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Guitar, Songwriting, Production, Electronic Music

Matthew Ryals is an electronic musician, guitarist, and instructor based in New York City. Last summer saw the release of his first full-length album, which was followed by a 20-date tour across the East Coast and Midwest. Recent collaborative highlights include his work with The Movement Project, a contemporary dance company based in Cleveland, and Cleveland State University's Dance Department. His music is featured in two of the films that comprise the series, The Fixers, which was exhibited at SPACES gallery in Cleveland and Smack Mellon in New York City. As the inaugural Kulas Composer Fellow at Cleveland Public Theatre for the 16/17 and 15/16 Seasons, Matthew created an original electronic music score for the plays Feefer Rising and Red Ash Mosaic. As an instructor, Matthew has taught guitar for more than 11 years and regularly keeps a studio of all ages and levels. He holds a M.M. in guitar from Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with world-renowned and grammy-winning guitarist, Jason Vieaux. He holds a B.M. in guitar from Arkansas State University where he studied with Timothy Crist.

Lucy Clifford

Bass, Songwriting, Production

Originally from the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Lucy received her B.A in Jazz performance from Sydney Conservatorium of Music before relocating to Boston USA, to complete her Grad.Dip at Berklee College of Music. Since her studies, Lucy has performed with various artists including Grammy Winning Alejandro Sanz and Jesse & Joy at the Rise Up As One Festival (2016 USA), Mariza of her USA Tour (2017), Grammy Winning Producer Javier Limon & Tonina at the Ellas Crean Festival (2017 Spain), M+E at SXSW Music Festival (2016 USA), Alex Silver Quintet at Edinburgh Jazz Festival & Sydney International Women's Festival (2012 Scotland & AUS), Maher Beauroy at the Martinique Jazz Festival (2016 Martinique), Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Ensemble at the Reno Jazz Festival, Amy & The Engine at The Gillette Stadium (2015 USA), and Mighty Mystic at B.B Kings Blues Club (2016 NYC) to name a few. 

 

Lucy's bass playing appears on a myriad of records from over the years, having worked with artists such as Mariza, Nella, Tonina, Maher Beauroy, Art Note, Peridot, High Key People, Billy Wylder, Nacho Gonzalez and Juan Mejia's Conspiracy among others. Her bass playing encompasses many genres with varying artists, often exploring beyond the fringes of jazz, pop, rnb, afro latin and reggae.    

 

As a composer, Lucy has been recognized for her works including being selected to perform at the Women's Musician Network Concert for female composers at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston (2014). She currently resides in New York City, working and composing for her ensemble under her own name.   

 

Lucy is also heavily involved in educating younger generations at various music establishments throughout Australia and the USA, most recently selected to be on faculty at the Victor Wooten Bass Camp, held at Berklee College of Music in 2017 and 2018. 

Piano, Songwriting, Production

Zerlina Devi, originally from Bali, Indonesia is a pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger. Zerlina's band Sailendra Sextet, was the first winner at the longest standing, most renowned Jazz competition in Indonesia, Jazz Goes to Campus, where she also received the award of best pianist. She also had the great pleasure of playing in the jam session that is held at the biggest Indonesian International Jazz festival, Java Jazz Festival and collaborated with different remarkable musicians such as George Benson, Tony Monaco, Maurice Brown, Greg Fundis, Michael Paulo and many more. 

With a significant amount of scholarship award, she graduated with a degree in Performance and Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. During her time at Berklee, she was mentored by several excellent names including Aaron Goldberg, Joanne Brackeen, Bob Winter, Kevin Harris, Tim Ray, Lenny Stallworth and Bob Pilkington.

Her frame of mind when it comes to music is that it can always be applied to our everyday life. Jazz has a deeper meaning rather than simply being a style of music. She believes that music is a really good tool to help people to grow as individuals and will help them to connect with people in everyone’s social life. She looks forward to being able to create music that is truthful and meaningful in the future, share her experience, to bring joy and to lift people up with her music.

Sam Talmadge

Guitar, Piano, Production

Sam Talmadge is a songwriter, fingerpicker, and composer/arranger based in Brooklyn, NY

Drawing from the guitar styles of John Hurt and Elizabeth Cotten, the compositional rigor of L.V. Beethoven, and the lyricism and narrative of a long list of writers, Sam has fused these influences together into a new kind of song; compact, sincere, and at times, funny. The subject matter in Sam's songwriting ranges from unrequited love to fairy tales of climate change denial to the intricacies of sleep deprivation.

