Meet Our Remarkable Guest Artists
Each concert, our featured guest artists add energy, texture, rhythm and a lot of spice to our music. They help us soar to new heights with their musicianship – and their boundless enthusiasm is infectious to singers and audience members alike. We’re pleased to showcase a few of our “regulars.”
World Fusion pioneer, Randy Armstrong has appeared on more than 30 albums and film scores, at Carnegie Recital Hall and festivals at Lincoln Center as well as sharing the stage with such music greats as Dizzy Gillespie, the Paul Winter Consort, King Sunny Ade, Eddie Palmieri, Babatunde Olatunji, Michael Hedges, Richie Havens and others. With his collection of more than 300 instruments from around the world, including guitars, sitar, balafon, djembe, Lakota courting flute, koto, charango, mbira and a wide variety of percussion and stringed instruments, he has amazed audiences throughout the world. Virtually every Voices concert features Randy and his instruments. Visit his website.
Matt Jenson is a multi-genre keyboardist, singer, arranger and composer with unbridled passion and drive to positively transform destructive mind-sets. His music, which concentrates mainly on Reggae and Afro-Cuban styles, is committed to deep groove, while his lyrics range from the deeply socio-political, to ecstatic expressions of love and spirituality, to simple stories of every day life and lessons to be learned from them. He leads his own reggae-rock band “The Liquid Revolution” and is co-leader of the Afro Latin Roots Reggae band, “Rebel Tumbao.” Matt is also a gifted educator and is currently on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) where, amongst his other teaching duties, he is well-known for his popular “Music and Life of Bob Marley” class. Visit Matt’s website.
A native of Venezuela, percussionist/drummer Jose Duque is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and has studied at the Escuela de Musica Ars Nova with Cuban master Ruben “Tuti” Jimenez. He has performed with Amaya: Flamenco Sin Limites, Venezuelan pop artist Felix Roman, Juan Francisco, Roldan Pena’s Jazz 3, Flamenco y Duende, and Sara es Rara. Jose has recorded and produced the CD for the Latin jazz group CORASON. He is the drummer/percussionist for the Randy Armstrong Trio and leader of Jose Duque’s ZumbaTres, an experimental jazz band. Visit his facebook page.
Volker Nahrmann is featured in the Randy Armstrong World Fusion Ensemble, the Randy Armstrong Trio, and the Armstrong Narhmann Group. We are fortunate to have him perform from time to time with Voices. Volker is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with additional studies in Graz, Austria and Frankfurt, Germany in jazz and classical performance. He is the co-founder of UNU MONDO and is the principal bassist for the Nashua Symphony Orchestra. Volker and Randy collaborated on the 1994 CD release, Hand In Hand on the Global Pacific Records label featuring many of his original compositions and his skilled bass performances. Visit his webpage.
Shamou’s music career began at an early age in his native Iran where he also studied and performed with the Iranian National Ballet as a dancer. He began his formal music training in Tehran, studied with teachers from the Royal College of Music in London and completed his training at Berklee College of Music in Boston earning a Bachelors Degree in Music. A well-known figure in the Boston music scene in the mid-90’s, Shamou was the lead singer and percussionist with several award-winning world music ensembles performing at venues such as Hard Rock Café, Sanders Theater, Middle East Café and Ryles, among others. Since 2004 Shamou has been performing with his world ensemble, Loopin’ at festivals and venues across New England. Visit his webpage.
Seacoast favorite Gary Sredzienski joined Voices for the November 2014 concert. Gary is a professional accordionist, music educator and composer whose music has been featured in four major motion pictures and about 15 network TV shows. His rock band, the Serfs, combines traditional world music with a 60s style instrumental rock. He’s on the NH State Arts Council roster of musicians and hosts a WUNH radio show called the Polka Party, the most downloaded polka show on iTunes. Voices member Lynn Schweikart spoke with Gary about his love of the accordion and more. Click here to read the article: A Conversation with Gary Sredzienski
After two decades of performing part-time and regionally, Craig served as the full-time accompanist/co-arranger for three-time Juno Award winner David Francey, starting in the fall of 2006. He co-produced Francey’s “Right of Passage” which won a best album Juno. He toured heavily for nearly 5 years, showcased by David for his own writing and performance skills. With the release of his folk-DJ charting album of original songs, “The Spokes Man,” Craig returned to the stage much more as a solo artist. He has also toured internationally with the highly and widely acclaimed Gaelic-Americana artist, Kyle Carey. Visit his webpage.