The meeting has the goal to create a place for professional jazz musicians from all over the world to meet. We offer to professionals the opportunity to freely join a practice group led by some of the finest jazz musicians on the international scene, namely:
Chris Byars - tenor saxophone
Zaid Nasser - alto saxophone
Yaala Ballin - vocals
Vahagn hayrapetyan - piano
Ari Roland - bass
Joe Farnsworth - drums
Antonio Ciacca - piano
Belle Chen - classic improvising
Stephane Delplace - composer
Tom Kirkpatrick - Trumpet
Ari Roland, Double Bass - As a Jazz Ambassador for US Department of State, Ari has traveled on over 130 cultural diplomacy tours throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He also co-directed the bi-communal "Jazz Futures" program for the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus, bringing the divided island's two communities together to performances and workshops (2008 1 2013); and the "American Jazz In Syria" program for the U.S. Embassy Damascus (2010 - 2011). He has toured and recorded with many of the most significant figures in jazz of the last two decades, including Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Barry Harris, Lou Donaldson, Harry Connick JR, Harold Mabern and Marcus Roberts. A fully professional bassist in New York City at the age of 16, he also received classical training at the Juilliard School, has been a frequent clinician at Jazz At Lincoln Center, and has received important grants for his work bringing jazz into the New York City Public School System.
Stéphane Delplace, Compositeur - Après avoir commencé l'étude du piano dans son très jeune âge, continuera seul, sans maître, sans partition, à apprivoiser, en improvisant, la musique. La douleur née de la dissonance, la beauté du glissement, du frottement des lignes, des harmonies et des disharmonies qu'elles entretiennent entre elles ne laissent pas de le fasciner. L'Académie des Beaux-Arts lui décerne en 2001 le Prix Florent Schmitt. Professeur à L'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Professeur à la Schola Cantorum de Paris et Professeur d’écriture aux Conservatoires des VIème et XVIIème arr. de Paris.
Antonio Ciacca, Pianist and Conductor - Born in Germany, raised in Italy and educated in the United States. Antonio Ciacca is able to move as fluidly among those varied cultural environments as he does between his life as a performer, composer, father of five, and top-tier arts presenter. Notably, Ciacca has served as artistic director for the Italian cultural agency, C-Jam, and in 2007, landed a plum job as the Director of Programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the impetus for his move that year from Bologna, Italy to New York City. Ciacca began his career as a sideman for such acclaimed jazz artists as Art Farmer, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Jonny Griffin, Mark Murphy, Dave Liebman, and Steve Grossman, who he cites as his mentor, and with whom he studied for three years beginning in 1990. One of the most important events in Ciacca's career was an invitation to join the legendary saxophonist Steve Lacy's quartet in 1997; he continued to perform with Lacy for seven years.