A native of Denmark Winnie Dahlgren started playing percussion at age fifteen, and started her studies at the conservatory in 1987. In 1991 She received a B.M. in Music Education and in 1995 a M.M. in Performance in 1995, both from the Vestjysk Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark. In the middle of her classical studies at the conservatory she took two years off to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1996 she returned to Berklee College of Music from which she received a B.M. in Jazz Composition and Performance in 1997.
She has since performed in both jazz and classical settings, with concerts in Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa. Performance credentials include: George Garzone, Matthew Garrison, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Lionel Loueke, Steve Lacy, Christian McBride, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and Greg Hopkins .
Ms. Dahlgren surrounds herself with musicians from all over the world which allows her to swiftly move between the different styles, with styles ranging from classical to jazz, latin and world music, and still retain their authenticity. In September 2010 she released her first CD “Till We Meet Again” which has been received well by the audience.
In her music, Winnie provides the listener with a unique musical experience with delicate twists. Her classical background showcases her musical technique as a performer, but her use and knowledge of Latin, world music and jazz styles give her performances a modern quality. Her compositions contain a contemporary harmonic universe marked with Latin and world influences, and run the gamut of playful and energetic to sweet and endearing pieces with thoughtful melodies. Being the front figure of her band as a vibraphonist presents a unique instrumental sound.
Currently, Winnie Dahlgren is an active percussionist performing in various settings in addition to being in the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, as an associate professor since 2001.
Originally from Paramaribo, Suriname Daniel, a Berklee College alumnus has performed with Boston-based Wildest Dreams, Bob Moses & Mozamba, the Metro Steel Orchestra, Culture Jam, Cosmos Factor, Orch-estra La Original, Dr. Dre, Oleta Adams and Dennis Chambers.
Born in San Francisco, California, Jeff Galindo attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on scholarship after high school. He also studied with Hal Crook, Jerry Bergonzi, and George Garzone with grants by the National Endowment of the Arts and began free-lancing in the Boston area. His experience includes a tours of Europe with Phil Woods and Japan with Makoto Ozone as well as tours with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Irving Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and Robin McKelle. Jeff has performed with such notables as Chick Corea, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, George Russell, Slide Hampton, Johnny Griffin and 2011 Grammy winner Esperanza Spauling. He has also performed with Gunther Schuller, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Bergonzi, Bobby Shew, The Boston Pops Orchestra, and the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra among many others. In Boston, Jeff is currently the Musical Director for Esperanza Spalding on her 2012/2013 World Tour. Jeff performs regularly with the Greg Hopkins Big Band and Nonet, The Galindo/Phaneuf Sextet (with which he has released a new cd “Locking Horns” in 1998 and won Boston Magazines “Best of Boston” for a jazz group in 1999), plus his double quartet with George Garzone. He is currently one of the top free-lancing trombonists in the Boston area. He has currently released another album with Marc Phaneuf with special guest George Garzone entitled Talkin’ Horns. Jeff has an extensive private teaching schedule. Jeff is in high demand as a guest artist and clinician, having done so in many high schools and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Guitarist, composer, educator Steven Kirby has built a reputation for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical and expressive mainstream and contemporary jazz as well as being active as performer in other contemporary styles. He has appeared on over 25 released recordings (including two as a leader “Point Of Balance” and “North Light”—available via iTunes, Amazon and at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stevenkirby) and has performed and/or recorded with many of today’s most respected contemporary musicians including Chris Potter, George Garzone, Scott Colley, Bruce Barth, Joe Lovano, Harvie Swartz, Joe Hunt, Steve Hunt, George Schuller, Allan Holdsworth, Matt Malley (of Counting Crows) and others. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Kirby’s music has been played on over 100 radio stations in the US and internationally including features on NPR’s “Here and Now”, “Jazz with Bob Parlocha” and “Eric in the Evening”.
His jazz compositions have won awards in the International Songwriting Competition and the Billboard Song Contest and Downbeat. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has a masters degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from U Mass (Amherst). He is currently on the music faculty at 4 institutions of higher education: Berklee College of Music, Salem State College, Brandeis University, Wellesley.