Kim Nazarian (USA)
A native "up-state" New Yorker and Magna Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College, Kim is a founding member of the Grammy award-winning group New York Voices, formed in 1987. She has recorded numerous CD's and toured the world with this outstanding vocal quartet. In Japan, Kim has a solo CD on the JVC label entitled "Red Dragonfly In New York", an educational project with a collection of Japanese folk songs. Ms. Nazarian is also a featured artist on a number of other CD's. Kim also disseminates her highly sought after perspectives through the teaching of private students, clinics, workshops, master classes, festival adjudication and guest conducting for all levels from grade school to graduate school. In New York, Kim continues not only her private studio, but also her active involvement in the "studio scene" where her credits include numerous jingles and major motion picture scores. After establishing her "dual residency" in Pittsburgh, PA, Kim was a featured vocalist along with Ray Brown and Stanley Turrentine in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre production, "Indigo In Motion".
Lauren Kinhan (USA)
Lauren Kinhan, a graduate of the College of Music Berklee, is a member of the prestigious New York Voices since 1992. She convinces not only as a fantastic singer with an incredibly creative voice, but also as a songwriter. Her roots are clearly to find in Jazz-Music but she also uses the influences of other styles. She has worked in her career with a number of famose musicians, including Bobby McFerrin, Ornette Coleman or the group The Manhattan Transfer, and has published several records. Her latest project, called Circle in a Square, was published in 2014 which got lots of praise from connoisseurs. In addition to her musical work with the New York Voices and the songwriting, Lauren Kinhan is teaching in her own studio and promotes young talent.
Anders Jalkéus (SWE)
Anders Jalkéus, born in 1962, was introduced to folk music by his parents and started playing the violin and piano at the age of six. By the time he started studying music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm he was able to play almost every instrument.There he also met some fellow students and together they formed the world famous Real Group. Since the beginning of their professional career they have sold more than 200,000 albums, performed more than 1,000 live shows and worked with great musicians like George Martin, Bobby McFerrin, Barbara Hendricks and Toots Thielemans. Jalkéus is a internationally sought-after singer, arranger and vocal coach and is also a dedicated chorus singer who loves Swedish "romance" music, especially when he gets to jump into the tenor section.
Matthias Becker (GER)
Diploma as choir conductor (at Helmut Rilling), degree in musicology, PhD in “choir music in jazz”. Winner of the first prize at the national competition of voice (category jazz). Founder and manager of VoKAL ToTAL, the famous German vocal jazz quartet. Golden Diploma and 1st prize at the 4th international choir competition in Budapest, 1993. Two times ‘Jazz-CD of the Month’ awarded by the music journal “audio”. He is a concert and studio musician and his activities include: holding national and international courses in music for choirmasters, choirs and vocal ensembles, publishing choir arrangements and articles on voice and jazz choir.
Andrea Figallo (ITA)
For the past 11 year Andrea Figallo has been the bass singer and vocal percussionist of the Flying Pickets. He has studied voice and drama in Bologna, conducted choirs and performed with various vocal ensembles in Italy and Switzerland. Before becoming the youngest member of the Flying Pickets he worked as a studio singer for international advertising campaigns and was part of the internationally renowned Italian a cappella sextet Jazz’n Jam. Today he is a sought-after vocal coach in seminars, workshops and master classes. He also appeared on Bobby McFerrin's new CD "VOCAbuLarieS". Starting with 2013 Andrea has been singing bass with the famous German vocal group "Wise Guys".
Website of Wise Guys
Website of Don Camillo Chor (musical direction by Andrea)
Bob Stoloff (USA)
Bob Stoloff is currently Chair of the Voice Department of Instituto de Musica Contemporanea at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, South America. Bob is also a distinguished guest conductor, clinician and choir/big band/combo adjudicator of jazz festivals throughout the United States, Europe and South America. His unique and comprehensive workshops include traditional scat singing, spontaneous group improvisation and vocal/body percussion. In addition to his teaching at I.C.M., Bob has 4 publications available entitled “Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques," "Blues Scatitudes," "Body Beats" and "Instru-vocal Improvisation For Soloists Groups and Jazz Choirs."
Jörg-Martin Willnauer (AUT)
Musical Studies in Heidelberg (GER) & Graz (piano and composition) - Musician, cabaret artist, author - Latest CD: "Erdäpfel & Glühbirnen" - Latest book: "Die Gulaschhütte - Stadtroman in 50 Bildern" - Current programme: "Buddhistisch bügeln - Über die friedliche Nutzung der Lachenergie" - Lives and acts in Graz and Heidelberg
Franz Jochum (AUT)
Master Diploma with Honours in Conducting and Choral Conducting, Violin and sound engineering at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. Was awarded the Appreciation Award of the Federal Ministry of Vienna for his accomplishments in arts. Teacher at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz for Choir, Conducting, Choral Conducting and Vocal Ensemble. Internation-ally much asked for guest speaker and coach at seminars and symposia such as the European Academy for Young Choral Conductors, Ars Choralis / Zagreb and federal and state academies in Germany.