We are honored to work with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles. Scroll down to read about them...
Ana Barreiro, Drums
Ana Barreiro is a jazz drummer based in Los Angeles who carries her Brazilian roots to various musical situations. Originally from Poços de Caldas, a town in the Southeast of Brazil, she was awarded a Latin America Scholarship from Berklee College of Music and made the move to Boston in 2009. She then relocated to Los Angeles in 2013 to pursue a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California where she studied with Peter Erskine and worked as his Teacher Assistant. As an active drummer and educator in the Los Angeles music scene she has had the opportunity to play in various albums and accompany different artists on various venues and festivals. She has had the chance to perform with Otmaro Ruiz, Catina deLuna, Andrea Motis, Thalma de Freitas, Scott Hamilton, Kleber Jorge, Isaac Smith, Scott Healy, in festivals such as Stanford Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Washington Women in Jazz Festival, Filoli Jazz Festival. Ana is on the Faculty at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West. She is proud to use Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Remo Drumheads. Follow Ana: www.anabarreiro.com
Misha Bigos, Piano
Composer and pianist Misha Adair Bigos grew up in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Gonzaga University he played piano on cruise ships for two years. Misha earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he studied piano with Alan Pasqua and voice with Sara Gazarek. Misha created Yarlung’s first iconic jazz recordings with Sophisticated Lady Quartet and inaugurated our new label, Andelain, with his solo piano debut titled Misha. Follow Misha: www.mishabigos.com.
Amy Bormet, Piano
Amy K. Bormet is an in-demand pianist, vocalist, and composer. The quintet from her debut album, "Striking," was featured as part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. As an advocate for women in music, Amy created the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011 and continues to serve as executive director. Amy's latest project, "Ephemera," is a platform for her new art songs with improvisation. Ephemera performed a two-week tour of Sweden in the fall of 2015.
Amy is a prolific composer frequently combining improvisation with concert music. In March, 2015 she premiered a concert of new works for string quartet and her jazz piano trio at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has been commissioned to write for Wild Up’s Work concert for classical bassist/vocalist Maggie Hasspacher, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Afro-Blue, Howard University Jazz Ensemble, and the Brad Linde Ensemble among others. Her recorded music is featured in short films, radio dramas, and audio books. Follow Amy: www.amykbormet.com.
Kaytlin Hansen, Bass
Kaytlin Hansen is a Southern California native, born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. Kaytlin studied piano and violin from a young age. While engaging in music programs at school she grew attached to the upright bass. After receiving her BA in Music with a Minor in Jazz studies she returned to the LA music scene.
Playing upright bass in various jazz ensembles, orchestras, and original bands allows her to keep a variety of music genres up her sleeve. Crossing over to the electric bass, Kaytlin is able to play with a wider scope of rock n' roll bands, cover bands and Latin groups. To keep up with her locally, check out her Instagram @kaytlinhansen.
Tino Marrufo, Drums
“No matter what you do, or where you go, music will always be there.” Tino is a SoCal native and has been studying music since age six, obtaining both his BA and MA in music-based studies from Chico State University. Tino works with troubled youth and uses music therapy as part of his technique when mentoring teens.
Tinoalso teaches percussion for The ARTS Academy. Tino has worked with artists such as Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sound Garden, Ozomatli, and Rage Against the Machine, and jazz artists such as Paul Romaine, Dave Pietro, Vinnie Falcone, Greg Gisbert, Brad Turner, and Bobby Shew.
Kala Maxym, Vocals
Kala is a professional opera singer and has performed across the U.S. and abroad. She has sung for three Presidents, including at the London Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama and on a Chilean Navy ship for Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Kala is the Founder of Five Senses Tastings and Co-Founder of Song & Tonic. She has performed at London's Wilton Hall, The Villa Ephrussi in Cap Ferrat, the Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County, and Carnegie Hall among other major concert venues and will make her Long Beach Symphony debut next June as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Kala is a California Wine Appellation Specialist and is WSET Level 2 certified with Distinction. Follow Kala: www.kalamaxym.com.
Jacquelyn Schreiber, Piano & Vocals
Jacquelyn has been performing since the age of 5, and has a broad range of musical experience. Although a classically trained pianist, she began performing jazz piano professionally at the age of 15 with the Tommy Morimoto Quintet, (opening for such groups as The Yellowjackets and Stanley Turrentine), and playing on Denver-based Radio Station Jazz 89.3 KUVO. Since then, she has performed as a singer/songwriter, pianist, vocalist, musical director and composer in a variety of settings. Most recently, Jacquelyn wrote and performed three original songs on her new EP, “Beautiful Love,” which was produced and recorded by Grammy winner Helik Hadar.
Jacquelyn currently performs as the keyboardist for the #1 Spanish Late-Night Show in the U.S., "Noches Con Platanito" on Estrella TV. She is also a keyboardist and vocalist in various bands in LA, including the American rock group K.O. www.komusic.co.uk. Follow Jacquelyn: www.jstunes.com.
Lelah Simon, Upbright & Electric Bass
Upright and electric bassist Lelah Simon can be found playing all over Los Angeles with the likes of funk & soul band Beat Mosaic, and 70s-inspired pop group Sarah Ault and the Super Natural. A graduate of New York’s New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, she also loves playing with jazz groups small and large and exploring the sonic possibilities of acoustic instruments. As bandleader, Lelah has released one album of her original compositions and arrangements for jazz quintet, entitled "Third Week of April." In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles in order to escape Denver’s sub-zero winter temperatures and to work in the music industry. Since then, she’s learned the ins-and-outs of the music business by working in distribution, royalties, sales, and music publishing, but her favorite place is in the studio with bass in hand. Regardless of the group or style of music, from a 1970s cover band to a jazz trio, vintage soul to old-school country, one thing holds true: for a bass player, it should always feel good. Follow Lelah on Instagram: @bebopalelah.