Artists 2018 - Jazzaar


Artistes 2018


Artistes in the ‘Transatlantic Rhapsody’ Production

Fritz Renold Musical Director

Fritz Renold | Jazzaar Festival In 1984, a 24 year old Renold received the Quincy Jones Full Scholarship Award at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he achieved his B.A in Jazz Performance in 1987 and was voted into the college’s faculty immediately. Since 1997, ‘Fritz Renold and the Bostonian Friends’ have been signed to the label SONY – BMG Music – Columbia Records in New York. His Quintet has consisted of players such as Randy Brecker, Christian Jacob, Miroslav Vitous und Adam Nussbaum in the national and international scene. In the past 30 years he has worked with Cecil Bridgewater, Benny Golson, Buster Williams, Britt Woodman, Bob Berg, Victor Lewis, Harvie S, Jerry Bergonzi, Benny Bailey, Mark Soskin, Bill Pierce, Billy Cobham, Michael Baker, Reggie Hamilton and many more. With over 500 compositions and premiers and numerous recordings to his name, the composer, saxophonist and arranger from Aargau belongs to one of the few music entrepreneurs in Switzerland. His latest compositions made it once again into the Grammy pre-nominations.
Renold is a co-founder of this Bandstand Learning with Role Models program at Jazzaar Festival that is now 26 years in operation.
Fritz Renold contributed compositions & arrangements for the Jazzaar 2018 productions.

Bill Pierce Tenor Saxophonist

saxophonist and educator; b. Hampton, VA, September 25, 1948. Bill was raised in Jacksonville and Miami, Fl. His parents, Frances and William, Sr. were educators. Bill began saxophone lessons in public school. In his senior year he took oboe lessons at the university of Miami. He attended Tennessee State University for two years. He transferred to Berklee College of Music in 1968, graduating in 1972. Bill began performing in the early 70’s in Boston while a student, appearing with artists such as The Four Tops and Stevie Wonder. In 1980, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, serving as musical director and sharing the bandstand with other young talents including James Williams, Donald Brown, Bobby Watson, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Terrance Blanchard, and Donald Harrison. After three years of recording and touring with Blakey, Bill returned to Berklee, where he became an Associate Professor in the Woodwind Department. During this time he was active in both the Boston and New York scenes and regularly performed with the Freddie Hubbard quintet. In 1985 Bill joined the Tony Williams Quintet. He made five recordings with Mr. Williams and toured Europe, Asia, and America. Since 1986 he has divided his time between academia, performing, and recording under his own name.
Bill is also featured on Tony Williams’ last quintet release, Tokyo Live (Blue Note Records). In 1997 Bill was appointed chairman of the woodwind department at Berklee College. Bill has been a member of the Kevin Eubanks quartet since 1999. The group has released three recordings, “Live”, “Genesis”, “Shrine” (Insoul Music), “Zen Food”, and “The Messenger”(Mack Avenue). Bill Pierce has performed and recorded with numerous jazz legends including Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, Billy Higgins, and Art Blakey. Bill has released recordings of his own group and has been featured at many major American, Japanese, and European jazz festivals. Bill Pierce is an internationally recognized educator who has presented clinics in Europe, Asia, and South America as well as throughout the United States.

Frank Green Lead Trumpeter

Frank David Greene is one of the most in demand lead trumpeters in the USA. His career began with the Maynard Ferguson big band that led him in no time to New York City where he still resides. Today he works in bands with Maria Schneider, Jimmy Heath, the Dizzie Gillespie All Stars and plays with Christian McBride, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Bob Mintzer, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Nicholas Payton, and Roy Hargrove among others. He was the lead trumpeter in the Letterman Show in NYC until May 2015 besides the CBS Orchestra.

