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Fritz Renold is a founder of Jazzaar and the driving force behind its music educational programme – “Bands Across The Sea”TM (BATS). In 1984, the 24 year old Renold received the Quincy Jones Full Scholarship Award at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he received 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. With ca. 500 compositions, premiers and several Grammy pre-nomination recordings to his name, the composer, saxophonist and arranger from Aargau belongs to one of the few music entrepreneurs in Switzerland. As the director of the Swiss and Aargau Youth Jazz Orchestras, Renold always had a habit of integrating the activities of his personal musical career with his employment as Music teacher at both the Aargau Gymnasiums. The concept – Bands Across The Seas – is a youth development project that resulted to the benefit of the contemporary Swiss Jazz Scene. This concept will be integrated for the first time with the Malaysia Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) in June 2010. His Quintet – Fritz Renold & the Bostonian Friends consisting of Randy Brecker, Christian Jacob, Reggie Hamilton and Danny Gottlieb will perform together with the 120 piece MPYO, some of Duke Ellington’s Symphonic works. His latest composition, the 45-minute ‘Nusantara Suite’ for large orchestra will be premiered during this occasion in Kuala Lumpur by his Quintet and MPYO led by conductor Kevin Field.
After his studies at Juilliard School of Music, Lew teamed up with Philly Joe Jones, Paul Chambers, Elvin Jones and Maynard Ferguson as well as joined the Latin Bands from Machito, Tito Puente, and Chuck Mangione. Between 1968 and 1973 he was a member of the band ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’, with whom he acquired nine gold albums and won a Grammy Award. In 1973 he joined Gil Evans’ Orchestra and band and worked and toured with him till Gil passed away in 1988. As a studio musician Lew had worked with George Benson, Benny Carter, Stanley Clarke, Paquito D’Rivera, Carmen McRae, Jaco Pastorius, Mongo Santamaria, Wayne Shorter, Barbra Streisand and many more. He also was in the teaching faculty of Manhattan School of Music besides Juilliard School of Music too.
Upon leaving Berklee College of Music, Markus, a Yamaha Saxophone endorser and award winner from several cultural institutions went on to work with jazz greats like Clark Terry, Billy Cobham, Adam Nussbaum, Mark Soskin, Harie Swartz, Terry Lynn Carrington, Seven and many more. Markus Hauser remains one of the few Swiss musicians that indeed make a living out of music without relying on a teaching position. This native of Glarus is also a specialist is building extraordinary quality saxophone mouthpieces. Together with his brother, he had developed their latest model – the Kenny Garret Mouthpiece, which is renowned to be the world’s best Saxophone mouthpiece to date.
Suhail Yusuf Khan hails from a legendary musical family. His grandfather Ustad Sabri Khan was a recipient of the distinguished Sarangi players Padmabhushan and Padmashree Award. Besides being the nephew of the Sarangi genius Shri Kamal Sabri, Suhail himself has won many prizes as a virtuoso sarangi player. Not only does Suhail master in the Indian classical musical styles, but he is just as open to western and contemporary music. He is engaged daily in studio works recording for jingles in Delhi. Suhail has lent his composition skills in contributing to a children’s programme called ‘The Small World’. Although he is still a young musician he already belongs to one of India’s musical elites. He has performed in Nepal, Pakistan, France, England, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.
Manrico is the first Swiss violinist that succeded in completing a performane of the entire cycle of the 24 Capricci Op. 1 by Niccolò Paganini. A winner of several awards, Manrico also has won the privilege of owning and playing on the prestigious violin, ‘Jupiter’, created by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona in 1722, presented to him by the Nippon Music Foundation.
Here is a saxophonist and EWI player from Zurich, who indeed shows all the makings of a star in the Swiss Jazz scene. Ramon will get the opportunity to shine for the first time at an international gathering in April at Jazzaar in Aarau. Presently, he is busy musically playing with numerous bands and ensembles such as Soulsurvivor, Sulco Funkband, Ramon Hediger Quartett Jazzband, Sharp 5 Jazzband, Alexander von Schlippenbach Allstarprojekt while also active with the Swiss Army Rehearsal Band and the Swiss Army Gala Band under the direction of Pepe Lienhard.
Sharmistha is trained in the Hindustani classical musical vocal style. She is also an up and coming singing star in the Bollywood music scene of Mumbai – the center of the world’s film industry. Coming from Culcutta, she was trained musically from a very young age by her father, a singer himself, towards a musical career. Since leaving Culcutta in 2005, she paid her dues in Mumbai doing studio jobs and jingles to make a living.
