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Anatol Stefanet - viola, vocal 
Dorel Burlacu -
keyboards, piano, harmonica 
Vali Boghean -
saxophone, trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, kaval, vocal
Gari Tverdohleb -
drums, percussion, xylophone
Newcoming star - Sandu Arcus - saxophone, trumpet, flute, kaval

During 16 years the componence of the group has changed. But one thing remained unchanged the ideology of the group, which is basically very simple the love for their country, regardless the ideological concepts of governing parties.

The group puts the history of its country in its music and thus the sorrow, the humor and the deep love for this land became part of the heritage of the world jazz.

Being played  by Trigon, at most prestigious stages of the world: Portalegre jazz fest (Portugal), North Sea Jazz festival (Holland), "SKIF festival" Jazz in Hermitage (Russia), Porgy & Bess (Austria), Radio France, Jazz colors (France) and the most important festival in the world "Montreal Jazz Festival"

In the list of their international awards: in 1994 - Grand Prix of a French Academy of Arts, in 1999, 2002 and 2005 - Prizes of the French press "Shock" (for solo D of groups leader) in 2007 this CD was included in a collection awarded by Prix of a French Academy of Arts.

In list of group`s victories is included and this festival which makes its own contribution to the consolidation of cultural life of the country. Introducing to the public new and famous talents the Festival bears and the charitable program which purpose is to help those, who are in a difficult situation. 

Trigon group would like to express gratitude to all sponsors and spectators due to which the festival
has presented: in 2005 the necessary equipment for the Section of Newborn of Clinical Hospital Nr. 2, in 2006 the drum set, piano and accordion for boarding schools from Chisinau and Socii Noi, in 2007 the financial support of League of Veterans of stage "Maestro".


Pe parcursul 16 ani componenta grupului s-a modificat.Neschimbata a ramas ideologia grupului, foarte simpla de altfel dragostea de tara, indiferent de conceptele ideologice ale formatiunilor care vin sau pleaca de la guvernare.

Grupul a pus istoria tarii sale in muzica pe care o canta pe diferite continente a globului, astfel ca durerea, umorul si dragostea fara margini pentru acest pamant au devenit parte componenta a culturii jazzistice universale, fiind cantata de Trigon la cele mai prestigioase scene ale lumii: Portalegre jazz fest din Portugalia, North Sea Jazz festival (Olanda), "SKIF festival" siJazz in Hermitage (Rusia), Porgy & Bess (Austria), Radio France si Jazz colors (Franta) si cel mai mare festival din lume "Montreal Jazz Festival"

In lista mentiunilor internationale: in 1994 - Grand Prix Academiei de Arte din Franta;; in 1999, 2002 si 2005 Prizuri presei  Franceze "Shock" (pentru solo D liderului grupei) in 2007 acest CD a fost incus in colectie premiata cu Grand Prix Academiei de Arte din Franta;

In lista victoriilor formatiei Trigon este inclus si acest festival, care i-si aduce propria contributie la consolidarea vietii culturale a Moldovei. Descoperind publicului talente noi si vestite, Festivalul totodata aduce si un program de caritate, scopul caruia este sustinerea persoanelor ce se afla in situatii dificile.

Formatia Trigon exprima multumiri tuturor sponsorilor si spectatorilor, datorita carora Festivalul a donat:

In 2005 - echipament necesar Sectiei nou-nascuti a Spitalului Clinic Nr 2 din Chisinau, in 2006 - set de tobe, pian si accordeon scolilor-internat din Chisinau si Socii Noi, si in 2007 - suport financiar Asociatiei Veteranilor Scenei si Clubului muzicienilor-veterani Maestro




Ferdinand Doumerc saxophones, flutes, metallophone, melodica Frederic Cavallin - drums, percussions, glockenspiel, melodica
Florian Demonsant accordion
Jean-Marc Serpin acoustic bass


Pulcinella is a quartet, but he thinks he is an orchestra! (Armand Meignan) Ouest France, August 2007

The success of four young musicians is in that they found an original "sound", playing their owncompositions, melting together several idioms borrowed from jazz, rock, "bal musette", improvised music, Balkan and Latin traditions. A touch of madness, poetry, humour, a natural inclination for improvisation, many unexpected instruments (Chinese drum, sliding flute, bendir) were added to the movement and richness of their improvisations.

Created in 2004, Pulcinella has already given more than 130 concerts in France and abroad, performed in renowned clubs and festivals such as the Pannonica of Nantes, Grenoble Jazz Festival, Nancy Jazz Pulsation, Festival Assier dans tous ses etats, Festival de Saint Louis (Senegal), Una Striscia di terra feconda (Rome).

The group is the winner of the 2005 "Discovery" label awarded by the Federation of Jazz Stages and Improvised Musics; the winner of the Jazz Migration 2007 awarded by AFIJMA (asociation of 35 French jazz festivals).

Choosing the language of the polyglot, connecting modern music with the music of the past from different parts of the world, Pulcinella builds up  a theatrical performance through the  metamorphosis of sounds. The members of this surprising group are excellent musicians. They love jazz, but not only.

As well as Polichinelle (their mascot), this band speaks several languages (paso-doble, tango, musette, soul, funk and jazz, of course), loves transformation and hates permanent forms.

Pierre-Henri Ardonceau (Jazz Magazine n 580, avril 2007)

* Pulcinella is subsidied by the Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication - DRAC de Midi Pyrenees


Pulcinella este un cvartet care crede ca este orchestra  (Armand Meignan, Ouest Franta)

Succesul acestor patru muzicieni a fost asigurat in gasirea unui sound original, interpretarea compozitiilor personale, contopirea mai multor idiomuri, imprumutate din jazz, rock, bal muzette, muzica improvizationala si din traditia balcanica si latina. Un pic de nebunie, multa poezie, umor, o inclinatie fireasca spre improvizatie, multe instrumente imprevizibile (toba chineza, flautul exotic, bendir) imbogatesc limbajul lor muzical.

