G'emma - Vocals - Germany
G'emma (Emilie Nguimba) is a young Singer-Songwriter from Berlin, Germany. She usually accompanies her soulful and strong voice with a piano or a guitar. Somewhere between Neo-Soul, RnB and Pop, she draws her influences from Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse. Her first single "Roundabout" was released in 2019. Right now she is based in Freiburg, where she is working on a variety of projects and experimenting with looping pedals.
Itay Abramovitz - Piano - Israel
Jazz and Latin Pianist and music producer located in Israel.
Dan Pugach - Drums - New York
Dan Pugach is a GRAMMY® nominated drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Israel and moved to the United States in 2006. He served as the drummer for The Air Force Band in the IDF while attending the Rimon School of Jazz at the same time. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Terri Lynn Carrington, Hal Crook, and Joe Lovano, and an M.A in music from the City College of New York, where he studied with Mike Holober and Scott Reeves.
He is the leader of The Dan Pugach Nonet, a nine-piece ensemble playing his original music and his arrangements. This ensemble tours regularly and has played at Bird’s Eye Basel, The Zone in Tel Aviv, Blue Note Jazz, The 55bar, Smalls Jazz Club, The Jazz Loft, The Jazz Estate, Stowe Jazz Festival among respected Performing Arts Theaters across the nation.
In 2011 Dan received the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award for his Nonet piece “Discourse This!”. In the same year he was selected to participate at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency Program at the Kennedy Center, where he worked with Curtis Fuller, Nathan Davis and George Cables. In 2013 he received another ASCAP Jazz Composer Award for his Nonet piece “Brooklyn Blues”.
His debut 2018 nonet release “Plus One” on UNIT Records has made it to top 20 jazz radio charts and includes Dan’s arrangement of Jolene/Dolly Parton which has been GRAMMY ® nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments with Vocals, alongside vocalist Nicole Zuraitis.
In 2019 he won the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission as part of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.
Ayal Tzubery - Bass - New York
An Israeli Bass player, Berklee graduate, living in New York.
Nadav Remez - E-Guitar - New York
Described as “an unassuming artist with a penchant for indie rock… forging a style built on understatement, logic and clarity” (Phillip Lutz, Jewish Daily Forward), guitarist Nadav Remez is one of today’s emerging voices on the jazz scene, and his music is gaining the attention of both fans and music critics worldwide. His guitar melodies have been described as “haunting” and his music as an intriguing combination of modern jazz, alternative rock and Jewish folk. Through his “consistently seductive lines, Remez show[s] why he has emerged as a standout among a new crop of Israelis making waves in the jazz world” today, says Lutz.
Hailing from the outskirts of Tel Aviv, Israel, Remez’s musical education took a critical turn at the Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts, renowned for producing well-known international jazz musicians. There, he was exposed to a variety of musical traditions, both western and eastern, which he molded into his own unique musical vision. Remez received a full scholarship in 2005 to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston and went on to complete his Masters in Music at the New England Conservatory in 2008. During these formative years he had the opportunity to study with the likes of Joe Lovano, Billy Hart, and Miguel Zénon.
Remez’s debut album, So Far, was released in 2011 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records and praised for its “poignant melodies, rich harmonies and stirring improvisations that ring out with clarity and emotion,” and as “moving, meaningful music by an emerging talent” (JazzTimes). Featured on the recording are James Wylie, Steve Brickman, Shai Maestro, Avri Borochov, Ziv Ravitz and Itamar Borochov. So Far was celebrated by a US release tour at venues such as Smalls (NY), Chris’ Jazz Café (Philadelphia) and Twins Jazz (DC).
In 2011, Remez also joined forces with celebrated jazz bassist Omer Avital and began to perform regularly with two of Avital’s ensembles, the New Jerusalem Orchestra as well as Omer Avital and his Band of the East. Remez appeared as a special guest with Third World Love at the Teatro Manzoni in Milan in 2012, and as a co-bandleader at the Atlanta Jazz Festival that same year with the Nadav Remez/Omer Avital Quintet.
Remez has performed as a sideman and as a bandleader in notable venues and festivals around the globe, including the Palatia Jazz Festival (Germany), Nancy Jazz Pulsations (France), the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Bologna Jazz Festival (Italy), Zappa (Israel), NYC Winter Jazz Fest (USA), Chicago Old Town School of Folk Music (USA), Boston Jewish Music Festival (USA), First Night Festival (USA), International Music Showcase Festival (Israel), and the Israel Festival (Israel). Currently working on material for his second release, Remez continues to gain force as a young guitar innovator and jazz composer and arranger.
Yaure Muniz - Trumpet - Boston
Born in Havana, Yaure Muniz grew up in an artistic family. His musician father was long associated with the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and often took his son to rehearsals, sitting and playing beside some of Cuba’s best musicians. After many years of study on trumpet and flugelhorn, he became a regular member of the Tropicana Orchestra. During this time, he also toured with the Timba and Latin Jazz band, Klimax. This launched him in an international performance career as lead trumpet with Latin superstars such as the Afro Cuban All Stars and Cubanismo. Yaure Muniz has been a recording artist on both the trumpet and flugelhorn inside an outside of Cuba since 1994. His performing accolades include three Grammy Awards as well as a recording and touring career with the Buena Vista Social Club. He moved to Boston in 2007 where he attended Berklee College of Music earning his Bachelor Degree in Music Performance and was awarded “Maynard Ferguson Award”. Currently he is an active member of the Boston music scene as a lead trumpet for several Jazz Big Bands and Latin music Orchestras.