Tom Bones Malone Trombonist

 Thomas (Tom) “Bones” Malone (born June 16, 1947) is an American jazz musician, arranger and producer. As his nickname implies, he specializes on the trombone, but also plays trumpet, tuba, tenor sax, baritone sax, flutes, piccolo and other instruments.
He is famous for being a member of The Blues Brothers band, Saturday Night Live Band (served as leader of the band from 1981 to 1985), and a member of the CBS Orchestra, the house band for the Late Show with David Letterman. Malone was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He began playing professionally as lead trumpet with Brenda Lee at a club in Jackson, Mississippi while enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Upon graduation, Malone worked in bands of Woody Herman (1969), Duke Pearson (1970), Louie Bellson (1971), Doc Severinsen, Frank Zappa (1972) and Blood, Sweat & Tears (1973). In 1973, Malone began a close, 15-year association with Gil Evans, who exerted considerable musical influence on him. With Evans, Malone recorded seven albums and toured Europe, Japan and the Far East. In 1975, Malone toured with Billy Cobham, in 1976 with the Band.
In 1970 after he was heard performing with Ten Wheel Drive and Genya Ravan, he received a call from Saturday Night Live (SNL), a new and revolutionary, late-night comedy show on NBC. Malone arranged for the show from 1975 to 1985 and served as musical director from 1981 to 1985. A single SNL comedy skit which featured John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd mushroomed into The Blues Brothers; Malone wrote the chart for that first skit, then continued as an integral member of the Blues Brothers musical organization. His writing and performance may be found on all Blues Brothers recordings and in The Blues Brothers film score. In the movie he appears as a fictionalized version of himself. In 1993, Malone reunited with SNL veterans Paul Shaffer (keyboards) and Will Lee, (bass), in the CBS Orchestra. In 1997, Blues Brothers 2000 and the film score includes considerable contribution by Malone.
As a studio musician, he has been heard on more than 1,000 records, more than 3000 radio and television commercials and over 4,000 live television shows.
Malone’s additional feature film credits include The Last Waltz, Blues Brothers 2000 and Sister Act.
In 2007 Malone was invited by Music Director Geoffrey Moull to arrange and perform a concert with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He frequently performs with Beatles tribute band the Fab Faux (as part of the Hogshead Horns) along with fellow CBS Orchestra member Will Lee. He also frequently plays with the Blues Brotherhood, a Blues Brothers tribute band based in Pennsylvania.

Gil Goldstein Accordionist/Pianist

Gil Goldstein was born Nov 6 l950 in Washington DC. His work as an arranger includes projects with Michael Brecker, Esperanza Spalding, Chris Botti, Bobby McFerrin, Milton Nasciemento, and David Sanborn. He is an important disciple of Gil Evans, having worked with his band from 1981 until his passing, and then was appointed as the musical director of that band. He reconstructed the classic Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaborations of the 60’s for a concert in Montreux, Switzerland under the direction of Quincy Jones. He has earned 5 Grammy Awards through this work as an arranger and producer. As a pianist and accordionist he has worked with most of the leading modern jazz artists including Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Al Jarreau, among many others. He is versed in all varieties of world music and has recorded with the leading musicians of Brazil, including Toninho Horta and Romero Lubambo, of Spain with Carles Benavente and Jorge Pardo, of Paris with Juliette Greco, and also the cream of American popular music, including Paul Simon, James Taylor and Sting. He has collaborated on film scores with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Pat Metheny as an arranger and orchestrator, and composed a number of scores. As an educator, he holds a Ph.D in music eduction from Union Graduate School, and has written The Jazz Composer’s Companion which is published by Schott Music.

Gil Goldstein contributed arrangements and compositions for both productions in 2018.

Michael Baker Drummer

 Michael Baker worked with the world-renowned Whitney Houston as her musical director and drummer For 18 years. In addition, he’s played with Missy Elliott, Sting, Christina Aguilera, James Taylor, Elton John, Shaggy, Wycliffe, Aretha Franklin, Mary J., Ricky Martin, Usher, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles and many others. As a jazz drummer, he’s worked with such artists as Al Jarreau, Josef Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Dianne Reeves and the Ellington Orchestra.

Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra

_DSC1610 The Swiss Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1995 and is now part of the collective Swiss Youth Ensembles (SYE) at Jazzaar Festival, comprising of musically gifted youth between the ages of 16 – 26 years striving towards a music career. The SYE belongs to the ‘Bandstand Learning with Role Models’ platform, with international artists in the role of colleagues and role models for the young players. The youth in the SYE could spend up to 10 years in this community of music practitioners, mastering a wide spectrum of genres and styles of music to be versatile in the music industry. These youth musicians work on premiering productions together with international artists from the jazz to classical and world music genres to perform and record at a high level. The SYE have released 2 albums on CDs and DVDs since 2013, both of which were pre-nominated for the Grammy awards in up to 10 categories.
Among the alumni of the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra are Mathias Künzli AG (drums/perc), Chris Huber AG (ts), Tobias Preisig ZH (vl), Simon Jeker AG (ts), Claudio Strüby SZ (pn), Adrian Pflugshaupt LU (as), Phil Hilfiker AG (as) and many more leading professional musicians in the current Swiss and international music scene.
The Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra has released 4 live albums, with the latest called ‘Take Five’ that is distributed world-wide. The albums have received raving reviews including such as the „Highest Debut“ in the US Jazz radio circuit in January 2017 and to rank 23rd in the Top 50 Jazz Week Charts.
This year the SYJO will explore the fusion of music from cultures between the Atlantic.