Formata in 2004, Pulcinella a avut deja mai mult de 130 de concerte in Franta si peste hotare, la cluburi si festivaluri ca Pannonica din Nantes, Festivalul de jazz din Grenoble, Nancy Jazz Pulsation, Festivalul Assier dans tous ses etats, Festivalul din Saint Louis (Senegal), Una Striscia di terra feconda (Roma).

Formatia este castigatoare a premiului Discovery 2005, acordat de Federation of Jazz Stages and Improvised Musics; castigatoarea premiului Jazz Migration 2007 acordat de AFIJMA (asociatia a 35 festivaluri franceze de jazz).

 Alegand limbajul poliglot, unind muzica moderna cu muzica trecutului din diferite parti ale lumii, Pulcinella creeaza o reprezentatie teatrala prin intermediul metamorfozelor sunetelor. Membrii acestei formatii sunt muzicieni excelenti. Adora jazzul, dar nu numai. La fel ca Pulcinella (mascota lor), aceasta formatie vorbeste cateva limbi (paso-doble, tangou, musette, soul, funk si bineinteles jazzul),ei prefera transformarea si urasc formele permanente.

Pierre-Henri Ardonceau (Jazz Magazine n 580, aprilie 2007)



Nik Bartsch piano
Andi Pupato percussion
Sha bass- and contrabass clarinets

Ronin is a wandering masterless samurai, never obeying anybody's orders, but the codex of honor.

Nik Bartsch - pianist, producer, chief ideologist of the group and philosopher, chose this name for his band, formed in 2001, deservedly called a phenomenon on European scene.

Ronins music incorporates elements of jazz, classical, funk, ambient and Japanese ritual music. Exotic synthesis of different genres, united by the artistic credo of musicians - asceticism and ecstasy - is the organic texture of Ronin's music, clearly outlining  the original individuality of the group and the original new style of chamber jazz - RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC - created by Nik Bartsch.

With Ronin`s music, which the group's leader named "Zen-funk", the musicians consistently follow the same aesthetic vision under various instrumental guises: creating the maximum effect by minimal means.

Nik Bartsch's artistic credo is obvious not only in his music, but is revealed in the titles of his compositions. He calls all of them Modules (only their numbers change), as if validating the idea of pure music. 

Nik Bartsch `s bio: 1997 - Graduation from the 'Musikhoch-schule Zurich'; 1989-2001 - studies in philosophy, linguistics and musicology at the University of Zurich; 2003-04 - stay in Japan. Ongoing work on his RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC as pianist and composer. Leader of zen-funk quintet RONIN (since 2001, with Kaspar Rast, Bjorn Meyer, Andi Pupato & Sha) and MOBILE (since 1997). Teacher for practical aesthetics at the 'Musikhochschule Zurich/Winterthur' (2000-03). Numerous awards from 1999, including the jazz priority award of Swiss Arts Council in 2006.

Andi Pupato studied percussion in Zurich, later at the Escuela de superacion profesional de musica Ignacio Cervantes in Havana, Cuba and with Jose Luis Changuito in Quintana. In 1994, Andi went to Senegal with the Senegalese master drummer Kountas band 'Dougou-Fana', where he studied traditional African percussion. At present, he works as a percussionist for various national and international bands (with Andreas Vollenweider among others) and is an active studio musician.  

Among Sha`steachers are Don Li, Nik Bartsch, Sujay Bobade and Banz Oester and professors of the Jazz School in Lucerne. Sha is also a member of Mik Keusens 'Blau' and the leader and composer for his own band Banryu.

The group was supported by Pro Helvetia's special "priority jazz promotion" programme.


Ronin este un samurai liber, care nu se supune nimanui decat codexului de onoare.

Nik Bartsch - pianist, producator, filosof si liderul ideological grupului, a fost acela care a ales numele grupului, format in 2001, numita fenomen al scenei europene.

Muzica Ronin cuprinde elemente de jazz, clasica, funk, ambient si muzica rituala japoneza. Sinteza exotica a diferitelor genuri, unite de credo-ul artistic - ascetism si extaz  -, constituie textura organica a muzicii lui Ronin, marcand si  un stil nou de jazz cameral, creat de Nik Bartsch - RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC.

In muzica Ronin, pe care liderul formatiei a numit-o zen-funk, muzicienii, folosind diverse instrumente, urmeaza aceleasi viziuni estetice, creand un efect maxim prin mijloace minime. Principiul artistic al lui Nik Bartsch este evident nu numai in muzica lui, dar si in titlurile compozitiilor. Toate sunt numite Moduli (numai numarul de ordine este schimbat ), venind sa confirme ideea muzicii pure.

Nik Bartsch a absolvit scoala muzicala din Zurich in anul 1997. In 1989-2001 studiaza filosofia, lingvistica si muzicologia la universitatea din Zurich. In 2003-2004 are un sejur in Japonia. Este pianist si compozitor al propriului RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC, este liderul cvintetului zen-funk RONIN (din 2001, impreuna cu Kaspar Rast, Bjorn Meyer, Andi Pupato si Sha) si MOBILE (din 1997). Este profesor de Estetica Practica la scoala muzicala din Zurich/Winterthur (2000-2003). Din 1999, este detinatorul   a numeroase premii, inclusiv al premiului pentru prioritate in jazz, acordat in 2006 de catre Consiliul Suedez al Artelor.

Andi Pupato a studiat percutia la Zurich, mai tirziu invata la scoala profesionala de muzica Ignasio Cenvantes din Havana, Cuba si cu Jose Luis Changuito in Quintana. In 1994, Andi  a plecat la Senegal cu Bilal Kounta si formatia lui, Dougou-Fana, unde a studiat percutia traditionala africana. In prezent este percutionist in diverse formatii nationale si internationale (cu Andreas Vollenweider, printre altii) si este un muzician de studiou activ. Printre profesorii lui Sha se numara Don Li, Nik Bartsch, Sujay Bobade, Banz Oester si profesori de la scola de jazz din Lucerna. Sha este de asemenea membru al Mik Keusens 'Blau' si liderul si compozitorul propriei formatii Banryu.

Formatie Ronin sustinuta de programul special "priority jazz promotion al Fundatiei Pro Helvetia.


