Electronic Press Kit

that; (met.) anything that can be felt rather than defined; individuality; grace; one with presence (persian)
one (french)
not; contrary to (english)

Sounds. Spaces. Shades. Scents.

It is said that music does not lie in the notes themselves but between them, and it is exactly in that space where Boston-based Finnish fretless/fretted guitarist and oudist JUSSI REIJONEN‘s music thrives and blossoms. His critically acclaimed and Independent Music Award -nominated debut album, un, out now on unmusic, has been a lifelong musical journey in the making – a journey that spans three decades and four continents, and which has taken him from his native Northern Finland to years spent living in the Middle East, East Africa, and now the United States. From the very first notes of opening piece Serpentine until the last echoes of album closer, Kaiku, have faded into the ether, the album never once loosens its grip on the unsuspecting listener; what lies between the bookends is a breathtaking musical journey that walks a crooked tightrope between tension and resolution and gracefully dances between the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and the folk musics of the Middle East and Africa in its thirst for new sounds and textures. In this day an age, where the term is so frequently misused, un is true world music from a true world citizen – music in its most honest, heartfelt true sense; music with no frontiers.

JUSSI REIJONEN: UN – Video Press Kit
promotional video for the album

Although born in Rovaniemi, a picturesque small town on the Arctic Circle in northern Finland, Reijonen did not grow up an ordinary Nordic childhood; the decade between age 6 and 16 was spent moving between Finnish Lapland, Jordan, Tanzania, Oman and Lebanon as his family followed his father’s work around the world. Since relocating to the US in 2008, he has had the honor of performing with the likes of renowned jazz drummer Jack deJohnette, flamenco cantaor legend Pepe de Lucia, Spanish multi-Grammy-award-winning producer and flamenco guitarist Javier Limón, Palestinian oud/violin master Simon Shaheen, fretless guitar pioneer David Fiuczynski, Turkey’s gypsy clarinet legend Hüsnü Senlendirici, and Lebanese nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba, to name a few. As a result, in both his original compositions and his playing, the open spaces and silences of Scandinavia effortlessly rub shoulders with the maqamat of the Arab world and the rhythmic richness of India and West Africa, creating a truly enchanting musical mosaic. As he puts it himself,This music has come to me over a period of several years… a lifetime, almost. Un is the result of a childhood spent growing up in five different countries on three different continents, and an adulthood spent wondering where I am really from and where my true roots are. For years, I have been trying to find answers to why all these seemingly disparate sounds pull me towards them so strongly, and how to bring what they have given me into a musical handwriting that makes sense and is in balance with itself. For me, un is a journey Home… wherever that might be.”

Un2

In keeping with the idea of creating true modern world music, un brings together a unique and international cast of five seasoned musicians from Finland, Turkey, Sweden, Palestine and Spain. Between the five of them, JUSSI REIJONEN: un – Reijonen on fretless/fretted guitars and the 11-string Arabic lute oud, Utar Artun on piano, Bruno Råberg on acoustic bass, and Tareq Rantisi and Sergio Martinez on percussion – shares an impressive resume that reads like a who’s-who of contemporary jazz and world music: the members have worked with the likes of Paul Simon, Jack deJohnette, Pepe de Lucia, Enrique Morente, Diego el Cigala, Simon Shaheen, Javier Limón, Maria Schneider, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bobby McFerrin, George Garzone, Ben Monder, Mick Goodrick, David Fiuczynski, Steve Smith, and Alejandro Sanz. With Reijonen handling compositions, arrangements, and production on the album, the Quintet traverses the supposed boundaries between musical cultures effortlessly, with a blend of humility, grace, and presence.