Sam also performs solo fingerpicking/ragtime guitar, playing the music of Gary Davis, Elizabeth Cotten, Blind Blake and others as well as arranging and performing well known rags by Scott Joplin.

In addition to writing and performing solo in the North-East, Sam is a co-founder of the Boston based folk-quartet Ruthless Moon and lead guitarist in the new rock band, DOGART.

Paul Sanchez

Piano, Drums, Bass, Brass

Paul Sanchez is a trumpeter from Quito, Ecuador, who began his musical career at a very young age studying at the National Conservatory and the Brass Band of Ecuador. Years later he enrolled at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, which exposed him to jazz big bands as a young teenager, and consequently allowed him to play with well-known jazz musicians such as Brad Goode, Jeff Galindo, Elizabeth Dotson, Greg Badolato, Rick Peckham, and Antonio Hart.
 

In 2009, Paul earned a full scholarship at the University of North Texas, where he took lessons from Rodney Booth, Mike Steinel and Lynn Seton. One year later he won first place as melodic instrument for the 2010 Ecuador-US Jazz Envoy competition which gave him a feature with the quartet under the same name.  With them, he attended the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, and
performed several concerts finishing at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.


In March 2011, Paul was awarded a Presidential Scholarship from Berklee College of Music where he continued his higher music education. While at Berklee Paul continued his performance career sharing the stage with well
known artists such as Paquito D’ Rivera at the Carnegie Hall, Alejandro Sanz at the Latin Grammys, Antonio Sanchez at the BPC , Dream Theater and many more. Along performing Paul has a long career as a recording artist, he has recorded with many artist wining many awards around the world between them two Grammy Nominations. 

 

Now Paul is based in NYC and he is working on his debut album along with teaching, performing, arranging and producing various projects around the world.

Elif Sanchez

Piano, Voice, Songwriting/Production, Wind Instruments (oboe, clarinet, saxaphone, trumpet)

Elif's journey began at home in Istanbul, Turkey. Her mother musically trained her until she turned 10. She auditioned for Istanbul University State Conservatory and was accepted with the highest score. She studied classical performance on oboe and English horn. She performed at many significant venues in Turkey, as well as traveling internationally to play in festivals. In 2011, She auditioned for Bahcesehir Jazz School. She got accepted as a jazz vocalist with a full scholarship and received a diploma. At the same time, she graduated from Istanbul University State Conservatory winning 3rd place in the “Outstanding Success Award.”  

Elif decided to expand her horizons and finish college in the United States. In 2013, she auditioned for Berklee College of Music and got accepted with a very generous scholarship, studying jazz performance on oboe and voice. She shared the stage with many great musicians such as Jacob Collier, David Liebman, Terence Blanchard, Antonio Serrano, Tigran Hamasyan, Pablo Ziegler, Dream Theater, Javier Limón, and Guinga.

She is currently in New York, working on different musical projects, teaching and producing her album to be released on April 2020.

Hanna Lee

Piano, Voice

Hanna recently earned her doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin as the recipient of the Willa Stewart Setseck Scholarship. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Music from Korea National University of the Arts, from which she graduated summa cum laude. Hanna is great with both kids and adults, and enjoys teaching a wide variety of students in the New York City area.

Piano, Drums, Beginning Bass & Guitar, Songwriting, Production

Adrian is an active performer and educator, and founder and director of Keylab. He has done a little bit of everything, with some highlights including opening for artists such as Terence Blanchard, Larry Coryell, K.D.Lang, and the Charles Neville Quartet at the legendary Blue Note in New York; writing music for films and radio productions aired on PBS and NPR;  and working as a dance accompanist at Skidmore College for several years, where he had the opportunity to play classes for troupe members from some of the best modern dance companies in the world including Martha Graham, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Robert Battle and The Netherlands Dans Theater. Adrian has been featured on numerous recordings by other artists, and has recorded two discs as a leader: 'Standardized' on WEPA records, and the all original, self-released disc 'Delphic'.

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