OrientXpress TRIO

Manfred Leuchter - accordion
Florian Zenker guitar
Afra Mussawisade - percussion

Manfred Leuchter is without doubt one of the most established (ethno-) jazz- and world-music accordion virtuosos in Europe. Sounds from Bach to Bagdad was how a German daily newspaper described the music of the global-player Manfred Leuchter.

In OrientXpress, genial hand-picked master musicians interpret Leuchters old favourites and new compositions. Beside Manfred Leuchter on the accordion, there is the Iranian percussionist Afra Mussawisade on an unbelievable collection of percussion instruments, and the German guitarist and (electronic) sound-designer Florian Zenker. (by GKP Promotions)

"Eternally young.  the accordion impresario Manfred Leuchter. A much sought-after composer, arranger and producer, he is a musical Jack of all trades One who travels the world. One who absorbs and assimilates the widest possible variety of (musical) cultures. One who  takes  in afro-oriental,  Indian, classical European and American jazz  infuences  to create his  own  personal and unmistakable music.  Leuchter tells fairytales. As sensitive as Sheherazade, as terrifying as Cicero, a virtuoso who promotes the accordion to the status of a Stradivarius. (Limburgs Dagblad)

His fantastic companions of this WORLD CLASS TRIO are the Iranian musician Afra Mussawisade who is one of the most in demand percussion players on the European scene.  Afra faultlessly plays both on pagan and on the most advanced percussion instruments from entire globe.  Afra already caused admiration to the Chisinau public, performing at Ethno jazz festival 2006 with Dutch group WmmW.

Florian Zenker is a musician representing musical culture - in geographical aspect - of German, Netherlands and Scandinavian space, and in temporary aspect from Middle Ages to the vanguard sounding of strings of his 11-string guitar. He studied jazz guitar at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, Netherlands, where he graduated with a masters degree in 1999. Florian Zenker has played with various formations all over Europe (Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Spain, Norway, Iceland), in Canada and Columbia, and has performed on many renowned festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), International Jazz Festival Bogotá (Columbia), Jazzfestival Selfoss (Iceland), Ryfylke Festival (Norway), Jazzfestival Ibiza (Spain).
His band Florian Zenker/ Christian Kappe 4tet won several major competitions between 1997 and 2000.


Manfred Leuchter este fara indoiala unul dintre cei mai recunoscuti etno-, jazz- si world-music acordeonisti din Europa. Sunete de la Bach la Bagdad, asa a descris un ziar german muzica muzicianului.  Din OrientXpress fac parte, in afara de Manfred Leucher care canta la acordeon,  percutionistul iranian Afra Mussawisade, care cinta la o colectie incredibila de instrumente, si chitaristul german care este si designer de sunet (electronic) Florian Zenker. (GKP Promotions)


Pururi tanar impresarul acordeonului Manfred Leucher. Un compozitor, aranjor si producator foarte solicitat, el este un muzician priceput la toate si un calator neobosit. Cel care absoarbe si asimileaza vasta varietate a culturilor muzicale. Cel care a luat din influentele afro-orientale, indiene, din jazzul clasic european si american ca sa creeze propria sa muzica perfecta. Leuchter spune povesti tot atat de senzual ca Seherizada si infiorator ca Cicero, este un maestru care promoveaza acordeonul la nivelul unui viori Stradivari. (Limburgs Dagblad)

Companionii acestui fantastic world class trio sunt: muzicianul iranian Afra Mussawisade, care este unul dintre cei mai solicitati percutionisti pe scena europeana. Afra canta perfect atat la instrumente pagane, cat si la cele mai performante instrumente de percutie de pe intregul glob. Afra a trezit deja admiratia publicului din Chisinau, cand a cantat la festivlulul Ethno jazz din 2006 cu grupul olandez WmmW.


Florian Zenker este un muzician care, in aspect geografic, reprezinta cultura muzicala din spatiul german si olandez, iar in aspect temporal acopera perioada de la Evul Mediu pana la avangarda interpretata la chitara lui cu 11 corzi. A studiat chitara jazz la Conservatorul Regal din Haga, Olanda. Tot aici, in 1999, el a capatat si titlul de magistru. Florian Zenker a cintat in multe proiecte in toata Europa (Germania, Olanda, Belgia, Suedia, Polonia, Italia, Spania, Norvegia, Islanda), in Canada si Columbia, si a participat la numeroase festivaluri prestigioase ca North Sea Jazz Festival (Olanda), International Jazz Festival Bogotá (Columbia), Jazzfestival Selfoss (Islanda), Ryfylke Festival (Norvegia), Jazzfestival Ibiza (Spania).

Formatia lui Florian Zenker/Christian Kapper 4tet a castigat mai multe concursuri intre 1997 si 2000.


Amine M'RAIHI - ud
- canun

These exceptional musicians are unique not only by their fantastical virtuosity, but also by their self-expression in music.

Grown up in the atmosphere of Tunisian and oriental music, Amine & Hamza opened their hearts to sounds coming from all over the world, and create a music based on features of oriental music - maqam and improvisation -, introducing a dynamic expression and an outstanding way of playing.

They reached a high level of virtuosity in playing these rare instruments, opening new expressive spaces for the ud and Kanun. They are a singular case in the Arabic music, rather wary to experiments, combining traditional Arab melodies with flamenco playing style and free jazz improvisation.

Amine & Hamza gave concerts in some of the most famous Arabic world theatres, such as Cairo Opera House, Beirut Medina  theatre, Tunis Medina festival, the Jordan Jarach festival, as well as in Europe: in France, Belgium, Italy, England, Denmark.

Acesti muzicieni exceptionali sunt unici nu doar datorita virtuozitatii extraordinare, dar si modului de exprimare in muzica.

Educati in atmosfera muzicii tunisiene si orientale, Amine si Hamza si-au deschis inimile muzicii de pe toate continentele, muzica lor imbinand trasaturile melodiilor orientale - magame  - si improvizatie.

Nivelul inalt al virtuozitatii a deschis noi modalitati de interpretare la ud si kanun. Deschisi experimentarii muzicale, Amine si Hamza sunt unicii care au reusit sa imbine muzica traditionala araba cu stilul flamenco si cu libertatea improvizationala jazzistica.

