Montreal-based bassist and composer Marika Galea combines jazz elements with thoughtful lyrics that move the body and soul. She brings a fresh, young voice – unafraid to take risks and engage her audience through the music of life’s stories.
Marika has performed with veteran jazz artists including Cyrus Chestnut, Warren Wolf, Jason Palmer and Ralph Peterson Jr. In recent years, she has been named one of CBC Music’s Top 35 Under 35 Canadian Jazz Artists, the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival’s Rising Young Star, and received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is on faculty at the Monterey Jazz Festival and McGill Conservatory, and is preparing to record her first album.
Rodney Ruckus is a highly talented drummer who has played with Tia Fuller, Ralph Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Billy Child’s, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Charles Lloyd. In his words, “I am the music. I am my first instrument and the music is in me.”
Rising star jazz pianist Javier Santiago features this sequence of performances exploring how jazz continues to evolve across the decades and generations. Javier’s exceptional talents extend beyond the keyboard to captivating performance and production elements which will be showcased in this residency.
Santiago has studied and played with international jazz greats Christian McBride, Geoff Keezer, Robert Glasper, Joshua Redman and George Cables. Dave Brubeck selected him to participate in the Brubeck Institute Fellowship. Javi has played many great venues including the Kennedy Center, Iridium and Smalls in NYC, the Detroit Jazz Festival, Blues Alley in DC, and Yoshi’s in Oakland.Alley in DC, and Yoshi’s in Oakland.