|ROGER DAVIDSON (piano)
is an eclectic and prolific pianist, composer, and arranger
whose experience spans the classical, jazz and International
Music worlds. Frequently collaborating with leading musicians
from around the world, Davidson has produced a rich body of
work for many combinations of instruments and voices. Classical
compositions include many pieces for mixed chorus including:
Missa Universalis II", which premiered in Boston by Massa
Sacra; "Unispace" (for choir, piano, organ and percussion)
which toured major cities as a benefit for UNICEF in 1987; and
"Mandala", a finalist in the composers’ Competition
of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1983. In addition to
recording "Missa Universalis" (Soundbrush), Davidson
has recorded two tango albums: "Mango Tango" (Rainbow
Collection) and "Armor por el Tango" (Soundbrush).
His next release on Soundbrush Records is "Ancient Voyage",
an album of improvised music for various instruments with Susan
de Camp, oboe and English horn. Boston-based MMC Recordings
will soon be releasing "Mandala and other Orchestral Recordings
by Roger Davidson". An active father of twins, Davidson
is President of the Foundation of Universal Sacred Music in
PAULO BRAGA (DRUMS, PERCUSSION) IS RECOGNIZED AS THE INNOVATIVE
FATHER OF THE Brazilian drum set. He is renown for three decades
of historical recordings and performances with Brazilian legends.
With Antonio Carlos Jobim, he toured and recorded for fifteen
years: notably "Tom and Edu" (1980); "Passarim"
(1987), and the Grammy Award winning "Antonio Brasileiro"
(1994). Other Brazilian luminaries he has performed with include
Elis Regina, Hermeto Pascoal, and Milton Nascimento with whom
he toured and recorded for five years.
Paulo, currently residing in NY, continues to make his indelible
mark on Brazilian Jazz and pop scenes. Recent work and live
engagements include Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Gil Goldstien,
Jorge Pardo, Dave Kikoski, Bob Mintzer, Manolo Badrena, Gary
Peaocock and Carlos Bonavente.
DAVID FINCK (BASS) HAS ACCOMPANIED A WIDE RANGE OF INTERNATIONAL
ARTISTS INCLUDING: dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Aretha Franklin,
Joe Williams, Ivan Lins, Andre Previn, The Orchestra of Saint
Luke, Kenny Rankin, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, James Moody,
Clark Terry, Gilberto Gil and Roberta Flack.
David’s discography also includes six recordings with
Jazz pianist Steven Kuhn, as well as the Empire Brass Quintet
(Telarc 1987), Carly Simon (Arista 1997), Natalie Cole (Elekra
1996), Barry Manilow (Aristra 1995), Peter, Paul and Mary (Warner
Brothers 1995), Rosemary Clooney (Concord 1991, 1992), Ivan
Lins (Velas 1995), George Michael (Virgin 2000), Phil Woods
(Chesky 1996), Lee Konitz (Venus 1995, 1996), and many others.
Together with Andre Previn, he has recorded a compact disc for
Universal Music: "We Got Rhythm", a collection of
Gershwin songs, (1998). "We’ve Got It Good And That
Ain’t Bad" featuring the compositions of duke #Ellington
(2000) and "Live At The Jazz" (2001).