KARIN GRIFFIN

Karin Griffin set up and manages Casablanca Sounds and is passionate about bringing accessible, quality live music to the Venues, Restaurants, Hotels and Events in the Gold Coast working closely with their managers and other accomplished musicians to do so.

She is an accomplished Electric and Semi Acoustic Violinist in her own right and has extensive skills and experience playing with some of the world’s best musicians.  Her experience is from diverse styles and genre from Classical Orchestral works & West End Shows to Baroque to Rock & Roll, Gypsy Jazz to Beethoven, Country & Western, Bee Bop, Jazz Fusion, Progressive Rock and most in between.
Karin has been privileged to share the stage with such greats as: Eric Clapton, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Adler & Sinead O’Connor and regularly worked with the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Pop Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Pops Orchestra (from it’s inception). She has performed on films such as Licence to Kill (various 007 movies) and Mad Max 1 & 2 starting her career in Melbourne with Brian May and the ABC Melbourne Showband she brings a breadth and depth of unusual performance skills.

Karin has played acoustic and electric violin in bands since the late 1970’s and has the added experience from the 1980’s of working at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as their resident sound engineer for about 8 months. (The only female sound engineer ever!) working with high profile artists.  She has also performed at various international restaurants and hotels in London including the at The Ritz for Lady Di and other royals, and worked as a first call freelancer.

While resident in Perth WA Karin lead the Hot August Night String section and has been invited to appear with local bands as their electric fiddle/violinist, played Gypsy Jazz and Swing with a duo, and lead on Electric Violin in the band, Parker Avenue.  She also guested at Ellington Jazz Club.

In Brisbane she has performed as guest artist with Jon English and Peter Couples, Tom Foolery, The Duke, Virginia Sook, and at venues like the Brisbane Jazz Club, the Brooklyn Standard and as a member of the group, 3 Drink Limit. In 2021 she has been invited once again to lead the orchestra with the “Hot August Night” season in Sydney.

Karin currently performs on a “Spur” semi acoustic violin in Casablanca Sounds.

CAMARON DE LA VEGA

Camaron De La Vega has performed in many concerts and shows across the globe for the past 20 years, including the Queensland Orchestra at QPAC Concert Hall – his playing being described as a “jaw dropping display of guitar virtuosity” Camaron amazes audiences with his blend of traditional and original compositions.

From energetic rhythms to nostalgic melodies, lighting fast finger work to sentimental harmonies, all in good measure. Burning Gypsy Swing in the style of gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt, searing Flamenco guitar, sweet and soulful Jazz Standards, plus a bunch of original tunes and some seriously crazy looping effects!!

He was Qsong awards (Australia) nominee and Vanda and Young International Song Competition finalist (Worldwide), Camaron has played guitar for many years gathering broad experience in all styles leading him to specialise in Flamenco and Jazz.  He has performed concerts all over the world and has recorded 2 albums of his own music.  Combining the deep groove and rhythmic intricacy of Flamenco with the harmony and phrasing of Jazz and improvised music, he is constantly searching for those moments that bring the magic to the audience through his guitar.  This plus countless touring dates across the globe has kept Camaron busy for the past 15 years.

In 2007 he lived in Spain and immersed himself in the Gypsy atmosphere there, performing concerts and jamming with friends in Sevilla, Cordoba and Jerez.  He was also based in Barcelona where he performed concerts to much acclaim.  During 2004 he studied guitar in renowned Flamenco academy Taller Flamenco in Sevilla, and spent time in Granada learning from famous local guitarists.  Camaron then moved to England where he performed private concerts at Henley on Thames, and in London, Edinburgh, Paris and at Montreaux Jazz Festival 2004. Additionally he was guest artist for the ‘Total Guitar Sundays’ series of lectures, workshops and concerts in Dublin, Ireland. Previous international experiences have seen Cameron perform concerts in Thailand, Christmas Island and Indonesia.

He is a much sought after Gypsy Jazz/Manouche & Flamenco guitarist frequently appearing as a concert headliner and a very sought after accompanist.

RODRIGO SANTIAGO

Born in Spain, Rodrigo is undoubtedly an up-and-coming guitarist of his generation. He has been surrounded and immersed in musical culture from an early age and took up playing the guitar after listening to some of the luminaries of the guitar world.

Following his graduation from high school with a gap year around the world, he went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane, Australia in 2016.

Over the past ten years, Rodrigo has been an active member of the local Brisbane music scene, regularly performing live in various settings and venues including residencies, festivals, private functions and government and community events. Aside from this, Rodrigo has self-produced four albums and has taken part in collaborative studio work with Jazz Music Institute, JMC Academy, Queensland Conservatorium and Sound Audio Engineering.