SYJO 2018:
Janis Birrer (cl), Mathieu Bitz (as), Sara El Hachimi (as), Felix Piringer (ts), Sofie Schindelholz (bcl), Samir Rachide (tp), Sebastian Wey (tb),
Moritz Za?ch (tu), Andrin Stettler (g), Jeremy Lenoir (p), Sharon Renold (b), Cristiano Salgert (dr)


Composers & Arrangers for Jazzaar Festival 2017

Bob Freedman

Bob Freedman : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Having Bob Freedman on the Team is truly an Honor for Jazzaar Festival. Bob is a composer, songwriter, conductor, saxophonist and arranger. After his high school education, he became a saxophonist in the dance orchestras of Serge Chaloff, Vido Musso, Woody Herman, Herb Pomeroy and Maynard Ferguson. He joined ASCAP in 1958, and his popular-song compositions include “And We Listened”. Throughout his life Bob worked for Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Wynton Marsalis, Grover Washington, Miles Davis, Arther Blythe, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Herbie Mann, Michael Brecker, Billy Joel, Renee Rosnes, Dianne Reeves, won a Grammy together with Quincy Jones for The Wiz and conducted hundreds of Productions around the Globe. He also taught at the Berklee School of Music and was the chairman of their Arranging department until his retirement while being the music director at a Boston recording studio. In 2010 Bob wrote the arrangements and directed the recording sessions for this truly GREAT Big Band led by master bassist Ron Carter. It was released on Sunnyside Records on Sept 13, 2011 and worldwide in November 2011. The Japanese release (March 2011) is on EMI-Toshiba. Visit for more information and audio clips.

Bob Freedman contributed arrangements for both productions in 2018.

Ned Wilkinson

Ned Wilkinson graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1987 with a degree in Commercial Arranging and an emphasis in trumpet performance. He soon found himself in Branson, Missouri, a tourist destination where few musicians read music and fewer trumpet jobs existed. Undaunted, Ned established himself first as a multi-instrumentalist, playing brass, woodwinds, strings, keyboards, and drums at the Silver Dollar City theme park; he moved from there into show production and musical direction at the park, while arranging for shows on the “76 Strip” such as The Osmonds. He is most proud of his work with The Haygoods, fellow SDC alumni and current stars of a cable TV reality series. Ned recently moved to Orlando, Florida to continue production work, to explore comedy, and to launch his original stage musicals; his newest work, “Fosgate: Ferret Loan Officer”, will premier at the Orlando International Fringe Festival in May.

Ned Wilkinson contributed Lyrics and transcriptions for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.

Irene Savaree

Irene Savaree, a composer, arranger and music entrepreneur, enjoyed an illustrious career as an EMI (Malaysia) recording artiste with the group Cenderawasih prior to establishing the International College of Music (ICOM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer with direct oversight on institutional governance, curriculum development, strategic enrolment management and institutional research and assessment.
Irene established international institutional partnerships with the Berklee College of Music (USA) and the University of Wolverhampton (UK) to provide students an opportunity to earn internationally recognised music degrees.
Irene holds a Master of Science in Higher Education degree from Drexel University (PA, USA) and a Bachelor of Music in Commercial Arranging from the Berklee College of Music (MA, USA).

Irene contributed a composition for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.

Corey Allen

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Corey’s professional background covers the entire range of the music business. Corey’s vocal and orchestra arrangements can be heard on recordings by The Manhattan Transfer with the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel and with the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Corey himself! He has arranged for “New Age” pioneer Suzanne Ciani, television star David Hasselhoff, vocalists Erin Boehm, Kevin Mahogany, American Idol’s sentimental favorite, Sherman Pore, the Japanese vocal group “Suite Voice” and “Spain”, the centerpiece of the latest Manhattan Transfer recording – “The Chick Corea Songbook”.

Corey Allen contributed Arrangements for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.

