Felipe Cornejo // Drums, Congas, Djembe, Guitar, Bass
Felipe Cornejo has been one of the most in-demand percussionists in Australia for the past 15 years.
Born in Chile in 1979 and then moved to Australia at the age of 5.
Felipe musical education began with Javier Fredes (Percussion Legend in Australia),Gerry Pantazis (one of Australia’s most sought after drummer) and Jose Hernandez (Member of Wemilere-Sacred Drum and Teacher of School of Felix Varela, Cuba), also studied a Diploma of music at NMIT.
Felipe has performed/recorded and toured with some of Australia’s top musicians and bands, Los Cabrones(Australia) a member for 15 years of one of most admired bands in Australia with arguably the top jazz musicians in Australia, Felix Baloy(Buena Vista Social Club, toured around Australia’s east coast), Odequis Reve(Orquesta Reve, performed for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Rumberos(Australia), Sam Keveers(Jazz group called the Nonnetts), Julian Wilson, Carlitos Way, Saskwatch, Daniel Gassin Sextet, Kenny Lopez, Del Barrio, Clavemania.
Felipe has also performed at a number of festivals, Melbourne International Jazz Fest(2007,2016), Wangaratta Jazz Festival(2016), Woodford Festival, Port Fairy Festival, St Kilda Festival, 4 Days on the Island, and he has also traveled international with performances in Shanghai(China) and New Zealand and and many more.
Adem Koci // Drums, Percussion
Beginning at the age of seventeen and Having Two and a half decades of playing experience in various bands, recording and session projects, as well as musical academic excellence in the ANZCA system, Adem is a versatile musician who has been teaching the drums for nearly twenty years. He emphasises a strong musical foundation, teaching music reading, basic musical history and leans heavily on the motto: “crawl before you walk, walk before you run”. Adem currently plays with local cover band “Funkshun” and Ballarat based combo “The Darbys “.
Steven Prince // Guitar
Steven Prince is a musician with wide experience. He has been a guitarist for over 44 years and a teacher for over 26 years. Steven's experience includes many years playing guitar and singing in bands, being a songwriter both for himself and other singers as well as recording, releasing and producing albums. He has been the band leader of a number of bands and the Music Director of two contemporary style churches, coordinating various musicians, singers and choirs.
Mark Robson // Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo
Mark is a lively enthusiastic and engaging full time instrumental teacher. An excellent motivator tailoring his teaching to the individual requirements of his students. Using his natural empathy for people, Mark is able to create a strong bond with his students to enable them to be the best they can be. With over 28 years experience as a Teacher and musician Mark has collaborated with a variety of musicians gaining all the knowledge required to bring his teaching to new levels that are based on real life playing experiences.
Mark employs a technique known as “active listening” - a technique that is used in counselling and training. Active listening enhances both the listener and speaker’s ability to fully concentrate, understand, absorb and pass on the information given during the exchange with greater clarity and empathy.
Mark specialises in a number of different styles, “metal” being a personal favourite and can assist you with sight reading, AMEB, ANZCA, VCE, song writing, music theory, effective practice techniques, style analysis, and on the spot transcribing and playing your favourite songs. Mark uses a score writer program called Sibelius 7.5 for creating, editing and printing music scores for each session
Julia Tran // Piano, Viola, Cello, Violin
Julia has been playing Viola since she was a child and has been teaching for a number of years. Her "forte" is viola, but also she teaches Cello, Piano and Violin. Teaching is a very important part of her life as she truly enjoys bringing the gift of music to people of all ages. Whether you wish to accomplish exams through ANZC or simply learn to play an instrument for your own enjoyment, Julia will accommodate all levels of ability.
Nyssa Sanguansri // Piano, Violin
Nyssa began playing the violin and piano from age 5 and has since never stopped. She completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2018 and is currently a member of Invictus Quartet, with whom she has performed both in Melbourne and internationally.
Although classically trained, Nyssa has had the pleasure of collaborating with local jazz and fusion artists around Melbourne, such as Phoebe Day and Billy Davis, as both a performer and an arranger. She is passionate about connecting with people creatively and aspires to make all music celebrated, regardless of genre.
Simon Tran // Piano
Born and Raised in the suburbs of Melbourne. Started learning piano at the age of ten, Learning piano was always encouraged by his mother after learning of his interest for the instrument. Playing at Church learnt hymnals and also for his own pleasure. Has a vast understanding of theory and reading and a variety of styles.