As an ardent traveller, Rodrigo is frequently on the move discovering new places and gaining new experiences, inspiration and knowledge along the way. Music has taken Rodrigo around the world numerous times with performances in Australia, Japan, India, Spain and Colombia. He has a strong passion for the fusion of cultural music and draws upon his musical inspirations in Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco and Latin music to create a unique blend of soulful melodies and exciting rhythms.

RORY DOLLARD

With Irish heritage, the Brisbane based musician explores his artistry, musical and technical prowess through various ensembles and projects. As a performer, composer and arranger, Rory experiments with Gypsy jazz, jazz, third stream, Folk, Tango and traditional Romani music.

Rory is a proficient improviser and accompanist. His playing style is reminiscent of his extensive study of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli alongside the numerous contemporaries of the style, fusing nostalgic melodies, inventive improvisations and rhythmic precision.

Contributing to a number of projects, each diverse in style, Rory has composed and arranged numerous tracks on Cigany Weaver’s Debut release (2019) which have been received positively on ABC, Triple J, and community radio stations across Australia.

2020 saw the progression and development of Gypsy jazz project ‘Run Rabbit’ and Tango duo ‘Diez Cuerdas’ including a performance at Australia’s premiere Gypsy Jazz Festival ‘Ozmanouche’.

Graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2017, Rory studied with renowned jazz and bluegrass guitarist Jamie Clark. He has had the privilege of performing at Woodford Folk Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Brisbane Festival, MONA’s Dark Mofo Tasmania and various festivals across Australia. Rory is cementing his place among Australia’s emerging generation of musicians nestled in the worlds of Jazz, Folk, Contemporary and improvised music.

LIZ YOUNG

Liz Young began playing the violin at the age of 7.  For her, the violin was always a tool used in connecting with others. Growing up she thoroughly enjoyed playing hymns for her grandmother, Johnny Cash for her father and Dr Zhivago for the local nursing homes.

She studied violin under Spiros Rantos and Patricia Pollett at the University of Queensland 2004-2007 and won the Prestigious Sleath String Prize in 2007. She was a founding member of Brisbane’s Sanctuary String Quartet which involved performing at Customs House, running school Masterclasses, accompanying the Qld Ballet and of course playing Pachelbel’s Canon for many a wedding.

The Rock Orchestra Deep Blue has taken her around Australia and the world performing at the Shanghai World Expo and at numerous corporate/concert events in Vietnam, Malaysia, Jakarta and India. In 2011 Deep Blue went to the Finals stage of Australia’s Got Talent. She especially enjoys teaching “Young Blue” workshops: giving children the opportunity to “let go” and dance with their instruments. Yes it is possible to dance with a violin. Even stilt walk.

Liz also plays with Mendoza Tango Quartet: a band specialising in true Argentinian Tango Music. Since 2016 they have played tango music all over Australia at festivals and concerts. As a tango dancer herself Liz finds much joy in playing dance music for other dancers.

On a completely different note Liz also plays with the bush dance band “The Smashing Bumpkins”. They love to teach bush dancing to rock covers. In 2018 they rocked out up in Birdsville for the annual “Birdsville Races.”

Busking continues to be one of her greatest entertaining loves. The challenge of being able to connect with mere strangers brings much her joy. She recently bought a violin case that would enable her to follow her dream of taking her violin hiking.  Highlights of 2018 included playing on mountains and glaciers in Canada, Alaska, Switzerland and Tasmania entertaining fellow travellers and strangers. When not wooing the streets/wilderness, playing at weddings, rocking out in stilts on stage and tango-izing dancers, Liz teaches violin privately.

SHENZO GREGORIO

Shenzo Gregorio has been freelancing as a professional musician for 23 years, graduating with a Classical Violin degree in 1997 from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Since then he has freelanced and collaborated with musicians, theatre ensembles and circus companies forging a varied career that has kept him in demand as a Multi-instrumentalist, Composer, Arranger, Improvising Jazz musician, Musical Director and Event Curator throughout Australia and overseas.

One of a handful of musicians in Australia that can play all of the instruments within his quartet, Shenzo’s love for the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli was first explored back in those early formative classical days where a classical grounding made it possible to read transcriptions of solos.

The path towards improvisational mastery took a further 25 years and now Shenzo is regarded as the top performer in Australia within this style.

THE SHENZO GREGORIO QUARTET

The Shenzo Gregorio Quartet headlined the recent OzManouche Gypsy Jazz Festival in Brisbane, as well as various concert series within the region (Music by the Sea, the Sideshow, The HotClub, The 40 Hour Jammin).

The Quartet consists of some of the most highly respected Jazz musicians within the region – Peter Walters (Double Bass) John Reeves (Piano Accordion) Camaron De La Vega (Gypsy Guitar), with whom he has collaborated on various projects with since 2001.

