...is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, playwright, and educator. Khalil is inspired by the expressive freedom and creativity that came out of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly multi-genre artists such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as the blues and folk traditions of the African-American working class. His vocal and song-writing influences include Tracy Chapman, Michael Jackson, and Bobby Mcferrin’s improvisational work with the voice orchestra. Khalil graduated with honors and awards from Princeton University in 2004. Besides working as a professional musician and composer, Khalil is a PhD candidate in English at University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently finishing a dissertation on the problems of authenticity in contemporary queer music performance in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has taught university level songwriting workshops and courses on American popular song and cultural studies in the 20th century.
Anthony “Mogli” Maureal was born on the island of Cebu, in the Philippines. When he was 10 years old, his family immigrated to San Jose, California, where he discovered his passion for extreme sports and American music—especially hip hop, metal, alternative rock, ambient, and screamo. He began drumming at the age of 13 and developed his chops playing for his high school’s award-winning marching band. Mogli majored in Sound Arts at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. Since graduating in 2012, he has been working all over the San Francisco Bay Area as a sound artist, composer, and studio musician. In addition to drumming, Mogli is a photographer, drum instructor, and composes and produces music for film, dance, and theater. Mogli released his first self-produced album, Frumosa, in 2013. You can hear more of his music on Mogli's SoundCloud . Instagram @moglii0
DOUBLE BASS, VOCALS
...is originally from Sacramento, CA, and according to his parents, he was singing before he could talk. He picked up the standup bass at age 14, and aside from a few master classes with Jerry Pineda and Lisa Mezzacappa, Chris is primarily self-taught on his instrument. In 2013, he graduated from UC Berkeley with Highest Honors in English with a focus on American poetry and a minor in creative writing. There he worked closely with poets such as Lyn Hejinian and Geoffrey G. O’Brien, as well as playwrights including Philip Kan Gotanda, and great improvisationalists such as Myra Melford. While studying in France in 2011, he traveled, played music, and busked on the streets of Europe. Today his playing style falls somewhere among his influences of funk legend Bootsy Collins and improvisational instrumentalists such as Mark Dresser.
...is a musician, dancer, film/theater director, actor, and educator. She was born into a family of musicians and started playing cello and singing when she was ten. She completed her BA in performing arts and Russian and Arabic literature at UC Berkeley, where she also studied with jazz musicians Myra Melford and David Milnes. She studied abroad in Palestine for over a year, working as a performing arts and dance instructor in Palestine and learning to speak Arabic. After graduating in 2012, she pursued further training in music, acting, and dance at the Saint Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy in Russia. Marica is the founder of the multi-genre performance troupe called RADIX. In 2014 she directed and composed music for her first short film, “The Awakening.” Her favorite artists include Nina Simone, Bjork, Black Sabbath, Yo-Yo Ma, Emel Mathlouthi, and Apocalyptica. You can check out more of Marica's work on her website.
...is a San Francisco-based trumpeter, composer, and educator. Versed in an array of styles, he currently leads his own groups and freelances in a number of ensembles throughout the Bay Area whose styles range from funk and soul to Afrobeat to free-form jazz. In addition to performing, he also maintains a private studio where he teaches jazz theory, trumpet technique, and general musicianship, and also coaches student ensembles in school bands. Brendan has studied jazz improvisation and composition with pianist and Guggenheim-fellow Myra Melford, and with trumpeters Darren Johnston, and John Worley. He has performed and recorded with internationally-known artists/bands such as Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Groundation, and Earl Zero.