Guitarists and Bassists
A Jazz guitarist, Composer and Educator. Always trying to keep himself inspired in order to express thoughts and feelings that he needs to "share" with other people. He is always interested in new music; however, he wouldn’t characterize himself as an avant-garde composer. He is influenced by the music of East European Composers such as Alfred Schnitke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Andrjey Panufnic and Krzysztof Penderecki, some music of his teacher Nicholas Sackman and mostly from his jazz background as a Jazz Guitarist. In his opinion, it is a Composer’s duty to be in touch with contemporary music, however, one should not be prone to any prejudice or aesthetic cliché as well as the constant stress of being modern. Looking for originality and being always ready to look with a critical eye at his/her accomplishments, the Composer will be able to decode the ‘real’ and the ‘ideal’ that is always necessary for creative composition.
Being the son of the famous opera singer Nuri Candas, he was involved with classical music since he was a child.
For nearly 30 years, James has recorded and toured with some of the most noteworthy rock icons of our time, including Dave Mustaine, Zakk Wylde, David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Ace Frehley and others. Thought of as the “go to bass player” for “Heavy Rock” and “Metal”. his fluid, aggressive style and at-home-on-stage presence has proven to be a perfect match to these musical giants!
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1953. Mike Stern is one of the leading guitarists on the contemporary jazz scene. Began playing at age 12, putting down Clapton and Hendrix licks, but switches to jazz at Berklee College of Music in 1971.
Lee Sklar has been a prominent figure among Hollywood session bassists dating back to the 1970's and ever since. Sklar (born Leland Bruce Sklar, May 28, 1947) has more than 2000 albums to his credit (and still counting), and is considered to be one of the "A" players in the highly selective L.A. rock music community where the competition for recording dates is fierce and where only the strongest will survive.