The Quartet’s current line up has only been in existence since September of 2020 and is set to continue working and recording in …

PETER WALTERS

Acoustic and Electric Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Teacher

Peter Walters has been at the forefront of jazz performance in Brisbane for over 2 decades.  As a bassist, he is highly sought after for his superb accompaniment of singers and instrumentalists alike.  Classically trained by Ken Poggioli (Queensland Symphony Orchestra) he quickly established his jazz credentials with strong and imaginative playing.

He is a deft soloist, displaying a complete command of whatever style he is playing  – be it Bebop, Blues, Rock, Soul, Latin, Manouche or Contemporary Jazz.

He has backed some of Australia’s finest performers such as Kerry Biddell, Vince Jones, Wiley Reed, James Morrisson and Don Burrows as well as international artists Vanessa Rubin, Sheila Jordan, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Jordan, Annie Ross, Don Menzer, Richie Cole, Joachim Khun, Jason Rebello, Andreas Oberg and many more.

Peter has a Masters Degree in Music majoring in composition and has written and arranged for ABC and SBS television documentaries and film and theatre as well as arranging for and producing vocal and instrumental albums.  He tutors jazz bass at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  He has also been awarded ‘Best Producer’ for the Wiley Reed album ‘Straight from The Heart’ at the Queensland Sunny Awards.

“Peter has achieved that most difficult of musical ambitions: that of discovering his own voice as a composer, without sacrificing either sophistication or communicative power” ~ Robert Davison, PHD, Head of Composition, University of Queensland.

JOHN REEVES

John Reeves is a jazz accordionist and pianist.  He graduated Bmus (Hons) from the Royal College of Music in 1999, he studied classical piano with Patricia Carroll and later Jazz Piano with Steve Melling.

Since moving to Australia in 2003 John has performed with Estampa, Shenton Gregory Quartet, George Washingmachine, Mark Sholtez, an Ewan MacKenzie and Ingrid James.

John released a jazz accordion album on April 8th 2021 entitled ‘Creatures of the Half Sleep’.  All original compositions are available on Bandcamp, with bass player Helen Svoboda and drummer Aaron Jansz. John recorded the album ‘Cirumflex’ with Ingrid James in 2008.

In 2007 John was awarded a Sector Development Grant to Study Drumming Dancing and Balafon in Ghana, West Africa with the Kusun Emsemble headed by Hii Tettey Tetteh and facilitated by Melbourne percussionist Ray Pereira.  John went on to perform with African musicians living in Queensland, including tours to Japan and Taiwan with Samoko and Baala Baajo, and a performance at Hamer Hall in Melbourne supporting Senegalese Kora legend Toumani Diabate with Afro-Dizzy-Act and Jali Buba Kuyateh.

John was a regular member of Verve Recording Artist and Aria Award Nominee, Mark Sholtez’s touring band, performing all over the country including a performance at Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall and television appearances.

He is a member of the world/folk.jazz band Estampa who perform prolifically in Queensland.  they have one album recorded in 2015 ‘Estampa’. He also plays in many Gypsy Jazz bands including The Shenton Gregory Quartet and Jan van Dijk 4.

John has been an Alexander Technique teacher since 2009 teaching privately and has given introductory workshops at various institutions including The Queensland Conservatorium, The University of Queensland, QUT and JMC Academy.

KARIN GRIFFIN

Karin Griffin set up and manages Casablanca Sounds and is passionate about bringing accessible, quality live music to the Venues, Restaurants, Hotels and Events in the Gold Coast working closely with their managers and other accomplished musicians to do so.

She is an accomplished Electric and Semi Acoustic Violinist in her own right and has extensive skills and experience playing with some of the world’s best musicians.  Her experience is from diverse styles and genre from Classical Orchestral works & West End Shows to Baroque to Rock & Roll, Gypsy Jazz to Beethoven, Country & Western, Bee Bop, Jazz Fusion, Progressive Rock and most in between.

Karin has been privileged to share the stage with such greats as: Eric Clapton, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Adler & Sinead O’Connor and regularly worked with the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Pop Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Pops Orchestra (from it’s inception). She has performed on films such as Licence to Kill (various 007 movies) and Mad Max 1 & 2 starting her career in Melbourne with Brian May and the ABC Melbourne Showband she brings a breadth and depth of unusual performance skills.

Karin has played acoustic and electric violin in bands since the late 1970’s and has the added experience from the 1980’s of working at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as their resident sound engineer for about 8months. (The only female sound engineer ever!) working with high profile artists.  She has also performed at various international restaurants and hotels in London including the at The Ritz for Lady Di and other royals, and worked as a first call freelancer.

While resident In Perth WA Karin lead the Hot August Night String section and has been invited to appear with local bands as their electric fiddle/violinist, played Gypsy Jazz and Swing with a duo, and lead on Electric Violin in the band, Parker Avenue. She also guested at Ellington Jazz Club.

