The Maginus Project supports outstanding musical artists in jazz, classical, ethnic, and other genres which tend to fall outside the bounds of the for-profit music industry. Here a few of the artists we are currently working with.
Hailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Venezuelan folk music with adventurous jazz explorations, the VNote Ensemble gives voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. Original compositions, keen arrangements and great musicianship blend together to deliver a unique musical sound.
The group consists of Jackeline Rago, cuatro, bandola, vocals, and percussion; Donna Viscuso, flute and alto saxophone; Dan Feiszli, bass; and Michaelle Goerlitz, percussion.
For more information, please visit http://www.vnoteensemble.com/.
Ila Cantor is a jazz guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist who has performed and toured worldwide and has recorded three previous albums as a leader. She has received grants from the Van Leir Fellowships and the Open Arts Foundation for merit in composition. In addition to composing for her jazz groups, she has written music for film, classical chamber ensemble, and original songs.
She is also an educator teaching jazz, improvisation, guitar, and composition privately and at the Stanford Jazz Institute, Frank Sinatra High School, and other educational institutions.
Ms. Cantor is known for making music that challenges genre preconceptions and skillfully brings a sense of playfulness to sophisticated musical settings.
Pianist, composer, and musical director Daryl Kojak has composed and arranged music for film, television, theater, recordings and games. For more than 30 years he has been the pianist of choice for major international talent across a wide range of musical genres including Broadway, jazz, cabaret, gospel, and pop.
Mr. Kojak is the recipient of Backstage's Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Director, the Caribbean Gospel Music Award, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for Best Jazz Group and has also been nominated for the MAC Award as Best Musical Director.
The Maginus Project is proud to be a sponsor of Mr. Kojak's latest compositional endeavor -- a suite of waltzes for classical piano. The recording is scheduled to be completed in late 2017.
Hear excerpts from Daryl Kojak's Notes from the Pilgrimmage
For more information, please visit http://darylkojak.com.
Sid Jacobs is one of the most creative and innovative jazz guitarists in the world today, with his unique contrapuntal style, bell-like tone, and commanding technique.
He has performed with Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings, Harold Land, Eddie Harris, Javon Jackson, among many others, and is world-renowned as an educator and clinician. Sid is currently on the faculty at Musician's Institute in Los Angeles where he developed the jazz guitar curriculum. He is also the author of a half-dozen books on guitar technique
The Maginus Project completed his new recording, Where Do You Start? in December 2017.
For more information, please visit http://www.sidjacobs.com/.