Tony Moreno/Ole Mathisen/Chris Washburne/Per Mathisen
Ole Mathisen has established himself as someone with a unique voice both as an instrumentalist and as a composer. He has worked on close to 100 CD releases, composed several movie and television scores. He is the leader of Ole Mathisen ZERO- SUM, co-leader of FFEAR, and a member of Chris Washburne's SYOTOS, Alex Garcia's Afromantra, and Mamak Khadem Ensemble. With the group FFEAR, he was awarded the Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works" grant of 2009. He has been a member of the Jazz Studies Faculty at Columbia University since 2005.
Mathisen received a bachelor's degree in professional music from Berklee College, and earned a master's degree in Jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music. He has performed and/or recorded with many of the world's most recognized artists: Louie Vega, Paula Cole, Omar Hakim, Darryl Jones, Hiram Bullock, William Kennedy, Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Frankie Valli, and Keiko Lee, among many others
Chris Washburne has toured extensively with various groups and concertized throughout the Europe, North, South, and Central Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. He has commissioned and premiered over twenty contemporary compositions for trombone and has performed on over 150 recordings. His Latin jazz group, SYOTOS, is the busiest and most in demand Latin jazz group in New York, performing over 125 concerts annually, including regular performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He has been hailed as One of the best trombonists in salsa..." by Peter Watrous of The New York Times and one of the most important trombonist performing today" by Brad Walseth of www.jazzchicago.net. He was voted as a Rising Star of the Trombone" annual Downbeat Critics Poll in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He has recorded over 150 records and has performed with Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Muhal Richard Abrams, Ruben Blades, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Justin Timberlake, Bjork, They Might Be Giants, Roscoe Mitchell, Grady Tate, Jaki Byard, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Danilo Caymmi, Daniel Ponce, Ran Blake, Arturo Sandoval, Hilton Ruíz, Lawrence Butch" Morris, Roswell Rudd, Walter Thompson, RMM Allstar Salsa Band, Eddie Henderson, Anthony Braxton, John Cale, Baba Olatunje, Candido, Freddie Cole, Maria Schneider Big Band, Chico O'Farrill, Leslie Uggams, Dicapo Opera Company, Bang on a Can All-stars, SEM Ensemble, American Microtonal Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the Dinosaur Annex under the direction of Gunther Schuller. Washburne is Associate Professor of ethnomusicology at Columbia University and the Founding Director of Columbia's Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program.
Tony Moreno studied at New York University, the Manhattan School of Music, and individually with Elvin Jones, Stan Koor, Bob Moses, Al Toodie" Heath, James Priess, and Freddie Waits. His teaching credits include New York University, Columbia University, City College of New York, and others. His touring performances have taken him through the country and the world, to countries including Spain, France, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, Austria, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Russia, Portugal, Mexico, and Japan. Moreno can be heard on nearly 70 recordings, both as a leader and as a sideman. He has composed for Diane Klixbull Dance Company, National Geographic documentaries, and for his own recording, Trio Music.
Per Mathisen was born in Sandefjord, Norway. His musical education took place at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and he has been a freelance electric and acoustic upright bassist based in Oslo, Norway since 1994. He has performed with all the major artists in Norway, as well as done tours, recordings, TV, and radio shows. He has played all the major jazz festivals in Scandinavia and has performed in as many as 28 different countries alongside internationally recognized artists. Mathisen is a member of the bands Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen, NYNDK, Olga Konkova Trio/Quartet, Hans Mathisen's New Quartet, Stringzone, Gerald Preinfalk's Tan Go Go and Guiffre Zone, and Ensemble Denada.