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Antonio Faraò, one of the most interesting jazz pianists of the last generation, has become an official “Yamaha Artist” “I'm not often surprised by the recordings of musicians the way I was overwhelmed the ﬁrst time I heard Antonio Faraò on one of his recent CD's. What amazed me was what I felt inside of me. There is so much warmth, conviction and power to his playing. I was immediately attracted to his harmonic conception, the joy of his rhythms and swing feel and the grace and ingenuity of his melodic improvisational lines. Antonio is not only a ﬁne pianist but a great one.” (Herbie Hancock)
Very active for the past 25 years, both as a soloist and as member of chamber music ensembles and orchestras.
Arfon Owen is a multi-instrumental musician who has been at the forefront of the brass band movement from the age of 18 and has played in many of the World’s finest brass ensembles. His hugely successful career has meant that he has performed in many of the World´s most iconic venues and festivals to capacity audiences. Away from the concert platform, Arfon has recorded many studio albums and performed on a number of television and radio broadcasts internationally. Known for his unrivalled versatility as a musician, he is also highly proficient on the cornet, trumpet, flugel horn and French horn, and works regularly as a professional pianist and organist. Currently residing in Stavanger, Norway, Arfon is a member of the Stavanger Brass Band, working as a session musician, conductor and educator.
Artis Sīmanis is the founder of the Riga Saxophone Quartet (1992) as well as the initiator and Artistic Director of the International Saxophone Music Festival Saxophonia.
Recognized for their excellent musical skills and virtuoso performances, Axoum Duo is one of the most diverse groups representing a number of different styles in today`s music. Through their own musical language they perform a repertoire mostly consisting of compositions and arrangements written by Gabriel Collet, specifically for the duo. In addition to their concert activities, the duo writes soundtracks for documentaries and works with different musicians, singers, dancers and painters. Fully committed to contemporary music, they have made many first performances of new pieces, some of which have been dedicated to them.