Sanjeev Chimalgi belongs to the most prominent of the new generation of North Indian classical singers. He started his career from his early youth and has performed all over India as well as in the USA, Great Britain, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. His concerts are characterized by a special atmosphere, whereby his strength lies in the subtle exploration of the raga as well as in the sensitive use of svar (sound) and bol (the improvised syllable language). Sanjeev Chimalgi has recorded a number of classical albums as well as bhajans and film songs. He can also be heard on the Grammy nominated albums ‘Rise’ and ‘Traveller’ by Anoushka Shankar.
Maciej Garbowski is a double bass player who is excellently trained in jazz and classical music, who is sought after by Polish orchestras. In addition to the bass, he also dedicates himself to the cello and composition. In his ensembles “Lutoslawski Collective” and the award-winning “RGG Trio” he processes the music of the composers Witold Lutoslawski and Karol Szymanowski, among others. His musical partners include well-known Polish and international musicians such as Anders Jormin, Tomasz Stanko, Lena Willemark and Jon Fält. Maciej received an international award at the Getxo International Jazz Festival in Spain.
Photo Maciej Garbowski by Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska
Photo Sabeth Perez by Levent Canseven
Sabeth Perez, an award-winning young singer with Argentinian roots, who was born and grew up in Cologne, has already made a name for herself with performances with the HR Big Band, the WDR Big Band and the EOS Chamber Orchestra.
Soniq also invited the fantastic Laura Robles, percussionist and bassist, from the rich Afro-Peruvian music tradition. Laura Robles lives in Berlin since 2012 and is reputed to be one of the best Cajon players in her native country, Peru.
Photo Laura Robles by Peter Tümmers
Demián Ornstein, guitarist and composer from Buenos Aires, with deep roots in the folk music of his country, who is constantly widening his horizon through influences of diverse styles of Jazz and Tango.
Photo Demián Ornstein by Tercer Ojo
The compositions and arrangments of Demian Ornstein denote his personal life experiences and summarize the richness of the sound world that is part of his evolution as a musician. This means that within a distinct acoustic sound also chacarera, zamba or candombe rhythms are blended, together with jazz harmonies, flamenco melodies, tango cadences, where improvisation and expressivity always play the leading role. As a professional, he participated in different jazz, tango and folklore musical projects presented in several stages in Europe and South America. He is also a guitar teacher and professor at EMPA in Buenos Aires.
In 2008 he took part in the International Eisteddfod Festival, Llangollen, Wales (UK) together with Nicolás Argonz (singer). In 2009 he was invited to play at the Thelonius Jazz Bar, Ciudad de la Paz, Bolivia together with Martín Satorre (double bass player). In 2012 he released his first CD named “DeIda y Vuelta”, in collaboration with the Demian Ornstein Trio and other invited musicians such as Quique Sinesi, Bernardo Baraj and Patricio Villarejo.
In 2013 he was the musical director and arranger with the singer Celeste Táboas in the production of her CD Interior. In 2016 he participated in the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival at the Vinilo Cafe with Jarry Singla, Facundo Guevara and Mono Hurtado. Also, he took part in the Mar del Plata Jazz Festival at the Colon Theatre with Nicolás Croci and Jarry Singla.
Today, he is the leading part of the Confluencia Project together with Nicolás Croci (drummer), where he shares his music with other national and international artists such as Jarry Singla (Germany), Hikaru Iwakawa (Japan), Aleix Durán (Spain), Iván Katzman (Argentina), among others.
„ … with an acoustic sound, Ornstein shows to be a virtuoso guitarist and composer. His music combines expressivity and quality of interpretation …“ Journal Tiempo Argentino.
Kioomars Musayyebi was born in 1977 in Tehran. He learnt to play the santoor under the tutelage of the prominent santoor master, Faramarz Payevar. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in instrumental music. He completed his Masters at the Centre for World Music in Hildesheim. Kioomars is active as a freelance teacher. As a composer he combines Persian music and Jazz arrangements to create a new sound and is a regular member of the Transorient Orchestra since 2013. In 2015 he formed the Kioomars Musayebbi Quartet along with musicians from Germany. He has performed at many festivals such as the Fadjr Festival, Folk’n’Fusion Festival, at the Essen original and Creole Wettbewerb NRW 2017.