MJF2014 Participant: Artyom Lalayan (piano, Russia)

13 August 2018
Artyom Lalayan pianist, composer and the creator of "Jazz with Armenian accent\' project. In 1988 in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was created a jazz music quartet "Amaras", whose organizer and ideologist became the pianist and composer Artyom Lalayan. The quartet became famous in Armenia due to it\'s original and colorful repertoire with original compositions. While giving concert performances Quart[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Dapo Dina (piano, Nigeria/the USA)

27 October 2016
Welcome to an inspiring fusion... Dapo Dina\'s music embraces a truly Afropolitan spirit. His energetic and mindful compositions celebrate the fusion of cosmopolitan ideas with Afriсan spirituality. Rooted in the musical traditions and the contemporary aesthetics of his home continent, the pianist and composer is following international routes in Afro Jazz, enriching the genre by blending var[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Mak Makundu (piano, Republic of Congo)

26 October 2016

1992: Organ player in the Catholic Church youth choir, St François of Brazzaville.


July 1994: High school diploma in Brazzaville.


July 1997: General artistic studies diploma at the national art institute in Cote d\’ivoire Republic.


July 1999: Superior artistic studies diploma at&nbs[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Nduduzo Makhathini (piano, South Africa)

26 October 2016

Growing up in the small town uMgungundlovu near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, Makhathini was surrounded by music as a child. Coming from a very musical family- his mother was a pianist and his father a guitarist- he was exposed to a range of music including traditional Zulu music. He recalls turning the knob on the radio[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Rafael Hovanesian (vocals, Armenia)

6 June 2016
My name is Rafael Hovanesian (or Hovhannisyan). I'm a jazz singer and lyricist. I was born on September 6, 1991, in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. I've been inspired by Jazz since early childhood being impressed by the music of the legendary Louis Armstrong. I took private vocal courses at Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory (YSC) and graduated the College of State Song Theatre of Armenia in 2011[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Kristina Barta (piano, Czech Republic)

6 December 2015
Kristina Barta is a Czech jazz composer and pianist. She was born in Prague in Czech Republic in 1987. In 2015, Kristina leads her own project Kristina Barta Trio/Quartet. She performers own compositions and own arrangements of songs. She won the first prize of Jazz Prix Competition 2015. Her trio is nominated in European Jazz Competition 2016 by Czech Radio. Her previous project ‘Kikina “b”[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Erik Sondhy Mangempis (piano, Indonesia)

16 November 2015
Since 1996, Erik began living in Yogyakarta. This decision became a new beginning for the career development of Sondhy. In this city, Erik found many musician friends. He fell harder in love with Jazz music that gave him the freedom to improvise and express his mood more freely. And the mentors who were instrumental in developing Erik’s ability were Agung Prasetyo (bass) and Idang Rasjidi (piani[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Derek Brown (saxophone, the USA)

16 November 2015
Crossing genres from jazz to classical to funk, saxophone innovator Derek Brown’s unique playing style, using creative, new “beatbox-like” techniques, has wowed audiences across the globe. Previously the director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University for the last six years, Derek now lives and performs in Chicago, USA, playing in various bands and projects around the area and thro[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Kristina Kovaleva (vocals, Russia)

15 November 2015
Kristina was born in Ukraine, Lugansk. Since childhood she showed a love for music. That is why parents have given three year old Kristina to a children\'s musical group "The Little Grain". After a few years she went in the music school. Performing together with the group at international festivals Kristina won the first prizes. In 2006, she went in the College of Music LOKKI simultaneously into t[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Ivan Rubanchuk (drums, Ukraine)

12 November 2015
I am a professional musician (drummer) from Ukraine. Play in different styles. I have the author’s music, and also attending in other projects. Collaborated with Karl Frierson (De-Phazz), Wayne Escoffery Acoustic Quartet, Anya Tchaykovskaya. [...]

MJF2014 Participant: German Ivanov (drums, Russia)

16 March 2015
I'm a drummer who has been teaching from 2007. I have an experience of playing with many musicians in different styles and genres - from rock through fusion to big band jazz. [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Millioud Vincent (violin, Switzerland)

4 March 2015
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Musical orientations: Classical Music, Jazz, Folk Music. Each music form influences another. The sound of classical music, the pulsation of jazz and the folk music's freedom. Studies: Born in Switzerland in 1983, Vincent Millioud starts to play violin at the age of six. He takes a classical music education at the Conservatory of Neuch?tel (CH) and gets interested in improvisation and Jazz. In 20[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Alexis Baro (trumpet, Canada)

4 March 2015
Alexis Baro is a three-time nominee for the Canadian National Jazz Award in the "Best Trumpet Player" category. He has begun playing trumpet at early age, later has graduated as a certified instructor from the renowned Amadeo Roland Music Institute in Havana. He relocated to Canada in 2001 and has since worked in a variety of genres including Jazz, R&B, Funk, Calypso and Latin. He has performed a[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Emilio Sposito (guitar, Venezuela)

25 January 2015
Registration is in progress [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Corbin Andrick (saxophone, the USA)

