Gustavo collaborates with a diverse selection of artists and performers. See below for individual artist profiles.
BRIAN CHIN – TRUMPET
Dr. Brian Chin is an Associate Professor of Music at Seattle Pacific University. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Common Tone Arts. As an international trumpet soloist with the Yamaha Corporation and advocate for new music, Brian has commissioned and premiered many works for trumpet and is the creator of the Universal Language Project, a concert series creating new music and multi-arts programs. Brian is an executive leader with the UNITY Arts Alliance, a national collective of non-profit organizations dedicated to social justice and to demonstrating an alternative model for working artists. His two solo recordings, entitled Universal Language and Eventide, are available on Origin Classical.
Brian studied music in the New York and New Jersey areas under the tutelage of Peter Bond and James Pandolfi of the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has a Masters Degree in Orchestral Trumpet from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he graduated with Highest Honors in addition to a earning a double Bachelors Degree in Performance and Education. Former faculty positions include professor of trumpet at The Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ, and The Pingry School, NJ. In addition to being an active orchestral trumpet player, Chin was recently conductor-in-residence with the Rutgers Alumni Wind Symphony, was a founding member of the New Jersey Chamber Brass, and is a sought-after teacher and clinician in the Puget Sound Area
AHMAD YOUSEFBEIGI – PERCUSSION
Ahmad Yousefbeigi is an inspired and sought-after Kurdish-Iranian percussionist. Born in Sanandaj, Iran, his passion for rhythm was fostered by the musical nature of Kurdish community life and his brother’s guidance. Since moving to Seattle in 1998, Ahmad has captivated audiences in the Pacific Northwest with the energetic, nomadic folk songs of his native Kurdistan and the delicate, lyrical rhythms of Persian classical music and poetry.
Ahmad’s versatility, love of cultural exchange and collaboration has led him to perform with many musicians and bands outside of traditional Iranian and Kurdish music. His most recent acoustic, ambient, improvisational collaboration, YESOD , began in September 2010 with composer Bill Wolford. He is a current member of Middle-Eastern band, Shoruk. Ahmad is a former founding member of pan-Middle Eastern music ensemble, Mashriq. He has performed multiple times as a guest percussionist playing Daf with the Seattle Peace Choir —in an interpretation of Seattle Peace Choir Mozart’s Requiem. Ahmad is a former member of Sin Fronteras, a South American folk band in which he played Argentine Bombo, Arabic Darabuka and Charchas. He has also collaborated with many artists and dancers.
Performance highlights include appearances on Seattle Public Radio Stations KUOW and KBCS; on Big Night Out on the Seattle Channel; at Benaroya Hall; Seattle City Hall; Kirkland Performance Center; Bellevue Community College; South Seattle Community College; UW Meany Hall, and Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma. Ahmad has also performed with Kamand for Rick Steve’s Iran: Yesterday and Today presentation.
DAVID LEVIN – PERCUSSION
ERIN LAU – VOICE
VERONICA “LA VERO” BARRERA-KOLB – DANCE
SARAH KING – DANCE
NATHAN SEDER – SAXOPHONE
MÓNICA MOTA – DANCE