Sewepagaham (pronounced “see-wee-pay-ga-ham”) is from the Little Red River Cree Nation inside the Boreal Forest region of northern Alberta. Her Cree-Dene roots are expressed in original Cree and chant songs of healing, celebration, social justice, life journeys, and her love of family. She infuses the rhythms of the hide drum and rattle with the contemporary stylings of piano, cello and Latin percussion, using her training in both western and traditional music. After nearly two decades with the Juno-nominated Aboriginal trio Asani, Sewepagaham finally stepped out on her own with her debut CD, “Splashing the Water Loudly." The CD reveals her heart and displays her unwavering belief that positive social change can succeed through the power of song.

Chris Andrew

“Since graduating from Grant MacEwan College in 1990, Chris has become a key player in the Alberta music scene. His musical diversity can be seen through his numerous performances over the years in genres such as jazz, funk, pop, latin, and musical theatre. Chris has recently been honoured with the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award for his virtuosic talent. “Although well known as a jazz educator in Alberta, Chris is best known for his ability to play. Chris’ resume lists a veritable who’s who of jazz. Chris has performed with Joshua Redman, Sonny Fortune, Bud Shank, Pete Christlieb, Joe LaBarbera, P.J. Perry, Kirk MacDonald, Paquito D’Rivera, Brad Turner, and Steve Wallace, and many more. Locally, Chris has performed or recorded with numerous well-known groups including the Jump Orchestra, Maracujah, Bomba, Tim Tamashiro, and the Edmonton Symphony. He also co-leads the Western Canadian Music Award-nominated acoustic trio the Hutchinson Andrew Trio.” […]

Toto Berriel

Israel (Toto) Berriel, is a traditional Afro-Cuban percussionist and vocalist from Matanzas, Cuba. Toto began his professional music career at the young age of 16 in Los Yumurinos, a group formed by the children of the famous groups Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and AfroCuba de Matanzas, two well recognized traditional AfroCuban groups. In 1988 he joined AfroCuba de Matanzas. He worked with AfroCuba de Matanzas for two years until he was invited to join the world’s best-known Rumba group, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas.Toto worked with the Los Muñequitos for twelve years learning the entire AfroCuban repertoire. A naturally gifted vocalist with a distinctive sound, his easy charm, charisma and his Cuban warmth, make Toto an exceptional and approachable music teacher. His classes are both comfortable and challenging; and the combination makes for a productive working environment. Although Toto is deeply rooted in the AfroCuban traditions, he is also comfortable in […]