COLORS is an amalgam of Uli’s two earlier Las Vegas projects RED, A Latin Jazz powerhouse sextet and BLUE, a World Music quartet to octet. Colors is spanning the globe of Jazz with a special emphasis on vocalist Pascale Elia and her interplay with Saxophonist Charles McNeal. Ryan Rose and Steve Flora complete the high energy rhythm section. Featuring many original compositions by Mr. Geissendoerfer they play anything form Beatles to Sergio Mendez adding their own arrangements and flavor.
Uli Geissendoerfer – Piano, Bandleader, composer and arranger
Pianist and composer, Uli Geissendoerfer, originally from Munich, is a remarkable musician exploring rhythms and melodies across many styles, with a special emphasis on World, Jazz and Improvisation. Besides Colors, he has the Beregovsky Project, a duo with fabulous violin virtuoso Alicia Svigals and Bangalore Breakdown an Indian World Jazz project featuring Premik Russell Tubbs. Premik and Uli will also just finished their Duo CD ”Passport”. Two albums, The Extension and Transformation were released on the Caramella d’Oro. Uli, together with Emmy nominated composer Steve Sandberg won the NYU film festival 2002 for Climbing Miss Sophie, also lauded at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Bill Plympton’s new cartoon “Idiots and Angels” features three works of his and Nicole Renaud’s. He was awarded best sound design and music together with Matt Smith at the 2011 48 hour film festival. One of his and Nicole’s songs, Red, made it to short list for the last year’s Oscars. He worked with William Cepeda, Groove Collective, Tito Puente, Giovanni Hidalgo, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leslie Uggams, Cirque du Soleil, Kofo the Wonderman, Ute Lemper , and many more
Pascale Elia -‐ vocals
Pascale Elia has music in her blood, no doubt about it. Both her parents are musicians and Pascale began singing at the age of six and soon developed into a powerhouse. In Belgium, her native country, she studied at the "Gretry" music academy in Liège and learned her vocal technique from a Bulgarian classical master. Pascale grew up around a number of notable jazz musicians like Toots Thielmans, Eric Legnini, Mimi Verderame, Jacques Pelzer, Brazilian vocalist Marcia Maria and Brazilian guitarist Victor Da Costa.
As child Pascale won many local competitions yet her real first steps on stage were at the age of 15 with the “BIG BAND DE LIEGE”. In addition to her big band work, she performed weekly at the very popular cabarets “La Notte” and “Les Caves de Porto”, sharing the stage with some of the best musicians of her country. With her insatiable passion, Pascale created her first bands and started to sing her original material and also heavily worked as a session vocalist, appeared on several TV shows. Success followed with the "Pascale Elia Trio", performing warm, original compositions and arrangements with hints of swing, Saudade and Blues. She various shades of light and dark, Pascale’s melodically sweet, lyrically intense paints across a musical canvas of songs in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
“Pascale Elia .. impressive jazz stylist who has an incredible phrasing and precise timing .. instantly recognizable, .. shades of Brazilian and Cuban sultry without sounding like anyone .., Pascale Elia is a singer to be reckoned with. .l ” July 9, 2011 by sdcnews -‐ San Diego County News.
Charles McNeal -‐ Saxophones
Charles McNeal is a fiery saxophonist who brings a sense of urgency and soul to every note he plays ... read what's being said about this Bay Area saxophonist: “...featured Charles McNeal primarily on soprano sax with Wally kicking and stomping on the drums, pushing Charles to great heights...” “...Charles was into a very avant-‐garde mode that took the rest of the group in that fast-‐ clip direction.” Charles has performed, recorded and/or toured with: John Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Leslie Drayton, McCoy Tyner, Ray Obiedo, Dave Garabaldi, RAD, Brenda Boykin, Claire Dee, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Barbara Morrison, Barbara Dennerlein, Jr. Mance, Bruce Forman, Mark Elf, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Ollie Woodson, Norman Conners, Jean Carne, Curtis Olson, Peter Horvath, Jaz Sawyer, Boz Scaggs, Nicolas Bearde..."
Ryan Rose – Drums
Born into a musical family on September 11, 1977 in Detroit Michigan, Ryan started playing music at an early age. His grandfather, Billy Rose , his uncles and most of cousins are professional musicians continuing a long line of Gypsy musicians featuring such luminaries as Rick Margitza. His uncle Chris, a drummer, bestowed upon him his first drum set at the age of 5. At the age of 13 he started playing in his grandfathers band. They would play club dates and parties around the Detroit area. By the time Ryan was in High School he was playing professionally around town. After Graduation Ryan went to Wayne State Univ. were he received a full 4 year scholarship, to study music. In 2001 Ryan relocated to the south Florida area were he got a chance to play with such jazz legends as Ira Sullivan, and Johnny O’Neil and in 2003 Ryan Rose moved to Las Vegas, Nevada were he started working with the highly respected band Fahrenheit and to later join Cocho Arbe’s Trio. Ryan is performing with Colors, Michito Sanchez, and is musical director for the Rat Pack show.
Steve Flora – Acoustic and electric bass
Steve Flora, now a Las Vegas resident spent 30 years immersed in the study and tradition of jazz music. His powerful approach is influenced by his private study with Ray Brown, Milt Hinton, Leroy Vinnegar, and classical virtuoso, François Rabbath. Having more than 40 CD credits, he has also performed live with Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Stanley Turrentine, Scott Hamilton, Brandon Fields, Rick Margitza, Eddie Harris, and Frank Lowe-‐ just to name a few tenor sax players. An active composer and arranger, Steve also works in the commercial music arena, drawing on his interest in all styles of music.