Amine si Hamza au sustinut concerte in unele din cele mai vestite sali de concerte din lumea araba, cum ar fi: Cairo Opera House, teatrul Medina din Beirut, festivalurile din Tunis si Iordania, dar si in Europa - in Franta, Belgia, Italia, Marea Britanie, Danemarca.

Cuba, Britania, Venezuela

Eldis la Rosa saxophones, percussion, vocals 
Stuart Conaghan - piano
Christian Martinek - timbales, vocals, batas, percussion

 Salsa hype and Buena Vista nostalgia are slowly fading away, making space for other trends... and what ultimately remains relevant from Latin American music from the last 50 years, is good Latin jazz. For Eldis La Rosa, the raw material is found in the variety and vastness of Cuban music. This alchemist of contemporary Latin Jazz also manages to blend Mediterranean and African influences into his fine compositions. From Latin to World Jazz!

The various roots of Cuban music form the basis of group`s compositions, in which a soulful sound of Eldis La Rosa`s saxophone occupies the central role. Being a very versatile musician, he plays Cuban folklore, salsa and Latin jazz not only with the sax but also with other instruments like the flute, percussion and the piano.

Studied saxophone in Santiago de Cuba and arrangement in Havana, where he composed for the only classical Cuban saxophone quartet.

In 1997 the saxophonist came to Vienna where he played with various local bands, before presenting his true artistic identity with his new dream team band. With his introspective sax style (often compared to Branford Marsalis), he exudes a deep spiritual presence without losing the heat of Latin vibes. Intelligent, yet full of emotion, both smooth and hot, Latin World Jazz connects the intellect and soul and get legs moving too!

Stuart Conaghan played piano, guitar, bass and percussion from an early age. From the age of 13 he played with various line-ups in the north of Scotland - playing blues and rock, and also modern, traditional and free jazz. Having completed the Royal Associated board training in classical piano and theory, a conservatory education was an option at the age of 17, but he chose to focus on improvised music and started working in the Jazz scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh, while studying for a Master's degree in Music and Electronics. During this time in Glasgow he studied piano at the Scottish Jazz Institute, participated in a project for the development of a sound synthesis program in Barcelona. At the end of this six month stay in Spain, he returned to Scotland to complete his Master's degree. From 2003 Stuart Conaghan is based in Vienna. As well as the Stuart Conaghan quartet and trio, he is currently giving live performances in duo with Klaus Gesing or Eldis la Rosa. He is also works as studio musician composing music for films and his solo piano recordings.

Christian Martinek owes his ear for Latin American music to his mother who comes from Venezuela. At the age of 16, he started performing as a percussionist in various bands. He took private lessons with musicians from Venezuela, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. He is a member of various latin jazz formations and folkloric orchestras of Cuban, Columbian and Venezuelan music. He played with Sin Fronteras, "Sanmmera", Milagros Y La Onda, Afro Caribe, Son Caliente, Hector Cafe Orchestra, Combinacion

Diverse radacini ale muzicii din Cuba fro-cubaneza, mediteraneana formeaza bazele compozitiilor lui ELDIS LA ROSA.

Temperamentul salsa si nostalgia pentru Buena Vista dispar incetul cu incetul, creand spatiu pentru alte tendinte si ceea ce ramane relevant din muzica latino americana din ultimii 50 de ani, este un jazz latino bun. Eldis La Rosa gaseste materia bruta in varietatea muzicii cubaneze. Acest alchimist al jazzului latino contemporan reuseste sa combine influentele mediteraneene si africane in compozitiile sale. De la jazzul latino la world jazz!

Eldis La Rosa a studiat saxofonul in Santiago de Cuba si aranjamentul in Havana, unde a compus muzica pentru unicul cvartet clasic de saxofon din Cuba. Un muzician multilateral, el cinta folclor cubanez, salsa si jazz nu doar la saxofon, dar si la alte instrumente ca flautul, percutia si pianul.

In 1997 saxofonistul a venit la Viena, unde a cantat cu diferite trupe locale inainte de a-si prezenta adevarata sa identitate artistica cu noua sa echipa. Cu stilul introspectiv al saxofonului sau ( deseori comparat cu Branford Marsalis) el emana o prezenta spirituala profunda, fara a pierde  din fierbinteala vibratiilor latino. Inteligent, dar totusi plin de emotii,  calm si patimas, Latino World Jazzul  pine picioarele in miscare.

Stuart Conaghan cinta de la o varsta frageda la pian, chitara, bas si percutie. De la varsta de 13 ani el participa la diferite proiecte in nordul Scotiei, cantand blues si rock, jazz modern, traditional si free jazz. Absolvind The Royal Associated board training, specialitatea pian academic si teorie, la varsta de 17 ani Stuart Conaghan a ales  sa se fixeze pe muzica improvizationala si a inceput sa lucreze pe scenele jazzului din Glasgow si Edinburgh, in paralel urmand masteratul in muzica si electronica. In aceasta perioada, in el a studiat pianul la Glasgow, la Institutul de Jazz din Scotia. A participat in proiectul sound synthesis development in Barcenona. La sfirsitul acestei sederi de sase luni in Spania, s-a intors in Scotia sa-si continue masteratul. Din 2003   Stuart Conaghan se stabileste la Viena. In afara de  activitatea lui in Stuart Conaghan cvartet si trio, el sustine concerte live in duet cu Klaus Gesing sau Eldis la Rosa. Compune muzica de studiou pentru film si lucreaza la albumurile sale solo.

Christian Martinek a mostenit simtul muzicii latino-americane de la mama sa, originara din Venezuela. La varsta de 16 ani, el si-a inceput cariera de percutionist in diverse formatii. A luat lectii particulare de la muzicieni din Venezuela, Cuba si Republica Dominicana. Este membru al diferitelor formatii de latino-jazz si al orchestrelor folclorice de muzica cubaneza, columbiana si venezueleana.

Netherlands, USA

Saskia Laroo trumpet
Warren Byrd keyboards
Andy Valkenburg bass
Roald Becher drums

Saskia Laroo, coined in America by press and public as 'Lady Miles Davis of Europe', is one of the few women (Valaida Snow, Clora Bryant, Barbara Donald and Ingrid Jensen) playing trumpet.

