Adam Ahuja is an NYC-based keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist artist who draws jazz, rock, funk, electronic, world and hip-hop styles into a fluid approach. Performing both solo using live-looping and with his own group, Adam’s music highlights textured harmony, an affinity for groove, singing and rap vocals, and inspired improvisations.
Adam has performed his original music at venues such as The Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC) and currently also performs as an international-touring keyboardist in Ana Popovic Band. Adam is a previous member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, having jammed the stage with musicians Kenny Wayne Shepard, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Questlove of The Roots and others. Adam has contributed as a studio musician to recordings such as Meatloaf’s Hang Cool Teddybear (guitar) produced by Rob Cavallo of Warner Music Group and has collaborated under Musical Director Dennis ‘Doc’ Williams of The O’Jays. Adam holds an Artist Endorsement with Nord Keyboards. Adam is also the foudner of the Ropeadope Records act The Flowdown and regularly plays with labelmates Escaper and Kuf Knotz. Adam can also currently be heard on the road with Monotronic, a new world-electronic project out of NYC.
Adam’s aim is to approach music more and more in the way that one may speak a language, or watch a river – at ease in it’s natural flow. Ultimately, Adam plays music to inspire a sense of inner joy, in the hope that this joy can also inspire others in their own lives. Adam also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from University of Konstanz in Germany and Bachelor’s in Management from Bucknell Univesity, and enjoys a good philosophical conversation every now and then.
“Very exciting live, the writing is impressive and the musicians are at a very high level.”
– Bruce Lundvall, President/CEO Blue Note Label Group, in reference to Adam’s music with “The Flowdown.”
Native New Yorker, saxophonist and composer Andrew Gould has established himself as one of the most in demand players on the NYC music scene.
He has performed with James Moody, Benny Golson, Wallace Roney, Jon Faddis, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Mambo Legends Orchestra, David Weiss, Ray Vega, Chuchito Valdes, Ricky Rodriguez and many more. He was a 2013 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition Semi Finalist and has recorded for MTV, Universal Records, Warner Bros Music, and Capitol Records for world famous artists including Fifth Harmony, Mac Miller and more. He has also performed live on the Today Show, ABC News, WBGO Radio, and at Winter Jazzfest, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Bermuda Jazz Festival and the Caramoor Jazz Festival. He has toured extensively around the world performing all over the U.S.A including Hawaii, as well as Bermuda, Europe, Asia, and Canada.
A graduate of both Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase, Andrew continues to teach regularly, giving both private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels.
Recent projects include a world premier of Wayne Shorter’s “Universe” with the Wallace Roney Orchestra, horn section work and collaborations with Grammy winning hip hop producer 88 Keys, worldwide touring and performing with funk/jazz group Nuf Said – recently featured on an ABC News broadcast, and performing/recording with pianist Steven Feifke in his Septet and Big Band. Andrew continues to compose for and perform with his own band the Andrew Gould Group as well as Nuf Said, both of which plan on recording records in the near future. He endorses Yanagisawa Saxophones and Silverstein Ligatures.
Gavi Grodsky is a musician (guitarist/composer/producer) of notable versatility. He plays regularly in New York City with projects of different styles including Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, Blues, etc. He has toured internationally in Europe and North America. He has also recorded on numerous albums for various artists and bands over the years, as well as his own original projects.
Gavi picked up the guitar in his teens and has been playing ever since. He took the guitar to college, and graduated with a degree in jazz performance from Florida International University. You could say Gavi is a very down to earth and relaxed guy who likes to find humor in the most serious of situations… unless he steps on a dog by accident…that’s just not funny.
Throughout his career, he has had the honor to open up for and share the stage with musicians such as Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Adams, Arturo Sandoval, Robert Randolph, John Medeski, Chick Corea, Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, and many others.Gavi’s Full Profile
Pablo Eluchans attended Berklee College of Music on several scholarships and graduated in 2009 with a Degree in Performance. He plays regularly in NYC with projects in various styles; Jazz, Funk, Pop and Rock. Pablo has done International Tours in North and South America, The Caribbean, Europe and Asia. He is featured on drums and/or percussion on over 30 albums as a sideman or co-leader, he appears on DVDs, Film Scores, TV and Radio Jingles.
Pablo is the house drummer and percussionist at Pinch Recording, he is available for sessions on both drumset and hand percussion (congas, cajon, darbuka, bongos, timbales, etc)
Pablo is endorsed by Dream Cymbals and Gongs.
Carlos Mena comes from a family of musicians and is honored to continue the family tradition to this day. At age 7, he began playing professionally as a percussionist with acclaimed folk musicians from Ecuador. Soon thereafter, he discovered his passion for the bass. As a teen, he received a scholarship to study in Switzerland at the Zurich University of the Arts, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Pedagogy. He continued his studies in New York City, where he received his Master of Arts in Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Carlos is a multi-instrumentalist who plays electric bass, acoustic bass, guitar, piano, and percussion. He is an accomplished soloist, arranger, and composer and has become a highly sought-after performer, playing alongside renowned musicians in NYC and abroad, due to his feel and understanding of diverse music styles, Carlos flows between jazz, latin, pop, gnawa, funk, experimental, and classical music.
He has shared the stage and recordings with the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Zurich, Jojo Mayer, Arturo Sandoval, the musical “Saturday Night Fever” in Germany and Switzerland, Michael Mossman, Pedrito Martinez, Leo Genovese, Gene Jackson, John Ellis, Don Omar, Carlos Vives, and Mayito Rivera to name a few.
John Lake is a trumpet player and composer living in New York City. An accomplished and versatile instrumentalist, John maintains a busy performance schedule as a jazz soloist, as well as an being in-demand lead trumpet player on the big band and musical theater scenes. His diverse musical talents have afforded him opportunities to perform and record with artists such as Jon Lithgow, Denzal Sinclaire, Mac Miller, Marin Mazzie, Josh Groban, Michael Feinstein, Kristin Chenoweth, and David Hyde Pierce. John also composes and arranges original music for his own acoustic jazz septet, The John Lake Ensemble. His compositions and arrangements have been featured by the big bands of New York University, Ithaca College, Celebrity Cruises, and many more.
Originally from western Ohio, Lake holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. John has continued his academic interests into his professional career, and has recently written for DownBeat magazine’s Woodshed section.
John plays and endorses XO Brass trumpets and flugelhorns.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andrei Matorin spent his early years studying violin and theory in Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. Since he began performing professionally at the age of 15 he has had the pleasure of collaborating with a diverse list of some of music’s most established and influential artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Bob Moses, Christian Scott, Curtis Fuller, among others.
In his young career he has performed and been featured as a soloist at such prestigious institutions and festivals as Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The MoMA and The Litchfield Jazz Festival. While rooted in the classical and jazz traditions, his music is influenced by modern dance and grooves to create infectious new sonic landscapes often using sound effects and loops.
Matorin is quickly making a name for himself as an emerging force in music both as performer and composer.