COMPOSER • VOCALIST • VIOLINIST
Alicia Svigals, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, is a composer, vocalist and the world’s foremost klezmer violinist, who almost singlehandedly rescued that fiddle tradition from the brink of extinction with her recording Fidl. She was an NEA MacDowell Fellow in 2014, an honor for first-time fellows of “extraordinary talent.” She was also a 2014 fellow at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in NYC, and received the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2013 New Jewish Culture Network commission for her original score to the 1918 silent Pola Negri film The Yellow Ticket. She is currently working on the score to a feature film based on Gertrude Stein’s novella Brewsie and Willie, and is collaborating with author Sarah Schulman on a musical based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel Enemies, A Love Story. read more about Alicia Svigals
Studied extensively in Denver Co. privately and at the college level with teachers that include: WaltFowler, Willie Hill, Rich Charluce, Keith Oxman, Ron Miles, Javon Jackson, Nelson Rangell, Brad Leali, Walter Barr.
Has been a featured performer at many national and international festivals including: Monterey JazzFestival (CA), San Jose Jazz Festival (CA), San Francisco Jazz Festival (CA), Playboy Jazz Festival(CA), Telluride Jazz Festival (CO), Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), Porretta Soul Festival (Italy). Performed, recorded and/or toured with:
Jimmy Scott, Charlie Mussellwhite, Keb Mo, John Faddis,Wynton Marsalis, Leslie Drayton, McCoy Tyner, Ray Obiedo, Dave Garabaldi, RAD.. read more about Charles McNeal
Ernie Hammes studied classical music in Luxembourg as well as in France before he joined the Luxembourg Army Concert Band in 1987 to become their principal trumpet.
In 1991 he started his jazz studies with Ack VAN ROOYEN at the Conservatory of THE HAGUE, (NL). In 1997, he went to New York City to study at the MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC with Lew SOLOFF.
Ernie recorded 7 cd’s under his own name and he can be heard as a sideman on over 40 recordings in various music genres. His first cd, “FESTIVAL”, recorded in 1997 , features classical trumpet works with organ and chamber orchestra.
“STEPWISE”, released three years later, shows Ernies’ jazz skills together with his own group and guest musicians Lew SOLOFF.. read more about Ernie Hammes
Jo Belle Yonely was born into a show business family. Her father was the international musician/comedian “The Great Yonely” and her mother was a singer. She grew up around musicians like Louis Armstrong and Al Hirt. In Chicago, she worked all the clubs with every notable Jazz musician on the scene, including Ira Sullivan, Von Freeman, Eddie Johnson, Johnny Frigo, Willie Pickins, Howard Levy, and John Campbell.
Yonely has worked jazz festivals across the country, recorded seven of her own CDs, performed for President Bush Sr. with Lionel Hampton, is a co-founder of Chizil, a Brazilian/Jazz group in Chicago, she’s shared the stage with Red Rodney, Claudio Roditi, George Cables, Manfredo Fest.. read more about Jo Belle Yonely
PRODUCER • PIANIST • COMPOSER
Levente Egry is a concert pianist, composer, producer. He played the piano in Madách Theatre (Budapest) from 1990 to 1993 and at the same time he worked at the Hungarian National Theatre as a pianist.
In 1992 he entered the Hungarian National Song Festival’s Top 10 with a composition for big band and symphony orchestra. From 1994 he took a break from classical piano and he founded the pop boy band Hip Hop Boyz. From 1993 he was the lyricist, composer, singer, and producer of the national number one and multiple award winning boy-band Hip Hop Boyz and performed at significant festivals (MIDEM, Total Dance, Bravo Festival) and was the opening act for Dr. Alban, East 17, Backstreet Boys.. read more about Levente Egry
An “old soul” in a young body is the way Quincy Jones describes a young person who sings as if they have a lifetimes worth of experience.It is this description that defines a singer that makes every song they sing meaningful.Toscha embodied this description from an early age and continues to encompass this type of spirit still today. To categorize Toscha Comeaux’s style would simply limit her gift,because the genre of music in which she exemplifies, holds no boundaries.
As with many singers,Toscha,a native of Hartford,Connecticut, got her beginning performance experiences in the church at the age of 4. read more about Toscha Comeaux
PIANIST • COMPOSER • EDUCATOR
German-American pianist, composer and educator, Uli Geissendoerfer, originally from Munich, explores melodies and rhythms across many styles of music, with a special emphasis on World, Jazz and improvisation. He worked with among others William Cepeda (awarded a Grammy nomination), Groove Collective, Giovanni Hidalgo, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leslie Uggams, Tito Puente, Cirque du Soleil, Kofo the Wonderman, Ute Lemper, David Cassidy, several Symphonies, the Connecticut Opera and more. His current projects include, his Trio with the debut “Vol. I, Here comes the Sun and other stories” to be released in January, “Colors” a World Jazz Quintet, the “Beregovsky Project”, a duo with fabulous award winning violin virtuoso Alicia Svigals and (new CD released early 2018) “Bangalore Breakdown” (“Diary”), an Indian World Jazz project featuring Premik Russell Tubbs. Premik and Uli also recorded a Duo CD ”Passport to HappYness’”. read more about Uli Geissendoerfer