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Aridane Martin

Aridane Martín (1989, Canary Islands, Spain). Aridane attended CPMLPGC and CMMB conservatories. He graduates with the best qualifications (Award of honor in percussion, orchrestal soloist and chamber music) also received several prizes as a chamber musician and percussion soloist. After graduating, he enrolled at the Liceu Conservatory studying with the acclaimed drummer and percussionist Marc Miralta. Aridane has received classes from Jeffery Davies, David Friedman, Eric Sammut, Keiko Abe, Gary Burton. Aridane published in 2017 his first album as leader, "Tiébélé", in two editions, each one designed by a canarian painter with twelve original paintings inspired by his music in an innovative project

Michael Waldrop

Michael Waldrop is arguably one of the most diverse percussionists in the world. He is comfortable in a jazz or commercial music setting as a drumset player and he is equally at home in a classical orchestral setting. He is a virtuoso marimbist, whether performing his own music, or that of other composers. Michael is also adept at hand drumming, having studied with some of the greatest hand percussionists in the world. He is proficient on the tar as well as conga drums. In addition to these impressive performance skills, Waldrop is a skilled composer in both the jazz and percussion idioms. His compositions are published by Drop6 Media

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Vincent Houdijk

Vincent Houdijk is one of the most versatile music artists in The Netherlands with an average of between 100 and 150 concerts annually. The combination of his classical and jazz studies gave him an incredibly open and wide view on music which. always open for all kinds of music collaborations and styles Vincent Houdijk is without doubt a very open and even so spiritually minded music artist and teacher. In 2007 vincent created his band VinnieVibes; an intense, dynamic and irresistible band which is highly appreciated by their fans and many music programmers. This year Vincent Houdijk & VinnieVibes performed at the world famous North Sea Jazz Festival and they recorded their third album there during this live performance

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Orphy Robinson

Orphy Robinson MBE. Robinson is an award winning musician who specialises on Vibraphone & Percussion. The winner of the 2017 Jazz fm Awards “Live Performance of the year’ for his Bobby Hutcherson Songbook project. Robinson was awarded an MBE for “services to music” in the Queen’s birthday Honours list in June 2018. In 2015 he received a top 12 placing in the Critics Poll for the Jazz magazine Downbeat in ‘Vibraphonist of the year’ category. The first time a musician from the UK has achieved this accolade. One of the few musicians from the UK to have been signed to legendary record label ‘Blue Note,' where he released 2 albums and 2 EP’s to great critical and international acclaim

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Mike Freeman

Musician - composer - band leader - recording artist - arranger - educator - producer Vibraphonist and composer Mike Freeman has been a part of the New York jazz and Latin music scene for a day or two. Dan McClaneghan of Allaboutjazz described him as "masterful" and ranked among other top names of the instrument. With spirited soulful swing, Freeman's performances have taken him from North America and Europe to the Azores, Caribbean, and South America. His recordings of original music include tributes to Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, and NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson. Freeman's recordings have received national and international attention and extensive radio airplay, charting on jazz, contemporary jazz, and World Music radio. A 2019 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant recipient Freeman produced the two concert series “Latin Music In Hell’s Kitchen, A History” with guest legends Ray Mantilla and Jose Mangual Jr

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Patricia Brennan

Mexican born vibraphonist, marimbist and composer Patricia Brennan has been always surrounded by music. She inherited a deep love and appreciation for musical tradition from both parents, as well as being exposed to the musical richness of her native Port of Veracruz. She started studying music at 4 years old, playing latin percussion along salsa records with her father and listening to Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zeppelin records with her mother. Also, around the same age, she started playing piano, influenced by her grandmother who was a concert pianist. At the age of 17, Patricia was selected from musicians all over the Americas to be part of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas


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