Ivanna Cuesta Gonzalez        Ivanna is a drummer, composer and arranger from the Dominican Republic. She began her studies in Music at the age of 12, and learned classical percussion  while she was in high school. In 2009 she entered the National Conservatory of Music and studied with Professor Rafael Díaz while also taking classes in composition with professors Javier Vargas, and Antonio Brito.        Ivanna has had the opportunity to play and be part of different groups in the Dominican Republic such as Carijazz, Gustavo Rodriguez Trio, Javier Vargas, Atre, The Great Band of the Conservatory of Music, Ejazzson, and many more. She has also been part of the  Dominican Jazz Festival in Cabarete (2014 and 2015), Musical High School Music On Stage (2009), the Soberano Awards 2015 (Big Band and Urban performances), Santo Domingo Jazz Festival Casa de Teatro ( 2014), and Stella Artois Fest (2015), in addition to recording with personalities like Gustavo Rodriguez. Ivanna received a scholarship from the Berklee Five-Year Summer Program at Berklee On the Road 2015, and in the same year she won a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where she is currently pursuing a dual major in Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production.        Ivanna has had the opportunity to play in different concerts at Berklee  including Women in Jazz - Black Gold Edition, Harry Potter at the BPC, Divas Latinas, Women Musician’s Network, as well as with artists such as Leo Blanco (at Regatta Bar), and Nando Michelin quartet. She has also studied with Neal Smith, Henrique de Almeida, and many others. 

Ivanna Cuesta Gonzalez

      Ivanna is a drummer, composer and arranger from the Dominican Republic. She began her studies in Music at the age of 12, and learned classical percussion  while she was in high school. In 2009 she entered the National Conservatory of Music and studied with Professor Rafael Díaz while also taking classes in composition with professors Javier Vargas, and Antonio Brito.

      Ivanna has had the opportunity to play and be part of different groups in the Dominican Republic such as Carijazz, Gustavo Rodriguez Trio, Javier Vargas, Atre, The Great Band of the Conservatory of Music, Ejazzson, and many more. She has also been part of the  Dominican Jazz Festival in Cabarete (2014 and 2015), Musical High School Music On Stage (2009), the Soberano Awards 2015 (Big Band and Urban performances), Santo Domingo Jazz Festival Casa de Teatro ( 2014), and Stella Artois Fest (2015), in addition to recording with personalities like Gustavo Rodriguez. Ivanna received a scholarship from the Berklee Five-Year Summer Program at Berklee On the Road 2015, and in the same year she won a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where she is currently pursuing a dual major in Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production.

      Ivanna has had the opportunity to play in different concerts at Berklee  including Women in Jazz - Black Gold Edition, Harry Potter at the BPC, Divas Latinas, Women Musician’s Network, as well as with artists such as Leo Blanco (at Regatta Bar), and Nando Michelin quartet. She has also studied with Neal Smith, Henrique de Almeida, and many others. 

  Laura "Chispita" Crespo         Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to a Newyorican classical French horn player mother and a Spanish classical pianist father, Laura grew up listening to classical music, rock, salsa and other Latin styles. While a senior in high school, she began playing jazz, funk, and folk music around Puerto Rico with Julio Boria, Edward Ortíz Jr., and Richard Peña and subsequently decided to pursue music professionally.          Laura began at the Conservatory of Puerto Rico, where she studied Afro-Caribbean percussion with Andrew Lázaro. Here she was given the nickname Chispita, meaning “tiny firecracker”. Soon after, an audition for the Berklee College of Music won her a full scholarship and she moved to Boston in 2014 to continue her musical studies there. At that time, she also joined the US Army Reserves as a bandsman of the 319th Statue of Liberty Army Band, later transferring to the 78th Army Band in Ft. Dix, where she serves now. At Berklee, Laura has immersed herself in all styles of music from all over the world, through her classes and through performance. Currently she specializes in Afro-Caribbean, funk/pop, and world music percussion, both acoustic sets and experimental styles.

