Brazilian bassplayer and composer Rafael Abdalla has been one of the most active musicians in the Brazilian Jazz scene over the last ten years. He has recorded two albums as a leader and has parcipated in over 30 other albums.
The John Moriarty / Myles Drennan Quartet is one of the leading contemporary jazz quartets in the country. Both Moriarty and Drennan grew up under the mentorship of Irish jazz icon Louis Stewart which partly accounts for not only their high technical abilities but their interpretive capabilities and desire to take the music to new places.
The Art Crimes Band is a music collective based in Cork City, Ireland specialising in World music, RnB, Blues, Funk, Soul, Jazz & Rock. The group formed in 2010 to play & compose music for Hip Circles Bellydance’s Vaudeville Theatre & Dance production entitled ‘The Purple Cabaret’, featuring a cast of over 30 international artists at the Firkin Crane Theatre, Cork.
The music from the GLG – Greg Lloyd Group is original instrumental World, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Rock and Funk all mixed up into a piano trio cocktail inspired by the music of Avishai Cohen, Esbjorn Svensson Trio (EST), Pat Metheny Group and by Greg's time working on the film 'El Gusto' with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), an award-winning film about the lost 'Chaabi' music of Northern Africa..
These five musicians came together to explore new music and revitalize old. Music is constantly evolving and each musician has an influence on how a given piece sounds, and so the idea of The Workshop is born.
This six piece are the embodiment of the ska movement starting out as a swing and jazz outfit and converting in early 2007 to pure ska vibes. In keeping with their jazz roots, Skazz have chosen the original Jamaican scene Ska of the 1960’s - when Caribbean mento and calypso first met American jazz and rhythm and blues.