On the aggressively driving, Arabic quasi-rumba of Serpentine, Reijonen’s oud takes centerstage from the get-go, accompanied by Martinez’s cajón, slithering through the labyrinthine rhythms before a chaotic warzone of percussion courtesy of Rantisi, Martinez and Artun takes the band on a left turn towards North Africa. After the oud’s lone lament, Artun brings the Quintet back to an even more intense restatement of the main theme before taking the band out, leaving only the dust to settle. As if to evoke a heartbeat struggling to stay steady in recovery of what just happened, Reijonen’s daring take on John Coltrane’s classic ballad Naima follows. Set to an unusual Indian-based rhythmic ostinato propelled by Bruno Råberg’s acoustic bass, the piece provides a welcome, yet curious, relief after the chaotic opening, and lets Reijonen’s fluid fretless guitar work pay tribute to one of his musical idols, with Utar Artun taking a stellar piano solo. Although tackling a jazz masterpiece such as Naima with authenticity while still offering something new is no easy feat, the Quintet pull this off with confidence. Bayatiful, in turn, introduces the first of the album’s two guest artists, Palestinian qanun prodigy Ali Amr, for another rhythmically intense journey through the souqs of the Middle East, and features a truly virtuosic solo by Amr. Amr is also credited as co-writer on the piece.

JUSSI REIJONEN: UN feat. Keita Ogawa – Serpentine
(Live at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY Oct 30 2013)

The second half of the album moves away from the strong Middle Eastern flavors of the first towards more spacious, calm soundscapes, and a new side of Reijonen’s personality emerges. A gorgeous solo guitar improvisation introduces Toumani (Blues for Mick), his heartfelt tribute to his mentor Mick Goodrick a duet between Reijonen and Rantisi which imagines a blues played by Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté, lullabying a child to sleep. Another duet, this time between Reijonen on fretless guitar and Råberg on acoustic bass, follows in Nuku Sie, a free-flowing quasi-Indian exploration of resonance and microtonal harmony. But perhaps the most evocative statement is saved for last: Emma-nominated (Finnish Grammy Award) vocalist Eva Louhivuori, known best from her work with up-and-coming duo Eva & Manu, joins the Quintet on the breathtaking Kaiku, as Reijonen returns to the sparse, open spaces of Finnish Lapland. Louhivuori’s voice soars as Reijonen’s fretless guitar echoes and dances around Artun’s piano flourishes, ending the album on an almost shamanistic note.

Reijonen goes on to say, “I believe in two musical fundaments – Honesty and Presence. For me, for any art to communicate and connect, it has to have both, and neither can exist without the other. The album title has multiple meanings, some of them contradictory. ‘Un’ is a reference to a Persian poem by Hafez. ‘Un’ in Persian can refer to Presence. ‘Un’ in French is ‘one’. ‘Un’ in English is ‘not’. I was never fully of any one culture, of any one walk of life, of any one mold, yet this is exactly what makes me the individual and musician that I am. Growing up how I did, I am by default a fusion of cultures, so for my music to be honest, it must be a fusion of cultures. Ultimately, un is me both defying being any One Idea exclusively, and embracing the concept of being One – defying definition but embracing what it is that makes each one of us an individual.”

Jussi Reijonen’s debut album un was released in Finland on Jan 25 2013 and in the US and internationally on Feb 26 2013 on the unmusic label.

JUSSI REIJONEN: UN feat. Keita Ogawa – Kaiku
(Live at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY Oct 30 2013)


UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
Date Artist City Venue Country
03 Jul 2017 with RED VELVET SOUNDS Boston, MA Private Event United States
Time: 7:00pm. GABRIELA MARTINA (voice) | SAM LEE (bass) | GIUSEPPE PARADISO (drums) | JUSSI REIJONEN (guitar)
07 Jul 2017 with NEWPOLI New York, NY Joe’s Pub at The Public United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. CARMEN MARSICO (voc) | ANGELA ROSSI (voc) | BJÖRN WENNÅS (gtr) | KAREN BURCIAGA (violin) | DANIEL MEYERS (winds, perc) | JEFF MCAULIFFE (bass) | FABIO PIROZZOLO (perc, voc) | JUSSI REIJONEN (gtr, oud, mandola)
09 Jul 2017 with NEWPOLI Cambridge, MA Club Passim United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 47 Palmer St. CARMEN MARSICO (voc) | ANGELA ROSSI (voc) | BJÖRN WENNÅS (gtr) | KAREN BURCIAGA (violin) | DANIEL MEYERS (winds, perc) | JEFF MCAULIFFE (bass) | FABIO PIROZZOLO (perc, voc) | JUSSI REIJONEN (gtr, oud, mandola)
21 Jul 2017 with GABRIELA MARTINA Boston, MA The Beehive United States
Time: 6:30pm. Address: 541 Tremont Street. GABRIELA MARTINA (voice) | BILLY NOVICK (clarinet) | JUSSI REIJONEN (guitar)
09 Sep 2017 with NEOTOLIA Pittsburgh, PA Frick Fine Arts Auditorium United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 650 Schenley Drive. “NEOTOLIAN SONG” album release concert | with NAZAN NIHAL (voice) | UTAR ARTUN (piano) | JUSSI REIJONEN (fretted/fretless guitar, oud) | GALEN WILLETT (bass) | GIUSEPPE PARADISO (drums)
10 Sep 2017 with NEOTOLIA Washington, DC Twins Jazz United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1344 U St NW. “NEOTOLIAN SONG” album release concert | with NAZAN NIHAL (voice) | UTAR ARTUN (piano) | JUSSI REIJONEN (fretted/fretless guitar, oud) | GALEN WILLETT (bass) | GIUSEPPE PARADISO (drums)
11 Oct 2017 with DAVID HINES GROUP Cambridge, MA Ryles Jazz Club United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 212 Hampshire Street. DAVID HINES (bass) | UTAR ARTUN (piano) | GIUSEPPE PARADISO (drums) | JUSSI REIJONEN (guitar)
02 Nov 2017 with NEWPOLI Cambridge, MA Lizard Lounge United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1667 Massachusetts Ave. CARMEN MARSICO (voc) | ANGELA ROSSI (voc) | BJÖRN WENNÅS (gtr) | KAREN BURCIAGA (violin) | DANIEL MEYERS (winds, perc) | JEFF MCAULIFFE (bass) | FABIO PIROZZOLO (perc, voc) | JUSSI REIJONEN (gtr, oud, mandola)

Subscribe: RSS | iCal

PAST PERFORMANCES

Date Artist City Venue Country
25 Jun 2017 VERSO Cambridge, MA Self Portrait United States
Time: 11:00am. Address: 377 Walden St. GIUSEPPE PARADISO (drums, perc) | JUSSI REIJONEN (guitars, oud)
21 Jun 2017 with NEWPOLI Cambridge, MA Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 11 Divinity Ave. CARMEN MARSICO (voc) | ANGELA ROSSI (voc) | BJÖRN WENNÅS (gtr) | FABIO PIROZZOLO (perc, voc) | JUSSI REIJONEN (gtr, oud, mandola)
15 Jun 2017 with RED VELVET SOUNDS Boston, MA Private Event United States
Time: 7:00pm. GABRIELA MARTINA (voice) | SAM LEE (bass) | MATTHEW WILLIAMS (drums) | JUSSI REIJONEN (guitar)
10 Jun 2017 with GIUSEPPE PARADISO TRIO Boston, MA Private Event United States
Time: 7:00pm.
09 Jun 2017 with NEWPOLI Boston, MA I AM Books United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 189 North St. CARMEN MARSICO (voc) | ANGELA ROSSI (voc) | BJÖRN WENNÅS (gtr) | KAREN BURCIAGA (violin) | DANIEL MEYERS (winds, perc) | JEFF MCAULIFFE (bass) | FABIO PIROZZOLO (perc, voc) | JUSSI REIJONEN (gtr, oud, mandola)
02 Jun 2017 with NEWPOLI Portland, ME Mayo Street Arts United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 10 Mayo St. CARMEN MARSICO (voc) | ANGELA ROSSI (voc) | BJÖRN WENNÅS (gtr) | KAREN BURCIAGA (violin) | DANIEL MEYERS (winds, perc) | JEFF MCAULIFFE (bass) | FABIO PIROZZOLO (perc, voc) | JUSSI REIJONEN (gtr, oud, mandola)
01 Jun 2017 with NEWPOLI Greenfield, MA Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 289 Main St. CARMEN MARSICO (voc) | ANGELA ROSSI (voc) | BJÖRN WENNÅS (gtr) | KAREN BURCIAGA (violin) | DANIEL MEYERS (winds, perc) | JEFF MCAULIFFE (bass) | FABIO PIROZZOLO (perc, voc) | JUSSI REIJONEN (gtr, oud, mandola)
07 May 2017 with BETH BAHIA COHEN Boston, MA The Community Church of Boston United States
Time: 1:00pm. Address: 565 Boylston Street. with BETH BAHIA COHEN (violin) | JUSSI REIJONEN (oud) | MOHAMMED MEJAOUR (perc)
05 May 2017 VERSO Boston, MA Goli Gallery United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: RSVP only. GIUSEPPE PARADISO (drums, perc) | JUSSI REIJONEN (guitars, oud)
05 May 2017 DYAD Boston, MA Private Event United States
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Duets: JUSSI REIJONEN (classical guitar) | BJÖRN WENNÅS (classical guitar)

