Fernando Brandão – flutes and compositions
Ryan Fedak – vibes and compositions
Caio Afiune – guitar and compositions
James Heazlewood-Dale – acoustic bass and compositions
Bertram Lehmann – drums, percussion and compositions
Flutist, composer, author and educator Fernando Brandão has performed extensively as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician and as a soloist with several ensembles and prominent orchestras both in his native Brazil and the US. Mr. Brandão is a Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the Community Music Center of Boston, both where he’s been teaching for over 20 years. A leading educator in Brazilian music, he has been a guest lecturer in several colleges to talk its music styles, history and composers, and he is the author of the play-along book Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Jazz Conception, published by Advance Music.
Since moving to the United States, Caio Afiune has been performing extensively as a leader and a sideman in Boston, New York, Vermont, Washington D.C, and Chicago, as well as Brazil and Australia. In 2014, he performed and gave workshops at the Panama Jazz Festival, and was selected to be part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, directed by Jason Moran. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Caio did his undergrad at Faculdade Santa Marcelina. He later received a scholarship to attend New England Conservatory, where he studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Brad Shepik, Frank Carlberg, Jason Moran and Miguel Zenon. Caio is currently finishing his doctoral degree in jazz performance at New England Conservatory.
Vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and composer Ryan Fedak is currently finishing his undergraduate Jazz Composition program at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Born and raised in Connecticut, he has performed alongside Mike Manieri, Liam Teague, Samuel Torres, Felipe Salles, and recently opened for Spyro Gyra. He continues to perform in a variety of jazz, contemporary, and classical settings while teaching private and group lessons. Ryan's percussion ensemble piece, "Look Around You", was recently performed in Ireland by the Jim Royle Drum Studio. He will continue to enjoy playing, writing, and learning, and is beginning to do some freelance work in the video game music industry.
James Heazlewood-Dale is from Australia, where he graduated from Sydney Conservatorium with a full scholarship and first class honors. He later received a full scholarship for his studies at Berklee School of Music with a full scholarship. James is currently completing his Masters at New England Conservatory where he studies under the tuition of some world-class artists such as Dave Holland, Jerry Bergonzi, and Jason Moran. Having played with some of the world’s top jazz musicians such as Maria Schneider, Aaron Goldberg, Kurt Elling, Monty Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Donny McCaslin, George Garzone, Dave Douglas, Bob Moses, Jason Palmer, Ernie Watts and Will Vincent, he continues to be extensively active in the Boston music scene.
Drummer and percussionist Bertram Lehmann has been a sought-after performer within a multitude of musical contexts in the New England region and beyond for nearly three decades, performing in Jazz, Latin and World music genres, and for the past 15 years on the the faculty at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches in the Percussion, Ear Training, and Liberal Arts departments. He appears on over 30 CD releases, and has appeared or recorded with highly acclaimed artists such as Dave Liebman, Luciana Souza, Paquito D'Rivera, Randy Brecker, Romero Lubambo, Danilo Perez, David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, Oscar Castro-Neves, Eddie Gomez, Kenny Werner, the NDR Bigband Hamburg, and Dave Samuels' Caribbean Jazz Project. He has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum in New York City; Boston Symphony Hall, the American Repertory Theater, the Chicago Worldmusic, Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., 'Jazz Yatra' Festival (Mumbai, India), Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), 'Panafest' (Accra, Ghana), Festival, Kumho Art Hall (Seoul, Korea), Istanbul Jazz Center, Dresden Staatstheater (Germany), and elsewhere in countries such as Bermuda, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, and Israel.
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