In Brisbane she has performed as guest artist with Jon English and Peter Couples, Tom Foolery, The Duke, Virginia Sook, and at venues like the Brisbane Jazz Club, the Brooklyn Standard and as a member of the group, 3 Drink Limit. In 2021 she has been invited once again to lead the orchestra with the “Hot August Night” season in Sydney.

Karin currently performs on a “Spur” semi acoustic violin in Casablanca Sounds.

CAMARON DE LA VEGA

Camaron De La Vega has performed in many concerts and shows across the globe for the past 20 years, including the Queensland Orchestra at QPAC Concert Hall – his playing being described as a “jaw dropping display of guitar virtuosity” Camaron amazes audiences with his blend of traditional and original compositions.

From energetic rhythms to nostalgic melodies, lighting fast finger work to sentimental harmonies, all in good measure. Burning Gypsy Swing in the style of gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt, searing Flamenco guitar, sweet and soulful Jazz Standards, plus a bunch of original tunes and some seriously crazy looping effects!!

He was Qsong awards (Australia) nominee and Vanda and Young International Song Competition finalist (Worldwide), Camaron has played guitar for many years gathering broad experience in all styles leading him to specialise in Flamenco and Jazz.  He has performed concerts all over the world and has recorded 2 albums of his own music.  Combining the deep groove and rhythmic intricacy of Flamenco with the harmony and phrasing of Jazz and improvised music, he is constantly searching for those moments that bring the magic to the audience through his guitar.  This plus countless touring dates across the globe has kept Camaron busy for the past 15 years.

In 2007 he lived in Spain and immersed himself in the Gypsy atmosphere there, performing concerts and jamming with friends in Sevilla, Cordoba and Jerez.  He was also based in Barcelona where he performed concerts to much acclaim.  During 2004 he studied guitar in renowned Flamenco academy Taller Flamenco in Sevilla, and spent time in Granada learning from famous local guitarists.  Camaron then moved to England where he performed private concerts at Henley on Thames, and in London, Edinburgh, Paris and at Montreaux Jazz Festival 2004. Additionally he was guest artist for the ‘Total Guitar Sundays’ series of lectures, workshops and concerts in Dublin, Ireland. Previous international experiences have seen Cameron perform concerts in Thailand, Christmas Island and Indonesia.

He is a much sought after Gypsy Jazz/Manouche & Flamenco guitarist frequently appearing as a concert headliner and a very sought after accompanist.

RODRIGO SANTIAGO

Born in Spain, Rodrigo Santiago is undoubtedly an up-and-coming guitarist of his generation. He has been surrounded and immersed in musical culture from an early age and took up playing the guitar after listening to some of the luminaries of the guitar world.

Following his graduation from high school with a gap year around the world, he went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane, Australia in 2016.

Over the past ten years, Rodrigo has been an active member of the local Brisbane music scene, regularly performing live in various settings and venues including residencies, festivals, private functions and government and community events. Aside from this, Rodrigo has self-produced four albums and has taken part in collaborative studio work with Jazz Music Institute, JMC Academy, Queensland Conservatorium and Sound Audio Engineering.

As an ardent traveller, Rodrigo is frequently on the move discovering new places and gaining new experiences, inspiration and knowledge along the way. Music has taken Rodrigo around the world numerous times with performances in Australia, Japan, India, Spain and Colombia. He has a strong passion for the fusion of cultural music and draws upon his musical inspirations in Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco and Latin music to create a unique blend of soulful melodies and exciting rhythms.

RORY DOLLARD

With Irish heritage, the Brisbane based musician explores his artistry, musical and technical prowess through various ensembles and projects. As a performer, composer and arranger, Rory experiments with Gypsy jazz, jazz, third stream, Folk, Tango and traditional Romani music.

Rory is a proficient improviser and accompanist. His playing style is reminiscent of his extensive study of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli alongside the numerous contemporaries of the style, fusing nostalgic melodies, inventive improvisations and rhythmic precision.

Contributing to a number of projects, each diverse in style, Rory has composed and arranged numerous tracks on Cigany Weaver’s Debut release (2019) which have been received positively on ABC, Triple J, and community radio stations across Australia.

2020 saw the progression and development of Gypsy jazz project ‘Run Rabbit’ and Tango duo ‘Diez Cuerdas’ including a performance at Australia’s premiere Gypsy Jazz Festival ‘Ozmanouche’.

Graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2017, Rory studied with renowned jazz and bluegrass guitarist Jamie Clark. He has had the privilege of performing at Woodford Folk Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Brisbane Festival, MONA’s Dark Mofo Tasmania and various festivals across Australia. Rory is cementing his place among Australia’s emerging generation of musicians nestled in the worlds of Jazz, Folk, Contemporary and improvised music.

