Mike Vlatkovich (Los Angeles)
Mike’s playing is in the forefront of modern trombone improvisers. He’s performed his own highly original music around the world for most major Jazz/New Music festivals & producers. And he’s worked with, among others, Peggy Lee, Vinny Golia, Brian Setzer, Bryan Adams, Bobby Bradford, Gerry Hemingway, Rob Blakeslee … and performed on sound tracks for such TV & Film projects as The Mask, Jingle All The Way, and Cassavette’s critically acclaimed The Tempest.
Muhammad Abdul Al-Khabyyr (Montreal)
Top session man…nombreux spectacles avec: Tony Bennett, Michel Legrand, Stevie Wonder, Claude Dubois, Robert Charlebois, Daniel Lavoie, Garou, Jean Pierre Ferland, Diana Ross, Jerry Lewis, Barry White, Guy Nadon… Des big bands avec: Dollar Brand, Vic Vogel, Denny Christianson, Andrew Homzy… et de 1987 à 1994, du «Duke Ellington Orchestra»… Invite comme jury pour le Conseil des Arts Canada plusiers fois. Aussi il a compose de la musique pour l’ O.N.F. Il est directeur/compositeur pour le groupe «Time Capsule».
Tom Walsh (Montreal)
Tom leads Canada’s audacious NOMA; co-leads the Walsh/Underhill Duo with Canada’s Juno-winning Richard Underhill; worked with Fred Frith, Jose Navas, Jean Derome, Julius Hemphill, DD Jackson, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Rene Lussier, Steve Lacy, Iva Bittova, Michael Ondaatje, Daniel MacIvor …written internationally performed scores for theatre, dance & multimedia … produced shows of Slam Poetry, Po-Mo Cabaret, Performance Art and Dance Club …
Colin Couch (Guelph)
“a Canadian gem” Colin’s world class tuba virtuosity has been featured with the Cowboy Junkies, Barenaked Ladies, Guh, Polka Dogs, Rheostatics, and Toronto’s Hemispheres Orchestra. Based in Guelph since 2000, Colin is on most top Canadian bandleaders’ list as the man to watch to bring the tuba into the 21st century …
Jean Martin (Toronto)
Jean’s worked with: Don Byron, Dominic Duval, Mark Dresser, Wilbert de Joode, John Oswald, Jean Derome, Frank Gratowski, Chelsea Bridge, Peggy Lee, Brad Turner, Lori Freedman…nominated for the 2004 National Jazz Awards … 2004 Freddy Stone Award recipient … toured Europe and Canada with Inuit throat improviser Tanya Taqaq & violinist Jesse Zubot … runs the indie creative music label www.barnyardrecords.com
Nicolas Caloia (Montreal)
Studied with Lisle Ellis and Fred Hopkins. Worked with: Malcolm Goldstein, Rainer Wiens, Sam Shalabi, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Hassan Hakmoun and Tristan Honsinger.
-Featured on the Ambiances Magnétiques, Borealis & NoType labels.
-Leads Ratchet Orchestra, specializing in his original music, as well as Sun Ra’s.
-Plays tango with Uruguay’s Nestor Vaz, Montreal’s Victor Sanchez, José Maria Gianelli & Ensemble Tango…Argentine singer Mercedes Gomez (on "Argentina Si Muestra" , 2003)… North African groups: Cheb Dino, Nomads, Timgad, Saïd Mesnaoui … Moroccan: Hassan El Hadi…
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