Jamshied Sharifi

jamshied18 Jamshied Sharifi was born in Topeka, Kansas. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in humanities, Sharifi studied Jazz Piano and Composition as well as Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Later he led the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble while teaching in the Music Synthesis and Ensemble Departments at Berklee.
Sharifi also writes for film soundtracks. He’s worked with Michael Gibbs scoring feature films and one-hour television shows. He composed the soundtracks to many major studio and independent films including the Paramount/Nickelodeon film Clockstoppers and contributed to the scores of The Thomas Crown Affair. Sharifi’s infusions of elements from the Middle East and Africa makes his music distinctive.
As an accomplished pianist and synthesizer player Sharifi aims to play the synthesizer with the richness of articulation associated to an acoustic instrumentalist.
Sharifi arranged and produced albums for many artists, including Yungchen Lhamo, Mamak Khadem, Mo Boma. His first solo album, A Prayer for the Soul of Layla, received much critical acclaim as Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 1st Annual New Age Voice Music Awards. He arranged and conducted for orchestral instruments, including strings and horns for Dream Theater’s album Octavarium.

Jamshied Sharifi contributed compositions and arrangements for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.

Helen Savari-Renold

Helen Savari-Renold hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She’s been educated on voice, guitar, piano, composition and pedagogy in various educational institutions in Malaysia, the USA and Switzerland. As a performer Helen enjoyed a prolific career in a duet called ‘Cenderawasih’ (EMI Malaysia) before her venture into music education. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Jazz Composition and Arrangement she has contributed compositions to Jazz Ensembles as well as librettos for works performed at Jazzaar Festival, of which she is a co-founder.

Helen Savari-Renold contributed compositions for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.


Artistes in ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ Production

Tim Akers Musical Director/Keyboardist

Tim Akers is an arranger/conductor, keyboard player, songwriter, and producer living in Nashville, TN. His work as a studio session player has landed him on recordings for Kid Rock, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald (including the Platinum selling “Motown” record), Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Megadeth, Michael Bolton, Rascal Flatts, SHeDAISY, Jewel, LeAnn Rimes, Trace Adkins, Glen Campbell, Barry Manilow, actor Jeff Bridges, Pam Tillis, Patti LaBelle, Joss Stone, Wynonna, Josh Gracin (of American Idol fame), and many others too numerous to mention. He has also performed on the movie soundtracks for “Chicken Little”, “Evan Almighty”, “Herbie Fully Loaded”, “The Prince of Egypt”, “We Were Soldiers”, “Kissing Jessica Stein”, and “Anastasia”. For 3 years (from 1997 through 1999) Tim was the Music Director for TNN’s flagship music/talkshow “Prime Time Country” starring Gary Chapman. He performed with literally hundreds of artists from all genre’s including Dolly Parton, SHeDAISY, many of the founding stars of country music, as well as Bruce Hornsby, Paul Williams, Jimmy Webb, Lou Rawls, and actor/performer Kevin Bacon. As a conductor/arranger/bandleader, Tim has directed countless “all-star” shows with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, Donna Summer, Gino Vanelli, Isaac Slade (The Fray), Jamie Cullum, John Legend, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Alan Parsons, and many, many others too numerous to mention. His songs have been played on such television shows as “Lois and Clark”, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”. Tim is currently touring with Capitol recording artist Vince Gill.

Tim Akers contributed Arrangements for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.

Harini Srinivasa Raghavan Vocalist/Violinist

 Leading an international cadre of musicians, New York based, Chennai born singer, composer and violinist Harini “Rini” Raghavan creates her own version of Indian electronica. Harini draws from her formal training in Carnatic music and work at Berklee College of Music in Electronic Production to bring together sounds and music of her birthplace in India and her home in the US. An experienced performer and recording artist, she has recorded and performed with Grammy winning composers A.R.Rahman and Bill Whelan, and headlined prestigious festivals and venues in US and India, including Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center and the United Nations General Assembly. Rini has released two EP’s worldwide – ‘Kural’ and ‘Alone in the Blue’ – on Spotify, Google Play, Amazon and other digital outlets to critical acclaim, including a feature in Rolling Stone India.
Harini was a featured soloist on violin in the video ‘Jiya Jale’ by The Berklee Indian Ensemble, released in 2014, that has 7 million views to date. She performs across the United States with touring Indian Musicians like Karthik, Devan and Saindhavi, as a featured solo violinist and singer

Harini contributed in songwriting for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.

Lydia Renold Vocalist

 Lydia Renold was trained both vocally as well as instrumentally from an early childhood onwards. She gained much experience working and performing on the bandstand alongside greats such as Gil Goldstein, Billy Cobham, Randy Brecker and many more. She also studied Contemporary Writing & Production at Berklee College of Music and now works for the Berklee India Exchange Program, facilitating productions as well as weekly ensemble classes.

