Meet the 2018 Performers:
Big Mean Sound Machine
BMSM formed in 2009 with one goal: to create music that stimulates both body and mind. Today, BMSM is a collective of over fifteen analog artists bringing together musical languages of West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America to create a lush bed of rhythm and harmony that embraces even the most hardcore fans of both Traditional Funk and Avant-garde Jazz. Their songs are Big and sometimes Mean, but Sound a lot more soulful than any Machine! Big Mean Sound Machine
Locos Por Juana
Locos Por Juana is an urban Latin orchestra from Miami whose wide-ranging musical approach draws from tropical styles such as reggae, cumbia, and salsa alongside urban influences like hip-hop, rock, and Latin alternative. This burning, rapid-fire multicultural ensemble heats up to a high-energy hyperactive sizzle on stage. Their biting social commentary integrates a message of unity and their philosophy of “One Sound.” Locos Por Juana
Miami’s experimental reggae band Uma Galera is a 8-piece powerhouse playing Latin-tinged grooves laced with rock, funk, ska and more to create what they call “world soul music.” Their fitting name means “one crowd”, as their bouts of musical improvisation inspire unity and grow good vibes. Uma Galera
To understand Bella’s Bartok, imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge’s house band, and you have the exuberant spectacle that is Bella’s Bartok. Described as “about as much fun as you can have with your pants on” (Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues), this 6-piece powerhouse melds Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities into an eminently dance-able party. The diversity of musicians that make up Bella’s Bartok, combined with their boundless energy on stage, has been known to break a dance floor, or two (or three, but who’s counting?). Their sound moves way beyond labels, pushing the envelope towards the darker side of Eastern European music, referencing vaudeville and 20th century eclecticism.
Tony Perez (Piano Master)
Tony Perez, Master Pianist Virtuoso, is considered one of the most accomplished musicians in the national and global stage. Two (2) time Grammy Award Winner (Three (3) Nominations).
As one of the greatest contemporary pianists, Tony has performed and recorded with the stars of the music scene, as well as the leading Afro-Cuban Jazz ensembles, including landmark performances and recordings with world renown musician Arturo Sandoval (recipient of the U.S. Medal of Freedom), Emilio and Gloria Estefan (Estefan Enterprises), John Secada, famous Puerto Rican Band, “Fania All Stars” among others.
Born in Cuba, Tony Perez attended the prestigious National School of Arts. From the age of seven (7) Tony was placed in a conservatory as a music prodigy. Tony Perez has been considered one of the greatest pianists in Cuban history. Headquartered in the U.S. for 16+ years, Tony has traveled the world as a Concert and or Festival performing artist.
Tony has been considered one of the youngest Latin jazz musical directors in the genre. He has also managed to work with many jazz groups and musicians, and has spent a good portion of his musical career touring and recording with countless other top musicians.
It is important to note that Tony Perez has offered Clinics, Master Classes and workshops with regards to his music in major universities; Berklee and Harvard. Tony’s participation has included teaching the business and art of making, recording, promoting, and composing music.
Cortadito is a traditional Cuban music group which focuses on performing the music of early 20th century Cuba. From Son Montuno, Guaracha, Boleros, Nengon, and Bolero Son, this dynamic ensemble brings you back to a time when Trio Matamoros, or Ignacio Piniero ruled the airwaves. An era when popular music was Cuban Music and Son Montuno was influencing the world over. From time to time Cortadito is backed by a variety of guest musicians which gives the group a sound reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club.