25 January 2015
Chicago based freelance saxophonist Corbin Andrick is a dynamic youthful voice amongst the Second City music scene. Originally from Decatur, IL, Corbin moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend DePaul University. There he studied improvisation privately with Mark Colby, Bob Palmieri, Ron Perillo, and Kelly Sill, as well as composition with Tom Matta. These led to performances with Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woo[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Sandhy Sondoro (vocals, Indonesia)

25 January 2015
Registration is in progress [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Laszlo Kamaker (piano, the USA)

3 December 2014
Registration is in progress [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Natalia Papazoglu (vocals, Ukraine)

3 December 2014
Natalia Papazoglu has bright tone, great range, and "black" style of performance. She is also a vocalist of the State Academic Orchestra "Radio Band Alex Fokin". Natalia is a self-educated singer. She has education degree in economics. At present she is a student at the University of Boris Grinchenko at the vocal department. Natalia is a winner of many national and international competitions and f[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Seguin Jacques (trumpet, Canada)

3 December 2014
Winner of the 2012 R?v?lation Jazz Radio-Canada prize, this Canadian trumpeter and composer of Polish origins is turning heads. Versatile and adventurous, he’s a player who likes to shape up his sound with different outfits: with the ODD LOT ensemble, the Montreal musician blends Eastern European music, jazz and electronica, while in the Litania Project, he marries neoclassical with Northern Eur[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Olga Baranova (piano, Ukraine)

3 December 2014
Olga is the first prize winner as "pianist - composer" at the international contest "Dzhaliton", also she was awarded with the Grand Prix at the Ukrainian contest "Jazz Debut", Kiev. The 5th year student of jazz department at Kharkiv National University of Arts, class of associate professor Davydov Sergei Petrovich. Olga also writes original music and arrangements of jazz standards. [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Widiyanto Sutanto (piano, Indonesia)

20 October 2014
Widiyanto (Widi) was born in Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia. He moved to Bandung to continue his study at Maranatha Christian University (MCU). During his study in college, Widi joined Maranatha\'s choir and played a piano, and sang in a gospel manner. He started loving music after that. Widi loved listening jazz too. The first musician that he liked very much is Chick Corea, and until now, Widi al[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Rahmad Matt (guitar, Indonesia)

18 October 2014
Registration is in progress. [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Sebastien Peeters (vibraphone, Belgium)

2 October 2014
S?bastien Peeters is a Belgian jazz drummer and vibes player, was born in 1994. He began music at 6 years old. His formation was first assured by Jacky Coppens until he decide to became professional musician. At 15, he entered into an artistic college in classical percussion with Gilles Ansciaux and continue his formation at the «Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles» on drums with Thomas Grimmonprez[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Anna Chekasina (violin, Russia)

2 October 2014
Anna Chekasina - violinist, singer, composer and performer. Was born in Moscow (1986). Graduated from the State Classical Academy (2010), took part in many workshops and courses including Royal Academy of Music (London), Codarts University for the Arts (Rotterdam), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Vilnius). Since 2005, Anna has been leading an active scenic life. As creator or participant [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Carlo Muscat (saxophone, France)

11 September 2014
Born in Malta in 1988. Over recent years Carlo Muscat has performed with numerous established artists such as renowned drummer Charles ‘City’ Gatt, Sandro Zerafa, Joe Debono, Dominic Galea, Paul Abela, Lionel Boccara, M?ty?s Szandai, Yoni Zelnik, David Fettmann and Guillaume Naud, amongst others. Notable local performances include the 2011 Malta jazz festival, the 2011 Manoel Theatre Concert, [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Marissa Wiguna (drums, Indonesia)

11 September 2014
Registration is in progress [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Zaza Tsertsvadze (drums, Georgia)

11 September 2014
Zaza Tsertsvadze is a drummer from Tbilisi (Georgia).He graduated Z. Paliashvili music college. (1999-2003) Zaza taught in Tbilisi State Conservatory. (2009-2012) In 2012 he went through the Master Class with Legendary Lenny White. He worked with musicians such: Vova Mogeladze (Blues Mobile Band), Tamaz Kurashvili, Beka Gochiashvili, Temur Kvitelashvili, Tony O'Malley, Frank Collins, Neil Hubbard,[...]

MJF2014 Participant: Semion Lavrinenco (piano, Transnistria)

11 September 2014
Obtained master's degree as a classical pianist in the Music, Theatre and Fine Arts Academy in the Republic of Moldova. Plays jazz and rock music. He also teaches in the Transnistria Governmental Arts Institute. [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Przemyslaw Florczak (saxophone, Poland)

11 September 2014
Registration is in progress [...]

MJF2014 Participant: Alla Turovskaya (vocals, Russia)

17 June 2014
Alla Turovskaya is a jazz singer and professional actress from St. Petersburg. She studied at the State Theatre Academy in St. Petersburg. She sings with dramatical and sensitive voice. As professional actress she perform each song like a story with entaglement and culmination, and as a singer she goes with gentle feeling of melody and harmony. Alla is a prize-winner of Jazz Competition in Jazz [...]

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