Born in Dreieich, just outside of Frankfurt Germany, guitarist Michael Jost (pronounced ‘yoast’), found his way to the bohemian Venice Beach boardwalk, in Los Angeles California, where he now lives and makes music.
Owing to Michael’s unique European heritage, his rigorous classical training, and his 21st Century American experience, you can hear something very different in his passionate, Spanish-style guitar. Michael’s travel companion is Miss Lucy, a Flamenca guitar built by Tomas Delgado of Candelas Guitars. She has a strong character, with a warm and beautiful sound.
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Stanley “The Baron” Behrens was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. started playing harmonica at the age of five. Stanley went to high school on Long Island. He played music with a blue eyed soul band back in the mid 60’s. Stanley was drafted into the US Army in May of 1967 and spent 2 years on active duty playing his harmonica during Vietnam era. Stationed at Fort Bragg NC Stanley played in a blues rock band 6 nights a week. Continue reading Stanley Behrens
Acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist PETER DEMIAN (Street Smart) is an engaging musical raconteur and passionate, guitar-slinging performer.
Peter rocks. Continue reading Peter Demian
Hailey Demian, Bass Guitarist, is a regular at Radio Venice, collaborating with a number of Radio Venice Alumni (mentioned below). He also writes his own solo music. He is a founding band member of Vorpium, with Milo Gonzalez and Richard Sherwood, and a founding member of Full Melt Reggae, with Alex Emami and Amit Gilad. He has collaborated with Michael Jost and the Venice Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with Peter Demian (Street Smart Music). Continue reading Hailey Demian
Marwan Mograbi is a Virtuoso Percussionist/ Drummer, African Storyteller, Educator and Dramatist. Born in Accra, Ghana. Marwan grew up in the traditional Ga and Ashanti cultures, where his love for music and his development as a drummer began.
“Hand drumming is my speciality but I play flutes and other instruments as well. My desire to drum started at a very young age. I always loved to sing and would hum or tap rhythms unconsciously. I have never stopped playing the drums ever since I first touched one.”
Other Drumming styles from West Africa have also played a huge role in his transformation and growth as a drummer.
Marwan graduated from the School of Performing Arts in Ghana and worked at the National Theater of Ghana as an Actor and musician. In Germany he created Tabasamu (a non-profit organization for African cultural performances). Over the years he has taught drumming and African music to hundreds of people – young and old, in Africa, Europe and the United States. Marwan has performed on numerous stages. The foundation and primary influences of his music are drawn from traditional Ghanaian and African folk music, even though other cultural traits are visible in his work.
Main Photo: Yoji Abe / Bacchanal
Marwan Mograbi on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S09.E06 with Afrikasa – October 14, 2018
Radio Venice S05.E11 – May 21, 2017
Radio Venice #12 – December 6, 2015