Jason is an Arranger/Composer based in Atlanta, GA and the newest affiliate member of the Tunewelders team. He studied under Grammy-winning composer Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and holds a Masters Certificate in Arranging and Composing with the Berklee College of Music. His background of musical studies include Baroque, Western Classical, North Indian Classical and Jazz among many other world music styles. He has studied instrumental performance under virtuoso classical mandolinist Evan Marshall and sitarist Partha Chatterjee.This diverse blend of influences are prominent in his original work to create rich and exciting musical textures. Jason has arranged, composed and performed original scores for a variety of digital media, short films and documentary works and has expertise in arranging/composing for small ensembles and orchestra.
Christopher Alpiar is an award-winning composer for Film, TV, Stage Theater, Advertising and Video Games. His specialization is in large orchestral compositions and Jazz large and small ensemble works, and with his background equally balanced in Jazz and orchestral music, he is considered a composer's composer, who not only can communicate emotion with every audience, but who also makes art from it.
Mr. Alpiar spent the earlier years of his life as a Jazz saxophonist. As an instrumentalist he has had the unique pleasure of recording as a sideman on hundreds of recording sessions and spent a significant amount of time touring Europe and South America. His experiences as a performer encompass every genre of music currently catalogued, including: Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acid Jazz, Reggae, Souca, Calypso, Salsa, Merengue, Coumbia, Big Band, Grunge, Death Metal, Ska, Avant-Garde, and so many others. He has shared the stage with Jazz greats including Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Eliane Elias, Michelle Petrucciani, Will Lee, and many others.
Through his worldly experiences he spent much of that time in studious awe of different world culture and their natural musics. His education includes performance and sound engineering majors at Miami-Dade Community College, performance and Jazz composition majors at Berklee College of Music in Boston (where he won the Quincy Jones Award for Jazz composition) studying with Jazz legends including Herb Pomeroy, George Garzone, Andy McGhee and Billy Pierce. And 3 years of study of the Ewe and Dagomba drumming and music from Ghana by master drummer Abubakari Lunna and ethnomusicologist David Locke.
We are so happy to be affiliated with Chris and the wide variety of talents and experience he has to offer!
Tom Nazziola's music has been featured on virtually every medium in the world of composition. From "live film music" to choral and orchestral pieces, his work has been performed in France, Ireland, Slovenia, Guatemala, Croatia and throughout the United States —as well as broadcast nationally and internationally on radio and television. His highly praised film score for "The Golem" was featured on John Schaefer's New Sounds (WNYC); his compositions have also been aired on NBC, ABC, ESPN, BET, and CBS. His music has supported national ad campaigns, documentaries, and news programs with a recognizable client list including: Dateline NBC, Special Olympics, Fox College Sports, NFL Network, ABC's Primetime Medical Mysteries, Hooking up and CBS News. In addition to composing, he is also the musical director and orchestrator for The BQE Project, a celebrated New York-based chamber ensemble known for its original compositions performed live-to-film.
Mo Pleasure has earned a worldwide reputation for being a musical x-factor, bringing his absolutely unique energy to a myriad of musical settings in a variety of ways – bass, keys, trumpet, musical director, producer, whatever-you-throw at him. As a solo artist, Mo has established a sound that gracefully incorporates several genres while maintaining a consistency that is organic, educated, sophisticated, and ridiculously funky.
As an acclaimed touring musician, his status was cemented when he was plucked from his senior year at the University of Connecticut to play bass with Ray Charles for his world tour. Pleasure has since racked up an impressive list of touring credits that clearly highlight his versatility and mastery as a multi-instrumentalist.
After his career-initiating stint with Ray Charles, Mo set up shop in New York City landing work as a session and stage player. In both roles, he has performed with some of the most accomplished talents in Jazz and R&B including George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller and Frankie Beverly and Maze, Alex Bugnon, Roberta Flack, Rachelle Ferrell, Najee, Earth Wind & Fire, Maxwell, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and most recently, Christina Aguilera and David Foster.
He has appeared at all the major worldwide jazz festivals, earning a following of his own among devotees of soul, jazz and “grown folks’ music.” He’s also made great use of his classical music chops as a featured concert pianist, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Mo had the opportunity to combine his appreciation for dance and love of music when he played piano to accompany the Boston Ballet.
As a songwriter, Mo has developed a distinct voice all his own. In addition to his gold record with Najee, his compositions are also featured in film. Movie soundtrack credits include “Talkin’” featured in the Disney movie “Three Men and a Little Lady” and the EWF single co-written with Philip Bailey, “Cruisin,” featured in Spike Lee’s “Get On The Bus.” “Brazilian Rain,” a song co-written with Earth Wind & Fire band mate, the legendary drummer Sonny Emory, was featured on Ramsey Lewis’ Urban Knights project. Embracing new media opportunities, Morris’ work can be heard in Verizon Wireless’ “How Sweet The Sound” interactive campaign - http://www.sendahymn.com
In 2009, Mo accepted the great honor of playing in Michael Jackson’s final touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic comeback residency at London’s O2 Arena. Turning heartbreak into artistic catharsis, Mo and the rest of Michael’s band performed at the soul-stirring memorial service for Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Now, in the wake of Jackson’s untimely passing, Mo’s musicianship has earned him a place in history as a cast member of the highest grossing concert documentary film of all time.Mo continues to record and release his own material on an international level and we are proud to be affiliated with him. You can visit http://www.mopleasure.com to learn more about his life and career.