Drum

Ara Arakelyan (B.A., M.MUS)
Flute, Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet

For Ara Arakelyan, music has always been a way of life. He has graduated from the special music school after Sayat-Nova for gifted children with honor. Afterwards, Ara entered the Komitas State Conservatory, where he received B. A. with Honors and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Wind Instruments with specialization in Saxophone.

Since 2011, Mr. Arakelyan has launched a very successful career. He worked as a performer, Leading Saxophonist of the symphonic orchestra, and pedagogue at various teaching levels: music schools and colleges. He was also a soloist at Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiaryan and Armenian State Jazz Band.

In the period of 2005 – 2012, Mr. Arakelyan performed more than 20 solo and collaborative recitals and participated in many international Competitions & Festivals in Armenia, USA, Germany, Sweden, Georgia, and Egypt. Ara is a Laureate of the “Golden Note” amateur arts festival, “Renaissance” International Competition, Kavkaz Jazz Fest. As of now, Ara Arakelyan has already recorded 3 DVDs.

Since 2013, Ara has begun to work at Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra as a leading saxophonist and running a very busy music studio.

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Alesio Barbera
Drum

Alesio Barbera’s professional vitae includes work with the Toronto All-star Big Band, Toronto Jazz Orchestra, T.D. jazz festival, Four Seasons Centre for the Arts, and Jazz FM 91. Alesio is an active freelance musician in the Toronto jazz community and has experience as a side man playing popular and contemporary music on Vibraphone, Piano, Drum set, and Percussion. As a bandleader and composer he runs a jazz quartet entitled “Modern Blue” featuring music from around the world, and his focus on symmetry.

Alesio’s passion for teaching parallels his passion as a performer. Since as early as 15 years old, development in both has been a concurrent process. He brings ongoing performance inspired intentions into the classroom, connecting exercises to practical application, and bringing a genuine passion towards learning music.

Professional studies include grade 8 R.C.M. percussion (Honours) with Steve Mancuso, vibraphone with New York’s Chris Dingman, and Stefan Bauer, drum set with Mark Kelso, and Jim Blakley, hand percussion with Chendy Leon, and Amadou Kienou, and piano with Brian Rudolf, and Brian Dickinson.

Alesio is currently a full time student in the Humber College Bachelor of Music degree program.  He has been studying music at Humber College since 2011.

Alesio loves teaching.  He has been working with young children since 2006 providing both private and group instruction.  He also performs and records in various ensembles in and around the GTA.

For more information about Alesio Barbera visit: alesiobarbera.com

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Robert Bradley
Bass, Drum, Guitar

Robert graduated from Seneca at York University’s Independent Music Production Program.  He teaches guitar as well as the rudiments of drums and bass.  He had experience helping and organizing students into bands and oversaw their rehearsals and performances.  He has played in many bands as a musician.

To listen to Robert’s compositions, please click here.

Kenneth Wong
Drum, Piano

Kenneth Wong is a Canadian musician from Richmond Hill, Ontario. His musical journey began when he first started learning piano at the age of 6, and moving on to drums and percussion when he turned 12. Under the guidance of Julia Cleveland, Nigel Maynard, and Juno Award-winning Barry Romberg, Kenneth’s drumming has led him to performances at many renowned venues and events, including the Phoenix Ball at The International Centre in Missisauga, the Taste of Asia Street Festival in Scarborough, the Richmond Night Market in Vancouver, and the TD Canada Trust Chinatown Festival in Calgary.

Although Kenneth’s home is mainly on a drum throne, he occasionally works with orchestral percussion. His experiences include the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, led by the baton of Colin Clarke, and the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Dr. Jessica V. Kun.

Currently, Kenneth is pursuing his Bachelor’s of Music at Humber College, majoring on the drum kit. He previously attended York University, and was the 2014 – 2015 receiver of the acclaimed York University Oscar Peterson Scholarship.

In his free time, Kenneth posts drum covers popular songs and live performances on his YouTube channel, “Kenneth25Wong”. He has attained over 4 000 subscribers and over half a million views on his videos.