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Antonio Sánchez - drums
Thana Alexa - vox
Seamus Blake - sax
John Escreet - piano
Matt Brewer - bass
Antonio Sanchez（出生于1971年年11月1日）是一位格莱美奖获得者、墨西哥裔美国爵士乐鼓手。他于1993年从国家音乐学院获得古典钢琴学士学位，然后进入波斯顿著名的伯克利音乐学院学习。之后获得Magna Cum Laude爵士硕士。Antonio还获得了波士顿新英格兰音乐学院爵士即兴大师奖学金。1997年， 他在音乐学院时，他的老师Danilo Perez建议他到 Dizzy Gillespie乐团去联合国演奏并巡演。之后佩雷斯邀请Antonio组建了一个三重奏并巡演，他们的一张专辑《Motherland》获得格莱美提名，在他们的巡演中被传奇吉他手Pat Metheny听到，并邀请Antonio参加他的乐队，该乐队录制了了两张专辑。第一张专辑 《Speaking of Now》，2003年在“最佳现代爵士专辑”类别中获得格莱美奖。同名的DVD也已经发行。第二张专辑《The Way Up》于2005年1月发行。2008年1月发行了《Day Trip》，以获得爵士乐评论家的广泛赞誉。
2010年Antonio发布了他的第二张个人现场专辑，现场专辑在纽约录制并在全美巡演，乐队成员包括中音萨克斯Miguel Zenon ,次中音萨克斯 David Sanchez以及贝斯 Scott Colley。2013年他的第三张《New Life》独奏专辑的发行,它包括8个原创作品, 由David Binney 中音萨克斯，Donny McCaslin次中音萨克斯，John Escreet钢琴和贝斯Matt Brewer完成，所有他的个人专辑都是在Cam Jazz厂牌发行。2012年，他成为Pat Metheny的专辑《Unity Band》的鼓手。
Thana Alexa，一位冉冉升起的明星歌手。出生于美国纽约，毕业于纽约The New School双学位。Thana在2011年Jazzon Alpe-Andria国际比赛获得第一名，她的作品“Siena”被PORIN提名为最佳爵士乐作品奖。2014年纽约‘Made in New York Jazz Competition’爵士比赛中获得第二名。自Thana自己的第专辑《Ode to Heroes》发行以来，逐步被大家关注和喜爱。
Thana现在是“Migration”乐团的歌手，至今，Thana合作过众多优秀的音乐家如：John Escreet，Seamus Blake，Matt Brewer，John Escreet, Thomson Kneeland and Clarence Penn，David Berkman, Thomson Kneeland, Gene Jackson，Gene Ess, Manuel Valera, Yasushi Nakamura, Clarence Penn，John Escreet，Thomson Kneeland 和 Clarence Penn，David Berkman，Thomson Kneeland，Gene Jackson， Donny McCaslin，Lenart Krecic，Jorge Roeder和 Scott Colley，Sergio
Seamus Blake 出生在英国伦敦， Blake在加拿大温哥华长大。 从小母亲教他爵士乐，毕业于伯克利音乐学院之后搬到纽约。在2002年2月，他赢得了堪称爵士乐界含金量最高的Thelonious Monk国际萨克斯管比赛第一名。他目前领导他自己的五重奏（David Kikoski ， Lage Lund ， Bill Stewart 和Matt Clohesy） 同时也合作许多其他纽约的音乐家。
Seamus Blake被公认为是当代爵士乐最好的萨克斯演奏家之一。他的音乐以其复杂结构，大胆的即兴和“纯粹的摇摆”而闻名。布莱克加入吉他大师John Scofield的Quiet Band，John Scofield称他为“非凡的全能的萨克斯管演奏者”。
在他24年的职业生涯中，Superconductor是Blake迄今为止最雄心勃勃最成功的项目， 于2015 年12 月发布。参与音乐家包括Nate Smith ， Matt Garrison，Scott Kinsey，以及John Scofield和Gonzalo Rubalcaba作为特别嘉宾出现在该专辑。Seamus Blake在钢琴家Gonzalo Rubalcaba在2015年格莱美奖提名专辑Camino中担任萨克斯演奏。他也是Antonio Sanchez的Migration Band巡演萨克斯手作为领导者/联合领导者，Seamus已经发布了16张专辑。以及合作了70多张CD。Blake在六个格莱美提名的Mingus乐队的专辑上演奏了他继续和Bill Stewart，Kevin Hays，David Kikoski和Alex Sipiagin一起演奏和录制。Blake经常被称为客座艺术家。 2010年，他在美国海军乐队主持的华盛顿国际萨克斯管研讨会上荣获嘉宾出席。
John Escreet 出生于英国，现居住纽约，毕业于曼哈顿音乐学院钢琴硕士，在2008年发行了他首张个人辑《Consequences》该专辑由著名萨克斯演奏家 David Binney，小号Ambrose Akinmusire ，贝斯Matt Brewer 以及鼓手 Tyshawn Sorey 一起完成现在他长期跟Antonio Sanchez、Wayne Krantz,Ari Hoenig、Adam Rogers、Chris Potter、Seamus Blake、Marcus Gilmore、Dan Weiss 等最优秀的音乐家合作。
Matt Brewer出生于美国Oklahoma城。马特出生于一个音乐世家，他的父亲和祖父是爵士音乐家，他的母亲是一个狂热的音乐爱好者和广播DJ。从Interlochen艺术学院毕业后，马特进入茱莉亚爵士乐系，师从Rodney Whitaker以及Ben Wolfe。在Juilliard度过了了两年后，他决定离开学校，为他忙碌的巡演做好时间计划。此后，他与这些艺术家合作过Greg Osby，Gonzalo Rubalcaba，Lee Konitz，David Sanchez，Terence Blanchard，Antonio Sanchez，Vijay Iyer，Adam Rogers，SteveColeman，Dave Binney，Aaron Parks，Jeff“Tain”以及很多其他音乐家。
他最近录制了了他的第二张专辑。他是The New School的教师，也是Banff中心的客座老师。
Antonio Sánchez - drums
Born in Mexico City on November 1st, 1971, Antonio Sánchez began playing the drums at age five and performed professionally in his early teens. Antonio pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico and in 1993 moved to Boston where he enrolled at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Studies.