LIZ YOUNG

Liz Young began playing the violin at the age of 7.  For her, the violin was always a tool used in connecting with others. Growing up she thoroughly enjoyed playing hymns for her grandmother, Johnny Cash for her father and Dr Zhivago for the local nursing homes.

She studied violin under Spiros Rantos and Patricia Pollett at the University of Queensland 2004-2007 and won the Prestigious Sleath String Prize in 2007. She was a founding member of Brisbane’s Sanctuary String Quartet which involved performing at Customs House, running school Masterclasses, accompanying the Qld Ballet and of course playing Pachelbel’s Canon for many a wedding.

The Rock Orchestra Deep Blue has taken her around Australia and the world performing at the Shanghai World Expo and at numerous corporate/concert events in Vietnam, Malaysia, Jakarta and India. In 2011 Deep Blue went to the Finals stage of Australia’s Got Talent. She especially enjoys teaching “Young Blue” workshops: giving children the opportunity to “let go” and dance with their instruments. Yes it is possible to dance with a violin. Even stilt walk.

Liz also plays with Mendoza Tango Quartet: a band specialising in true Argentinian Tango Music. Since 2016 they have played tango music all over Australia at festivals and concerts. As a tango dancer herself Liz finds much joy in playing dance music for other dancers.

On a completely different note Liz also plays with the bush dance band “The Smashing Bumpkins”. They love to teach bush dancing to rock covers. In 2018 they rocked out up in Birdsville for the annual “Birdsville Races.”

Busking continues to be one of her greatest entertaining loves. The challenge of being able to connect with mere strangers brings much her joy. She recently bought a violin case that would enable her to follow her dream of taking her violin hiking.  Highlights of 2018 included playing on mountains and glaciers in Canada, Alaska, Switzerland and Tasmania entertaining fellow travellers and strangers. When not wooing the streets/wilderness, playing at weddings, rocking out in stilts on stage and tango-izing dancers, Liz teaches violin privately.

SHENZO GREGORIO

Shenzo Gregorio has been freelancing as a professional musician for 23 years, graduating with a Classical Violin degree in 1997 from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  Since then he has freelanced and collaborated with musicians, theatre ensembles and circus companies forging a varied career that has kept him in demand as s Multi-instrumentalist, Composer, Arranger, Improvising Jazz musician, Musical Director and Event Curator throughout Australia and overseas.

One of a handful of musicians in Australia that can play all of the instruments within his quartet, Shenzo’s love for the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli was first explored back in those early formative classical days where a classical grounding made it possible to read transcriptions of solos.  The path towards improvisational mastery took a further 25 years and now Shenzo is regarded as the top performer in Australia within this style.

THE SHENZO GREGORIO QUARTET

The Shenzo Gregorio Quartet headlined the recent OzManouche Gypsy Jazz Festival in Brisbane, as well as various concert series within the region (Music by the Sea, the Sideshow, The HotClub, The 40 Hour Jammin).

The Quartet consists of some of the most highly respected Jazz musicians within the region – Peter Walters (Double Bass) John Reeves (Piano Accordion) Camaron De La Vega (Gypsy Guitar), with whom he has collaborated on various projects with since 2001.

The Quartet’s current line up has only been in existence since September of 2020 and is set to continue working and recording in …

PETER WALTERS

Acoustic and Electric Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Teacher

Peter Walters has been at the forefront of jazz performance in Brisbane for over 2 decades.  As a bassist, he is highly sought after for his superb accompaniment of singers and instrumentalists alike.  Classically trained by Ken Poggioli (Queensland Symphony Orchestra) he quickly established his jazz credentials with strong and imaginative playing.

He is a deft soloist, displaying a complete command of whatever style he is playing  – be it Bebop, Blues, Rock, Soul, Latin, Manouche or Contemporary Jazz.

He has backed some of Australia’s finest performers such as Kerry Biddell, Vince Jones, Wiley Reed, James Morrisson and Don Burrows as well as international artists Vanessa Rubin, Sheila Jordan, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Jordan, Annie Ross, Don Menzer, Richie Cole, Joachim Khun, Jason Rebello, Andreas Oberg and many more.

Peter has a Masters Degree in Music majoring in composition and has written and arranged for ABC and SBS television documentaries and film and theatre as well as arranging for and producing vocal and instrumental albums.  He tutors jazz bass at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  He has also been awarded ‘Best Producer’ for the Wiley Reed album ‘Straight from The Heart’ at the Queensland Sunny Awards.

“Peter has achieved that most difficult of musical ambitions: that of discovering his own voice as a composer, without sacrificing either sophistication or communicative power” ~ Robert Davison, PHD, Head of Composition, University of Queensland.

JOHN REEVES

John Reeves is a jazz accordionist and pianist.  He graduated Bmus (Hons) from the Royal College of Music in 1999, he studied classical piano with Patricia Carroll and later Jazz Piano with Steve Melling.

