Music Holidays Faculty Members
In 1984, a 24 year old Renold received the Quincy Jones Full Scholarship Award at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he achieved his B.A in Jazz Performance in 1987 and was voted into the college’s faculty immediately. Since 1997, ‘Fritz Renold and the Bostonian Friends’ have been signed to the label SONY – BMG Music – Columbia Records in New York.
With over 500 compositions, premiers and several Grammy pre-nomination recordings to his name, the composer, saxophonist and arranger from the Canton Aargau belongs to one of the few music entrepreneurs in Switzerland.
He has played and recorded with many illustrious musicians such as Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Buster Williams, Miroslav Vitous, Adam Nussbaum, Victor Lewis, Danny Gottlieb, Bob Berg, Cecil Bridgewater and many more. He is a co-founder of this Bandstand Learning with Role Models program at Jazzaar Festival that is now 20 years in operation. www.shanti-music.com
Helen Savari Renold – a classically trained singer, pianist and songwriter is one of Cenderawasih, a duet signed with EMI, and one of Malaysia’s leading groups in the early 80s that contributed in modernizing Malaysian Pop music. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in 1988 in Jazz Composition at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, and then married Fritz Renold in 1990, when they founded the Shanti Music Productions Renold & Co. in Switzerland. Helen is the co-founder of the unique Bandstand Learning with Role Models™ that is implemented at the Jazzaar Festival in Aarau annually since 1992.
Helen has performed with Herb Pomeroy, Adam Nussbaum, Christian Jacob, Tommy Campbell, Bobby Watson, and many more. She is a co-producer at the Jazzaar Festival and presides over the Jazzaar Association since 2008. She has contributed to many compositional projects with Fritz Renold and co-produced events in Thailand, Malaysia and other countries.
Besides her experience in the Pop world, Classical music (piano & Bel Canto vocal techniques) and the Jazz genres, Helen is also a certified music pedagogue with diplomas in Adult Education and in Education Design.
Chico Freeman is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and producer. He has recorded for Columbia Records, Elektra Musician (Warner Brothers), India Navigation, Contemporary Records, Fantasy Records to name a few, and is a two-time Grammy nominee.
He has worked and/or recorded with such jazz artists as McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Hank Jones, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Von Freeman, Don Cherry, singer Dianne Reeves, and Kenny Barron.
His blues associations include B. B. King, Memphis Slim and Buddy Guy. He has also toured, played and/or recorded with such pop and R&B stars as Chaka Khan, Earth Wind and Fire, Sting, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Latino greats such as Chucho Valdez, Irakere, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito d’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval to name a few. Chico composes for film/television and theatre and won awards for his scores in Germany, Canada and Italy. His latest 2012 release is a new CD entitled “Elvin” dedicated to Elvin Jones.
Michael Baker was the Music Director and drummer for the ‘World Renowned Superstar’ – the late Whitney Houston for the past seven years. Beside that, he has worked with many Pop stars over the years including, Missy Elliott, Police, Sting, Christina Aguilera, James Taylor, Elton John, Shaggy, Wycliff, Aretha Franklin, Mary J., Ricky Martins, Usher, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, and many others.
Michael also played with jazz artists such as Al Jarreau, The Zawinul Syndicate, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Childs, Dianne Reeves, Clark Terry, The Ellington Orchestra, as well as being the drummer in the Broadway Musical Sophisticated Ladies in LA Shubert Theater.
Michael has also arranged for award shows, featuring Whitney Houston on the Grammys, HBO specials, and Sports Illustrated events. Under the direction of Clive Davis, Michael was the Music Director and Arranger for the Aretha Franklin segment of Arista’s 25th Anniversary Special. Michael has worked with ‘Hip Hop’ singer Ashanti and for many years with producer David Guest as his drummer for numerous shows and benefits, including Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special.
Upon leaving Berklee College of Music, Markus, a Yamaha Saxophone endorser and award winner from several cultural institutions went on to work with jazz greats like Clark Terry, Billy Cobham, Adam Nussbaum, Mark Soskin, Harie Swartz, Terry Lynn Carrington, Seven and many more.
Markus Hauser remains one of the few Swiss musicians that indeed make a living out of music without relying on a teaching position. This native of Glarus is also a specialist is building extraordinary quality saxophone mouthpieces.
Together with his brother, he had developed their latest model – the Kenny Garret Mouthpiece, which is renowned to be the world’s best Saxophone mouthpiece to date.
Christoph Huber had his first public appearances as an improviser at the age of 11 in a band led by his father, pianist Felix Huber. From 2004 to 2009, Christoph studied with former Berklee faculty Fritz Renold and participated regularly in the annual Jazzaar Festival in Aarau, Switzerland until today. There he had the opportunity to perform with such names as Benny Golson, Buster Williams, Victor Lewis, Adam Nussbaum, Christian Jacob, Tierney Sutton, Geoff Keezer, Terri Lyne Carrington, Barry Lee Hall Jr, Donny McCaslin, Tia Fuller, Mark Gross and many more. In 2008, Christoph won a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston USA.
Since the start of his studies in 2009 he won 5 additional awards in Switzerland and the USA. His teachers in Boston were Ed Tomassi, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi. In December 2011, he completed hisBachelor Degree in Performance with Summa Cum Laude. Since moving to Boston, Christoph has extended his experience as a performer, composer, arranger and teacher. He’s been on tour with international groups to Switzerland and Peru, doing performances and workshops. He has taught saxophone technique, harmony, ear training and improvisation techniques both privately and to classes.
Andre Zollinger is a multi talented artist who is from Switzerland. He is trumpeter who studied at the Berklee College of Music in the 1980s and has an education as a Chef too.
Andre returned to Switzerland a few years back and is making a niche for himself as a musician cum chef!
Andre has played along musicians like Christian Jacob, Peter Herbert, Alex Deutsch, Carl Saunders, Bill Holman, Bobby Shew, Jack Sheldon, Shelley Manne, Chico Freeman and many more.
Clifton Williams, a native of Washington D.C, is a 20 year old accomplished pianist. Clifton is the first place winner in the 2009 DCPS Piano Competition, first place in the 2009 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Talent Hunt, third place in the FMMC Neva Greenwood Memorial Student Composition Competition and is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and was invited to perform on the NPR radio show, ‘From the Top’ for which he has received raving reviews in the Washington Post.
Clifton is a graduate(valedictorian) of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School and now attends Berklee College of Music with a presidential scholarship. While at Berklee Clifton has taken full advantage of its prominence, accompanying numerous concerts, vocal classes, and recitals. Clifton is working at present on a dual major in Music Education and Contemporary Writing and Production.
Michael Bradley was born in Washington D.C. He soon became a member of Royal Baptist Church, where Isaac J. Holt is the Pastor, where at age six he sang his first solo with the Royal Sunbeam Choir. Michael currently attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he is earning a degree in Music Education.
During his years at Berklee Michael became a coach for Gospelchoir and is currently the leader of a Gospel Choir in Summerville. He has appeared with numerous Jazz and Gospel legends such as Buster Williams, Dennis Montgomery III, Mark Gross, Victor Lewis, Chico Freeman, Dave Jones, Camille Gainer Jones, Rashad McPherson and many more.