Since relocating to New York City in 1999, Antonio has become one of the most sought-after drummers in the international jazz scene. His playing is featured in over a hundred albums, and he has been the drummer of choice for 20-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny and has been part of virtually every project the famed guitarist has created since 2000. Sanchez and Metheny have recorded ten albums together (Speaking of Now, The Way Up, Day Trip, Tokyo Day Trip, Quartet Live, Unity Band, Tap: Book of Angels Volume 20, KIN (←→), The Unity Sessions), three of which have been awarded the Grammy.
Sánchez has also collaborated with today’s most prominent jazz musicians including Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Donny McCaslin, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Werner, Marcus Roberts, Avishai Cohen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Miguel Zenon, Scott Colley, Dave Samuels, Luciana Souza, Billy Childs, and Claudia Acuña, to name a few.
Antonio’s continuous search as an artist has inspired him to compose and lead his own bands and ensembles. He has released five critically acclaimed albums as a leader. His debut, Migration (CAM Jazz, 2007) was called “one of the best new releases of 2007” by All About Jazz and featured an impressive cast which included Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chris Potter, David Sanchez and Scott Colley. His second solo effort, Live in New York (CAM Jazz, 2010) was recorded during a four-day run at the Jazz Standard in New York City. New Life (CAM Jazz, 2013), Three Times Three (CAM Jazz, 2014, Europe/2015, US) and The Meridian Suite (CAM Jazz, 2015) followed.
Blessed by fate and hard work, Sánchez’s career blossomed with Birdman (soundtrack available on Milan Records), Política, Manual de Instrucciones, Get Shorty, and in Japan, Kirin Tea, for whom Sánchez’s compositions have become a recognizable part of daily television. The forthcoming Channels of Energy with Vince Mendoza and the WDR Big Band confirms Sánchez’s compositions and drumming dynamism.
Jazz vibraphonist and innovator Gary Burton recognized Antonio's writing early on, featuring his compositions on two releases, Common Ground and Guided Tour, which included four of Antonio’s original compositions (the former album was named after his composition of the same name).
Antonio has taken part in drum festivals, clinics and master classes around the world, including the "Modern Drummer Festival Weekend", "Zildjian Day" and the "Montreal Drum Festival."
He has been a featured cover artist in some of the most widely read drum and jazz magazines in the industry including Downbeat (USA), Modern Drummer (USA and Brazil), Percussioni, JazzIt and Drumset (Italy), Drums and Percussion (Germany) and Musico Pro (USA). Antonio has won many international polls and was ranked #1 jazz drummer in Modern Drummer Magazine Readers’ Polls (for 2015 and 2016) and JazzTimes Critics Poll 2015.
He's endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks (Antonio Sanchez Signature model), Remo Drumheads and LP Percussion.
Antonio Sánchez has made his home in New York City since 1999.