Annette is a vocalist, choir conductor, composer/arranger, and recording artist from New Delhi who thrives on experimenting with the human voice. In 2003 she co-founded Artistes Unlimited (AU), a performing arts ensemble based in New Delhi. Since beginning work in the professional media circuit in New Delhi at the age of seventeen, she has become an established recording artist, lending her voice to films, albums, jingles, and voice-overs in nine languages for television and radio. Annette recently graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a degree in Professional Music. Besides currently recording and performing with her own jazz fusion ensemble, “The Annette Philip Quintet’, she also tours with the Boston-based musical group “Women of the World”.
Chayan has been a dedicated member of the renowned musical group, Artistes Unlimited. In July 2007 he toured with Artistes Unlimited for the launch of the album, and performed in three cities which included Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. Chayan is also the lead vocalist of Advaita – a renowned fusion band based in New Delhi. Advaita has gained success and critical acclaim over the past year with the launch of their first album, “Grounded in Space” under the banner of EMI Records. Chayan is also a well established independent artist. He has done professional recordings for advertisement campaigns and jingles, and composed music for documentaries and for campaigns such as Tata, Eureka, National Geographic among others.
Ujwal’s appealing voice texture and breathtaking fast tans, intricate Sargam patterns clearly indicate the depth of his growing musical maturity. He has performed at major cities in India,Thailand,Europe,UK and USA both as a classical performer and in collaboration with various international musicians. His music compositons and voice can also be heard in the album named ‘Yogini’ which became the background score for the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Dalai Lama-Renaissance man’. Ujwal’s current ongoing collaborative work with the group ‘Advaita’ has been greatly appreciated by classical music connoisseurs as well as the world music listeners. Vocalist by profession, he is also an astounding Tabla player trained under his brother virtuoso Vishal Nagar.
Christian Jacob’s versatility as a pianist, composer and arranger has always been a fascinating wonder at ‘jazzaar concerts’. He has been a valuable resource of talent and skills for the Jazzaar projects since 1991. Together with Fritz Renold he had written several major works, one of them is the ‘Helvetic Suite’ that was premiered at the 200th anniversary of the Swiss Constitution. The other joint collaboration was the writing of ‘The Sixth Cycle’, a Swiss national birthday gift for the King of Thailand in 1999 that was premiered in Bangkok that year. Jacob is also revered as a pianist for renowned vocalists such as Flora Purim and Tierney Sutton. Living in Los Angeles he also works with Bill Holman and Carl Saunders Big Bands. Jacob penned five of the original music for the Indian Night at jazzaar concerts 2010.
After his studies on the contrabass and composition at the Philadelphia Music Academy, Reggie Hamilton moved to Los Angeles where he made his acquaintance with Stanley Clarke and George Duke. These took him under their wings and opened the door to what would later reveal as a prestigious discography of tours with a variety of top artistes. Among those are Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Enrique Iglesias and Tina Turner. In 2003 Hamilton released his first solo album, “My Village” a fusion of progressive jazz, funk and R&B styles on his own label – Sleepy Thumb Records. Hamilton returns to “jazzaar concerts” for the fourth time by popular demand in 2010.
Airto Moreira was born in Curitiba in 1941 and later moved to São Paulo, Brazil as a teenager. His love and abundance of talent brought him to New York to join its network in the late 1960′s when he began to associate with jazz greats like Joe Zawinul and Miles Davis. He recorded on Miles’ album, ‘Bitches Brew’ and ‘Black Beauty’ and performed with him live in the early 1970s. Moreira went on to join Zawinul’s band, ‘Weather Report’ as well as Chick Corea’s group, ‘Return to Forever’. Later he recorded with Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana and Billy Cobham. Since then, together with his wife and vocalist Flora Purim, they had formed their own group that tour and record to this day.
Ghatam Udupa is his stage name and he belongs to the most sought after percussionists in the world. With a heart of an artist and a will of an innovator Udupa not only plays the Ghatam (clay pot percussion), he is also equally adept at the Mridangam, Khanjira and Morsing while rendering the Konnakol (syllables) with style! He is just as versatile in styles of music. Besides playing the Indian Karnatik music, he is just at home with Jazz, Blues, Flamenco, European Classical music, Celtic Music, Latin, DJ and World music. He has played with countless musical giants in the Indian music genre, among whom are Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Sivamani, Kavita Krishnamurthi Subramaniam, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pandit Bhavani Shankar, Ayaan Ali Khan and Swapan Chaudhuri. Some of his jazz performances have been with Larry Coryell, Ernie Watts, Hubert Laws, Lewis Pragasam, to name a few.