Lydia contributed an arranged composition for the ‘Transatlantic Rhapsody’ production.

Anders Bostrom Flautist

Anders Boström comes from Sweden. Anders recorded his first album with the Swedish Jazz fusion group Sonant Space. He left for the US and studied Jazz and Music Synthesis at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA.
While in Boston, Anders toured and recorded three albums on CBS records with the group Full Circle and recorded with Ahmad Monsour, John Stein, Brian Ales and Matt Johnson.
After moving to New York in 1991, He joined Giovanni Hidalgo’s group and recorded the album “Time Shifter” with him. As a sideman, he has appeared on jazz recordings with Walt Weiskopf, Donny McCaslin, Bruno Raberg, Fernando Tarres, Erik Lundmark, Fernando Huergo, Paul Renz, Paula Cole, The Story and Sandy Lam.
In 1999, Anders played in “The Lion King” on Broadway. This is where he was introduced to the sound of the bamboo flute. Shows on Broadway featuring Anders on bamboo flute and flute include “Bombay Dreams”, “Tarzan” and “Shrek the Musical”.
His bamboo flute playing is also featured on the sound tracks of “Get Real! Wise Women Speak: on the CD “Ama” by the Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo ,the CD “Awakened Earth” by the group Mirabai Ceiba and on the CD “Disney presents Tarzan on Broadway”.

Tom Walsh Lead Trumpeter

 Tom Walsh, aged 25, is based in London, where he graduated from the Jazz Course at the Royal Academy Of Music with 1st Class Honours in 2013. In his first year at college, Tom was the inaugural recipient of the Humphrey Lyttelton Jazz Prize, an award for outstanding jazz performance. Upon leaving college Tom had also received other awards including the Wolfson Prize (2012) and the Alumni Development Award (2013).

Shortly after graduating, in September 2013, Tom was appointed the lead trumpet chair in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Within the band, he has worked with international jazz luminaries such as Benny Golson, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Kurt Elling & Bob Mintzer. In December 2016 Tom performed with Vince Mendoza & The WDR Big Band – and was the first lead trumpet deputy to play with the band for over 30 years. Tom has also played with some of the UK’S top big bands including: The BBC Big Band, The Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, The Gareth Lockrane Big Band, The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, NYJO and The Mark Nightingale Big Band.

In light orchestral work Tom has played principal trumpet with John Wilson, The RTE Concert Orchestra , The Philharmonia and has played with the RPO, English National Ballet Orchestra and the English Session Orchestra. In the West End, Tom has played on Wicked, Sinatra: Live On Stage, Dirty Dancing and The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas. In 2013 and 2014 Tom played lead trumpet live on the UK X Factor Big Band shows, in addition to the BBC Proms in 2014, and the ongoing BBC TV series Bruce’s Hall Of Fame. In pop and commercial music Tom has played and recorded with the likes of Van Morrison, Blur, Mark Knopfler, Jessie J, Jamie Cullum, Gary Barlow and Shirley Bassey. In February 2014 Tom co-produced and played a series of concerts with Al Jarreau at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

Tom is a visiting professor of jazz trumpet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Having recently studied with trumpeters Jerry Hey & Gary Grant in Los Angeles, Tom is currently working from his home studio recording, composing and arranging for multiple projects including his own horn section.

Ramon Stagnaro Guitarist

Ramón Stagnaro, born in Peru, is a guitarist who has toured or recorded with artists such as Diana Ross, Gino Vannelli, Celine Dion, Pedro Eustache, Alejandro Sanz, Enrique Iglesias, Dariush Eghbali, Raquel Bitton, Nelly Furtado, Andrea Bocelli, Shahyar Ghanbari, Vangelis, Josh Groban, and Homayoun Shajarian. He appears on Yanni’s live concert video.

A.T.N. Stadwijk Keyboardist

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Etienne (A.T.N.) Stadwijk was born in The Netherlands where he was exposed to music at a very early age. When he was in his early teens his family relocated to Suriname in South America, where both his parents were born. He quickly established himself as one of the premiere keyboard players on the scene, and with his broad interest in styles, work was never in short supply. At age 20 he went to Boston to go study music at the prestigious Berklee Music College. His major was contemporary arranging.
After a few successful years in Boston A.T.N. moved to New York, which has been his home since. He divides his time between recording/producing and performing live, and has had the privilege to have worked with such greats as Kenny Garrett, Richard Bona, Harry Belafonte, Maxwell, Patty Labelle, Paul Simon, and Marcus Miller, to name a few.

