Misha Tsiganov



MISHA TSIGANOV (PIANO) is a 2-time Grammy nominated pianist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia.  He graduated from Mussorgsky College of Music and has obtained a Prize-winner-diploma of the All-Russia Jazz Competition. Since moving to the US, he has worked as the featured pianist on the Bill Cosby TV show Little Bill, and as a regular pianist for the legendary drummer Joe Chambers. As a leader, Misha has recorded 10 albums, four of which have been released by the prestigious Criss Cross Jazz record label. Misha has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Birdland and Iridium, among others, collaborating with musicians including Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Chambers, Gary Bartz, Claudio Roditi, Chico Freeman, Hendrik Meurkens, Antonio Sanchez, Donny McCaslin, Seamus Blake and Alex Sipiagin.

Premik Russell Tubbs

sax / flute

PREMIK RUSSELL TUBBS (SAX, FLUTE) is a composer, arranger, producer and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, performing on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizers, and lap steel guitar. He has been practicing meditation since 1974, inspired by Sri Chinmoy’s teachings of spirituality, love and peace. Premik has worked with numerous all-time greats, including Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, Clarence Clemons, Ornette Coleman, Jackson Browne, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Scarlet Riveria, James Taylor, Sting and Lady Gaga, among others. He is equally adept in pop, R&B, jazz, world and experimental genres. 

Alex Sipiagin


ALEX SIPIAGIN (TRUMPET) is part of the Grammy award-winning albums by the Dave Holland Big Band, “What Goes Around” and “Overtime,” Michael Brecker Quindectet’s “Wide Angles,” and most recently the Dafnis Prieto Big Band’s “Into the Sunset”. In 1990, Alex participated in the International Louis Armstrong Competition sponsored by the Thelonius Monk Institute in Washington D.C., winning top honors. Soon after, he relocated to the jazz mecca of the world, New York City. Alex became a favored player for various bands including the Gil Evans Orchestra, Gil Goldstein's Zebra Coast Orchestra, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, drummer Bob Moses' band Mozamba, Mingus Big Band, the Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra, and the Dave Holland Big Band, Sextet and Octet groups. In 2003, he recorded with Michael Brecker’s Quindectet, also touring with the Michael Brecker Sextet. Alex has worked with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Elvis Costello, Michael Franks, Dave Sanborn, Deborah Cox, legendary producer Phil Ramone, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and others.

Hendrik Meurkens


Jazz harmonica virtuoso HENDRIK MEURKENS (HARMONICA) began his career in Germany playing vibes. His music has taken him from Germany to Brazil, then throughout the European continent and to the US. In 1992, a trip to California led to his signing with the prestigious Concord label and established him as the first major new voice on the harmonica since Toots Thielemans. His 28 CDs have received rave reviews and strong airplay and he has been listed repeatedly in the Downbeat and Jazziz Polls. Meurkens has recorded and performed with Ray Brown, Paquito D'Rivera, Oscar Castro-Neves, Herb Ellis, Herbie Mann, James Moody, Charlie Byrd, Jimmy Cobb, Ivan Lins, Monty Alexander, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Buddy Tate and many others.

Shamita Achenbach-König


SHAMITA ACHENBACH-KÖNIG (CELLO) is a cellist who has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Concert Association and the Vienna Bach Soloists. Concert tours have taken her to most countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. She has recorded many CDs of classical, modern and contemporary works. Parallel to her career in music, Shamita has been practicing meditation under the guidance of spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, which led her to a number of remarkable achievements, one of which was becoming a Guinness Book record holder, “playing the cello for 24-hours continuously.”

Alap Jetzer


ALAP JETZER is a musician and instrument-maker from Switzerland. Over the decades he has developed his own unique expression on the different instruments he plays. Since 1970, he has dedicated his life to meditation and intuitive music. The meaning of his name, given to him by Sri Chinmoy, is “The Source of Music” and he has made that his life’s work, traveling the world and performing spiritual music to inspire world peace. He has performed all across Europe, America and Asia. Alap has recorded numerous albums of his own compositions and of meditative music.

Samuel Torres


SAMUEL TORRES (PERCUSSION) is a lauded Latin Grammy-winning percussionist, composer, and arranger. A native of Colombia, Torres established himself as a musical force in his homeland at a young age. However, his career took flight when acclaimed Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval asked him to join his group shortly after he moved to the US. Since then, the versatile musician has earned renown in his own right through his work as a performer, arranger and producer in the worlds of Latin jazz, salsa, pop and jazz, working with artists including Lila Downs, Paquito D’Rivera, Tito Puente, Chick Corea, Angélique Kidjo, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, and Rubén Blades, among others. Classically trained, his talents have also been featured in concerts with classical orchestras such as Berlin Symphoniker, City of London Sinfonia, Boston Pops, Bogotá Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony.

Boris Kozlov


BORIS KOZLOV (BASS) Moscow born, three-times Grammy Award winning acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger, Boris Kozlov has been active in the New York and international jazz scenes for the past 35 years. In addition to his own projects and co-leading OPUS 5, he has served as a bassist, arranger and musical director for Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty (Grammy 2011) and The Orchestra for 22 years. Boris has also been a first-call bassist for important jazz acts such as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's 'New World Spirit', Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, Jean-Michel Pilc, Brian Lynch, Jaleel Shaw, John DiMartino, The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, New Cuban Express and many others. In addition to 200+ albums, Kozlov’s playing and arranging is on nine Grammy nominated albums and the Grammy winning Eddie Palmieri’s 'Simpatico'. His quintet recording came out on Posi-Tone in 2022.

Donald Edwards


DONALD EDWARDS (DRUMS) has played across the globe with some of the finest musicians in jazz and other genres, including Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Donald Harrison, Jesse Davis, Kurt Elling, Ralph Bowen, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Orrin Evans, Joey Calderazzo, Wynton Marsalis, der Mingus Big Band, Mingus Daynasty & Orchestra, Charlie Hunter, Russell Malone, Dave Holland, Conrad Herwig and Seamus Blake. Donald won the Louisiana Arts Ambassador’s Award in 1994 for Music Composition and is among the vanguard of players on the New York scene today. He has four recordings as a leader on prestigious labels such as Leaning House, Zoot - T and Criss Cross.

Dave Darlington

sound engineer

In a career spanning over thirty years, GRAMMY award winner Dave Darlington can proudly

attest to being a master of many varied musical styles. He has worked with Miles Davis, Sting, Whitney Houston, Placido Domingo, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross,  Janet Jackson, George Benson, JLO and many more. For more info go to his website.....