Ana Barreiro (drums), Amy K Bormet (piano), Aaron Janik (trumpet), David Wise (sax) and Sezin Ahmet Turkmenoglu (bass)
Band Biography and Member Biographies
"Always keeping an ear to the ground for women jazz musicians, Amy was thrilled when she heard of Ana Barreiro in Los Angeles. When they met, there was instant kinship. After myriad concerts and gigs, carpooling to jam sessions, and living room listening sessions, Amy invited Ana to DC to be a part of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival.
“This is where I first played Ana’s original music. As a serious Ana Barreiro fan, and Brazilian music lover, I was immediately enamored by the groove and melodic content of her writing. She brilliantly mixes her feel for American music with styles from her native Brazil.”
The duo has continued to play each other’s music, in every context from trio settings to a symphony orchestra. After a quintet performance in Venice Beach, Ana proposed a new recording, as co-leaders. “Playing with Ana is something I am always excited to do. We share a common understanding of the spirit of our music, and we both prize constant interaction on the bandstand.” The result is their recent release, AmyAna.
“I always look forward to working with Amy, her playing and writing resonates with me as well as her convictions of music and her genuine love for people. I wouldn’t pass on the opportunity to put on a record the musical experiences we have working together. We had a great band of not only wonderful musicians, but kind people, and I’m glad we had the chance to do this!”
AmyAna is a clear record of their friendship with songs like Bormet’s “Santa Ana Slip,” a swinging bluesy number, and upbeat Brazilian melodies, like Barreiro’s “Saudade.” As the two continue to develop a dialogue between east coast and west coast, swing and the avant-garde, the US and Brazil, there is no place they can’t go together."
Amy K Bormet (piano): "Amy K. Bormet is an in-demand pianist, vocalist, and composer. The quintet from her debut album, Striking, was featured as part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. As an advocate for women in music, Amy created the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011 and continues to serve as executive director. One of Amy K Bormet’s latest projects, Ephemera, is a platform for her new art songs with improvisation. Ephemera performed a two-week tour of Sweden.
Along with her performance career, Ms. Bormet is a prolific composer frequently combining improvisation with concert music. Recently Amy composed several pieces for the Capital City Symphony and her jazz ensemble, and premiered a concert of new works for string quartet and her jazz piano trio at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has been commissioned to write for Wild Up’s Work concert for classical bassist/vocalist Maggie Hasspacher, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Afro-Blue, Howard University Jazz Ensemble, and the Brad Linde Ensemble among others. In addition to her albums, Amy’s recorded music can be heard in short films, radio dramas, and audio books.
Amy is an alumna of the Kennedy Center’s residency program for composer/performers, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Emerging Artist Workshop, and the Jazz Composer’s Orchestral Institute (American Composer’s Orchestra). She received her bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies/Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Ellen Rowe and Geri Allen, and her master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Howard University."
Ana Barreiro (Drums): Originally from Poços de Caldas, a town located in the Southeast region of Brazil, Ana started taking drum lessons at age 12 having the opportunity to play and start her development as a musician at her church. Jazz came years later when she relocated to São Paulo to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Music at "Conservatorio Souza Lima". With a curriculum that emphasized Jazz music, and an incredible faculty, those school years were a big step in her development as a drummer. She was also introduced to great Brazilian music and Brazilian musicians. Ana was awarded a Latin America Scholarship from Berklee College of Music and made the move to Boston. With a Bachelor's Degree in Performance, she relocated to Los Angeles in order to pursue a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California; where she studied with Peter Erskine and worked as his Teacher Assistant. Ana is currently an active drummer and educator in the Los Angeles music scene, she is on the Faculty of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and performs in a variety of musical situations. She also travels for clinics and classes in different regions. She has been in the Faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and of the Jazz Camp West and organizes the “Drum Camp Sul de Minas” with the goal of facilitating high level drum lectures and drum performances in her hometown in Brazil. She has performed with Catina deLuna and Lado B Brazilian Project, Otmaro Ruiz, Carol Bach-y-rita, Andrea Motis, Thalma de Freitas, Amy K Bormet, Larry Koonse, Scott Hamilton, Bob Sheppard, Bruce Forman, Scott Healy, Kirsten Edkins, Isaac Smith, Kleber Jorge, Dawn Bishop, Lady Rizo, Annie Trousseau. She has also worked as the drummer for the production of the musical "Cabaret" at the La Mirada Theater, and for the American Contemporary Ballet production of "Inferno".