Saskia Laroo combines today's music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly labelled as "nu jazz" or "swingin' body-music"- a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk, reggae, a world that many other artists dare not venture in.

Saskia studied trumpet at the Muziekpedagogische Academie of Alkmaar, the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and the Muziekpedagogische Academie of Hilversum.

In 1982 she formed her own Salsa Caliente Band; later she led Caribbean Expres, the Saskia Laroo Band, Salsa Bop - a Latin jazz quintet and Jazzkia - her straight-ahead jazz unit.

Presently, besides barn-storming with her own of several groups, Saskia Laroo often appears as a special guest artist and is invited as a headliner of many International festivals from around the world.

Pianist, composer and a spectacular rap vocalist, Warren Byrd was offered in his teens a scholarship for opera singer, but decided to become a pianist after all. Actually he performs with the Warren Byrd Group; he is a part of the USA well-known formation The Afro Semetic Experience and tours regularly with the Saskia Laroo Band

Daniel Gueli started out as a singer and guitar player in a metal band when he was in high school, but decided to study upright and acoustic bass after being a professional lead singer for some years.

Now he is a much requested freelance bass player. Daniel is performing and touring with Saskia Laroo since 2005. He also has his own band Wasabe.

Andy Valkenburg was admitted to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and studied there for 7 years. After his final exam he left to go and study in New York at the New School for Social Researches, where he took lessons from Buster Williams and Reggie Workman. He was gigging extensively in the New York jazz-scene and played regularly with Phil Harper and Jeremy Pelt. He also stood on stage with several well-known musicians like Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis and George Benson.
Now he's back in The Netherlands and is working regularly with Nina Ebbenhout, PostJazzCompany and Saskia Laroo.

Roald Becher started to play drums at the early age of six and took lessons at the music school, where he did his first performances with youth orchestras at the age of nine. He study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he now is a third year drum student. Roald has his own band "Reza Mohajer" but is also a frequently asked freelance drummer.

Written by Ausra Listaviciute, Adapted by Warren Byrd

Saskia Laroo, supranumita in America de catre presa si public Lady Miles Davis a Europei, este una dintre putinele femei (Valaida Snow, Clora Bryant, Barbara Donald si Ingrid Jensen) care canta la trompeta.

Saskia Laroo imbina diferite stiluri ale muzicii contemporane, prezinta muzica ei ca noul jazz sau swingin' body-music- un amestec de hip-hop, salsa, funk, reggae si world music, un mix in care putini artisti ar indrazni sa se aventureze. A studiat trompeta la Academia pedagogica de muzica din Alkmar, la conservatorul Sweelinck din Amsterdam si la Academia pedagogica muzicala din Hilversum.

In 1982 si-a format trupa Salsa Caliente Band, mai tirziu a condus Caribbean Expres, Saskia Laroo Band, Salsa Bop (un cvintet de latin-jazz) si formatia Jazzkia.In prezent, pe langa turneele cu propriile formatii, Saskia Laroo deseori este invitata in calitate de muzician de onoare si headliner al multor festivaluri din lume. 

Warren Byrd - pianist, compozitor si un rap-vocalist spectaculos. Fiind adolescent, i s-a oferit o bursa pentru scoala de canto academic, dar,  in final, a decis sa devina pianist. Este membru a proiectului Warren Byrd Group, al renumitei formatii amercane The Afro Semetic Experience si concerteaza in mod regulat cu Saskia Laroo Band.

Andy Valkenburg, dupa sapte ani de studii la Conservatorul Regalla New York sa studieze la Scoala de Cercetari Sociale, unde Buster Williams si Reggie Workman i-au fost profesori. A cantat mult jazz la New York, colaborand  regulat cu Phil Harper si Jeremy Pelt. A evoluat pe scena alaturi de muzicieni renumiti ca Roz Hargrove, Wynton Marslis si George Benson. Acum, reintors in Olanda, el lucreaza cu Nina Ebbenhout, PostJazzCompany si Saskia Laroo. din Haga, a plecat

Roald Bechers a inceput sa studieze tobele la virsta de sase ani si a invatat la scoala muzicala, unde a sustinut primele sale concerte la virsta de noua ani an orchestre de tineret. A fost admis la conservatorul din Amsterdam, unde acum este student in anul trei. Roald are formatia sa Reza Mohajer, dar este solicitat si ca tobosar independent. (Ausra Listaviciute, Warren Byrd)


Zoran Starcevic - guitar
Nikola  Starcevic  guitar
Zeljko Starcevic guitar

Producer, composer, arranger, teacher and father of two exceptional musicians,  Zoran Starcevic is one of the best and most productive guitarists from Balkans.

Starting his career as a rock musician, during his life Zoran has written and recorded about 600 songs, many of which being hits performed by the most famous singers from Serbia, and a hundred instrumental compositions for 10 solo albums and 2 CD's with Trio Balkan Strings and sold a million records in various musical styles; has led workshops of classical and jazz guitar in Europe and at New York University in USA; played concertoes worldwide.

Zoran Starcevic created this brilliant trio, fusing his own rich experience,e the knowledge of rock and Balkan`s traditional music,Nikola's and Zeljko's classical guitar education and an influence of the West culture.

The trio have performed at many Jazz, Classical, World Music festivals and played a big number of concerts in USA ( Boston, New York, Chicago, Portland, Washington, Charlotte, Greensboro), Canada ( Toronto, Vancouver), Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia.

Some of the awards of these musicians are:

FIRST PRIZE WINNER - in the category "The best instrumental ensemble" on World Music 2004 in Italy at Festival Internacionale Fivizzano;

FIRST PRIZE WINNER in the category "Classic guitar" on Music World 2004 Italy Festival Internacionale Fivizzano;

FIRST PRIZE WINNER in World category of the 2005 USA Songwriting Competition for composition written by Nikola Starcevic and performed by Trio Balkan Strings;

FIRST PRIZE WINNER of the JoAnn Falletta International Composition Competition for Guitar 2007 in Buffalo, New York.

