Michael plays percussion and ethnic wind instruments. He has been playing and teaching for more than 30 years and has had the opportunity to travel to many countries. These include Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Europe, and Israel studying and learning from the keepers of various traditions. He also maintains a contemporary relevance by organically mixing in electronic influences with dozens of traditional instruments.
Mr. DiMartino has also performed with Jimmy Cliff, Michael Franti, Mickey Hart, Baba Olatunji, Yungchen Llhamo, Joules Graves, Umayapurim Shivaraman, Gordon Stone, Col Bruce Hampton, and at national festivals —Horde, Big Summer Classic, Gathering of the Vibes, and Starwood.
Mr. DiMartino is also featured on more than a dozen CDs, including the Art Rock Ensemble, Sound Oasis, The Beat Temple, Transglobal, World Beat Ensemble, Primitive Ink, Earthsongs, Journey Dance, and Tibetan Elemental Breaths, Rhythm the Musical, and Wavespell 13.
Michael has taught classes and performed internationally at Harbon Hot Springs and the Kripalu Yoga Center, the Earth Summit (Brazil 92), and Drumming in the New Millennium (Egypt 99).
He is the co-founder of WorldBeat Music and Dance Ensemble presenting music programs and percussion classes focused on team-building, self empowerment, self expression, cultural education, and leadership development. He is currently employed in the Theatre Arts Department at The University of California Santa Cruz and as a consulting musician and instructor for Grizzly Hill Elementary School.
Light Being Music is my artistic exploration of musical soundscapes to induce “Healing” moments. My intention is to deliver a sonic journey which will effectively bring one into a state of remembering a deep deep memory to allow progressions in life toward a better outcome in any given situation in need of healing, or attunement. My favorite way to share this gift is to bring my four sound tables to festivals, workshops, and/or other events.
Audio Engineer. Producer. Musician. Web Developer. A passionate musician for over 30 years, starting out with classical guitar lessons quickly moving into the realms of rock, folk, blues, funk, jazz & world musics. He graduated from Indiana University with a Major in Psychology and a minor in Jazz. In 1998 Michael received his Certificate in Audio Engineering from the California Recording Institute in San Fransisco. From 1998 — 2004 he was an instructor at California Recording Institute and Expressions College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA. He has engineered at many recording studios in the S.F. Bay Area: The Plant, Off Planet, Coast Recorders, Different Fur, Skyline, Dogstar and others. Michael co-engineered San Francisco’s KFOG “Live From The Plant” broadcast with Manny LaCaruba featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler. For 4 years he co-produced a nationally syndicated radio show called “25 years Of Hits.”
Also working in the realms of Sound Healing he creates soundscapes with Binaural backdrops for Patt Lind-Kyle “Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain”, Dr. Emmett Miller’s “Sleep CD” and others. He co-produced an innovative set of tracks based on the spectrum of light translated into sound.
With over a decade of performing experience, award winning saxophonist Carlos McCoy has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of greats including Bobby Escovedo, Rock and Roll hall of fame artists The Dells, Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone), grammy winners Carlos Caro and Jamie Dubberly (Pacific Mambo Orchestra), Bobby Escovedo, Delbert Bump, Calito Madrano, Jeff Chambers, David Bass, as well as world class salsa performers Abel Figueroa, NG2, Herman Olivera, and Willy Torres. Additional performance experiences include performing the lead alto chair for Disney in 2006 (All American College Band), and performances at the Vienne, Umbria, and Montreux jazz festivals in Europe. Carlos is currently an in demand sideman and leads his own Latin Jazz octet and quintet which has performed at many prestigious events. Carlos holds a performance certificate from the Berklee College of Music, and a Bachelors and Masters degree in music from Sacramento State university. As an educator, Carlos maintains a private woodwind studio, directs beginning and intermediate middle school concert bands and leads the Sacramento State University Latin Jazz Ensemble.
A Northern California native who began studying saxophone at the age of ten. He has studied jazz woodwinds with Jeff Jones and Mike McMullen and has collaborated with musicians throughout the region. As a recent graduate from the Sac State School of Music, his musical background is diverse and includes a wide variety of styles. He enjoys performing jazz, world, classical, and R&B music.
An accomplished pianist and keyboardist with a passionate desire to explore new musical territories and collaborations. He began his musical quest at an early age, first studying French horn and then electric bass, but soon found his true musical voice playing keyboards and synthesizers. True to form, Jim wasn’t content to be an “average” musician. His pursuit of musical expression led him to study both classical theory and jazz performance at California State University, Sacramento.
Jim has been active on the Northern California jazz and fusion music scene for many years and has performed with many accomplished jazz musicians in the area. He has performed widely, including the Sacramento Jazz Festival, Meadowview Jazz festival, California State Fair, Savannah’s Jazz Lounge, Studio 33, and numerous other venues and also performances in Kolkata, India.