Fabi World Music Experience
FABI is a blend of world beat-rootsy-grooves with lyrics in English, Spanish and Portuguese. A six piece band of gypsies, hailing from Colombia, Morocco and different parts of Latin America, FABI is a collective of masterful musicians dedicated to make music that elevates audiences and turns the dance floor into a sea of smiles! Fabi
The Blind Spots
This all original, five-piece moxy rock band steered by magnetic songstress and force of nature Maddy Walsh has been actively touring the country after the release of its third studio album, RHIZOMATIC, which was accompanied by several music videos released at two sold-out premieres in their hometown of Ithaca, NY. The Blind Spots
Miami-based recording artist Elastic Bond brings an urban edge with a tropical twist to the indie music scene combining the hypnotic grooves of electronica with different styles of soul, hip-hop, funk, and Latin. Being part of a new generation of Latinos growing up in the US who have bloomed to represent their roots, as well as their influences in their music across the globe, their city has recognized them as cultural ambassadors and local heroes. Elastic Bond
Telekinetic Walrus presents listeners with a world of Funky, Psychedelic, Hip Hop infused Bass Music. Formed in Miami in 2009, the band quickly achieved a strong following with their unique sound, conscious lyrics, and high-energy live performances. Telekinetic Walrus is comprised of: Y Diz – a producer, instrumentalist, and Ableton Live Certified Trainer specializes in Moog synthesizers and other live instrumentation; The Time-Zoo Keeper – a vocalist and lyricist, generates a captivating stage presence with his charismatic energy, soulful verses, and operatic techniques; Corinne Stevie – an intergalactic MC and lyricist, plants seeds of positivity into the minds of listeners; Komakozie – an astounding vocal percussionist, MC, and lyricist, flows flawlessly in the moment with matter bending mantras; Faun 5000 – a saxophone /flute specialist and King of the planet Faunzellia, soothes the soul with sensual vibrations. Buffalo – a veteran guitar magician, uses his strings to serenade with enduring beauty and soul. Telekinetic Walrus
The group began as a improvisational collective who’s name came out of the burning of Nag Champa incense during early jams and won the band New Times’ “Best Band Name”. Drawing from African, Caribbean, hip-hop, rock and jazz influences, the NAGs have consistently amazed crowds with their diversity, quickly rising to the top of Miami’s music and art scene. Nag Champayons
Electric Piquete is a veritable melting pot of influences that range from rock to jazz spiced with everything in between: funk, Afro-Caribbean, progressive and R&B. Though mostly instrumental, the band does feature vocals and rapping on several numbers; a tight rhythm section and heavy percussion supports melodious horn play. Electric Piquete
Free spirited individuals born from Latin grooves of and the soulful jazz of your sister’s hips. We feel, love, live, and vibe with you through the tropical and earthy sounds impregnated in our hands and voices. Tamboka
Electric Kif are a band who came together to perform music as an outlet in between sideman and session gigs with other artists ranging from Matt Scofield to Flo Rida…and many more in between. After a couple of years of hosting these well known jams in Miami, with numerous talented guest musicians joining them, the members realized their original music was taking its own form and getting a great response from those who heard it. They decided to write more, record again, and perform more of the KIF material.
The band come together creatively from very different backgrounds. Jason Matthews on keys proudly hails from Philadelphia, Rodrigo Zambrano on bass is from Mexico City, Eric Escances on guitar from is Grenoble & Bordeaux, France, and Armando Lopez on drums from Miami. Their training and experience combined was bound to generate something special…but their energy and dedication has taken Electric Kif to another level. Following a performance at one of the festivals, they looked at each other and knew Electric Kif was their calling. Fast forward to 2016… the band had new recordings under way, started playing outside of Miami, and shifted their focus to launch Electric Kif nationally.
Hailing from Miami, JUke is a new breed of Post-blues and the brainchild of singer/songwriter/harmonica whiz, Eric Garcia, who was dissatisfied with most dated, non-threatening traditional blues. Eric felt the need to bring the angst and power back into the type of music that seemed to lose some of it’s relevance and impact.
Teaming up with guitar phenom and singer, Evan Lamb, was the catapult that made JUke go and realize Eric’s vision. The addition of powerhouse drummer, Brian Lange, and the endless grooves from synth-bassist and keyboard player, Max Farber, have completed the unique hybrid that has become JUke. JUke
¡Suénalo! (sweh-nah-low) verb
1. To sound, slap, or play upon a musical instrument, object, or person.
Miami’s Suenalo has been crowned by the Miami New Times in the Best of Miami Awards: Best Latin Rock Band in 2005 and Best Latin Band in 2011. In 2014, New Times Readers’ Choice Awards named them Best Band and one of Miami’s Best Latin Rock Bands of All Times.
Suenalo mixes afro sounds and funk with a dose hip-hop, reggae, rock, and jazz. With four albums under their belt, Suenalo has shared stages with the likes of Pitbull, Ozomatli, Chaka Khan, Soulive, Spyro Gyra, and Inner Circle, just to name a few.