The trio always causes admiration of  spectators, but most of all, the musicians can be proud with the recognition of professionals like John McLaughlin:  "Trio Balkan Strings dedication to the music of Balkans and Central Europe is inspiring. The guitar interpretations of this music are wonderful. Really good !!!"


Zoran Starcevic - producator, compozitor, aranjor, profesor si tata a doi muzicieni exceptionali, este unul dintre cei mai buni si cei mai productivi chitaristi din Balcani.

Incepindu-si cariera ca muzicant rock, pe parcursul vietii el a scris si a inregistrat in jur de 600 compozitii, multe din ele devenind hituri interpretate de cei mai celebri cantareti din Serbia, 100 compozitii instrumentale pentru 10 albumuri solo, 2 CD-uri cu Balkan Strings Trio si a vandut un milion de inregistrari in diferite stiluri muzicale; a condus workshopuri pentru chitara clasica si jazz in Europa si Universitatea din New York; a sustinut concerte in toata lumea.

Zoran Starcevic a format extraordinarul sau trio combinand experienta sa bogata, cunostintele in rock si in muzica traditionala din Balcani, studiile de chitara clasica ale lui Nikola si Zeljko si influenta culturii din Vest.

Acest trio a cantat la multe festivaluri de musica jazz, clasica si world si a sustinut un numar mare de concerte in: SUA (Boston, New York, Chicago, Portland, Washington, Charlotte, Greensboro), Canada (Toronto, Vancouver), Italia, Polonia, Ungaria, Turcia, Rusia, Serbia, Muntenegru, Bosnia.

Muzicantii au primit urmatoarele premii:

Premiul intii la categoria Cel mai bun ansamblu instrumental la World Music 2004 Festival Internacionale Fivizzano din Italia.

Premiul intii la categoria Chitara clasica la World MusicFestival Internacionale Fivizzano din Italia. 2004

PREMIUL INTII la categoria World Music a concursului din SUA Songwriting Competition 2005 pentru compozitia scrisa de Nikola Starcevik si cintata de Balkan Strings Trio.

PREMIUL INTII la JoAnn Falletta International Composition Competition for Guitar 2007 in Buffalo, New York.

Balkan Strings Trio intotdeauna trezeste admiratia spectatorilor, dar cel mai mult muzicienii se pot mandri cu aprecierea unor profesionisti ca John McLaughlin: Dedicarea trupei Balkan String Trio pentru muzica din Balcani si Europa Centrala este inaltatoare. Interpretarea la chitara a acestei muzici este minunata. Foarte buna!!!

Spain (Catalonia)

Marc Egea - hurdy-gurdy
Jordi Molina tenora (Catalan Shawm)
Franco Molinari double-bass
Enric Canada drums, percussion

We come from different musical styles folk, classical, jazz, rock, experimental... At the point of creating the band KaulaKau we were not interested in putting all these styles into a bag and fusing them, although this would have been one possible point of departure, but rather in beginning by playing and undertaking an adventure without trying to second guess too many elements. The result, therefore, has been completely unpredictable and at the same time spontaneous. And thats why we cant really tell you at the end of the day exactly what is our musical style....this is simply the music of KaulaKau.

By these words the group presented their music, but the press wrote: Original, modern, daring, unusual, ferocious, insatiable, delicate, concentrated, light... the music of Kaulakau is all of these things. Neither folk nor jazz: jazz-folk.  (Discmedi)

Marc Egea has collaborated with various groups - the trio Musics de Safeu, with one of Europe's most prestigious folk groups El pont d'Arcalis, in the medieval music group Faidit and electro-acoustic band Electrosonic Monk. Beside the Kaulakau group, he is the founder of a number of traditional and experimental music groups like the Symphonia Hurdy Gurdy quartet, Trio Maram, duo with Peter Skuce, duo with Cati Plana. Marc composed music for his projects and for brass bands, symphonic bands, chamber music ensembles, pieces for choir, music for contemporary dance, poetry recitals and theatrical shows. He has recorded a dozen or more discs, either as a soloist, as a member of several groups or as a guest artist.

Jordi Molina has played as solist in the groups Els Montgrins and Maravella. He has collaborated with the Lluis Vidal trio, Albert Guinovart, Manel Camp, Santi Arisa, Carlo Rizzo, Jose de Udaeta, Companyia Electrica Dharma, Orquestra Sinfonica del Valles, Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona and the Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya.  As a composer he has created some thirty sardanas, cobla music, choral, chamber music and arrangements for TV shows. He has won the OBP Award for Innovative Performance (2000) and the Ramon Serrat Prize for young composers (1992). With groups where he has performed as a soloist he has recorded more than seventy discs covering music of various styles. As a composer and soloist he has released seven CDs.

Franco Molinari  is professor of double bass at the Conservatory of Vic. He worked in ethnic music with the group Nebeda, being a founder member and composer of the majority of their repertoire. He also plays in flamenco groups: with the guitarist and composer Jaime Basulto in the group "El Pao Moruno" and is a member of the Sephardic music group "Mashal".

Enric Canada - professor of drums and percussion at the Escola Municipal de Musica in Girona and at the Institut del Teatre de la Diputaci de Barcelona. He has accompanied singers as Joan Manel Serrat, Lluis Llach, Quico Pi de la Serra, Maria de Mar Bonet, Marina Rossell and Mayte Martin. He entered the world of flamenco music in 1989, accompanying Pedro Javier Gonzlez, Juan Manuel Caizares, Antonio Martinex "el oo", Diego Cortes, Manzanita, Mayte Martin, Carles Benavent and as a founder of Jaleo group. In the field of traditional music he has worked with Clau de Lluna, Cornamusica, Atzavara, l'Orquesta Galana and Bitaina.

Noi venim din diferite stiluri muzicale folclor, clasica, jazz, rock, muzica experimentala La momentul crearii formatiei KaulaKau nu aveam interesul sa punem toate aceste stiluri intr-un sac si sa le imbinam, desi acesta ar fi fost un punct de pornire posibil; am inceput sa cantam si sa ne aventuram fara a incerca sa ghicim din start prea multe elemente. Rezultatul, prin urmare, a fost total imprevizibil si in acelasi timp spontan. Iata de cei nu putem sa va spunem exact  care este stilul nostru muzical este muzica KaulaKau.

