Tony Tixier was born in 1986 in Montreuil, France. At the young age of 6, he started studying classic piano at the conservatory. One year later, he made his first stage appearance. He studied choral, classical harmony and counterpoint, as well as writing and composition. He graduated Honors DFE in Musical Training (12 years) and DFE in Classical Piano with Pascal Gallet (14 years).In 2009, Tony Tixier produced his first album, Parallel Worlds, which consisted of a septet with bold orchestral writing that defines itself as a laboratory of sounds and climates, perfectly illustrating his clear interest in orchestration and musical research.In 2012, he signed with SpaceTime Record label and released the album “Dream Pursuit” with is American quartet featuring Justin Brown, Logan Richardson and Burniss Earl Travis. The album Dream Pursuit, is labeled “Revelation” by Jazz Magazine.In 2012 Tony opened for Herbie Hancock at the Jazz En Tete Festival in Clermont-Ferrand with his twin brother violinist Scott Tixier.In 2013, he founded the chamber ensemble MooN Paradox for which he composed a Concertino for piano and string quintet in seven movements, mixing classical writing with jazz and contemporary music. In addition, he led intense concert activities in France and abroad.In 2014, recommended by Jason Moran, Tony Tixier and Scott Tixier stared in commissioned work by the Artist Janet Cardiff. They improvised and composed the music for this project that was part of the inaugural program for the Foundation Louis Vuitton Paris (Architect: Frank Gehry).Now Tony Tixier currently lives in New York but often tours globally. Since living in New York he has played at different art galleries including the Jazz Gallery and Iridium. His new album will be released in a few months.
Josh was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he absorbed some of that city’s musical roots. “I think there was a rhythmic intensity that I learned in Baltimore from the very beginning, as well as a deep love of the jazz tradition.“ He went on to study with jazz trailblazer Jackie McLean: ”From Mr. McLean I learned the value and beauty of melody and lyricism. But even more importantly through him, and through the many great musicians I have worked with over the years, I began to see what I value the most in all my musical experiences, the open-hearted spirit of a true improvisor.”He has toured internationally with Kurt Rosenwinkel, E. J. Strickland, Jeremy Pelt, Logan Richardson, Sachal Vasandani and performed with Robert Glasper, Mark Turner, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ambrose Akinmusire, Aaron Parks to name a few.His most recent album as a leader, “Zembla Variations”, was chosen as an Album of the Year by the New York City Jazz Record.
Born in Naples (Italy) on March 5th 1989, Francesco Ciniglio started playing the drums at age 6 under the tutelage of Maestro Sergio Di Natale. As a teenager, while studying the drums, he also worked on learning foreign languages at high school, and travelled throughout Europe and South Africa as translator and interpreter for his school. In 2010 he moved to New York on a student visa, as an undergraduate student at the City College of New York – Jazz Department (CCNY). Here he had the opportunity to study with John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Mike Holober, Dan Carillo and Scott Reeves, as well as taking private lessons with Gregory Hutchinson. On January 2015 Francesco moved to Rome and on March 2015 he recorded his first EP with Aaron Parks on Piano and Joe Sanders on Upright Bass. The album, out on March 2016 with Fresh Sound New Talent, was recorded at the Bunker Studios, Brooklyn (NY) and it’s made of Francesco’s original compositions, together with jazz standards and free improvisations. Since he started working as a professional musician, around the age of 18, he got to share the stage with some of the main jazz musicians active worldwide today. In 2015 he toured Northern Europe with Aaron Parks’ “Little Big”, Joe Sanders’ Infinity Band, Shai Maestro Trio. Other collaborations worth mentioning are: Dayna Stephens, Joel Frahm, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley, Sheila Jordan, John Ellis, Peter Slavov, Mark Sherman, Vincent Gardner, Wayne Tucker, Melissa Aldana, Jure Pukl, Dida Pelled, Alex Claffy, Alan Hampton, Harish Raghavan, Ari Roland, Mike Karn, Cyrille Aimee, Stefano Di Battista, Rosario Giuliani, Alessandro Presti, Alessandro Lanzoni, Gabriele Evangelista and Daniele Tittarelli to mention some. Now Francesco is a touring musician based in New York City. He’s a freelance jazz drummer, reference point for world touring artists.