Oct 20-24, 2014 Multiple Grammy nominee, bassist, composer and producer Ric Fierabracci is coming to SAM to conduct an exclusive workshop. He has performed, recorded and run the gamut for artists like Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Gary Husband, Dean Brown, Steve Smith, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mitchel Forman, Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, Stanley Clarke, Brett Garsed, Phil Turcio, Guthrie Govan, Mike Miller, Scott Henderson, George Whitty, Joel Hoekstra, Tom Coster, Danny Carey, Andy Summers (with Sting as a special guest), Planet X, Eddie Jobson’s UK, Curved Air’s Sonja Kristina, Adrian Belew to Pop artists: Sir Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Japanese Mega Star - Misia, Jennifer Paige, Sophie B Hawkins, Euge Groove, Bill Evans and others. Ric has also recorded many tracks for the "Guitar Hero" Video games. Ric was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Bethpage, Long Island. He moved to the diverse musical environment of Miami, Florida when he was twelve years old. Two years later, at age fourteen, Ric heard a friend of his from high school play bass in a neighborhood band. He was inspired by the sound of the bass and from this time on he has been dedicated to playing bass and composing music. The first two years of Ric’s playing consisted of transcribing bass lines from records and playing at High School parties in various bands. One of his first bands included a guitarist who later became a famous American actor by the name of Johnny Depp. When Ric turned sixteen, he accompanied a friend to visit the University of Miami School of Music. His friend was auditioning to be accepted in the Jazz guitar program. Still in High School, Ric knocked on the Bass Principal’s office to introduce himself but ended up auditioning for the experience anyway. The University of Miami ended up offering a four-year scholarship in their world-renowned “Studio Music and Jazz” program, a program that many great Jazz musicians had studied. Ric finished High School two years early to attend the University. It was there that he studied hard and took advantage of his opportunity. After graduation Ric stayed in Miami to play around town and to tour in the United States and Europe. In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles and has played on many recordings with many great musicians. In 2003 Ric moved to New York for a change and immediately started playing with “The Chick Corea Electrik Band”, Billy Cobham Spectrum Band, Bill Evans Soulgrass, Dave Weckl Band and others. In 2008, his debut band’s CD called “Hemispheres” was nominated for a Grammy in the 51st Grammy's as "Best Contemporary Jazz Album." That same year Ric was also nominated twice for "best Instrumental Jazz Solo" on other recordings. Ric now lives in Simi Valley ,California, outside L.A., where he records, teaches and writes. Visit his website
Colombian jazz pianist Carolina Calvache, is part of the new generation of pianist and composers whose style blends South American rhythms with a contemporary jazz sound. Her participation in 2011 Mary Lou Williams woman in jazz festival for outstanding artists, brought the attention of the North east audiences at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Legendary pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi described her music as “ Marvelous”. Carolina is a New York City based pianist who has played and collaborated with musicians such as Antonio Sanchez, Jaleel Shaw, Michael Rodriguez, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Ludwig Afonso, John Elis, Linda Oh, Hans Glawishing, Rodrigo Recabarren, Ross Pederson, Petros Klampanis, Uri Gurvish, Roman Filiu, Rodney Green, Ricky Rodriguez, among others.