Jim thrives on being involved with a variety of different bands and musical styles at any given moment and is always seeking new opportunity and growth. He has held down the keyboard spot in bands covering the gamut of: jazz, funk/jazz, R&B, fusion, rock, latin rock, world, modern country, big band, and more. Jim travels with ease through many musical moods, from introspective solo jazz improvisations to driving fusion funk to danceable world grooves and effortlessly melds them together to create his own unique style.
Jim always finds great joy and enthusiasm in playing music, sharing musical moments, teaching others and learning from others. He has a wealth of musical experience, a joy for music and travel, and a thirst for meeting people and creating cross-cultural friendships. He is constantly seeking to understand the music of other cultures and searches for ways to blend the cultures together musically. This musical journey has recently led him to collaborate with a variety of renowned world musicians, including living in Kolkata, India for 2-1/2 months while working on an Indian-Classical/Jazz/Rock fusion project with a group Indian classical musicians (where they performed for the US Consulate-General). On a recent trip to Tanzania, Jim may be one of the few people having had the great opportunity of teaching guitar chords to a Masai warrior.
Jim’s constant quest for creativity and the joyful feeling of making music with like minded musicians keeps every day alive and fresh.
Kit loves rhythm. He began performing in a Sacramento Scottish bagpipe band in 1966, and soon migrated into orchestras, dance bands, and wind ensembles in the Bay Area, Central Coast, Southern California, and the Sierra Foothills. Symphony work includes performances with Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, and Phyllis Diller. Discovering jazz about 1970 led him to Brazilian rhythms, then Carribbean and Afro-Cuban styles and instruments. When he moved to Nevada County in 1988, a thriving dance community introduced him to drumming from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Ghana, and Congo—all of which has enriched his jazz, funk, and rock drumming.
Robert is a well traveled guitarist, he has performed latin jazz and classical guitar in Africa, Australia, Guatemala, Russia, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and New Zealand…also Hawaii and Alaska.. Robert is especially fond of bossa nova, flamenco rumba, samba, reggae, swing, and cuban cha cha cha rhythms. He has recently enjoyed collaborating with the wonderful percussionist Michael DiMartino .. Robert’s repertoire includes latin arrangements of Beatles songs, Santana, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and many others.
Jimmy has always loved music. He started playing trumpet in the school band, then started playing guitar at age 12. He studied jazz guitar in college, then later switched to bass. He toured in the JGB with Melvin Seals and helped form bay area jam band Shady Groove, he has also played with Keller Williams, Stu Allen, Pete Levin, Jen Durkin, Livingston Leo, Gregg Anton, and Cast of Clowns, among others.
Drums & Percussion
Creates booty shakin’ beats that make you move your feet. Sits in any band to make the group complete. Plays from his soul. Bringing music to the concert halls, clubs, or swinging in the street. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and now a resident of the Sierra foothills, David’s experience in music ranges from recording studios to dance clubs, concert halls to parades in the street. Dance classes, drum lessons and band performances. David’s musical tastes range from Jazz to Hip hop.
Ricardo Covarrubias is a percussionist and multi-instrumentalist from Guadalajara Mexico. Ricardo has played and toured with numerous dance, circus, and percussion performance companies, for example: RAIZ NEGRA in Guadalajara Mexico, MALINKE percussion in Cancun, and CIRCULO DE FUEGO in Los Cabos. Ricardo has also participated in various ethnic music projects like the AMMAN ENSEMBLE in the US, TITANIUM BUDDHA, and now the WORLD BEAT ENSEMBLE. Ricardo has also performed as a solo act with RESONANTE, an electronic music project in which he also plays handpan instruments—a new form of percussion that originated in Switzerland.
Thomas Spellman combines mastery of the craft with soulful exploration. He wins the hearts of his listeners with poetic lyrics and a capacity to utilize a wide range of musical style. Fun, funky, mellow and articulate are just a few words that come to mind during a Thomas Spellman experience.
Sax, flute, wind synth
Gary Regina has been a professional musician for over 30 years.
As comfortable with straight-ahead jazz as he is with world beat, hip-hop, blues, swing, rock or funk, Gary’s abilities transcend many styles and genres, illustrating an incredible diversity of musical influences.
Gary led his own original bands for 18 years, whose styles ranged from acid jazz and new age to world beat. A pioneer of the world beat movement from the late 70s, Gary continues to incorporate world rhythms and influences into his compositions today.
Currently, Gary performs all over the United States and Australia, focusing on his multi-instrumental solo performance, which utilizes looping technology. Playing a wide variety of instruments (including woodwinds, ethnic flutes, saxophones, percussion, guitar, wind synthesizer and a drum machine), Gary creates unique soundscapes of trip-hop, world and ambient music. Then, with incredible creativity (and a little help from technology), the trance-like rhythmical sounds gradually build, looping on top of each other, until you are sure there are ten musicians! Your ears will have a hard time reconciling what they hear with what your eyes see!