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Michael Mayo, the third vocalist to be accepted at the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute, a student of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, is one of the most promising young vocalists on the American jazz scene. His concert career includes performances at the White House, the Kennedy Center and the Panama Jazz Festival. Whether playing with a big band, a quartet or doing a solo performance using a looper pedal, Michael commands the attention of the listener with his unique and fresh vocal style.

Alina Engibaryan is a young Russian vocalist who moved to New York after completing her master’s degree at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, and immediately rose to the top of the vocal scene there. The recipient of the first prize of the Montreux Vocal Competition had the opportunity to work with the legendary Al Jarreau, who said that when Alina sings you can hear her heart. She has also collaborated with the New York trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, and has recently made a record produced by GroundUP Music and Michael League, the bass player and leader of the band Snarky Puppy. On the album “We Are”, Alina is accompanied by the jazz “dream team” comprised of Michael League on bass guitar, Chris Potter on saxophone, Taylor Eigsti on keyboards and Kendrick Scott and Larnell Lewis on drums. Her unique concept of fusion of traditional and modern jazz makes Alina one of the most promising singers on the world jazz scene.

Pianist Fabian Almazan combines his deep and strong Cuban tradition with the influence of New York jazz. He is one of the most influential pianists today and with his extraordinary concerts spreads messages about tolerance, peace and integration between people. With his youth and his dedication to music, he is an important member of the Jazzinty team that brings freshness and new visions.

Jonathyn Finlayson, the trumpeter, who at the age of 18 came under the auspices of the legendary M-base saxophonist Steve Coleman and joined his band Five Elements, is considered one of the most innovative trumpeters. He has worked with several legendary downtown New York bands: Steve Coleman & The Five Elements, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Jason Moran and Vijay Ayer.

Grammy-awarded Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma is a regular performer at the most prestigious jazz festivals and concerts in the world. She played on Grammy-winning albums with Terry Lyne Carrington, and she played with Wayne Shorter at the International Jazz Day celebration in Washington in 2012. At the 2019 International Jazz Day celebration, she shared the stage in Australia with Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling, Antonio Sanchez, Brian Blade and others. She is the recipient of the prestigious Buma Boy Edgar Award and the “Rising Star of Saxophone”, an award given by the Downbeat Magazine.

Norwegian guitarist Lage Lund is a new name in Jazzinty Workshop and is considered one of the most promising musicians in the New York and world jazz scene. Despite his youth, he played with legends of jazz music like Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis and Maria Schneider.

Born in Malaysia, raised in, Perth, Western Australia, Linda May Han Oh began playing electric bass at the age of fifteen, playing jazz in high school bands, while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers. She received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year. In 2010 she was nominated for the Jazz Journalist’s Awards for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, and received the award of No. 1 Acoustic Bass Rising Star in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. Linda completed her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 studying with Jay Anderson, John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman and Rodney Jones. Linda has performed with the musicians such as Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Fabian Almazan, and Terri Lyne Carrington. She is currently the bassist with guitarist, Pat Metheny. She released 3 solo albums, all critically well acclaimed. Linda is currently working on her second trumpet trio album and an eight-piece group featuring a string quartet.

The Italian-born drummer Roberto Pistolesi, who currently lives between Italy, New York and the Netherlands, began his jazz career in the band of the world famous saxophonist Stefan Di Battista and performed with him all around the globe. He has worked with jazz music legends such as Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, Rick Margitza, Antonio Faraò, Peter Beets, Ameen Saleem, Dario Deidda and others.

This interactively designed, innovation-driven program aims to construct an informed insight into the world of contemporary sound practice. Improvisation and composition theory course is curated and mentored by Dré A. Hočevar, an internationally acclaimed composer and performer. This Jazzinty category covers the fundamentals of historical compositional methodologies, the fundamentals of contemporary improvisational methodologies, the construction of an original composition, and an introduction to the analysis. Dré A. Hočevar (b. 1987, Ljubljana, Slovenia) is a composer, performer, and cross-disciplinary artist frequently performing across the United States, Asia, and Europe. He is Clean Feed Records recording artist with his fifth album Surface of Inscription released in September 2017. As a performer, he is currently a member of Nate Wooley’s Knknighgh Quartet, Zack Clarke’s Trio and is directing ensembles Coding of Evidentiality, Collective Effervescence, Transcendental Within the Sphere of Indivisible Remainder, Container Doxa, Theōriae Doxa and Verso Doxa. Hočevar’s teachers include Steve Lehman, Peter Ablinger, Joe Morris, Michael Carvin, and Johannes Kreidler. Dré Hočevar lives in Berlin and is currently preparing for Ph.D. studies in composition and computer music at the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) Institute, University of Huddersfield.

Ana Čop, singer from Novo mesto, who is honing her skills in the jazz department of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG), is gaining recognition at home and abroad. Her arrangements of Slovene folk songs, her Ella Fitzgerald interpretation and her own compositions are paving her way to the top of the Slovenian vocal jazz scene. Her teaching experience and her eclectic style makes her the right person to be in charge of the new category at the workshop, which is intended primarily for musicians who have not yet dabbled in jazz.

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