Hailing from Central Massachusetts, George Clements is a singer/songwriter steeped in the American folk tradition who believes in the power of song to bring positive change to communities and the world. He began playing guitar when he was ten years old and has been pursuing a life in music ever since. After college, he moved to New York City and began performing with his brother and bassist, Charles Clements, as a folk duo around the city. After a year, he relocated to Portland, Maine, where he was introduced to bluegrass music, finding fresh inspiration from the music of rural Appalachia. Following a desire to deepen his understanding of music, he enrolled at Berklee College of Music to pursue an Artist’s Diploma in Performance. While there, he formed The Lonely Heartstring Band, a modern bluegrass quintet, and the band has been gaining momentum, recently signing with Rounder Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the past two years, the band has toured all over the United States and Canada and has been recognized as one of the up and coming groups to emerge from Boston’s thriving acoustic music scene. Their album Deep Waters (Rounder Records) released June 3, 2016.
Giuseppe Paradiso started his musical studies on drums at the age of five. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, USA, and from the Italian conservatory of music “N. Piccinni” in Bari, where he also studied piano and composition.
His performances at multiple festivals, major venues and universities include the “Equinox Music Festival” at Berklee College of Music, where he premiered a composition in solo percussion commissioned by the same festival; “Les Journee de la Percussion” at Conservatoire Superior de Paris (Paris, France) as a soloist; “Newport Jazz Festival” (Newport, RI); “Panama Jazz Festival” (Panama City, Panama); “Festival Duni” (Matera, Italy); “Festival Paleariza” (Reggio Calabria, Italy); Northeastern University (Boston, MA); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston (Boston, MA); Berklee Performance Center (Boston, MA); and The Austrian-Canadian Cultural Centre (Calgary, Canada). He has collaborated internationally with several orchestras such as Orchestra Sinfonia della Provincia di Bari and countless artists in the United States and Europe.
As a leader, he recorded in 2012 his album featuring original music, “Otherness Collection,” with his international band “Meridian 71,” based in Boston. Giuseppe appears also on several recordings, radio programs and TV in the United States and Europe, such as the Spanish TVE LA2 “Entre Dos Aguas,” a documentary produced by seven-time Latin Grammy Award winner Javier Limón.
In 2013, he co-founded the “IN MOMENTUM Concert Series,” a monthly ongoing series focused on improvisation, involving multiple collaborations in a constantly growing community and providing a unique environment to enhance freedom in artistic creation.
Born in Rovaniemi, a small town on the Arctic Circle in northern Finland, fretted/fretless guitarist and oudist Jussi Reijonen is truly the product of a world with few frontiers. Having grown up moving back and forth between Finnish Lapland, the Middle East, and East Africa, and currently living in Boston MA, USA, Jussi has spent his life soaking up the sounds, scents and shades of Nordic, Middle Eastern, African, and now American culture, which are all reflected in his music.
Along his path, Jussi has worked – as bandleader, sideman, composer or arranger – with numerous front row artists both in and outside his native Finland, and has performed extensively in Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Germany, France, Lebanon and the United States. He has had the honor of working with Jack deJohnette, Dave Weckl, Pepe de Lucía, Javier Limón, David Fiuczynski, Simon Shaheen, Bassam Saba, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Hüsnu Senlendirici and the New York Gypsy All-Stars, Bruno Råberg, Christiane Karam, The New York Arabic Orchestra, Finnish Idol winner Ari Koivunen, and multi-platinum-selling Finnish-Portuguese vocalist Anna Abreu, among others.
Reijonen’s original music draws from a wide pool of influences and experiences gathered growing up on four different continents; in both his original compositions and his playing, the open spaces and silences of Scandinavia effortlessly rub shoulders with the maqamat of the Arab world and the rhythmic richness of India and West Africa, creating a truly enchanting musical mosaic.
Jussi’s Independent Music Award-nominated debut album "un" was released to great critical acclaim in early 2013 on the unmusic label.