Thana Alexa – vox
“A radiant voice... sparkling artistry and unerring confidence... Ascendant Singer... young and chic possessing an electric stage presence...” - DOWNBEAT
"...a jazz singer with a global perspective..." - THE NEW YORK TIMES "...Thana Alexa stood out, turning a style of scatting that’s become cliché into something entirely
new, evocative, and exhilarating!" – BILLBOARD “Her voice is enthralling, her compositions are heart-warming and her arrangements are heart-
stopping.” – JAZZTIMES
2016 and 2017 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Female Vocalist, runner up in the 2014 Made in NY Jazz Competition, winner of the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Competition and nominee in the category of Best Jazz Composition for the 2011 PORIN Awards - the Croatian Music Academy’s honor equivalent to the Grammy Awards in America. Thana Alexa released “Ode to Heroes”, herHarmonia Mundi Jazz Villagedebut in March 2015, an album of original compositions and vocal arrangements, which bring together elements of jazz, pop and world music.
On her upcoming album (set for release in 2018) Thana dives into the exploration of textural soundscapes, vocal effects and the importance of making a relevant statement about our time through art. This crossover album integrates elements of jazz with soul, electronica and pop, opening a door of accessibility and appeal to sophisticated music for wider audiences without diluting its complexity and depth. It makes a strong statement about the role women play in music and in the world – a role that makes female influence and strength undeniable. The album explores the vastness of humanity and our duty as people to be the change we want to see in the world.
Alexa is an active member of Antonio Sanchez' touring ensemble Migration (Grammy winner for the Birdman film score as well as Pat Metheny’s drummer of 16 years) and has recorded two critically acclaimed albums with the group, New Life and The Meridian Suite, (Seamus Blake, John Escreet, Matt Brewer). Alexa also appears on three of guitarist Gene Ess's albums. The first two records (Fractal Attraction and Eternal Monomyth) - for which Alexa contributed vocals, compositions and lyrics - won the SESAC Jazz Award in 2015 and 2016. The group’s third album Absurdist Theater (Manuel Valera, Yasushi Nakamura, Clarence Penn) – for which Alexa contributed lyrics – was released in September of 2016.
Seamus Blake – sax
New York based saxophonist/composer SEAMUS BLAKE is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. His music is known for its lyricism, sophistication and bold improvisations. John Scofield, who hired Seamus for his “Quiet Band,” called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” Throughout his career, Seamus has garnered considerable critical praise not only for his masterful playing, but also for his fine compositional skills and his facility as a leader. Superconductor, Seamus’ most ambitious project to date, was released in late December, 2015. It is his first on Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s 5Passion label. The talent includes Nate Smith, Matt Garrison and Scott Kinsey, with special guest appearances by John Scofield and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. An orchestral ensemble augments the players on some compositions. Superconductor also features Seamus playing EWI (electronic wind instrument) that he debuted on Antonio Sanchez’s Meridian Suite recording.
Recent activity for Seamus includes playing on the 2015 Grammy nominated Suite Caminos just released by pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. He is also featured on Antonio Sanchez's Meridian Suite and is currently (2015/2016) touring the recording with Sanchez’s Migration Band. Seamus also plays on the just released Space Squid recording by renowned drummer Bill Stewart. A second recording of Reeds Ramble (co-led with Chris Cheek) featuring Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus and is due for release early in 2016.
Seamus Blake was born December 1970, in London, England and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At age 21, while still a student at Boston's prestigious Berklee College, he was asked to record with legendary drummer Victor Lewis. After graduation, he moved to New York, where he rapidly established himself on the New York jazz scene. In February 2002, Seamus took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington D. C.
As a leader/co-leader , Seamus has released 16 albums. He is featured as a sideman on over 70 CDs.
Seamus has played on six of the Grammy winning Mingus Big Band’s albums He continues to play and record with Bill Stewart, David Kikoski and Alex Sipiagin. Seamus is frequently featured as a guest artist. In 2010 he was guest of honor at the International Saxophone Symposium in Washington hosted by the US Navy Band. Seamus was a member of John Scofield’s Quiet Band and toured and recorded with Dave Douglas.
John Escreet – piano
“Escreet is a musical omnivore who embraces aspects of contemporary classical music, Frank Zappa, dance music, electronica and a wide swath of jazz, from bop to avant-garde. What comes out is uniquely personal - some of the most inventive and distinct jazz around today."
Matt Brewer - bass
Matt Brewer was born in Oklahoma City but spent most of his youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born into a musical family, Matt was surrounded by music from an early age, both his father and grandfather being jazz musicians, and his mother an avid music lover and radio DJ (who, even before Matt was born, would play classic jazz albums for him). After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Matt attended the inagural class of The Juilliard Jazz Program and studied with bassists Rodney Whitaker and Ben Wolfe. After spending two years at Juilliard he decided to leave school to make time for his busy touring schedule. Since then he has worked with artists such as Greg Osby, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lee Konitz, David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Antonio Sanchez, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rogers, Steve Coleman, Dave Binney, Aaron Parks, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and many others. He recently recorded his second album as a leader on the Criss Cross Jazz label. He is an adjunct faculty member at The New School, and has been a frequent guest artist/teacher at the Banff Center.