David Bertrand (Flutes/bass clarinet, compositions)
A native of Trinidad & Tobago, David Bertrand is an emerging voice on flute in the New York jazz scene. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music’s M.A. jazz program, his approach draws from the saxophone playing of Cannonball Adderly and Mark Turner as equally as the flutists Joe Farrell and Kent Jordan.David has performed at the Millennium Stage (Kennedy Center), several jazz festivals in the Caribbean and notable jazz venues in NYC. He plays multiple flutes and bass clarinet in a number of NYC based groups including the quartet that performs his original music. His first album as a leader, ‘Palmyra & Other Places’ integrates the rhythms of his native Trinidad’s folkloric traditions with modern jazz and is due for release in Spring 2017.
Rafal Sarnecki (Electric guitar)
Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Rafał Sarnecki guitarist/composer first gained recognition in Europe after winning the International Jazz Guitar Competition held in Warsaw in 2002. He moved to NYC in 2005 having received a scholarship to the jazz program at The New School. As a leader he has performed in clubs and festivals in many European countries, Israel, China, Korea, Malaysia and has toured the East and West coast of the US. He has recorded three CDs as a leader with his latest album – Cat’s Dream – released in 2014 by the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. He is currently involved in a variety of groups and projects including the Lucas Pino No-Net Nonet, Annie Chen Group and David Bertrand Quartet.
Chenhuai Wang (Double Bass)
Chenhuai Wang began studying guitar at the age of 14 in his hometown of Tianjin, China. After high school, he attended the Contemporary Music Academy in Beijing where his focus turned to jazz. It was in this period that he began the formal study the double bass: being an uncommon instrument in the Beijing jazz scene at the time allowed him several opportunities to perform with local bands. A graduate of the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Netherlands he has performed with Matthew Shipp, Erik Truffaz, Ole Mathisen and Ted Nash at several festivals in the Netherlands, China and NYC. He is presently he pursuing his M.A. in jazz studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College).
Carter Bales (Drums)
A seasoned percussionist from NYC, Carter Bales has been performing professionally for over 15 years. He began his formal studies under Bob Gullotti, and has had the opportunity to study with Nasheet Waits, Ian Froman, and Connie Crothers. Deeply versed in various traditions of American music, Bales’ drumming reflects his love of jazz, funk, Caribbean and African music and electronic styles. He has played/recorded with John Popper, Jason Crosby, Scott Metzger, Teddy Kumpel, Dave Zinno, David Bertrand, Jared Samuel, Aki Ishiguro, Michael Eaton, Nicolas Letman, Lucy Chapin, Sean Wayland, Isaac Darche, Nitzan Gavrieli, Kenny Brooks, Rafal Sarnecki, Sean Sonderegger and Ayumi Ishito. He is a graduate of the jazz performance program of The New School.