Pandit Anindo, apart from being one of the greatest performers is respected as one of the most important tabla makers, teachers and researchers . The Pandit’s performances are marked by clarity of tone, very crisp and clear bols and an intuitive sense of rhythm and melody. Since 1972, Pandit Anindo has performed solo as well as accompanied leading artists all over the world. Among those who he has accompanied are Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (sitar), Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta (sarod), Ali Akbar Khan (sarod), Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur (voice), Budhaditya Mukherjee (sitar), Ustad Rais Khan (sitar), Gangubai Hangal (voice), Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute), and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (santoor) among many others. He has received numerous honors including the Presidents Award in 1970. Pandit Anindo was the first tabla player to perform in the House of Commons in 1990.
Willy Kotoun was born in 1953 in Switzerland. He studied Afrocuban percussion at the ‘Instituto Superior de Arte’ in Havanna, Cuba. He continued to study further in Cuba and in Africa (Guinee and Burkina Faso). Besides being active in many musical projects, Willy played with Nina Corti for six years and has been a member of the Stefan Kurmann Strings since 1991. Presently, he is in the faculty of ‘Perkussion und Körper & Rhythmik’ at the University of Luzern, Switzerland.
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As Associate Conductor with the MPO, Kevin has instigated dozens of commissions, performed over 140 works by living composers, established both the MPO Forum for Malaysian Composers and the MPO International Composers Award and is now nurturing national talents with the formation of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, with whom he is their Principal Conductor. Kevin is also frequently called upon as a guest conductor, working with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra of Ireland, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Together with the MPO, Kevin has worked with a variety of leading international soloists including: Daniel Binelli, Peter Donohoe, Janice Watson, Marc Kaplan, Leonidas Kavakos, Jose Gallardo del Ray, Robert Cohen, Anthony Marwood, Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Eitetsu Hayashi, to name but a few.
Ms Vitro’s career as a singer began in Houston in the 1970s as an interpreter of the Blues and Rocksongs. She left for New York in 1980 to work with Lionel Hampton. Two years later she released her first solo album accompanied by Kenny Baron, Buster Williams and Ben Riley. She received much artistic acknowledgment through consequent albums recorded in the 1990′s such as ‘Softly’ (1993) with Fred Hersch and George Coleman as well as ‘Passion Dance’ (1994) with Kenny Werner, Gary Bartz, Christian McBride and Elvin Jones. Roseanna Vitro appears for the first time at jazzaar concerts 2010. Press Kit
Steve Reid has been playing professionally for more than 20 years in many bands and orchestras of varying musical styles. He has played lead trumpet for Disneyland and Walt Disney World backing up and working with artists such as Bobby Shew, Maynard Ferguson, Della Reese, Joe Williams, Jerry Hey, Matt Harris, Diane Schurr, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Taylor, Mercer Ellington and Lionel Hampton. He worked with Columbia Artist Management and played solo trumpet for the touring “Tribute to Artie Shaw” big band featuring the Ink Spots, Julius La Rosa and Abe Most. and many more throughout the USA and Europe. Steve recently recorded for Javon Jackson, Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond’s grammy nominated album, “Free to Worship”.
2 x Grammy winner, Mark Gross swings and sings with soul and rhythm along today’s jazz vanguard. He constantly pushes the music forward, while staying true to the elements of the classic sound. Mark Gross has recorded on over 40 notable jazz recording, including GRAMMY winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band – ‘What Goes Around’ on ECM Records, and ‘Overtime’ on Dare 2 Records. Mark has recorded 2 cd’s under his own name to date. Read more here!
George is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist of modern jazz. He is also a distinguished educator and is presently the head of all Swiss Jazz Universities. As an artist he’s performed with jazz greats such as: Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Ray Brown, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Cobham, Phil Collins, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Johnny Griffin, Charlie Haden, Lionel Hampton, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Diana Krall, John Lewis, Dave Liebman, Bobby McFerrin, James Moody, Lewis Nash, Adam Nussbaum, Nicolas Payton, Rufus Reid, Claudio Roditi, Renee Rosnes, Wallace Roney, Arturo Sandoval, Peter Schmidlin, Bobby Shew, Lew Tabackin, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Steve Turre, Buster Williams, Jimmy Woode, Phil Woods, etc.
George Robert appears at jazzaar concerts 2010 contributing through his versatility and skills on the clarinet!
Vincent is a familiar name and a favourite at jazzaar concerts through his participation in the 2000, 2001 and 2005 projects. As an ensemble player, he remains in popular demand especially in big bands such as the Duke Ellington Big Band, Count Basie, Illinois Jacquet, Maynard Ferguson and especially in Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestras. Vincent had just released his first Quintet CD on Steeple Chase.
