This brand new exploration of musical Minimalism will delve into the art of rhythm, repetition, looping, phasing, and more, as well as the way these concepts play out in the orchestral music of today.
MOSES SUMNEY is a new LA-based singer & songwriter. Growing up, he was so shy that he would write songs avidly but hide them inside his mattress.
Born Fernando Araújo, bass player YAMI traces his musical roots from Portugal to Africa and back again. His father left his small town life in northern Portugal, boarded a ship bound for Angola, and soon found work on a coffee farm in Luanda. He married an African woman and had children. YAMI left Angola at age 4 when, following the Portuguese Colonial War, his father moved the family back to Portugal, settling in the suburbs of Lisbon. It was there that YAMI came to mix his magical and rhythmic memories of Angola with the deep, dramatic traditions of Portguese fado.
Since the age of 15, JOSÉ MANUEL NETO has been considered one of the masters of the Portuguese guitar, and has performed with the greatest figures in fado, including Carlos do Carmo, Misia, Camané, Cristina Branco, Argentina Santos, Antonio Zambujo and Mariza. Neto is a self-taught musician who began his career in the fado houses of Lisbon at the age of 15. In addition to his unparalled career as accompanist to fado’s most acclaimed singers, he has released a number of solo CDs, including 2009’s O Som do Saudade.
Drummer VICKY MARQUEZ draws his influences not only from his native Portugal but also from northeast Africa, the Mediterranean, and Brazil. An accomplished percussionist with a worldwide proflle, Marques has performed with a broad array of jazz, Latin, world and Brazilian musicians, including Ivan Lins, Yuri Daniel and Gregg Kofi Brown. He has also released a successful tutorial DVD Vicky -Elementos which was featured in Modern Drummer magazine, and which spotlights his unique drum kit, which Vicky refers to as his “todo or terreno” or “4-wheel drive”.
Guitarist PEDRO JÓIA began his classical guitar studies at age seven, and completed them at the Lisbon National Conservatory. He attended master classes in Spain with legendary guitarists Jerez de la Frontera, Paco Peña, and Gerardo Nuñez. He continued his studies with two other famed Spanish musicians, Manolo Sanlúcar and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Pedro has worked frequently for the Portuguese theater, composing and arranging origial music for the stage.
MICKY DOLENZ was born in Los Angeles on March 8, 1945. His dad, George, had starred in a number of films, and played the title character in the mid-1950s television series The Count of Monte Cristo.
KARA DIOGUARDI is a Grammy nominated songwriter, producer, Warner Brother's music executive, author, and TV personality. As one of the most successful contemporary songwriters in the world, Kara’s songs have appeared on more than 160 million albums.