Subscribe: RSS | iCal

Jussi Reijonen

Born in Rovaniemi, a small town on the Arctic Circle in northern Finland, fretted/fretless guitarist and oudist JUSSI REIJONEN is truly the product of a world with few frontiers. Having grown up moving back and forth between Finnish Lapland, the Middle East, and East Africa, and currently living in Boston MA, USA, Jussi has spent his life soaking up the sounds, scents and shades of Nordic, Middle Eastern, African, and now American culture, which are all reflected in his music.

Along his path, Jussi has worked – as bandleader, sideman, composer or arranger – with numerous front row artists both in and outside his native Finland, and has performed extensively in Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Germany, France, Lebanon and the United States. After relocating to the US in 2008, he has had the honor of performing with the likes of renowned jazz drummer Jack deJohnette, flamenco cantaor legend Pepe de Lucia, Spanish multi-Grammy-award-winning producer and flamenco guitarist Javier Limón, Palestinian oud/violin master Simon Shaheen, fretless guitar pioneer David Fiuczynski, Turkey’s gypsy clarinet legend Hüsnü Senlendirici, and Lebanese nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba, to name a few.

Tracing the various branches of his roots, Jussi has been chasing his muse and has started to become profiled more and more as a genuine modern world musician. With his own quintet, JUSSI REIJONEN: un, as his main forum for exploring his own voice as composer, arranger and instrumentalist, he has been working to combine his myriad influences into his own unique musical handwriting. Bringing together five seasoned musicians from Finland, Turkey, Sweden, Palestine and Spain – Utar Artun on piano, Bruno Råberg on acoustic bass, and Tareq Rantisi and Sergio Martinez on percussion – the group traverses the boundaries between musical cultures, paying tribute to the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and the folk musics of the Middle East and Africa in its search for new sounds and textures. Reijonen’s original music draws from a wide pool of influences and experiences gathered growing up on four different continents; in both his original compositions and his playing, the open spaces and silences of Scandinavia effortlessly rub shoulders with the maqamat of the Arab world and the rhythmic richness of India and West Africa, creating a truly enchanting musical mosaic.

Jussi’s eagerly-anticipated debut album un was released to great critical acclaim in early 2013 on the unmusic label.

>> BACK TO EPK

Utar Artun

Pianist/percussionist UTAR ARTUN (Utar Dündarartun) was born in Ankara, Turkey. In 2006, he arranged musical pieces for the theater play The 7 Women. Artun arranged many movie soundtracks and oldies for symphonic orchestra, and the Bursa Regional Symphony Orchestra performed his arrangements in live concerts such as the 2008-2011 New Year Concert and the International Bursa Music Festival in 2009. Artun performed in the 7th Eskisehir Jazz Festival, 12th International Ankara Jazz Festival, 6th International Mersin Music Festival and 25th International Ankara Music Festival. In 2008, Artun graduated from the Percussion Department of Hacettepe Conservatory with 2nd Rank Degree of School Placement Award.

