Eli Maliwan

Eli Maliwan has been a performing musician for 20+ years and has extensive experience as an educator. While his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees are in Jazz Saxophone performance, he also performs on and teaches flute, clarinet, EWI (Electric Wind Instrument), electric bass, piano, and voice in a variety of styles. Eli grew up in San Rafael, CA and began playing clarinet at the age of 9. After falling in love with jazz his focus moved to saxophone and by the time he was 15 he was studying music full time and attending Nova Independent Study in lieu of traditional high school. In addition to studying with multiple private teachers in the Bay Area, he was involved in several honor bands and local music programs, playing professionally, and teaching with The Prominence Project. At Portland State University Eli received a Bachelor’s of Music and was deeply influenced by the mentorship of Darrell Grant and Alan Jones. Eli has a Master’s of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

Eli has had the honor of performing with Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Alphonso Johnson. He has performed at The 2017 Portland Jazz Festival with Suenos, with Guster at The Fillmore in SF CA, Vibrato Jazz Club in Beverly Hills CA, The Oregon Brewers Festival, The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Jimmy Mak’s jazz club in Portland OR, The San Jose Jazz Festival in San Jose CA, The Baked Potato in Studio City CA, The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, CA and The House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA.

Eli currently performs on various instruments with a wide range of groups in the Bay Area. He can be heard on woodwinds and piano in orchestra pits of musical productions, at new music avant garde performances, in horn sections of down home funk groups, playing virtuosic saxophone in traditional and non traditional jazz fusion groups, programming electronic music, playing bass in rock bands, etc. He is on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop Giant Steps Program, teaches high school jazz clinics with the TOaG Quartet, is a Musical Director with YES Theatre in Marin, and teaches private lessons.

Dave Mihaly

Dave Mihaly

Dave has been teaching music for 31 years, in New York, New Jersey and California.

He received a B.A. in music theory and history and a B.A. in psychology from Drew University, and studied drums and percussion privately in New York and San Francisco with Andrew Cyrille, Barry Altschul, Zakir Hussain, Jack Van der Wyck and Richard Perrini.

He also plays piano, marimba and guitar. Dave has toured the U.S, Canada, Europe and the South Seas and is featured on recordings by Iron & the Albatross, Jolie Holland, Sean Hayes, After the End of the World Coretet, and his own Shimmering Leaves. His first string quartet was played at U.C. Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technology and the S.F. musician’s union hall, and he has written for singers, jazz bands, dance bands, rock bands and other idioms.

Dave taught music in New Traditions, the Video Drums Clinic, and though the auspices of the S.F. Academy of Sciences. He has had hundreds of students from the ages of 3 through 70 and learns much through his teaching practice.
Photo: Andrew Carver

Matt Funamura

Matt Funamura

Matt is a trumpeter, guitarist, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist raised in the Sierra Nevada Foothills near Sacramento. At the age of six, he picked up his first guitar and trumpet at the age of 8, beginning his musical journey.

He majored in music performance and jazz studies at American River College in Sacramento, California for two years, during which time he was a freelance musician throughout the West Coast. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Matt has performed with and studied under numerous musicians in a wide range of genres including: Angelique Kidjo, Ingrid Jensen, Tiger Okoshi, Gamble & Huff, Salvador Santana, Joe Gilman, Charles Haynes, Dontae Winslow, Jerry Martini and Victor Mendoza.