Astfel vorbesc muzicantii despre muzica lor, si iata ce scrie presa: Originala, moderna, indrazneata, neobisnuita, feroce, nestapanita, delicata, concentrata, usoara muzica KaulaKau le are pe toate. Nici folclor si nici jazz: jazz-folk (Discmedi)

 Marc Egea a colaborat cu diverse formatii precum trio Musics de Safeu, cu una din cele mai prestigioase formatii folclorice din Europa El pont d'Arcalis, cu trupa de muzica medievala Faidit si formatia electro-acustica Electrosonic Monk. Pe linga formatia KaulaKau, el este fondatorul al catorva formatii de muzica traditionala si experimentala ca Symphonia Hurdy Gurdy quartet, Trio Maram, duetul cu Peter Skuce, duetul cu Cati Plana. Marc a compus muzica pentru proiectele sale, dar si pentru ansamblu de bras, orchestra simfonica, muzica camerala. A inregistrat o duzina sau mai multe discuri, ca solist, sau ca artist invitat al catorva formatii.

Jordi Molina a fost solist in formatiile Els Montgrins si Maravella. A colaborat cu trio Lluis Vidal, Albert Guinovart, Manel Camp, Santi Arisa, Carlo Rizzo, Jose de Udaeta, Companyia Electrica Dharma, Orquestra Sinfonica del Valles, Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona si Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya. A compus cam treizeci de sardane, coble, compozitii corale, muzica camerala si aranjamente pentru show-uri TV. A luat premiul OBP pentru Performanta Inovationala (2000) si premiul Ramo Serrat pentru compozitori tineri (1992). A inregistrat sapte CD-uri solo si numeroase CD-uri cu formatiile cu care a colaborat.

Franco Molinari professor de contrabas la Conservatorul din Vic. Canta in formatia de muzica etnica Nebeda, majoritatea repertoriului grupului fiind compus de el. Canta in formatii de muzica flamenco, cu chitaristul si compozitorul Jaime Basulto in formatia El Paco Moruno si este membrul formatiei Mashala.

Enric Canada profesor de tobe si percutie la  Institut del Teatre de la Diputaci din Barselona. A acompaniat cantareti ca Joan Manel Serrat, Lluis Llach, Quico Pi de la Serra, Maria de Mar Bonet... A intrat in lumea muzicii flamenco in 1989, acompaniindu-i pe  Pedro Javier Gonzlez, Juan Manuel Caizares, Antonio Martinex "el oo", Diego Cortes si a fondat formatia flamenco Jaleo. In muzica traditionala a lucrat cu Clau de Lluna, Cornamusica, Atzavara, l'Orquesta Galana si Bitaina.


Ulrich Drechsler - bass clarinet
Oliver Steger - double bass
Jorg Micula - drums

"Music has the power to express anything that can't be said in words. It can reflect the full existence, the heart, soul and mind of any human being. The more honest it should be." (Ulrich Drechsler)

Since 1999 Ulrich Drechsler is working in Vienna as a freelance composer and musician. He chose the bass clarinet as his main instrument. The broad experiences made in his student years mirrors in his versatile projects.

His trio Cafe Drechsler caused international furore. For their third album the group received the Austrian Amadeus Award in 2005.
In the quartet Poesis Ulrich Drechsler dedicates himself to classical music.

In 2001 the group released an adaption of Franz Schubert's song cycle "Die Winterreise" for jazz quartet.

Being strongly fond of the music of Thelonious Monk, he created the group and the CD The Monk In All Of Us. This album has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Koller Award in 2005.

With his fantastic Quartet, featuring Oliver Steger, Jörg Mikula and the extraordinairy Norwegian piano player Tord Gustavsen or with his Ulrich Drechsler Trio he creates the music in which ...human emotions play a central role. Not the all-important dramatic incidents, but the daily mysteries, these little things that affect us quietly, compassionately, tenderly... . Drechsler looks for the esthetics in melody and performance and he succeeds well in this endeavour. His playing is great, subtle, full of nuance and emotional depth. Free jazz review"

Bassist and composer Oliver Steger is playing with Ulrich since 1999 being an experienced partner of many music projects at the Vienna jazz scene, presents himself as a sensitive sideman and an excellent soloist.

Jorg Mikula has received music education studying jazz drums in unstuniversitat in Graz in Austria and in the Berklee Music College in Boston, Massachusetts. Playing in diverse projects he has got the reputation of a highly professional and a serious musician.

Muzica are puterea de exprima ceea ce nu poate fi spus in cuvinte. Poate reflecta intreaga existenta, inima, sufletul si gindul oricarei fiinte umane. Anume de aceea trebuie sa fie de o sinceritate totala.  (Ulrich Drechsler)          

Din 1999 Ulrich Drechsler lucreaza in Viena ca musician si compositor al trioului sau Cafe Drechsler care a starnit furori internationale. In 2005 trupa a primit premiul austriac Amadeus pentru al treilea album.

In cvartetul Poesis, Ulrich Drechsler se dedica muzicii clasice. In 2001 formatia a realizat o adaptare a ciclului vocal "Die Winterreise" de Franz Schubert pentru cvartetul de jazz "Nebensonnen".

Pasionat de muzica lui Thelonious Monk, el a inregistrat un album cu denumirea The Monk In All Of Us care a fost nominalizat in 2005 la prestigiosul premiu Hans Koller.

Cu cvartetul sau fantastic, alaturi de Oliver Steger, Jörg Mikula  si extraordinarul pianist norvegian Tord Gustavsen sau cu Ulrich Drechsler Trio el creeaza o muzica in care emotiile umane joaca un rol central. Nu toate incidentele dramatice importante, ci misterele zilnice, lucrurile mici care ne afecteaza, discret, cu compasiune, tandru . Drechser cauta estetica atat in melodie cat si in interpretare si reuseste stralucit. Cantarea lui este extraordinara, subtila, plina de nuante si profunzime emotionala  Free jazz review

Basist si compozitor, Oliver Steger is playing with Ulrich since 1999 being an experienced partner of many music projects at the Vienna jazz scene, presents himself as a sensitive sideman and an excellent soloist.este un membru cu experienta in mai multe proiecte muzicale jazzistice din Viena. Se prezinta ca un excelent acompaniator si solist.