He went on to study at Berklee College of Music on a scholarship, graduating summa cum laude in 2.5 years, and receiving the Honorable Mention from the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition, the Barnes&Noble award and the Brian Oliver Memorial award. He was among the finalists of ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composers Competition (2010) and Young Jazz Composers Competition (2011). In January 2010 and 2012, one of his compositions was selected for the Jazz Revelation Records album. He is currently a JRR artist of Berklee College of Music, appearing on the Birds of a Feather, Octave, and Ripple Effect albums. In October 2011, he performed with Kevin Eubanks in the studio recording session of WGBH Studios in Boston, MA. He has performed in workshops, performances and clinics with Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Simon Shaheen, Jason Lindner, Kenwood Dennard and David Fiuczynski. He is in involved with the Rhythm of the Universe Project as arranger, performer and orchestrator, as well as the Planet MicroJam Institute at Berklee.

Artun has done numerous studio recordings, festival concerts and performances in Boston, MA and also New York, NY such as Undead Jazz Festival, and has been featured in numerous interviews, and national and international television. Most recently, Artun has toured as performer and clinician in Switzerland (HKB-Bern), France (Paris, Sunset and Nancy, Music Academy International), Austria (Innsbruck- Treibhaus), Germany (Berlin-Aufsturz), the Netherlands (Amsterdam- Panama) and Italy (Gezmataz Jazz Festival, Genova). He had a debut performance with Quintet 57 at Istanbul Jazz Festival. He won the 18th HALICI MIDI Composition Contest and 2nd place in the Berklee Film Scoring Contest 7.

He released his band neotolia‘s EP album Rose Lace in 2014, which won a Bronze Medal from Global Music Awards 2014 with this album. Furthermore, he won the Beneficent Society Scholarship Award and got finals of TRT Children Choir Composition Contest 2015. Artun won the 18th HALICI MIDI Composition Contest and 2nd place in the Berklee Film Scoring Contest 7 in 2011. In February 2013, He won runner-up award of the TRT 2013 Children Choir Contest. In 2013, Artun won the Highest Award of SCAMV 1st National Symphonic Composition Contest. He is one the highly awarded scholar of Foundation of Modern Education (CEV) and Ankara Jazz Foundation (ACD).

Artun is a M.M. graduate of New England Conservatory. Also, He is a teaching assistant at New England Conservatory and Berklee City Music. He has also composed and arranged over 50 pieces for symphony orchestra, as well as more than 100 pieces for brass bands and big bands. Featured on various studio albums as a piano player, arranger, and drummer. His compositions and arrangements are performed in USA, Switzerland, Turkey, Holland and Russia. Artun is working as an arranger for Ankara Kent Bigband.

>> BACK TO EPK

Naseem Alatrash

A globally acclaimed Palestinian cellist, NASEEM ALATRASH is a sonic product of his upbringing in the Middle East. An accomplished classically trained musician and improviser of diverse styles, Naseem has earned a reputation for fearlessly broadening the horizons of the cello on the world stage.

After studying at The Edward Said National Conservatory on Music in Palestine, Naseem was awarded a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, in Boston US. Naseem went on to achieve the highest honors for BMus in cello performance. At Berklee he studied with Eugene Friesen, Owen Young, Rob Thomas and Simon Shaheen.

A soloist, recording musician, chamber musician, and teacher, Naseem continues his global performance career. Naseem has featured at The Nancy Jazz Festival, Lebanon’s Beit Aldeen Festival, Jerash Festival, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and within the Aldeburgh World Orchestra’s London Olympic tour appearing at The BBC Proms in The Royal Albert Hall and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

Naseem has enjoyed performances alongside Ron Carter, Simon Shaheen, Leo Blanco, Javier Limon, Cafe De Silva, Jorje Drexler and for Alejandro Sanz at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2013. The twice awarded “string player of the year” from The National Music Competition of Palestine, Naseem continues to be a voice for Palestinian culture and advocate of its music through his global string quartet The Four Corners Quartet.

