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.
Nikola is a professional opera singer, classically trained as well as an avid performer of jazz and folk music. She has been a classical musician since the tender age of 8. Having started piano lessons and later transitioned to playing organ. At 15 she began playing ukulele and mandolin. She jumpstarted m her singing career after beginning her studies in voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009.
Since then she has performed all over the Bay Area with local companies in lead roles such as Opera San Jose, Livermore Opera, West Edge Opera and West Bay opera. She also starred in and created the role of Velma Louise Cole in Boxcar Theaters immersive theater show “The Speakeasy”. She has also performed all over the country and in Hanzhou, Beijing and Suzhou with I sing Beijing.
In 2016 Nikola was a resident artist with Opera Memphis, where she also received her Artist Diploma degree in Opera Performance. She now resides in San Francisco where she performs and teaches voice, piano, theater, and movement.
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
A trilingual artist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Egypt, he listened to and lived in both Egyptian and Japanese cultures during his childhood. He picked up the drum kit at 17 and has been on a journey exploring the different languages of music ever since. Starting from Heavy metal music, he quickly expanded into learning jazz, funk eventually learning piano and composition along the way. Ahmed has performed in various places around the world, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Tokyo, and Cairo. He has performed in local festivals with several notable artists in the Bay Area including, Audiopharmacy, Climbingpoetree, Nina Grae, Sasha Bayan, Teao Sense ,and YOURS. His style of playing ranges from Rock, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, all the way to Hip-hop as well as Electronic and world music.