Since moving to Australia in 2003 John has performed with Estampa, Shenton Gregory Quartet, George Washingmachine, Mark Sholtez, an Ewan MacKenzie and Ingrid James.

John released a jazz accordion album on April 8th 2021 entitled ‘Creatures of the Half Sleep’.  All original compositions are available on Bandcamp, with bass player Helen Svoboda and drummer Aaron Jansz. John recorded the album ‘Cirumflex’ with Ingrid James in 2008.

In 2007 John was awarded a Sector Development Grant to Study Drumming Dancing and Balafon in Ghana, West Africa with the Kusun Emsemble headed by Hii Tettey Tetteh and facilitated by Melbourne percussionist Ray Pereira.  John went on to perform with African musicians living in Queensland, including tours to Japan and Taiwan with Samoko and Baala Baajo, and a perfomance at Hamer Hall in Melbourne supporting Senegalese Kora legend Toumani Diabate with Afro-Dizzy-Act and Jali Buba Kuyateh.

John was a regular member of Verve Recording Artist and Aria Award Nominee, Mark Sholtez’s touring band, performing all over the country including a performance at Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall and television appearances.

He is a member of the world/folk.jazz band Estampa who perform prolifically in Queensland.  they have one album recorded in 2015 ‘Estampa’. He also plays in many Gypsy Jazz bands including The Shenton Gregory Quartet and Jan van Dijk 4.

John has been an Alexander Technique teacher since 2009 teaching privately and has given introductory workshops at various institutions including The Queensland Conservatorium, The University of Queensland, QUT and JMC Academy.

KARIN GRIFFIN

Karin set up and manages Casablanca Sounds and is passionate about bringing accessible, quality live music to the Venues, Restaurants, Hotels and Events in the Gold Coast working closely with their managers and other accomplished musicians to do so.

She is an accomplished Electric and Semi Acoustic Violinist in her own right and has extensive skills and experience playing with some of the world’s best musicians.  Her experience is from diverse styles and genre from Classical Orchestral works & West End Shows to Baroque to Rock & Roll, Gypsy Jazz to Beethoven, Country & Western, Bee Bop, Jazz Fusion, Progressive Rock and most in between.

Karin has been privileged to share the stage with such greats as: Eric Clapton, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Adler & Sinead O’Connor and regularly worked with the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Pop Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Pops Orchestra (from it’s inception). She has performed on films such as Licence to Kill (various 007 movies) and Mad Max 1 & 2 starting her career in Melbourne with Brian May and the ABC Melbourne Showband she brings a breadth and depth of unusual performance skills.

Karin has played acoustic and electric violin in bands since the late 1970’s and has the added experience from the 1980’s of working at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as their resident sound engineer for about 8months. (The only female sound engineer ever!) working with high profile artists.  She has also performed at various international restaurants and hotels in London including the at The Ritz for Lady Di and other royals, and worked as a first call freelancer.

While resident In Perth WA Karin lead the Hot August Night String section and has been invited to appear with local bands as their electric fiddle/violinist, played Gypsy Jazz and Swing with a duo, and lead on Electric Violin in the band, Parker Avenue. She also guested at Ellington Jazz Club.

In Brisbane she has performed as guest artist with Jon English and Peter Couples, Tom Foolery, The Duke, Virginia Sook, and at venues like the Brisbane Jazz Club, the Brooklyn Standard and as a member of the group, 3 Drink Limit. In 2021 she has been invited once again to lead the orchestra with the “Hot August Night” season in Sydney.

Karin currently performs on a “Spur” semi acoustic violin in Casablanca Sounds.

CAMARON DE LA VEGA

Camaron De La Vega has performed in many concerts and shows across the globe for the past 20 years, including the Queensland Orchestra at QPAC Concert Hall – his playing being described as a “jaw dropping display of guitar virtuosity” Camaron amazes audiences with his blend of traditional and original compositions.

From energetic rhythms to nostalgic melodies, lighting fast finger work to sentimental harmonies, all in good measure. Burning Gypsy Swing in the style of gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt, searing Flamenco guitar, sweet and soulful Jazz Standards, plus a bunch of original tunes and some seriously crazy looping effects!!

He was Qsong awards (Australia) nominee and Vanda and Young International Song Competition finalist (Worldwide), Camaron has played guitar for many years gathering broad experience in all styles leading him to specialise in Flamenco and Jazz.  He has performed concerts all over the world and has recorded 2 albums of his own music.  Combining the deep groove and rhythmic intricacy of Flamenco with the harmony and phrasing of Jazz and improvised music, he is constantly searching for those moments that bring the magic to the audience through his guitar.  This plus countless touring dates across the globe has kept Camaron busy for the past 15 years.