David Wise (sax): Multi-instrumentalist and composer David Wise grew up in Richmond, VA, and attended Oberlin College & Conservatory, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Saxophone Performance, studying with famed saxophonist Gary Bartz. He made his recording debut on the 2007 album “The Alex Trio featuring David Wise,” and his playing and original compositions are featured on Oberlin Conservatory’s 2011 production “Sonic Exposures” and on the Oberlin Jazz Septet’s 2011 debut “Getting There”. He also performed in saxophone quartets and as a solo classical saxophonist.
Since moving to Los Angeles, he has performed at many of the nation’s top music venues and has toured internationally. David has recorded with Grammy award winning producers and artists such as Hal Willner, Miguel Pimentel, and Andreao “Fanatic” Heard and currently performs and tours regularly with soul/hip-hop/jazz big band The Urban Renewal Project, jazz guitar legend Bruce Forman’s western swing band Cow Bop, salsa band Conjunto Oye, and many other Los Angeles-based groups. He can be heard on the Urban Renewal Project’s most recent album on “21st Century Ghost” on Fastrac Records and Cow Bop’s most recent album “Cowlifornia Swing.” He released his debut solo album “Till They Lay Me Down” in 2016, featuring Bruce Forman, Alex Frank, and Jake Reed.
David has performed with notable artists such as drummers Jeff Hamilton, Lewis Nash, and Roy McCurdy, trumpeters Nicholas Payton, Marcus Belgrave, Claudio Roditi, and Scotty Barnhart, guitarists Bruce Forman, Julian Coryell, and Albert Lee, bassists Rodney Whitaker, John B Williams, Bill Lee, and Johnny Hatton, pianists Roger Kellaway, Sullivan Fortner, and Amy Bormet, saxophonists Bob Sheppard, Lanny Morgan, Melissa Aldana, Al Waters, and Arnold Lee, and vocalists Petra Haden, Dannielle DeAndrea, Hilary Gardner, Victoria Williams, Ty Taylor, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Maiya Sykes, and Børns. He plays all styles of music on woodwinds and brass, and writes and arranges for small and large ensembles.
Aaron Janik (trumpet): Trumpeter and Massachusetts native Aaron Janik has been steeped in the discipline of music from the age of 10. His earliest introduction to music was by way of revered New England trumpeter Jack Martin.
Aaron furthered his studies at Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Conservatory of Music by way of the great Wendell Logan, graduating in June 2013 with a Jazz Trumpet Performance Degree and a Biology (Pre-Medical) Degree. From that time on, Aaron has studied with and been mentored by trumpet greats Marcus Belgrave and Sean Jones. He has also been fortunate to study with Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks and Billy Hart to name a few.
Aaron now resides in Los Angeles, CA where he educates music students across the city and regularly performs and records with artists across the country, touring with chart-topping artists like R&B First Lady Faith Evans, Dwele, Kierra Sheard, and jazz legend Robin Eubanks. In the past couple years he has also performed with Micki Miller, Charlie Wilson, Lil Kim, 112, Total, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Les Nubians, the Clark Sisters, Gino Vanneli, Carl Thomas, Lisa Page-Brooks, Eric Roberson, and J Drew Sheard to name a few.
Aaron is also the co-founder of HornFX, an online community for wind instrumentalists to share information and experience in the world of pedal use. The site launched in January 2017, and the first HornFX curriculum was debuted at the Berklee College of Music summer five-week program to resounding success.
Sezin Ahmet Turkmenoglu (bass):Sezin Ahmet Türkmenoğlu was born in Mugla, Turkey. He began playing bass at age of 14 and attended Istanbul Avni Akyol Anatolian Fine Arts High School. Upon graduation, Türkmenoğlu received a full scholarship to attend Istanbul Bilgi University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He is currently a teaching assistant and pursuing a Doctorate Degree for Jazz studies at USC Thornton School of Music. He has performed with Alan Pasqua, Otmaro Ruiz, Bennie Maupin, Ricky Ford, Aaron Serfaty, Alex Acuna, Jimmy Branly, Larry Koonse, Ramon Stagnaro, Brian Swartz, Katisse Buckingham, Bob Reynolds, Tommy King, Doug Webb, Dennis Hamm, Bruce Forman, Marvin Smitty Smith, Frank Potenza, Michelle Coltrane, Daniel Szabo