Sita Chay: Creator, Musical Director, Composer. Violin (Korea).
Sita Chay is an innovative violinist, composer, and producer who won a 2017 Latin Grammy Award for Best Mariachi Album as a member of Flor de Toloache. She has been actively involved in Classical, Jazz, and various World music scenes including Latin music, Korean folk music, Bulgarian dance music, and Indian raga. Most of her performances and compositions involve improvisational aspects and a combination of old and new techniques.
After touring on silk road and Europe with Korean Folk musicians, Sita wrote a critically acclaimed Korean musical “Love in Asia” incorporating Korean traditional instruments and western instruments. She was the solo violinist for Duksoo Kim’s Music Drama production “Ah! Arirang”.
She has given lectures worldwide on making social impact as an artist and has been actively involved in immigrant arts.
Sita often performs at artistically acclaimed venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, and was invited to the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2015 and Nuevo Sanjo Festival in 2017 and 2018 showcasing a new interpretation of Korean Folk music form. She is also the violinist for Broadway shows (Miss Saigon, Hello Dolly, Sweeney Todd, On the Town, Fiddler on the Roof, Sunset Boulevard, etc.). She has collaborated with world reknowned artists such as the Emerson String Quartet, Natalia Laforcade, Duksoo Kim, Bette Midler, Pamela Frank, Nadia Solemo Sonenberg, Frank Huang, and Robert Craft with multiple appearances on NPR and national television shows. @sitachay
Sebastian Noelle: Music Producer, Composer. Guitar (Germany)
Guitarist and composer Sebastian Noelle has been an active member of New York City’s multi-faceted creative music scene since 2002, performing at venues such as 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Café, The Blue Note, Jazz Gallery, Iridium, Merkin Hall, Tea Lounge, The Knitting Factory and the Jazz Standard. He has released three CDs on the European FreshSound-NewTalent label: “Across The River” (2006), featuring Donny McCaslin, Ben Street and Ari Hoenig, “Koan” (2011), with Loren Stillman, George Colligan, Thomson Kneeland and Tony Moreno, and “Shelter” (2016), with Marc Mommaas, Matt Mitchell, Matt Clohesy and Dan Weiss. Noelle is exploring new ways in improvisation using microtones, ragas and rhythms from the Balkans and the Middle East.
Noelle has played at numerous prestigious jazz festivals such as Newport, North Sea, Montreux and Moers, and has toured extensively in the US, Europe, Canada, Brazil and Japan.
He is a member of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (2010 and 2014 Grammy nominations, 2013 Downbeat winner in the big band category), the Aaron Irwin Quintet (featuring Rich Perry), The Chris Potter Big Band, Ben Stapp’s Zosimos, Jeff Fairbanks’ Project Hansori, the world music/minimalism ensemble Anicha, Joe Phillip’s Numinous, the New York Soundpainting Orchestra, ZAHA, the BMI Composer’s Workshop Orchestra, conducted by Jim McNeely, Hindustani clarinetist Shankar Tucker and various other NY based groups. @sebnoelle
Rick Rosato: Bass (Canada)
Originally from Montreal, Rick Rosato moved to New York City in 2007 to study at
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. He quickly
became one of the most in-demand jazz bassists and is maintaining an international performing, recording and teaching schedule. In 2010, he led a three-month- long artist series at the Upstairs Jazz Club in Montreal, where he formed several groups featuring some of today’s most influential voices in jazz, including the co-led trio “Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato”. In the summer of 2014, Rick competed for the TD Jazz Awards at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with his own trio and won the Galaxie Jazz Award for best composition. He is regularly touring internationally and recording with groups such as Gilad Hekselman, Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato, Ben Van Gelder, David Kikoski, and Will Vinson. Rick has also performed alongside Billy Hart, Peter Bernstein, Mark Turner, Dayna Stephens, Cris Potter, Aaron Parks, Bill Stewart, Marcus Gilmore,
Jeff Ballard, Ari Hoenig, Mike Moreno, Lage Lund, Charles Altura, and many
Satoshi Takeishi: Percussion (Japan)
Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was "Macumbia" with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota symphony orchestra to do a series of concerts honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986 he returned to the U.S. in Miami where he began work as an arranger. In 1987 he produced "Morning Ride" for jazz flutist Nestor Torres on Polygram Records. His interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east where he studied and performed with Armenian-American oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded with many musicians such as Ray Barretto, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Erik Friedlander and Pablo Ziegler to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.
Neel Murgai: Sitar (India/ US)
Murgai is a sitarist, daf player, overtone singer, composer and teacher from Brooklyn, NY. He is a cofounder and Vice President of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a nonprofit musicians collective dedicated to Indian music. Neel has studied sitar for over 20 years, currently with his guru Pundit Krishna Bhatt. He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. Neel has performed around the world with numerous artists from varying disciplines including, Bill T. Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Andre DeShields, Karsh Kale, Vijay Iyer, Daniel Bernard Romain, Dana Leong, Ellen Stewart, Laraaji, Yerba Buena, Baba Israel, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Louis Bellogenis and Cosmo Vinyl. He has performed at venues ranging from the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to the David Letterman Show to jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and at festivals around the U.S including Art Wallah, Arts Plosure, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! and many others. Neel played in the orchestra for Disney’s musical theater adaptation of “The Jungle Book” directed by Mary Zimmerman. Neel has composed music for many film, TV, video, theater and dance projects including the features, “The Yes Men Fix the World", which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and "A Decent Arrangement" starring Shabana Azmi. His music has been featured in the BBC series, “Holiday’s in the Danger Zone", and TBS programs, “Women of the Ink", and “Spotlights". @neelmurgai
Caridad "La Bruja" De La Luz: Vocals (Puerto Rico)
Caridad De La Luz is a Bronx-born performer known as LA BRUJA who performed in the successful Off-Broadway musical I LIKE IT LIKE THAT as China Rodriguez alongside Tito Rodriguez and Domingo Quiñones. She is considered one of America's leading spoken word poets and was named one of the Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know. Caridad was also awarded the Puerto Rican Women Legacy Award, The Edgar Allan Poe Award for excellence in writing from The Bronx Historical Society and was titled a Bronx Living Legend along with a Citation of Merit by the Bronx Borough President. She has performed in venues such as The Apollo, Lincoln Center and in venues internationally over her 21-year trajectory since her debut performance in the famed Nuyorican Poets Café in 1996. N.Y. Times called her "a Juggernaut" after the run of her
musical Boogie Rican Blvd., and was awarded Best Musical for Pregones’ production of Betsy where she played the title role. Her acting career has taken her from the stage to film appearing in numerous movies including: Bamboozled, Down to the Bone, El Vacilon de la Mañana and Gun Hill Road. She crossed over as a recording artist with her Latin Hip Hop albums "Brujalicious" and “For Witch It Stands” which are both on Spotify and iTunes. Her poetry is featured on Prince
Royce’s award-winning album "Phase II" and she became most known for her captivating performance on Russell Simmons' HBO Def Poetry Jam. As a teaching artist, Caridad has worked throughout the country facilitating poetry and performance workshops for countless aspiring writers of all ages. Caridad is a chartering member of the Delta Chapter in Binghamton University of the Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. since 1992. @labrujanyc