In 2007 he lived in Spain and immersed himself in the Gypsy atmosphere there, performing concerts and jamming with friends in Sevilla, Cordoba and Jerez.  He was also based in Barcelona where he performed concerts to much acclaim.  During 2004 he studied guitar in renowned Flamenco academy Taller Flamenco in Sevilla, and spent time in Granada learning from famous local guitarists.  Camaron then moved to England where he performed private concerts at Henley on Thames, and in London, Edinburgh, Paris and at Montreaux Jazz Festival 2004. Additionally he was guest artist for the ‘Total Guitar Sundays’ series of lectures, workshops and concerts in Dublin, Ireland. Previous international experiences have seen Cameron perform concerts in Thailand, Christmas Island and Indonesia.

He is a much sought after Gypsy Jazz/Manouche & Flamenco guitarist frequently appearing as a concert headliner and a very sought after accompanist.

RODRIGO SANTIAGO


Born in Spain, Rodrigo is undoubtedly an up-and-coming guitarist of his generation. He has been surrounded and immersed in musical culture from an early age and took up playing the guitar after listening to some of the luminaries of the guitar world.

Following his graduation from high school with a gap year around the world, he went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane, Australia in 2016.

Over the past ten years, Rodrigo has been an active member of the local Brisbane music scene, regularly performing live in various settings and venues including residencies, festivals, private functions and government and community events. Aside from this, Rodrigo has self-produced four albums and has taken part in collaborative studio work with Jazz Music Institute, JMC Academy, Queensland Conservatorium and Sound Audio Engineering.

As an ardent traveller, Rodrigo is frequently on the move discovering new places and gaining new experiences, inspiration and knowledge along the way. Music has taken Rodrigo around the world numerous times with performances in Australia, Japan, India, Spain and Colombia. He has a strong passion for the fusion of cultural music and draws upon his musical inspirations in Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco and Latin music to create a unique blend of soulful melodies and exciting rhythms.

RORY DOLLARD

With Irish heritage, the Brisbane based musician explores his artistry, musical and technical prowess through various ensembles and projects. As a performer, composer and arranger, Rory experiments with Gypsy jazz, jazz, third stream, Folk, Tango and traditional Romani music.

Rory is a proficient improviser and accompanist. His playing style is reminiscent of his extensive study of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli alongside the numerous contemporaries of the style, fusing nostalgic melodies, inventive improvisations and rhythmic precision.

Contributing to a number of projects, each diverse in style, Rory has composed and arranged numerous tracks on Cigany Weaver’s Debut release (2019) which have been received positively on ABC, Triple J, and community radio stations across Australia.

2020 saw the progression and development of Gypsy jazz project ‘Run Rabbit’ and Tango duo ‘Diez Cuerdas’ including a performance at Australia’s premiere Gypsy Jazz Festival ‘Ozmanouche’.

Graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2017, Rory studied with renowned jazz and bluegrass guitarist Jamie Clark. He has had the privilege of performing at Woodford Folk Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Brisbane Festival, MONA’s Dark Mofo Tasmania and various festivals across Australia. Rory is cementing his place among Australia’s emerging generation of musicians nestled in the worlds of Jazz, Folk, Contemporary and improvised music.

LIZ YOUNG

Liz Young began playing the violin at the age of 7.  For her, the violin was always a tool used in connecting with others. Growing up she thoroughly enjoyed playing hymns for her grandmother, Johnny Cash for her father and Dr Zhivago for the local nursing homes.

She studied violin under Spiros Rantos and Patricia Pollett at the University of Queensland 2004-2007 and won the Prestigious Sleath String Prize in 2007. She was a founding member of Brisbane’s Sanctuary String Quartet which involved performing at Customs House, running school Masterclasses, accompanying the Qld Ballet and of course playing Pachelbel’s Canon for many a wedding.

The Rock Orchestra Deep Blue has taken her around Australia and the world performing at the Shanghai World Expo and at numerous corporate/concert events in Vietnam, Malaysia, Jakarta and India. In 2011 Deep Blue went to the Finals stage of Australia’s Got Talent. She especially enjoys teaching “Young Blue” workshops: giving children the opportunity to “let go” and dance with their instruments. Yes it is possible to dance with a violin. Even stilt walk.

Liz also plays with Mendoza Tango Quartet: a band specialising in true Argentinian Tango Music. Since 2016 they have played tango music all over Australia at festivals and concerts. As a tango dancer herself Liz finds much joy in playing dance music for other dancers.

On a completely different note Liz also plays with the bush dance band “The Smashing Bumpkins”. They love to teach bush dancing to rock covers. In 2018 they rocked out up in Birdsville for the annual “Birdsville Races.”

