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Marco Grispo

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"Marco was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From a young age, he was introduced to music by his mother, a singer and a music therapist. Having been exposed to a variety of instruments and genres since his early childhood, by the age of 14 he chose guitar as his main one and decided to become a professional musician. Since then, he started teaching and performing with different groups in the Buenos Aires scene, influenced by his love of Jazz and of Argentinian folk music tradition. In August of 2018, he moved to New York to attend the Jazz Program of the City College of New York, and after a year he transferred to The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music Music with a scholarship from The New School, and the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation

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Camila Ronza

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Camila Ronza. Born on February 10, 1995, in São Paulo, Brazil. From an early age, she had contact with music because of her very musical family, who always inspired and encouraged her. As a child, she joined OSESP Children's Choir and performed as a solo singer, so she soon decided to be a singer and make music her profession. Camila completed her bachelor's degree in Popular Music Vocal Performance at Faculdade de Música Souza Lima, in the city of São Paulo, in 2016. In the following year, she was granted a scholarship from the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation to continue her studies in France, at the Center des Musiques Didier Lockwood (CMDL), where she graduated from the professional course “Le Jazz et les Musiques Improvisées”, returning to Brazil in July 2019. During her undergraduate course, she became a member of the Youth Choir of the State of São Paulo, and of Nômade, a vocal and body percussion group

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Hogo Fogo

The sound of Hogo Fogo’s musical universe derives from the four corners of the world. Often boundary-pushing in their improvisations - other times insisting in their melodic ostinatios. With inspirations from Nordic Folk, American Jazz and African Funk Hogo Fogo is a breath of fresh air on the Danish music scene. The band describes their own music as a kind of World/Urban/Soul/Folk intstrumental groove music. The four musicians Michael Dalgas (Dr), Lars Emil Riis (Keys), Spencer Gross (Gui) and Søren Lund (Bas) have played together for more than 14 years as backingband for a wide range of artists

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Jonatan Piña Duluc

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Born in 1976 Jonatan Piña Duluc is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from the Dominican Republic. He has won the country`s most important composition competition the Premio Nacional de Música on six occasions on three different categories: Symphonic/Choral, Chamber music and Latin Dance music. Apart from these he has interests in Jazz, Rock, Latin Troubadour, Dominican folklore and everything eclectic. Influences go from Frank Zappa to Giorgy Ligueti, John Zorn, Luis Dias, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Living Colour, John Coltrane, Slayer, Juan Luis Guerra and many artists that you wouldn`t find in the same shelf of a record store

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Pedro José Pastrana

Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, Pedro J. Pastrana grew up immersed in the "jibaro" music, playing the national instrument "el cuatro”. His first steps in music started at the age of 10. Pedro’s passion for discovery got him to move out his native Puerto Rico and travel different countries allowing him to explore other musical cultures. These experiences added more vocabulary to his musical dictionary, and helped him develop a keen instinct for connecting with musicians at the most fundamental level. After years as a sideman, all of these collaborations have been the spark for his debut album

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Thanos Stavridis

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Thanos Stavridis was born in Langadas, Thessaloniki. He took his first steps in learning accordion at the age of six. He studied music theory and holds degrees in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue. He also attended saxophone courses and reached the diploma level. He graduated from School of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a degree in Ethnomusicology. His Graduate Thesis is entitled “Accordion and its technique as used by music troupes of Eastern Rumelia refugees in Greece”.

In his early undergraduate years he began playing accordion professionally at many music stages and haunts of Thessaloniki, performing rebetiko and various other genres of Greek music

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Gijs Levelt

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Gijs Levelt is a trumpet player, composer and teacher. In his work he explores the boundaries of world music, improvised music, contemporary composed music and pop music. As a trumpet player, he is best known for his work with the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, with whom he has toured the world since 1997, released 15 albums and entered into various international collaborative projects. He was also founder and co-band leader of several crossover bands and ensembles, including STriCat, the Axyz Ensemble and Spinifex. As a sideman and guest musician he has played with a large number of artists in different genres, from the Willem Breuker Kollektief to Chef's Special, in clubs, theaters and festivals all over the world. Together with composer / flutist Ned McGowan, Gijs led the Karnatic Lab, a concert series, a series of festivals, a record label and a number of ensembles for years

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Jussi Reijonen

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THIRD CULTURE MUSICIAN third culture individual: a person born into the cultural environment of his/her/their parents but raised in (an)other(s), consequently forming a non-binary third culture of his/her/their own. cultural hybrid; cultural chameleon; global nomad. Born in Rovaniemi, a small town on the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland, fretted/fretless guitarist and oud player Jussi Reijonen is truly the product of a world without frontiers. Having grown up in Finnish Lapland, the Middle East and East Africa, and currently living in Boston MA, USA, Jussi has spent his life soaking up the sounds, sights, scents and shades of Nordic, Middle Eastern, African and American culture, all of which are reflected in his handwriting as composer and performer

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Stephanie Chou

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Stephanie Chou is a saxophonist, singer, and composer based in New York City. Her music combines classical and Chinese influences with jazz and pop harmonies and rhythms. Raised in Irvington, NY, Chou studied mathematics and music at Columbia University. In 2011, she released her first album, Prime Knot, a jazz quintet CD featuring trumpeter Marcus Printup (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). Her 2012 ballet work “C for G” was commissioned and choreographed by former American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina and ballet mistress Susan Jaffe, and was premiered at Goucher College. Steph’s 2017 album, Asymptote, features fresh takes on Chinese classics including "Kangding Love Song", "The Moon Represents My Heart", a tongue twister about "Eating Grapes", and a setting of one of Li Bai's most famous poems

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Nicolas Meier & Dewa Budjana Group

Nicolas Meier UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world's most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more — all mixed with jazz — Meier's versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. (... so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group — carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years.) Meier originally hails from Switzerland; born in 1973, to parents who are great lovers of the arts


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