With intensity and fervor, Antonio Lizana bridges the worlds of flamenco and jazz. Admired as a saxophonist, vocalist, and composer, he has mastered both traditions and brought international recognition to his recordings and performances. Among his many credits is collaborating on a recent CD with Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra that won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Latin Jazz Album. For this special ocassion, he performs selections from his latest recording, Oriente, where he experiments with Eastern rhythms and sounds in his flamenco-jazz mix.
ARI HOENIG (born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance. Ari has recorded written and produced 10 cd’s as a leader. He has written and published 3 educational books, 3 educational DVD’s and a songbook. Currently, his group Ari Hoenig tours worldwide and performs weekly at the legendary New York jazz club Smalls. He is also the co-leader of Pilc, Moutin, Hoenig, together with his long time musical partners. Other artists Hoenig has performed or recorded with include Shirley Scott, Gerry Mulligan, Jean Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Wayne Krantz, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Richard Bona, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino...
NOAM WIESENBERG Hailing from Tel Aviv, Noam Wiesenberg is a highly sought after bassist and arranger on the New York music scene. Noam was born into a music family, and exposed to many different genres at an early age. After 12 years of playing the cello, Noam switched his focus to the double bass at age 20. The first of several musical crossroads, he chose to focus on jazz because he was mesmerized by the musical capabilities of jazz musicians. Following this transition, he quickly became an integral part of the Israeli Jazz scene. His classical background informs both his composition and arranging, and has lead to collaborations with some of the top symphony orchestras in Israel, including The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, The Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and the Israel Defense Force Education Unit Orchestra. Noam studied composition and arranging at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and Jazz Performance at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. He moved to the USA in 2008 to further his formal studies, and in 2010 graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He then moved to New York, realizing a years-long dream to join many of his friends, collaborators, and mentors. Noam has since worked with many musicians from New York and beyond, including Antonio Sanchez, Ari Hoenig, Billy Hart, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Gilad Hekselman, Lage Lund, Jonathan Kreisberg, Seamus Blake, Will Vinson, Dave Liebman, Shai Maestro, Uri Cane, Matisyahu, Mark O’Connor and Javier Limon. He has has toured in Africa, India, Europe and performed at venues including Monterey Jazz Festival, Vittoria Jazz Festival, Langnau Jazz Night, Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Small’s Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Le Poisson Rouge and Joe’s Pub.
As an arranger, his extensive international work includes an arrangement for the Metropole Orkest with Grammy award winning singer Lalah Hathaway, conducted by the multiple Grammy award winner Vince Mendoza. Additionally, Wiesenberg wrote string quartet arrangements for Chilean Singer-Guitarist Camila Meza’s new project - “Camila Meza & Nectar Orchestra”, and was the arranger and musical director of a nonet project led by luminary drummer - Ari Hoenig.
ALBERT MARQUES (born on January 9, 1986 in Barcelona, Spain) has lived outside of Catalonia for years. First he lived in Paris, where he played with great figures of the French scene such as Pierre Perchaud or Rémi Vignolo. During his third and last year in Paris he was part of the Leon Parker Quartet. Since 2011 he lives in New York where he plays with the Latin-jazz O'Farrill family. Marques has performed at the Birdland, Blue Note, Stone, Fat Cat, Duc des Lombards, Jamboree and a long list of clubs and festivals on both sides of the Atlantic including the legendary Montreal jazz festival. He has recorded four albums as a leader and has worked with numerous projects in Spain, France and the US with musicians such as Nir Felder or Ari Hoenig.