MARK WHITECAGE (alto sax, clarinet) is internationally known as a dynamic, ceaselessly inventive instrumentalist and composer in jazz and new music. Current projects include solo work as well as his own duos, trios, quartets and quintets. He has a number of award-winning recordings on CIMP, GM Recordings, and his own label, Acoustics. His 2005 Acoustics CD, "BushWacked - A Spoken Opera" was voted one of the year's best by All About Jazz - LA. Since the 1960's he has performed and recorded with some of the leading artists of our time, including Jeanne Lee, Anthony Braxton, Gunter Hampel, Dominic Duval, Joe McPhee, Steve Swell, Marshall Allen and Saheb Sarbib, in the US, Canada, and Europe. "The man is an absolute master of the alto saxophone and clarinet (not to mention a dab hand at electronics), and one of the finest and most original jazz composers in the world, and has been for years" - Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic, Signal to Noise www.erjn.it/mus/whitecage.htm
JOE FONDA (bass) is an accomplished international artist who has performed and recorded as a leader in his own ensembles, most notably The Fonda/Stevens Group, throughout the United States and Europe, and as a sideman with Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, Bill and Kenny Barron, Ken McIntyre, Charlie Persip, Lou Donaldson, Leo Smith, Curtis Fuller, Mark Whitecage, Kunle Mwanga, Majeed Greenley, Bobby Naughton and others. "The music of Joe Fonda is part of a living tradition of belief and dedication. Future historians will be surprised at the breadth of Mr. Fonda?s offerings. This is a real virtuoso and composer of the highest order." - Anthony Braxton www.joefonda.digitalspace.net
LOU GRASSI (drums, percussion) is internationally known for his work in both the traditional and the avant-garde jazz worlds. From the 1970's to the present, Lou has performed and/or recorded with a great variety of outstanding artists, including Marshall Allen, Borah Bergman, Rob Brown, Charles Gayle, Urbie Green, Gunter Hampel, Johnny Hartman, Sheila Jordan, William Parker, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Fred van Hove and many others. Lou is the leader of the Lou Grassi PoBand which has released five CDs and received critical acclaim worldwide. "Lou Grassi is one of those few jazz players who is as comfortable with straight ahead bop as he is with ventures into the realm of the totally free and the creativity and energy are boundless." Steven A. Loewy All Music Guide to Jazzwww.lougrassi.com
Thomas Heberer , born 1965 in Schleswig, Germany, started playing the trumpet at age 11; from 1984 to 1987, he studied under Manfred Schoof at the Cologne conservatory.
He has performed on 6 continents; was a part-time lecturer at the conservatory
Frankfurt/Main (1993-97) and a guest lecturer at the Banff Centre in 2007; served as
Germany’s representative with the European Broadcast Union Big Band in 1998;
recorded over 50 CDs as a sideman; and has a dozen CDs under his own leadership.
Before moving to New York City in 2008, Thomas served as a member of the regular band
supporting German talk show host and entertainer Harald Schmidt for 12 years.