MATHIEU SEPTIER // lyric tenor, choir conductor and composition

MATHIEU SEPTIER // lyric tenor, choir conductor and composition

Mathieu Septier starts his musical carrier at the age of 9 in the Sotto Voce Children’s Choir conducted by Scott Alan Prouty.  Following his passion, after having graduated in harmony and composition degree, Mathieu became assistant choir conductor of his mentor Scott Alan Prouty, and since 2002  is in charge of the vocal formation at the Sotto Voce Children’s Choir. Mathieu Septier has actively been part of the preparation of more than 300 concerts and musicals in Canada, Spain, USA, Russia, Czech Republic, France…

Soon renowned for his educational skills with children, Mathieu regularly intervenes in the “Ensemble Justiniana” children’s choir to prepare them for musicals and children’s opera performed at the Paris Bastille Opera, Toulouse Capitole or Paris Châtelet Theatre.

In 2006, Mathieu joins the prestigious French Republican Guards Choir (conducted by Aurore Tillac) before been chosen in 2010 by the Paris Opera as supernumerary lyric tenor where Mathieu has been part of the casting of Eugene Onegin, The Phantom Ship, Madama Butterfly, Faust, Rigoletto, The Barber of Sevilla, The Rake’s Progress, La Cenerentola….

Always trying to perfect his vocal skills and talent, Mathieu Septier continues to improve his vocal skills with the 2 vocal masters: Jean-Bernard Thomas and Malcolm King before becoming in 2014  a member of the lyric company “Voix Concertantes” (conducted by Sesto Quatrini. His interpretation of Gaston from La Traviata produced at the Athénée Theatre in Paris and in Italy at the Rieti Opera house received great critics.

Mathieu’s compositor skills, for choir and instrumental music,  had been published and featured in several French motion picture soundtracks such as “Cause Toujours directed by Jeanne Labrune.

LUIS COELHO // lead guitar and composition

LUIS COELHO // lead guitar and composition

In his early years Luis discovered the love for the guitar and music. Hailing from Portugal, have roots in Latin, Progressive Rock, and Fusion. His influences are very diverse.  In 2002 Luis took part in a tribute organized by a national radio station – Antena 3, to the greatest Portuguese traditional guitar player Carlos Paredes then toured in Asia, Europe and participated in TV Shows. Top 20 finalist of Guitar Idol 2011 – Worldwide talent search to find the hottest undiscovered guitarists from every corner of the globe. 10th most voted by public among the 100 finalists in over 1700 competitors from all over the world.

LEONARDO SUSI // percussions, drums and composition

LEONARDO SUSI // percussions, drums and composition

Born in Brazil, Leonardo is a talented drummer and percussionist, Leonardo is constantly searching and discovering new sounds, he is always experimenting and evolving with each new beat, or instrument , or little gadget that he catches during his trips. Leonardo’s music is rooted on Brazilian music, jazz, Latin and contemporary styles.

Leonardo has his own band Leonardo Susi’s Band, and he is always collaborating with other musicians and bands as Tinho Pereiras Band, Alec Haavik and The Friction Five, Lawrence Ku RGP, Gilberto Gil, Shanghai All Stars Big Band, João Mascarenhas Trio, Quentin Paquignon Quartet and more.

More infos on www.leonardosusi.com

FREDERIC GRENADE // bass guitar and composition

FREDERIC GRENADE // bass guitar and composition

Born in 1979 in Mauritius Island, Fred Grenade has been performing as a bass player and vocalist in different scenes and on different stages since he was fourteen years old. He is influenced by Jazz, Latin Music, Fusion, World Music and Sega, the traditional music of his country. He started playing in various five stars hotels in Mauritius and also performed at the Independence Day cultural concert. Fred also played with well known stars like Mauritian blues man: Eric Triton, Damien Elisa and a French drummer Francis Lassus or Jerry Leonide.

In 2007 he moved to China to continue his life in music. Fred played jazz and fusion in a four-piece band called Naturaljazz at Marriott Hotel Beijing. He also performed at the JZ club Shanghai and Jz Club Hangzhou, CJW Shanghai ,CJW Beijing during his China musical expedition. Fred is a professional soulful instrumentalist. From Jazz, Sega to Latin ,Fusion and World music which have taken him to one of the most famous music festival in the Indian Ocean such as: Sakifo Jazz Festival,  Blues dans Jazz Festival,  “Tour Autour du Jazz ” Festival 15th anniversary, Shanghai JZ Festival…

At this present time Fred can be scene on stage with the amazing Alec Haavik trio, ‘Friction Alliance’! The trio is composed of another great Mauritian drummer, Jhonny Joseph and the leader of the band hailing form New York city, on the tenor and soprano sax, Alec Haavick.

BYRON HILL // lead keyboard and composition

BYRON HILL // lead keyboard and composition

Byron Hill born to musician parents Willie and Beverly Hill, Learned to play piano at the early age of 5. Father Willie Hill was a freelance musician and educator who played with the top musicians of the day: Sammie Davis jr., George Burns, The Temptations, Liza Minnelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and many more.

As a result of the exposure to the top musical talent, Byron absorbed it and began his professional musical career. At the age of 13 playing in local bars and clubs that required the age limit to be 21yrs of age, he sharpened his skills playing Jazz, Funk, and R&B.

After Graduation from High School, Byron went to Howard University where he got his BA. in Jazz Studies/Piano in Washington D.C.. This is where he learned to write music and started producing many of the local artists around DC..

His first break was remixing the Grammy hit song “In My Bed” by Dru Hill right after graduating from Howard University. He went on to producing songs with 702, Krazie Bone from Bone Thugs In Harmony, Master P., Ronnie Henson, and many more. Byron came to China with the Funk master DNote in 2009 and has been playing in Shanghai ever since.

CAI BINGRU // erhu and guitars

CAI BINGRU // erhu and guitars

Since six years old Cai studied the erhu and was passionate about folk music. Always performing deep and memorable improvisations, Cai’s melodies are beautiful and wide.

Cai graduated in 2013 from the Nanjing Institute of the Arts then  joined the Jasmine“茉莉花” Shanghai Chinese Orchestra.
The same year Cai won the excellence award of the Youth Games in Nanjing China.

Since 2014, Cai is erhu player of renown LHAMO KYAP folk project which performed in 2015 at the Shanghai World Music Festival.