Multiple Award Winner/Nominee John Campbelljohn is a hard hitting Atlantic Canadian musician who's live show has resulted in a steadily increasing fan following. John has been at it for over twenty years, following the tradition of the ones like Duane Allman, Sonny Landreth, George Thorogood, Jeff Healey, and Mick Clarke. He is a seasoned professional who knows what the crowd wants because he's been there a thousand times.
Now Campbelljohn serves his fans with "Nerves of Steel", another catching blues-rock album after his European debut "Hook Slide + Sinker” that led to several awards and nominations in Canada and was a great success in Europe. "Nerves of Steel" again is a variety of excellent acoustic and electric songs that shows the great skills that this man comes up with his slide and acoustic guitar. Not only has German „Rolling Stone „compared Campbelljohn with Johnny Winter at his best times.
John Campbelljohn was born in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. He grew up in the midst of the lively, musical culture of kitchen parties and fiddling jamborees, that Cape Breton is so famous for. But John went against the locally popular stream of Celtic Music - what inspired him was BB King, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and the Blues.
At the age of 14, John got serious about playing guitar, his father’s guitar. Duane Allman playing 'Statesboro Blues' had a most profound effect on John. From that time on, up to the present, John Campbelljohn dedicated himself wholeheartedly to playing slide guitar. He worked hard, and inspired to go back to the source, John studied the music of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Elmore James, Son House, Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, Robert Johnson and many others. Later he discovered the Sonny Landreth "behind the slide” technique and began to apply it to the blues genre. Growing up in a musical environment, John's talent and devotion to musicianship helped his song-writing and singing skills to develop naturally
He is guest lecturer at the Berner Musikhochschule (College of Music), at the Stiftung Universität Hildesheim and at the art academy, Kunstakademie Betzigau. International drum camps regularly invite him to be a percussion lecturer: Montreal, Luxembourg, Warsaw, Dresden, Karlsruhe, Paderborn.
As a composer, Hakim Ludin adopts boundary-breaking concepts. The fact that he has his fingers on the pulse of the times is shown by announcements on radio and television. His work has been awarded with a jazz prize amongst other things.
He has been happy to pass on his experience in his own DVD series "modern percussionist" with six units on kanjira, frame drums, cajon, bongos, congas and also in teaching books.
Das Mizar Quartett wurde im Jahr 2005 gegründet. Die vier Musikerinnen lernten sich während ihres Studiums an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg kennen. Im Rahmen des Kontaktstudiengangs Kammermusik nahmen sie regelmäßig Unterricht bei Prof. Niklas Schmidt (Trio Fontenay). Der Unterricht bei weltweit renommierten Künstlern wie Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartett), Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartett), Samuel Rhodes (Juilliard Quartett), Eberhard Feltz und Nobuko Imai unterstützte das Quartett bei der Entwicklung klanglicher Vielfalt und persönlicher Interpretationsansätze.
Leandro Saint-Hill Montejo was born in Camagüey, Cuba. He began taking violin lessons at the age of seven from his father Marcelo Saint-Hill Sweeney. Four years later, Mario Lombida introduced him to the basics of the saxophone, so paving the way for him to develop as a musician.
While he was studying at the José White Music School, Leandro discovered his mentors in Alfredo Thompson and Julian Blanco and found them a source of inspiration. On completing his studies, the saxophonist took a job as a teacher at the conservatory in Las Tunas. A subsequent move to La Havanna allowed the performer to work with music greats such as Beatriz M., Carlos Maza Quintett and El Médico de la Salsa. In 1994, the musician finally moved to Hamburg where his unique style has made him one of the most popular saxophonists on the Latin-Funk scene in Europe. He wrote the soundtrack for the road movie "Kubanische Träume" (Cuban Dreams) and "Kuba das Mafia Paradies" (Cuba - Mafia's Paradise).
He has been nominated for the Grammy together with Omar Sosa Live in Blue Note 2008 and "Eggun" 2013.
He has also gained stage and studio experience with Patrice, Tony Martinez and The Cuban power, G. Rubalcaba, Mercado Negro, J. Barreto, Willy Chirino, Trilok Gurtu and many others. Leandro is currently achieving success in other areas in addition to working with his band (Saint-Hill Colectivo) and his activity as a music teacher, for example he is working on highly influential projects such as Omar Sosa‚ Love Newkirk, Cubanisimo, R. Santamaria Latin All Stars.
Alex Schwers from Gladbeck in the Ruhr area began to teach himself the drums at the age of 9 after seeing a performance of the NDW band Trio.
He has toured with many bands since he was 16 and can be heard on quite a number of national and international productions.
For example, he recently received a platinum album for his work on the latest release of the Hip Hop Band Deichkind.
He has been drummer of the Hamburg punk band Slime since 2010.
Together with FM Einheit from the Einstürzende Neubauten and Caspar Brötzmann, he recently established a new project and now is increasingly involved in avant-garde sounds.
Rayna Valeva was born in Varna, Bulgaria and completed her Abitur (German university entrance examination) in Double Bass and Singing at the German Nationales Kunstgymnasium, a secondary school specializing in the Arts, at the age of 18. In the same year, she had won first prize in the German national youth competition "Jugend Musiziert".
Rayna, a prize winner of the Academic Competition Sofia, studied at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Detmold College of Music), first on the diploma study programme and then on the Master's Course in cooperation with the Orchesterzentrum NRW.
She regularly plays with the Detmold chamber orchestra and in the world music ensemble Vinorosso. She has gained further experience with the renowned symphony orchestra of the NDR Hamburg and with the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra, Herford.
Alexis Milligan is a multi-faceted performing artists and passionate arts educator from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The primary focus of her career is as a movement specialist and she has created choreography and movement for many theatre companies in Halifax and Toronto. She was an Apprentice Movement Coach for The Stratford Festival of Canada and is the staging consultant for Christopher Norton’s Micro-Musical Series (Boosey&Hawkes). She has spent seven seasons with Two Planks and Passion Theatre including 18 months as Director-in-Residence, Rosalind As You Like It (Merritt Nominee – Best Actress), Sissa, Beowulf (Merritt Nominee – Best Supporting Actress) and co-creator 937 (Winner - Fringe Hit and Best Drama Atlantic Fringe Festival 2013).
Alexis is a long-time company member with internationally acclaimed puppet theatre Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, and was a principal puppeteer on CBC’s You & Me and The Mighty Jungle (Gemini Award: Best Pre-School Production). Other Film/TV credits include: Seed (ACTRA Award Nominee – Best Actress);Some Things Won’t Sleep (Foglight Productions); mr. d (CBC); Blackbird (A71 Productions/Jason Buxton), and Haven (SyFy/Showcase). Her directing credits include: How Often Do I Dream…(Winner – Best Solo Show Atlantic Fringe Festival 2014); Avenue Q, 13, Into The Woods(Neptune Theatre School); Fishing (Off The Leash Creative Ltd.).
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