Busking continues to be one of her greatest entertaining loves. The challenge of being able to connect with mere strangers brings much her joy. She recently bought a violin case that would enable her to follow her dream of taking her violin hiking.  Highlights of 2018 included playing on mountains and glaciers in Canada, Alaska, Switzerland and Tasmania entertaining fellow travellers and strangers. When not wooing the streets/wilderness, playing at weddings, rocking out in stilts on stage and tango-izing dancers, Liz teaches violin privately.

SHENZO GREGORIO

Shenzo Gregorio has been freelancing as a professional musician for 23 years, graduating with a Classical Violin degree in 1997 from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  Since then he has freelanced and collaborated with musicians, theatre ensembles and circus companies forging a varied career that has kept him in demand as s Multi-instrumentalist, Composer, Arranger, Improvising Jazz musician, Musical Director and Event Curator throughout Australia and overseas.

One of a handful of musicians in Australia that can play all of the instruments within his quartet, Shenzo’s love for the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli was first explored back in those early formative classical days where a classical grounding made it possible to read transcriptions of solos.  The path towards improvisational mastery took a further 25 years and now Shenzo is regarded as the top performer in Australia within this style.

THE SHENZO GREGORIO QUARTET

The Shenzo Gregorio Quartet headlined the recent OzManouche Gypsy Jazz Festival in Brisbane, as well as various concert series within the region (Music by the Sea, the Sideshow, The HotClub, The 40 Hour Jammin).

The Quartet consists of some of the most highly respected Jazz musicians within the region – Peter Walters (Double Bass) John Reeves (Piano Accordian) Camaron De La Vega (Gypsy Guitar), with whom he has collaborated on various projects with since 2001.

The Quartet’s current line up has only been in existence since September of 2020 and is set to continue working and recording in …

PETER WALTERS

Acoustic and Electric Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Teacher

Peter Walters has been at the forefront of jazz performance in Brisbane for over 2 decades.  As a bassist, he is highly sought after for his superb accompaniment of singers and instrumentalists alike.  Classically trained by Ken Poggioli (Queensland Symphony Orchestra) he quickly established his jazz credentials with strong and imaginative playing.

He is a deft soloist, displaying a complete command of whatever style he is playing  – be it Bebop, Blues, Rock, Soul, Latin, Manouche or Contemporary Jazz.

He has backed some of Australia’s finest performers such as Kerry Biddell, Vince Jones, Wiley Reed, James Morrisson and Don Burrows as well as international artists Vanessa Rubin, Sheila Jordan, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Jordan, Annie Ross, Don Menzer, Richie Cole, Joachim Khun, Jason Rebello, Andreas Oberg and many more.

Peter has a Masters Degree in Music majoring in composition and has written and arranged for ABC and SBS television documentaries and film and theatre as well as arranging for and producing vocal and instrumental albums.  He tutors jazz bass at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  He has also been awarded ‘Best Producer’ for the Wiley Reed album ‘Straight from The Heart’ at the Queensland Sunny Awards.

“Peter has achieved that most difficult of musical ambitions: that of discovering his own voice as a composer, without sacrificing either sophistication or communicative power” ~ Robert Davison, PHD, Head of Composition, University of Queensland.

JOHN REEVES


John Reeves is a jazz accordionist and pianist.  He graduated Bmus (Hons) from the Royal College of Music in 1999, he studied classical piano with Patricia Carroll and later Jazz Piano with Steve Melling.

Since moving to Australia in 2003 John has performed with Estampa, Shenton Gregory Quartet, George Washingmachine, Mark Sholtez, an Ewan MacKenzie and Ingrid James.

John released a jazz accordion album on April 8th 2021 entitled ‘Creatures of the Half Sleep’.  All original compositions are available on Bandcamp, with bass player Helen Svoboda and drummer Aaron Jansz. John recorded the album ‘Cirumflex’ with Ingrid James in 2008.

In 2007 John was awarded a Sector Development Grant to Study Drumming Dancing and Balafon in Ghana, West Africa with the Kusun Emsemble headed by Hii Tettey Tetteh and facilitated by Melbourne percussionist Ray Pereira.  John went on to perform with African musicians living in Queensland, including tours to Japan and Taiwan with Samoko and Baala Baajo, and a perfomance at Hamer Hall in Melbourne supporting Senegalese Kora legend Toumani Diabate with Afro-Dizzy-Act and Jali Buba Kuyateh.

John was a regular member of Verve Recording Artist and Aria Award Nominee, Mark Sholtez’s touring band, performing all over the country including a performance at Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall and television appearances.

He is a member of the world/folk.jazz band Estampa who perform prolifically in Queensland.  they have one album recorded in 2015 ‘Estampa’. He also plays in many Gypsy Jazz bands including The Shenton Gregory Quartet and Jan van Dijk 4.

John has been an Alexander Technique teacher since 2009 teaching privately and has given introductory workshops at various institutions including The Queensland Conservatorium, The University of Queensland, QUT and JMC Academy.