Saxophone & flute
Multi-instrumentalist John Nastos was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where he found his love of music while exploring the vibrant local music scene. Before graduating from high school, John enrolled at Portland State University, where he studied with Alan Jones, Darrell Grant, and other Portland jazz luminaries. During that same year, he started performing with the Mel Brown Septet, the Gordon Lee Big Band, and other professional Portland groups. In 2004, Nastos graduated from high school and moved to New York City on a scholarship to study jazz at the acclaimed Manhattan School of Music. Nastos’s composition, arranging, and compositional skills have been commissioned for performances and recordings by Damian Erskine, the Bobby Torres Ensemble, the Art Abrams Swing Machine, Portland State University, and Pink Martini (for performances with the San Francisco Symphony and other orchestras around the world).
Matthew Holmes is a bassist and creative entrepreneur born in Portland, Oregon where he grew up. Studying with Portland greats like Tim Gilson, Neal Grandstaff, and Phil Baker, Matthew learned how to learn from the masters and set about cutting his teeth at jam sessions. In 2014, he worked as a bassist for Holland America and since returning from sea, he has found work with many projects performing and recording Americana, funk, rock, gospel, bluegrass, country, pop, world and jazz around the Northwest and Southwest US. His diverse experience has given him a sensitive style of accompaniment that supports the music as it is.
Darian Anthony Patrick is a musician based in Portland, OR. Focusing on percussion, with training in classical and stage voice and bass guitar, Darian performs a broad range of musical styles with particular focus on Black American and African diasporic traditions. Darian has studied percussion in Portland, OR with masters Israel Annoh (Ebo Taylor, E.T. Mensah, Obo Addy, Ghana Broadcasting Orchestra) and Caton Lyles (Nu Shooz). Prior to moving to Portland in 2014, he spent three years in a private vocal study with master vocalist John Nicholas Peters, preparatory vocal study with Anjin Stewart-Funai at Cleveland Institute of Music, and private study with Elise Mark at Temple University.
Former NYC area resident Christopher Brown is now back home in Portland, OR following a four-year enlistment in the Marines, two music degrees from Rutgers University, several adjunct teaching positions at his alma mater, and a slew of performances both within the states and abroad. And as of September 2017, Christopher has become a retired member of the armed forces with his 20 years of military service having been completed with the Army National Guard. Since his initial enlistment, and subsequent move to and from the East coast, he has had the privilege of either performing and/or recording with such notable artists as Beyonce, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Lee Konitz, Paquito Di Rivera, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, Mel Brown, Esperanza Spalding, John Patitucci, Sean Jones, Arturo O’Farrill, Roseanna Vitro and many more.
Nat is a versatile guitarist with a background in flamenco guitar. Nat studied, performed and recorded in Spain with many of the top flamenco artists, including Diego del Morao, Tomasa la Macanita and Antonio Rey. Much of his work has included a fusion of flamenco music with Middle Eastern traditions which led him to study Persian music. Nat has also performed with Shabava, Dariush Eghbali and Faramarz Aslani.