Otto Von Schirach
Otto Von Schirach (half Cuban / half German) was born in 1978 in the swamp infested refugee world of Little Havana Miami. As a child his grandmother practiced Santeria and White Magic, which opened his eyes to the strange and bizarre. Otto grew up listening to Miami Bass, Gore Grind, Gangsta Rap and Afro Cuban Noise. In 1995 Otto bought his first drum machine from a crack-head just 2 blocks from his mom’s house. Right away he recognized his passion for grimy diamond soaked kick drums through distorted fuzz muck. The rest is history.
He’s Skinny Hendrix, and he’s like a hotdog – he’s HOT, dog! His nutty lyrical work, crispy synthesis, and crunchy bass-lines make for a hearty and wholesome musical experience. His sets are packed with a quirky, unique, decadent flavor – bursting with a bold energy complimented with some lip-smacking beats! This will be the most fun journey that your musical palate has ever tasted! Catch executive chef, Skinny Hendrix cooking up some scrumptious beats, and enjoy the tasty Food Music! … (i don’t get it – is it food? – is it music?) …
EPHNIKO (ef-ni-ko) is a Bi-lingual songwriter, global funk selector and emcee residing in Miami. His brand of lyricism sketches poetic portraiture onto musical canvasses that are rooted in the concrete mechanics of 90s Hip-Hop while expanding into the unpredictably eclectic. His sonic vibration has been deemed similar in one way or another to Orishas, Mos Def, Damian Marley, Thievery Corporation, and Vico C among others. Furthermore, his genre transcending songwriting has been compared with the likes of Ruben Blades, Nas, Jim Morrison, and Guru.
The inspiration for such remarkable lyrics arises as much from the details of his life journey as it does from his desire to help in the efforts against mental colonization. In the artist’s own words, “My artistic struggle is as much a need to elevate spirits through my channels of expression as it is a means of resistance to economic injustice, racism, environmental destruction, and brutality.” It sounds serious, but Ephniko’s balance of musicality, flavor, humor, and story telling never fails to keep the content entertaining.
The Galactic Effect
Bringing a vast array of styles, realms, visuals and cinematic vibes to Electronic Music. The sounds and performances of The Galactic Effect have reached across many stages and interstellar worlds. Arranging forward thinking music, pushing the barrier in constant change and movement. The Galactic Effect is telling stories with the fusion of analog, synthetic and organic textures which lay inside the entire womb of bass music, never shying away from the elegance and darkness of orchestral strings and instruments from all over the world.
Born in Miami, Florida of Cuban decent. The Galactic Effect started producing at an early age of fifteen years old. Performing live just shortly after that, while getting the gears turning in the Miami electronic music scene, The Galactic Effect’s sound then made it’s way across different parts of the world, getting billed on festivals and venues alongside acts like Shpongle, GRIZ, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Skrillex, The Polish Ambassador, Kendrick Lamar, Alex Grey and many many more..
Pepe Montez Conjunto
Pepe is a Pianist, Singer/Songwriter and Producer specialized in Salsa, Timba, Pop & Tropical Fusion with a romantic and energetic style, mixing classic and modern sounds with a sophisticated warm vibe. He studied classic piano and music theorics in one of the best conservatories in Cuba and has experience for about 10 years performing, touring, recording, writing or producing for many artist like Sergio George, Marc Anthony, Albita, J.C.Canela, Paulito FG, Manolin, Haila among many others.
Jose Albizu SoulRoots Jazz
Led by Twenty Two year old bass virtuoso, Jose Albizu, SoulRoots Jazz brings a show packed with intricate, soulful, soaring improvisation. Noted for his unique ability to blend modern styles with traditional, Albizu has been making a name for himself in the Jazz community in Miami and beyond. He is quickly becoming one of the most sought after talents on the upright bass. The Sextet will bring together talent from all over Miami with some of the most talented faces in the jazz community. You can expect thought provoking composition.
Miami’s avant-dance duo Afrobeta have been tearing up dancefloors in their hometown since 2006 with Miami New Times even naming them Best Band in 2010. After the success of their 2010 debut EP, Do You Party?, the band released their debut album “Under The Streets.”