>> BACK TO EPK

Bruno Råberg

BRUNO RÅBERG is an internationally renowned bass player and composer. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981, he has made six recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed with numerous world-class artists.

Some of the distinguished musicians Råberg has performed/recorded with include Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Sam Rivers, Billy Pierce, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Ben Monder, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Matt Wilson, Bob Mintzer, and John Medeski. Tours have taken Råberg throughout Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Japan, Africa, and Central America, and to jazz festivals such as Pori, Umbria, Monterey, Nancy, Bologna, Graz, Stockholm, Boston, and Cape Town. Råberg is currently leading several constellations of his own: the Lifelines Quartet with Chris Cheek, Ben Monder, and Ted Poor; the Bruno Råberg Nonet featuring Allan Chase, Phil Grenadier, Jeff Galindo, and others; and Ascensio, a quartet with Allan Chase, Phil Grenadier, and Marcello Pellitteri. Raberg tours regularly in Japan as a member of trumpeter Tiger Okoshis’s Quintet.

Bruno Råberg grew up in the countryside of Sweden. At 20, Swedish trombone virtuoso Eje Thelin drafted him. He stayed with Thelin’s group for 4 years and toured throughout Europe and the US, performing at the Monterey Jazz in 1976. During his 20s, Råberg performed and recorded with numerous renowned Swedish and European artists such as Bobo Stenson, Monica Zetterlund, Zpigniew Seifert, Nils Landgren, Lennart Åberg, and Ulf Wakenius.

In 1981, Råberg left his performing career in Europe to come to the USA, thanks to a scholarship to the New England Conservatory in Boston. There he studied with Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, George Russell, and Bob Moses. He graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies with Distinction in Performance.

As an educator, Bruno Råberg stands out. He has been a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1986 and has traveled to Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica as a clinician/performer for Berklee.

In 2007 Råberg received the prestigious Berklee Fellowship Grant.

Selected Discography

As a leader

“Plunge” duo with Phil Grenadier (OrbisMusic2012)
“Lifelines” with Chris Cheek, Ben Monder, Matt Wilson (OrbisMusic2008)
“Chrysalis” with Donny McCaslin, Mick Goodrick (OrbisMusic 2004)
“Ascensio” with Allan Chase, Phil Grenadier (OrbisMusic 2003)
“Presence” with Ole Mathisen, Marcello Pellitteri (OrbisMusic 1999)
“Orbis” with Tim Ray, Bob Moses (OrbisMusic 1998)
“Pentimento” with Donny McCaslin, Dan Reiser (BostonSkyline 1992)

As a sideman

“Fine Whines” Brooke Sofferman, Jerry Bergonzi (Summit 2008)
“So Taken” Ralph Rosen, Billy Pierce (Tworks 2004)
“The Loner” Tribute to Jeff Beck with Rick Peckham (ESC 2005)

>> BACK TO EPK

Tareq Rantisi

TAREQ RANTISI was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. Self-taught, he started his career playing Middle Eastern percussion at the age of 12 and has performed in various concerts and festivals in the Arab world and in Europe. Before moving to the US, Tareq had already shared the stage with some of the most distinguished musicians and associations in the region, including Kudsi Erguner, Manfred Leuchter, Ilham Al Madfai, Edward Said National Conservatory, the Popular Arts Center and the Alkamandjati Association.

In 2008, Tareq received the Al-Qattan Foundation Music Scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the United States, receiving a degree in Percussion Performance and graduating with Honors. During his education in Boston, he studied with numerous legendary musicians and educators: Jamey Haddad, Joe Galeota, Manuel “Eguie” Castrillo, Ernesto Diaz, and Mikael Ringquist. Tareq’s studies brought him in to a deep dialogue with styles from jazz to Afro-Cuban to Carnatic Indian to Brazilian and more. This broad range of study has allowed him to play virtually any percussion instrument and musical style with ease and incomparable musicality.

