazz, while also incorporating influences from the band members’ personal and cultural backgrounds. The musicians use various elements of jazz and art music tradition, folk and world music, and contemporary rhythmic and harmonic-rhythmic structures to convey emotion and live energy in their music. Live People Ensemble performs both original music written by bandleader Natalya Skvortsova and the other band members, and original arrangements of popular jazz pieces

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Brenda Hopkins Miranda

Brenda Hopkins Miranda was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is currently doing trio (piano, bass and drums), quartet (piano, guitar, bass and drums) and piano solo concerts. Having grown up with the sounds that encompass Puerto Rican and Caribbean music, she has continued to expand her essence by adding soul, blues, funk, jazz, classical, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and all sorts of multicultural influences. Her music is influenced and inspired by a diverse list of artists that includes Radiohead, Nina Simone, Robert Plant, GoGo Penguin, The Chemical Brothers, Melody Gardot, Avishai Cohen and Nik Bärtsch. As a bandleader Hopkins Miranda has released six recordings of original music on her BHM label: “Boricua on Board,” (1998) “Bohemia,” (1999), “Recuerdos de Granada/Memoirs of Granada.” (2009), "Simple" (2012), "Aeropiano" (2014) and "Puentes" (2017). Brenda is known for her expressive sensibilities, daring compositions, powerful grooves and fearless improvisations

Fiona Ross

Fiona has become known for creating a new contemporary jazz sound, incorporating fast-paced Latin jazz, a hint of vintage jazz club and a soupçon of soul, allied to her distinctive vocal prowess, singer/pianist Fiona Ross has received stellar reviews for her three previous albums, A Twist of Blue,Just Me (And Sometimes Someone Else) and Black, White and a Little Bit of Grey – and performances at the Nells Jazz and Blues, Pizza Express, Toulouse Lautrec and the London Jazz Platform Festival. Enrolled in dance, drama and singing lessons at the age of two, then piano at six, by the age of eight, Fiona was starring in London’s West End

Guido Santoni

Jazz pianist Guido Santoni began studying piano of his own volition at the age of 8 with a classical course and then as a private pupil at the G. Rossini Academy of Music in Pesaro, Italy. At the same time he discovered a real predisposition and vocation due to his early acquaintance with the electrical jazz groups dating back to the 70s such as Miles Davis, Weather Report and the european cultured jazz. He has been doing concerts since the 90s playing a broad spectrum of music such as electric jazz, experimental and funk jazz as well as soul music. He has also taken part in a great variety of Italian groups appearing in many jazz exhibitions . This magnificent and long experience has established the necessity of dedicate himself to the project for excellence, that of the Piano Solo. He released the first self-produced work "Cinque Atti Del Tramonto Di Un Giorno" for the label Hijo Records

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Siyao Wang

Siyao Wang (b.1994) was originally born in Shenyang, China, currently based in Boston. She successively studied alongside famous pianists in US, Guo Ying, Chih-Long Hu, and Esther Park. She first studied for a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University having received a full Steinway scholarship, and then followed Boaz Sharon to achieve a master’s degree from Boston University College of Music. During her studies in the United States, Siyao’s repertoire includes numerous international awards, including placing third in the St. Andrew International Piano Competition in Canada and the Best Performance Award for Romantics, as well as the first prize for the TMTA Piano Chamber Music


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