Oscar Stagnaro Bassist

Hailing from Peru, Oscar studied at the Conservatory of Music in Lima while working extensively as a first-call session musician and live performer for many international artists and local bands. He moved to the U.S. in 1979, where he continued his studies with pianist/educator Mike Marra, and Jazz great Jerry Bergonzi. Since then, Oscar has become one of the most in-demand performers the on the East Coast. His mastery of different music styles from Jazz and Fusion to Latin, Brazilian, and South American music, has allowed him to travel the world performing with a virtual who’s who in the Latin and Jazz worlds respectively. Throughout his illustrious career, Oscar has accrued four Grammy Awards with a total of six nominations.

MT Aditya Srinivasan on Tabla

MT Aditya Srinivasan is making waves as an upcoming Multi-Percussionist. Hailing from Chennai, India, he is a disciple of Tabla stalwart Pt.Yogesh Samsi as well as Vidhwan Shri. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. He has further studied Latin, Afro Cuban and Flamenco percussion under ace Cuban Percussionist Yoel Paez. MT Aditya is a post graduate fellow of Berklee College of Musc in Valencia, Spain. He has a Masters in Contemporary Performance and Production from Berklee College in Valencia as well as a prior Master of Science in Electronic Media from Anna University in Chennai, India.
As a tabla player he has accompanied several top Indian classical musicians including Vidhwan Balamuralikrishna, Vinayak Torvi, Rakesh Chaurasia, Vidhyadar Vyas, Omkar Dadarkar, Jayteerth Mevundi, Dhruba Ghosh, Sriram Parasuram, Anupama Bhagwat, Unnikrishnan, Ranjani – Gayatri, Sikkil Gurucharan, Anil Srinivasan, Priya Sisters, Manjusha Patil Kulkarni and many others. As a multi percussionist he has performed with several influential contemporary Indian musicians such as AR Rahman, Vijay Prakash, Raghu Dixit, Anooradha Sriram, U. Rajesh, Sanjeev Thomas, Keith Peters as well as renowned internationally musicians such as Danilo Perez, Javier Limon, Perico Sambeat, Victor Mendoza, Alain Perez, Antonio Sanchez, Daniel Stern, Allan Chase, Bruno Raberg, Christianne Karam, Stephen Webber and so on.

Rodney Holmes Drummer

Drummer, composer, producer, RODNEY HOLMES is considered by many musicians as well as music fans to be one of the very best drummers in the world. Due to his humble attitude and modest demeanor, Rodney would never say this about himself. But after seeing and hearing him, it’s simply undeniable that he is in fact one of the best musicians on the planet.
Rodney has gone on to work with some of the most talented and respected musicians in both Rock and Jazz worlds. He has worked with Santana, Steve Lukather, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Rob Thomas, and many others. His work with Santana garnered Holmes a higher level of respect within the industry along with multiple Grammy Awards. Rodney played on the hit song “Smooth” from Santana’s “Supernatural” album. He’s also earned Grammys for his work on the Brecker Brothers ” “Out Of The Loop” album. Holmes’ jaw dropping solos have evoked standing ovations worldwide.
“Rodney Holmes isn’t all about chops. It’s also about scope. Simply put, Rodney Holmes blew people away. Reasons cited were his amazing technique, his intricate patterns, and his artsy sense of placement.”
“Funny thing about Rodney: Even when he’s unleashing the beast, he never appears as if he’s barely hanging on. He’s got firm grasp of the reins, still forging a groove that’s lush, steady, and comfortable.”
-”Bruce Wittet, from Modern Drummer Magazine”

Swiss Youth World-Music Ensemble

The SYWE is one of the formations in the Swiss Youth Ensembles at Jazzaar Festival. It is formed to give the selected young talents the opportunity to play and experience the music of other cultures around the world from a jazz fusion perspective. The SYWE will present the Gumbo with Chutney production with the charms of the New Orleans sounds mingled with a mix of exotic African and Indian Caribbean grooves.

SYWE 2018:
Gabriela Grossenbacher (v), Jessica Manga (v), Tamara Lalayan (v), David Mu?ller (vl), Nicola Bu?tler (tp), Nicola Anghileri (tb), Fabian Tschopp (fl), Jeannine Hersche (fl), Criseyde Holman (fl), Marina Iten (as), Robert Soltermann (ts), Edith Meier (bs), Amon Ette (p), Joseba Zbinden (ac), Kevin Burg (g), Helen Ribi (b), Loris Di Marco (dr)


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