Since his arrival in the United States, Tareq has performed with some of the biggest names in modern music, including Jack deJohnette, Steve Smith, Paul Winter, Simon Shaheen, Aaron Goldberg, Srinivas Krishnan, Victor Mendoza, Hüsnü Senlendirici, Eguie Castrillo, Bertram Lehmann, Bassam Saba, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Bruno Råberg, Javier Limón, Pepe de Lucía, Glen Velez and many other important virtuosic musicians, composers and groups.

Alongside his musical performing career, Tareq has developed a body of educational work, offering master classes, workshops and private lessons throughout the world in collaboration with Brandeis University, The Center for Arabic Culture, NAFDA, The Gaza Music School, Qattan Foundation, Al Kamandjâti Association, Kufiyyeh Center of Music, and the Yamaha Music School.

>> BACK TO EPK

Sergio Martinez

SERGIO MARTINEZ was born in Madrid, Spain. He grew up in a very musical family and started playing percussion at age 15, studying with Paco de Lucia’s percussionist Rubem Dantas and Afro-Latin percussion with Rogerio da Souza and Luisito Dulzaides. He added courses in Hindu percussion with Ramesh Sotham and studied percussion and drumset in el Taller de Musicos, becoming part of the Latin Jazz Big Band conducted by Cuban guitarist Kotan. Later, he developed an interest in Flamenco music and started his professional career at age 19 accompanying top Flamenco artists, touring and playing in some of the most important theatres, including Paris Opera, Sydney Opera House and Teatro de Real Madrid, to name a few.

Combining his dedication to Flamenco with learning other styles of music and their rhythms and percussions, Sergio started becoming a very versatile musician who developed his voice as a side man for numerous bands, as a studio recording musician and as a leader of different bands and projects.

During this process, Sergio has recorded and played for artists like Enrique Morente, Jose Merce, Diego el Cigala and Jorge Pardo among many others, accompanied some of the most important flamenco dancers like Joaquin Cortes, Antonio Canales and Rocio Molina, and toured all around the world, participating in some of the most important Flamenco, jazz and world music festivals, including Montreal Jazz, Monterey Jazz, Panama Jazz, and WOMAD in Adelaide, to name a few.

He decided to audition for, and won, a scholarship for Berklee College of Music, and in September 2010 began studies in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, whose artistic director is the celebrated Panamanian jazz pianist and composer Danilo Perez.

Sergio’s knowledge in the Flamenco tradition has taken him to record for singers like Paul Simon, and has played and recorded with some important jazz musicians like Dave Liebman, Jeff Ballard, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Terry Lyne Carrinton and Jamey Haddad.

>> BACK TO EPK

Keita Ogawa

Hailing originally from Nagasaki, Japan, KEITA OGAWA is one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionists in New York City.

He started his music career on drum set at the age of 15.After performing regularly in Tokyo for several years, Keita decided to pursue his musical studies overseas. He was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in fall of 2005 where he studied with legendary musicians and educators Manuel “Egui” Castrillo, Jamey Haddad, Tito De Gracia, David Rosado, and Mark Walker. Seeking full immersion into the world of Brazilian percussion, Keita relocated to Rio de Janeiro for 3 months and studied with the some of the country’s most respected musicians- Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho Silva, Kiko Freitas, and Marcio Bahia among others.

Since his arrival in America, Keita has performed with some of the biggest names in modern music including Yo-Yo Ma, Assad Brothers, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Snarky Puppy, Clarice Assad, Romero Lubambo, Chris Potter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Osvaldo Golijov, Alisa Weilerstein, Gustavo Dudamel, Danilo Perez, Dominick Farinacci, Cyro Baptista, Jamey Haddad, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Gretchen Parlato, Eric Harland, Tiger Okoshi, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and more.

Keita can virtually play any percussion instrument and musical style with fluency and unparalleled musicality. Despite his youth, he has set an example for the next generation of world-class musicians. Keita’s passion for crossing musical borders and uniting differences in cultures is a rare talent which he exhibits with a smile and an open heart.

>> BACK TO EPK