Violins: Rachel R. Späth and Daria Zappa
Viola: Markus Fleck
Violoncello: Andreas Fleck
Switzerland has not seen a better string formation than the Casal Quartet since the sixties! In fact it can be considered one of the best string quartets there is in the German-speaking region of Europe. The Casal Quartet was formed in 1996 and have received training from members of the Alban-Berg-, Amadeus-, Carmina- and from the Cherubini-Quartetts whilst also have been vastly educated in in Cologne and Zürich. Walter Levin is also known to have taught the Casal Quartet their craft for three years in Basel.
Born in 1965, Wolfgang Drechsler hails from Austria and lives in Riehen from whence he is able to participate in an eclectic variety of musical activities. He is an accomplished pianist and French Horn player and is engaged actively as a player in various orchestras. As an orchestrator and arranger he works for many well known artistes, among others Patricia Kaas, Reba McEntire, Betty Legler, DJ Bobo as well as for huge Orchestras (Munich Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaisers Lautern, Zurich Chamber Orchester, Chamber Orchestra Basel, etc). Besides these Drechsler is also a television and film music composer.
French Horn player, Daniel Werren is a Swiss who was born and bred in San Fransisco, California. After graduating with a Bachelors of Music in the University of California, Werren received a scholarship to Boston Conservatory where he received his Masters of Music. Among those he studied under are Bill Klingelhofer, Principal, San Francisco Opera; Rick Todd, a renowned French Horn player at Principal Film Studio in Hollywood, Los Angeles; Gregory Cass, Solo- French Horn in the ‘Orchestre de la Suisse Romande’ as well as under Erich Penzel at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Daniel Werren resides in Zurich since 1999, where he teaches and performs in various professional orchestras such as St. Gallen Sinfonie Orchester, Basel Sinfonie Orchester, Bieler Sinfonieorchester and the Münchner Symphoniker. Werren is versatile in a variety of musical genres, be they Jazz, Musicals, Operette, Operas or Chamber music. He had played in various Orchestras in the USA before his move to Switzerland, in among those, he had the honour of performing before the former President Bill Clinton, twice!
Corey’s professional background covers the entire range of the music business. As a record producer Corey has produced jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, jazz/fusion and musical theatre recordings including 10 solo CDs for Manhattan Transfer soprano Cheryl Bentyne: “Something Cool” – co-produced with Mark Isham for the Columbia/Sony label. Equally at home at the piano and electronic keyboards, Corey recorded 21 disks for the PianoDisk company and three disks of solo jazz piano music for Yamaha’s Disklavier™ library including his solo CD “My Romance”. He is a founding member of the LA Jazz Trio. The trio recorded 101 standards from the “American Songbook” for King Records. The group has released two CDs in Japan and Korea – “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “A Jazz Piano Christmas”. As an educator, Corey wrote and presented “What’s In A Song?” – an interactive, TV/Internet simulcast for high school and middle school students that explained the processes involved in producing a music CD – from composing the song to the finished disk. “What’s In A Song?” was produced by the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET). His book, “Arranging in the Digital World” (published by Berklee Press) is a “how-to” guide written to help beginners and amateur arrangers use technology to write better arrangements. Several of his arrangements for jazz ensembles and vocal groups are published by Sound Music Publications, Edmonds, WA.
Buster Williams has gained prestige among jazz musicians as a solid supportive player. Since the early 1960s, he has made subtle swing, a precise rhythm and superb technique the landmark of his playing. Buster is one of the returning legends that have given jazzaar concerts its prestige and substance in music and education! Buster has also collaborated with Jimmy Heath, Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt quintet (1960-61), vocalists Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson, The Jazz Crusaders Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land, Miles Davis. Chet Baker, Kenny Barron, Sathima Bea Benjamin, Larry Coryell, Stanley Cowell, Gil Evans, Frank Foster, Dexter Gordon, Joe Farrell, Shirley Horn, Illinois Jacquet, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Harold Mabern, Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams,Ron Carter, Branford Marsalis, Carmen McRae, Frank Morgan, Hilton Ruiz, Woody Shaw, Steve Turre, McCoy Tyner, and the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.
Danny became known initially as a member of the Gary Burton band in the mid 1970s. Later he left to join Pat Metheney to become one of the first members of the Pat Metheney Group (with Mark Egan and Lyle Mays) until 1984. He was also with the ‘Colours’ tour led by Eberhard Weber in 1978. Danny belongs in the who’s who list of Jazz as the record shows him as a member of so many prestigous bands such as Stan Getz (1980s), Gil Evans Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra (1984), Eddie Gomez, Al DiMeola (1985), and other individuals such as Sting. Danny Gottlieb also teaches regularly at Jazz clinics throughout the globe. He has released many educational DVDs among which, are collaborations with his own teacher Joe Morello.