Bob Mocarsky Trio, USA/France/Hong Kong

 

 

Bob Mocarsky - piano/keyboards

Justin Siu - Bass

Laurent Robin - drums

 

For the past several years Bob Mocarsky has been at the piano in places like Beijing, Bangkok, and Hong Kong playing jazz for the locals and the internationals at some of the most stylish clubs and hotels in Asia.  He studied piano with his dad, Edmund Mocarsky, one of that city's esteemed piano teachers. In his 20's, he ventured to San Francisco, and before he left for Asia in 2001, he had performed, recorded, and toured with many of the Bay Area's top musical attractions including Bobby McFerrin, Eddie Henderson, Pete & Sheila Escovedo and international stars including Patti Austin, Rickie Lee Jones, Marlena Shaw, and Mark Murphy.

 

Website: www.myspace.com/bobmocarsky

 

Justin Siu

Justin started learning classical cello at the age of 9, he obtained his M.A. in computer science at the University of Cambridge. After a short stink in the computer technology industry, he pick up the bass and soon became a jazz bassist, collaborated with many renowned local and foreign jazz artists, and paved way for his pioneering vision on creative projects that bring classical music, jazz, electronic music, computer technology and multimedia visuals together.  His biggest passion in music is arranging and conducting for large ensembles, pioneering in music he coined “orchestral jazz”. He has participated in various festivals including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and worked with many local pop music productions for Eason Chan, Leo Ku, Ivana Wong and Jeff Chang.

 

Laurent Robin

One of the best French drummers, Laurent always adds his warm personality to the music he is part of. He worked with plenty of well-known artists in France, such as Matthieu Chedid, Arthur H, Michel Jonasz and Bojan Z.  In  2012, it was as though a new world launched the Laurent Robin and the Skyriders. Experiencing at the borders of jazz, electro, rock and pop, this project brought Laurent and his life-long partners – Benjamin Moussay and Cedric Hanriot – toward new horizons made of good energy and vibration. Laurent has decided to set foot in Hong Kong to join one of his collaborators, bassist Justin Siu, to perform with the Bob Mocarsky Trio in 2013.

 

Diego Figueiredo Duo, Brazil 

 

 

Diego Figueiredo - Acoustic guitar

Alexandre  Martins- piano

 

“One of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life” ---------   George Benson 2007

 

Diego Figueiredo was born in Brazil, in 1980. Diego played many instruments before choosing the electric guitar when he was twelve, playing in theaters and local pubs, revealing the great art of improvising and harmonizing.

 

Diego has performed around Europe and in the USA with his unique technique and sensitivity, and once shared stage with John Scofield and The Yellowjackets. For over a decade, Diego has performed frequently at La Paz Festijazz, Bolivia, and was invited by the Symphonic Orchestra of La Paz to take part in the recordings of a CD and a DVD to honor Tom Jobim entitled ‘Jobim de los Andes’.

 

“Dear Diego: I listened to your CD “Segundas Intenções” and it was a magical moment. When I go to Brazil I would like to play together with you” ---------- Pat Metheny

 

Website: www.diegofigueiredo.net/

 

Ines Trickovic Quartet, Croatia

 

 

Ines Trickovic vocal

Zvonimir Sestak bass

Joe Pandur - guitar

Adriano Bernobic - drums

 

 

Ines Trickovic is not unknown to South Asian audiences. She has already presented three different projects at festivals in Hong Kong, Macau, Zhuhai and Szenzhen.

Last year's project ''Ines Trickovic Sextet: Runjic in Blue'', that included a CD and tour, was widely accepted by audiences as a progressive hard bop album where the vocalist was treated as an equal instrument in the sextet formation.  After touring Asia and Europe, she wanted to do a more personal and intimate project, collaborating with established Croatian jazz guitarist Joe Pandur. They are also known by their project Ines & Joe- Samba em Preludio with which they toured China in  February 2013.


The new concert material is an exploration of her personal favorites in music, regardless of style. Inspired by classical and world music, artists like Erik Satie, John Coltrane, Brazilian composers, old traditional Croatian songs etc. With strong jazz roots, the new quartet brings vibrant jazz communication to the stage and creates their own unique musical language.

 

Website: www.facebook.com/#!/ines.trickovic

 

Eliane Amherd, Switzerland

 

 

Eliane Amherd - Guitars/vocal

 

The amazing Swiss born and New York based singer/guitarist/songwriter Eliane Amherd introduces audiences to the freshest new talent to come into the world of Jazz, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian music in a very long time.

 

Eliane is one of the hottest forces of the New York City Jazz, Brazilian and Latin scene and her  charm and strong stage presence have won over  audience everywhere she appears. Besides her performances as a leader or a featured artist in New York’s most famous clubs, such as SOB’s, Joe’s Pub, Zinc Bar, the Jazz Standard, the Blue Note, Nuyorican Poets Cafe etc. , she also tours in North and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia.  

 

Eliane has worked with greats such as Randy Brecker, Marc Ribot, Michael Carvin, Bill Ware, Jovino Santos Neto etc. Her song “As If” can be heard in the award winning movie “Approaching Union Square” and her voice is featured on Jeremy Mage's song "Slippery Light" appearing on the NBC hit TV series "Lipstick Jungle".

 

Eliane is hailed as “one of the very best singers in New York” by trumpeter Randy Brecker and “a terrific guitarist” by Marc Ribot, who exclaims, "Eliane rocks!"

 

Website: elianeperforms.com

 

Jangeun "JB" Bae Trio, South Korea

 

 

Jangeun "JB" Bae - piano

Hogyu Hwang - bass

Dongjin Shin - drums

 

 

JB trio, which is the one of the best jazz trio in Korea, plays contemporary jazz, featuring brilliant jazz standard arrangements, beautiful original compositions, and new approach of pop music including Korean folk music.  Its leader is the pianist / composer Jangeun "JB" Bae who is the winner of many Korean music awards and has also established careers in the North America, New York jazz scene and other international venues as leader and side-man.  Ho-Gyu Hwang is the bassist graduated from the famous Monk Institute and toured with great international artists. Dongjin Shin is the one of the high requested drummer in Korea. This trio is the innovative and fearless contemporary jazz ensemble based on pure traditional spirit.

 

Website: www.jbfunkyjazz.com

 

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