Jorg Mikula si-a facut studiile muzicale la unstuniversitat in Graz, cu specialitatea de tobe jazz, si la Colegiul muzical Berklee din Boston. Cantand in diverse proiecte, el a castigat reputatia unui muzician profesionist si serios.



Dominik Bukowski - vibraphone
Lukasz Poprawski - saxophone alto
Jacek Namyslowski - trombone
Michal Jaros - contrabass
Sebastian Frankiewicz drums, percussion

"Dominik is a new voice in Polish jazz, he combines the jazz tradition and great culture of improvisation with modern trance rhythms."  (Tomasz Rozwadowski, Baltic Daily)

Dominik Bukowski, having decided to occupy the central place on a Polish jazz stage, has collected around himself young musicians - winners of the Polish jazz competitions.

As a member of the Blue Mind Quartet Dominik, was laureate at the "Polish Contest of Young Jazz Groups" in Gdynia (1999) and won the ,,Jazz Angel of 2002 at the Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa in Bielsko-Biala (2002). In the prestigious JAZZ FORUM Poll in 2003, Bukowski was laureate in the category "The Vibraphone of the Year", the newspaper "Gazeta Wyborcza" nominating him for the The Storm of the Year 2005 Award. He recorded 13 CDs with numerous musicians: Janusz Muniak, Leszek Mozdzer, Maciej Sikala, Emil Kowalski, Piotr Wojtasi, Leszek Kulakowski, Krystyna Stanko... Ulf Adaker (Sweden), Brian Melvin (USA), Mats Eilertsen (Norway), Raivo Tafenau (Estonia), Tuna Otenel (Turkey), Goran Larsen (Sweden).

Lukasz Poprawski is a winner of contests Jazz Nad Odra in Wroclaw, Zmagania Jazzowe in Szczecin, Festival Standardow Jazowych in Siedlce. He was awarded the "Key to career" during the Pomorska Jesien Jazzowa in Kolobrzeg. Winner of the prize of the Jelenia Gora Festival.

Jacek Namyslowski with his Quintet won the "Polish Young Jazz & Blues Combos Competition in year 2000.  With the band "Timeless" he awarded the first prize of the "Jazz Standards Competition" and the Prize for individual expression in Siedlce in 2002 with the band "Timeless" won the "Bielsko-Biala Jazz Competition" in 2003.           

Michal Jaros graduated the Warsaw's Fryderyk Chopin Music School Jazz Studies Program and the Jazz and Popular Music Department of the Katowice Academy of Music. He is the winner of jazz competition awards. Michal has performed with many Poland's premiere jazz musicians: Janusz Muniak, Tomasz Szukalski and Adam Pieronczyk, among others. 

Sebastian Frankiewicz won, with the group of Jerzy Malek, the Jazz Juniors prize and the individual prize, with the group Epsylon  was awarded the first prize at "Jazz Standards Competition" in Siedlce, was  also awarded the "Golden Crocus" award at the Jelenia Gora Jazz Festival. With Dominik Bukowskis group Blue Mind  was the winner of the Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa in Bielsko-Biala.

Donminik este o voce noua a jazzul polonez, el combina traditia jazzului si marea cultura a improvizatiei cu ritmurile trance ale contemporaneitatii. (Tomasz Rozwadowski, Baltic Daily)

Dominik Bukowski, decis sa ocupe locul central pe scena jazzului polonez, a adunat in jurul sau tineri muzicieni, castigatori ai competitiilor poloneze de jazz. Fiind membru al Blue Mind Quartet Dominik a devenit laureat al Polish Contest of Young Jazz Groups in Gdynia (1999) si a luat premiul  Jazz Angel of 2002 la Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa in Bielsko-Biala (2002). In prestigiosul JAZZ FORUM Poll din 2003 Bukowski a fost laureat la categoria Vibrafonist al Anului. Ziarul Gazeta Wyborcza l-a nominalizat la premiul The Storm of the Year 2005. A inregistrat 13 CD-uri cu muzicieni ca  Janusz Muniak, Leszek Mozdzer, Maciej Sikala, Emil Kowalski, Piotr Wojtasi, Leszek Kulakowski, Krystyna Stanko, Ulf Adaker (Suedia), Brian Melvin (SUA), Mats Eilertsen (Norvegia), Raivo Tafenau (Estonia), Tuna Otenel (Turcia), Goran Larsen (Suedia).

Lukasz Poprawski este cistigatorul concursurilor Jazz Nad Odra din Wroclaw, Zmagania Jazzowe din Szczecin, Festival Standardow Jazowych din Siedlce. I-a fost acordat premiul "Key to career" la Pomorska Jesien Jazzowa in Kolobrzeg. Este cistigatorul premiului Jelenia Gora Festival.

Jacek Namyslowski, alaturi de cvintetul sau, a castigat in anul 2003 concursul Polish Young Jazz & Blues Combos. In 2002, in componenta formatiei Timeless, i s-a inminat premiul intii la concursul Jazz Standards si premiul Individual expression la Siedlce,  in 2003, impreuna cu formatia Timeless, a devenit castigatorul concursului "Bielsko-Biala Jazz ".  

Michal Jaros a absolvit scoala muzicala Frederic Chopin din Varsovia si Academia de Muzica din Katowice, facultatea de jazz si muzica populara. Castigator al mai multor premii la concursuri de jazz. A cantat cu mai multi interpreti de jazz polonezi: Janusz Muniak, Tomasz Szukalski si Adam Pieronczyk.

Sebastian Frankiewicz, impreuna cu formatia lui Jerzy Malek, a castigat premiul Jazz Juniors si Individual Expression; cu formatia Epsylon a castigat concursul "Jazz Standards "  din Siedlce; i-a fost inmanat premiul "Golden Crocus" la festivalul de jazz Jelenia Gora. Cu formatia lui Dominik Bukowski Blue Mind a fost castigator la Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa din Bielsko-Biala.