Fall 2012

Sofia Tosello SOFIA TOSELLO (ARGENTINA)


Sofia Tosello is a remarkable vocalist from Cordoba, Argentina. From a home environment in which she heard a mix of musical styles, including Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Roberto Goyeneche, Mercedes Sosa, Luther Vandross, and Claude Debussy, Sofia began a quest to perform the big band music loved, especially the work of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald…

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prasannaPRASANNA (INDIA)


Hailed by critics and fans around the world as one of the world’s most innovative guitarists and composers today, Prasanna truly exemplifies the notion of a global musician. From being a pioneer in performing the ancient art of traditional Indian Classical Carnatic music on the guitar to being a cutting edge guitarist and composer that blends Jazz, Rock, Classical, Blues, Reggae and everything else he feeds on into a unique signature sound…

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Yuri Juárez (Peru)YURI JUÁREZ (PERU)


Yuri Martín Juárez Yllescas, guitarist, arranger and composer from Lima, Peru, began his career in 1996 as guitarist for various groups of Afro-Peruvian music, folk and fusion. His musical training ranges from formal studies with the Afro-Peruvian masters of the guitar Pepe Torres, Alvaro Lagos and Jorge Madueño and more “street” experience in Afro-Peruvian peñas….

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deannaDEANNA WITKOWSKI (USA)


 Pianist, composer and vocalist Deanna Witkowski moves with remarkable ease between multiple musical languages and cultures. Heralded for her “consistently thrilling” playing and her “boundless imagination” (All Music Guide), Witkowski was the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2002 and has appeared on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz…

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Arthur Kell (USA)ARTHUR KELL (USA)


Arthur Kell (bassist, composer) is one of the most original voices on today’s New York jazz scene. For the past twenty years, he has played with an amazing cross-section of the most influential contemporary jazz musicians in New York City and around the world. For example, in the 1980′s Arthur played extensively with artists such as Thomas Chapin (Spirits Rebellious Quintet), Bobbie Previte, Shelley Hirsch and Fred Ho, and also played dates with Billy Bang, Marc Ribot and Mark Feldman…

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Karina Colis (Mexico)KARINA COLIS (MEXICO)


Karina Vazquez Colis is truly one the world’s most promising talents in New York City. In addition to her skills as a drummer and percussionist, she is also an accomplished singer. Her musical work is characterized by a diversity of rhythms and styles, combining the roots of various European and Latin/South American traditions with elements of Jazz, Afro Cuban,Fusion and Pop…

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Fjoralba TurkuFJORALBA TURKU (ALBANIA)


Fjoralba Turku was born in Albania in 1983. At the age of nine she emigrated to Munich. Fjoralba comes from a very musical family, her brother Rudens Turku is a famous violinist. She also played the violin as a child and still takes the sound of the violin as a big inspiration for the sound of her voice….

 

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Juancho Herrera (Venezuela)JUANCHO HERRERA (VENEZUELA)


Juancho Herrera started his musical journey with the influence of the Venezuelan music tradition. In 1990 he enrolled at Ars Nova School of Music in Caracas, Venezuela. Juancho has worked as a guitarist and vocalist for several bands while living in Venezuela including: Solazul…

 

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Dario’s musicaDARIO BOENTE (ARGENTINA)


Dario’s musical personality energetically bridges the Jazz-club and the Dance-club, and is a direct outgrowth of his own life. Having been brought up in Argentina and Spain, immersed in the culture of tango and Brazilian music, he pursued his formal studies at the Guildhall School of Music (London), Berklee School of Music (Boston), the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program (New York) and his social life in the JAzz and electronica scene of New York, Madrid, London and Ibiza…

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 STEVE ZERLIN (USA)STEVE ZERLIN (USA)


Steve “Z-man” Zerlin is a brilliant and versatile bassist, fluent in many styles. He is accomplished as a jazz musician on both electric and acoustic bass and is well versed in Eastern modalities having adapted the bass guitar to perform nuances of Indian music. He has toured India, Europe and extensively throughout the USA and performed with many top artists including Dennis Chambers, Carl Filipiak, Jack DeJohnette, Paul McCandless…

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phil_maturanoPHIL MATURANO (USA)


Phil was raised in a family of musicians and was drawn to the drums at an early age. His exposure at that time to the great artists of jazz helped to develop his great passion for the music. When he was 16 he began his first serious study, with jazz drumming great – Roy Mc Curdy. Under Roy’s “wing” he learned the language and art of jazz drumming. This set him on an irreversible course, towards his life long dream…

 

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karthickDR. S. KARTHICK (INDIA)


One of the most recognizable ghatam artists in the world today, Karthick has earned an international reputation for his path-breaking work in Carnatic music and in Crossover music. He studied for many years with the legendary ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram. Karthick has performed and recorded with every major Carnatic artist, done sessions work with film composers like A.R. Rahman, Harris Jayaraj and others, and done numerous collaborative projects with French Pianist Ariane Gray Hubert and others…

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 Special Guest Faculty

Jordan Rudess (USA)JORDAN RUDESS (USA)


At the age of nine, Jordan Rudess entered the prestigious Juilliard School of Music for classical piano training. By nineteen, he began to include the rapidly developing world of synthesizers in his recordings and performances. Today, Jordan is a recording artist, composer, producer and performer…

 

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