Cuci Amador and Smurphio formed Afrobeta in 2006 as a means to attain an ultimate form of artistic self-expression. Their mutual love of classic songwriting, Cuban pastries and dancing till 5am inspired them to make music together. Afrobeta’s unique (and diverse) sound transcends genre classifications. Cuci’s rapid-fire delivery, combined with Smurphio’s funky synths and head bopping basslines, will keep you moving from start to finish on their 13-track album featuring its first single “Play House” on their 2011 album “Under The Streets.”
Zona de Bomba
Zona de Bomba sources explosive material from the Puerto Rican tradition of Bomba, which runs on the power of only two hard-hitting instruments; percussion and voice.
The six-piece percussive force includes Latin-Grammy Award winner José Javier Freire who’s internationally esteemed for his work with Bacilos and Suénalo. Keinny Merchan lends his skills to David Bisbal and Shakira, while Johnny Frías takes the academic route as a PhD candidate in CUNY’s Ethnomusicology program. Cintia Lovo sings in world-fusion collective Lanzallamas and Deanette Rivas has recorded vocals for Luis Fonsi and Chayanne. This diverse collective that includes representation from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, and Venezuela is led by Charley Rivas whose goal is to transform the performance of Bomba into one that’s representative of the group’s collective musical experience.
Tenzin Chopak (vocals, guitar, piano, double bass, cello), is an artist and songwriter based in Ithaca, NY. The son of a minister and an artist, and the brother of a fellow musician and songwriter Greg Horne, Tenzin learned to love music in his father’s church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He studied voice, piano, and guitar in his childhood and youth, frequently performing his original music publicly. In 1999, after some years of a burgeoning devotion to the study of Tibetan language and religion, he traveled to North India. It was during his eight month stay there that he was given the name “Tenzin Chopak”. For the following twelve years, while continuing his study of Tibetan in upstate, NY, Tenzin kept music a quiet if not hidden part of his life.
DJ Bill Kelly
Driven by an intense passion for music and a pioneering spirit that has kept pace with the cutting-edge for over four decades, few individuals have had as meaningful and lasting an impact upon the dance music industry as DJ Bill Kelly. His humble beginnings in 1972 as a DJ at Warehouse VIII in Miami, FL, placed him squarely at the forefront of a movement as it poised to sweep across the nation. With the birth of disco, Bill introduced many artists to their first audiences, helping launch the careers of performers who have gone on to become household names.
As his career flourished, his many awards and accolades set the groundwork for the business ventures that would transform the industry. Named 1980 Miami DJ of the Year by Billboard Magazine coincided with the launch of the Flamingo Record Pool and receiving multiple Gold and Platinum Recording Industry Association of America Sales Awards for their efforts with artists including Donna Summer, KC & The Sunshine Band, Depeche Mode, Madonna, Eminem, Pink, Missy Elliot, Trick Daddy, Outkast and C&C Music Factory. Yet none of these achievements could prepare him for what would come next.
In a day and age where originality seemingly doesn’t exist, Chantil Dukart truly is a force to reckon with. A classically and jazz trained pianist with a soul that lives for moments of pure artistic expression. This young woman has a lot to say, and the motivation to make it happen. Whether performing solo, or playing with her trio “Chantil and the Dukes of Art,” this is an artist to keep an eye on.
Guitars Over Guns
Guitars Over Guns Organization began as an informal volunteer music mentoring project led by Dr. Chad Bernstein with youth from underserved neighborhoods in Miami. Upon seeing the popularity of the music sessions and the overall achievements of the students, Chad decided to formalize and offer the program in local schools.
In collaboration with Communities In Schools Miami, the first official Guitars Over Guns program began at North Miami Middle School in 2008. Over the past eight years, the program has grown to offer music and mentoring at seven schools and various community centers in both Miami and Chicago. Additionally, Guitars Over Guns now offers a more expanded curriculum that includes dance, visual arts, and an annual summer camp.
With the support of an active board of directors and loyal advocates across the world, Guitars Over Guns is ready to empower and inspire students everywhere to “Choose Your Sound.” GuitarsOverGuns.org
School Of Rock Miami
Welcome to School of Rock Miami, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Miami’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Miami has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.
School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Miami full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.
Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more. School Of Rock Miami