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Zachary Biggus

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Zachary Biggus was surrounded by music at a young age. He began playing guitar at the age of 11, focusing first on rock and later turning his interest to jazz. By 16, he was working with local bands in the Chicago land area. In 2010 Biggus released his first album, "Jusqu’a Présent". This independent release displays Biggus’ capacity for composition as well as improvisation. Since it’s release, Biggus continues to perform regularly in the Chicago land area, and has established himself both in his tasteful complements to the rhythm section and on innovative solo flights.
"From The Very Start" is the latest studio release from Zachary Biggus and features original compositions, drawing from styles of Rock and Jazz

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Zac Carson

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Bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator, Zac Carson has developed a modern playing style that draws from the jazz tradition, incorporating many influences from rock, classical, and folk. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Zac is known for his lyrical playing, innovative compositions, and intricate grooves.

Zac's recent album Something from Before includes original compositions that were written and recorded a month before the Covid-19 pandemic. The album features talented New York jazz musicians who each showcase their own voice and style through the music.

Performance highlights include performing alongside Chris Brubeck, Randy Brecker, the band Evanescence, and the premier of Harry Connick Jr.’s musical, Happy Elf

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Kenny Kirkwood

Kenny Kirkwood is a Juno award-winning Canadian musician who has toured internationally in a career spanning three decades. He has worked with Gord Downie, Kim Mitchell, Jacksoul, Kevin Breit, NOJO and Paul Reddick. Kenny has also opened for James Brown, Al Green and performed for Quincy Jones. Kenny spent his childhood in Zambia, experiencing traditional Bemba and Nyanja music, language and culture, and hearing local folk and pop groups and church choirs. These experiences deeply ingrained in him the value of the communal and spiritual aspects of music, song and dance in everyday life. Over the last decade Kenny has collaborated with Indigenous people on Turtle Island and worldwide in working towards reconciliation

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Frank Bond

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A veteran of the Vancouver Canada music scene, Frank Bond's interest in music started at an early age. Picking up the guitar by age 11 Frank started lessons at the first school he attended. With a hunger to learn more Frank took lessons from local music teacher Faust Pinto. As well as learning piano this is where he was taught the basics of music composition and creating music in various styles. Other early music endeavours included learning flute for school band and backing the school choir on guitar. During junior and senior school years Frank took advantage of immersing himself in as many different bands as possible thus opening the door to start playing professionally by age 16

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Baggiani

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Marcos Baggiani (Argentina 1973) is a drummer, composer and producer. Born in Buenos Aires, he moved to Amsterdam in 2001, where he studied at the Conservatorium and gained an MA in Jazz. Enlightened and inspired by his encounters with the impro/jazz scene in the Netherlands, Marcos has evolved into a creative, powerful and versatile musician. Established ensembles include Jerboah, The Ambush Party, the C.B.G and bAgg*fisH. Marcos has collaborated with such improvisers as Ellery Eskelin, Shahzad Ismaily, Michael Moore, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ernst Reijsiger, John Edwards, Luc Ex, Oren Marshall, Wolter Wierbos, Ingrid Laubrock, Ab Baars and Achim Kaufmann, playing all over Europe and America

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Marshall Bilodeau

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Marshall Bilodeau has played drumset for 15 years, studied jazz and classical percussion for many years including at Central Washington University where he recieved his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (2005). He is a Washington State certified music teacher, has played in big bands and small ensembles around the Pacific Northwest and has been a jazz educator since 2001. Current member of the Seattle Jazz Singers and faculty at the Seattle Jazz Night School.

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The Spice Cabinet

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The answer to Beijing’s party-cum-creative music scene, the Spice Cabinet, let by keyboardist Terry Hsieh blends Funk, Bebop, R&B, and even Spaghetti Westerns to form a worldview that is epic and playful in its explorations, known as "Deathbop". Born from the mind of veteran session musician and jazz trombonist Terry Hsieh during the beginning of his 8-year voyage to Beijing, The Spice Cabinet represents the handshake of cultures when people of vastly different backgrounds bond together over the shared love of jazz and pop music. Their style combines the cinematic orchestration, multiculturalism, rambunctious energy and production value of a pop concert, with the intense focus and virtuosity of their shared background in jazz improvisation

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Prawit Siriwat

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Brooklyn based guitarist and composer, Prawit “Wit” Siriwat, is endlessly dedicated to creating soundscapes that reflect the emotional momentum of our times. Whether it's through the simple yet natural beauty of acoustic strings or the bloopy-bloop filled electro-sonic worlds, Wit has a meditative approach to creating his musical pallet. Siriwat’s new compositions and songs can be heard live at venues throughout New York as he leads groups of incredible musicians that help him to actualize his progressive jazz-rock creations. The guitarist/composer is currently working on a duo record with his long-time musical partner, bassist and composer, Daniel Durst

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Bret Tobalske

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I love music in all its forms, but I mainly am inspired by jazz, blues and rock. My primary instruments are acoustic and electric guitars, but I also play bass guitar, drums including doumbek, tar and ngoni and other percussion instruments. I use a keyboard to drive MIDI samples. I am part of a duo with Jerred Seveyka, "Seveyka and Tobalske," and we have one album "Decompression Stop" and several singles. I am also in a duo with Joe Moll, "Kootenai Creek," and we have one release, "Council Grove." I regularly collaborate with Jean-Luc Saintot in the Jura, France and Ken Dial in Montana, USA.


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