Laura "Chispita" Crespo

      Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to a Newyorican classical French horn player mother and a Spanish classical pianist father, Laura grew up listening to classical music, rock, salsa and other Latin styles. While a senior in high school, she began playing jazz, funk, and folk music around Puerto Rico with Julio Boria, Edward Ortíz Jr., and Richard Peña and subsequently decided to pursue music professionally.

        Laura began at the Conservatory of Puerto Rico, where she studied Afro-Caribbean percussion with Andrew Lázaro. Here she was given the nickname Chispita, meaning “tiny firecracker”. Soon after, an audition for the Berklee College of Music won her a full scholarship and she moved to Boston in 2014 to continue her musical studies there. At that time, she also joined the US Army Reserves as a bandsman of the 319th Statue of Liberty Army Band, later transferring to the 78th Army Band in Ft. Dix, where she serves now. At Berklee, Laura has immersed herself in all styles of music from all over the world, through her classes and through performance. Currently she specializes in Afro-Caribbean, funk/pop, and world music percussion, both acoustic sets and experimental styles.

 German "Choby" Scheufler        German was born in Mexico to a Brazilian mother and Mexican father. Growing up in a household rich with these different cultures opened his mind in many ways, not only when it comes to musical exploration, but in his appreciation for the many Latin cultures in his close vicinity and in turn cultures from around the world.         He started his musical studies at Academia de Musica Stratto at the age of 16 where began taking classes and started playing Bass. Knowing that music was his passion, he pursued it as he went on to study at Faculdade e Conservatório Lima in Sao Paulo Brazil as part of Berklee College of Music's International Network, where he started to really submerge himself and dig deeper into Jazz, Brazilian music, harmony, arranging, and enhancing his bass technique. After 2 years of studying with some of the best musicians of Sao Paulo, including Lupa Santiago, Sizão Machado, Gilberto de Syllos, Guilherme Ribeiro and many more, he decided to pursue his life long dream of going to Berklee College of Music.        At Berklee he was awarded a full scholarship and was also sponsored by the Latin Grammy Scholarship Foundation two years in a row. In his studies he has had opportunities to work with worldwide icons of the bass including James Genus, Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, among many others. He is now set to graduate with the class of 2018 with a focus on Performance and Classical Composition. In Choby's words,  "Music for me is that best friend where you can say what you are really thinking; that will always be there for you. So I just want to understand it and be able to transmit it as purely as I can so I can make others feel the way I do when I play."

German "Choby" Scheufler

      German was born in Mexico to a Brazilian mother and Mexican father. Growing up in a household rich with these different cultures opened his mind in many ways, not only when it comes to musical exploration, but in his appreciation for the many Latin cultures in his close vicinity and in turn cultures from around the world.

       He started his musical studies at Academia de Musica Stratto at the age of 16 where began taking classes and started playing Bass. Knowing that music was his passion, he pursued it as he went on to study at Faculdade e Conservatório Lima in Sao Paulo Brazil as part of Berklee College of Music's International Network, where he started to really submerge himself and dig deeper into Jazz, Brazilian music, harmony, arranging, and enhancing his bass technique. After 2 years of studying with some of the best musicians of Sao Paulo, including Lupa Santiago, Sizão Machado, Gilberto de Syllos, Guilherme Ribeiro and many more, he decided to pursue his life long dream of going to Berklee College of Music.

      At Berklee he was awarded a full scholarship and was also sponsored by the Latin Grammy Scholarship Foundation two years in a row. In his studies he has had opportunities to work with worldwide icons of the bass including James Genus, Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, among many others. He is now set to graduate with the class of 2018 with a focus on Performance and Classical Composition. In Choby's words,  "Music for me is that best friend where you can say what you are really thinking; that will always be there for you. So I just want to understand it and be able to transmit it as purely as I can so I can make others feel the way I do when I play."

Emeritus Members

  Kaushlesh "Garry" Purohit        Kaushlesh Purohit is a hand percussionist and audio engineer from India. Growing up in Jodhpur, Kaushlesh, also known as Garry, was exposed to a wide variety of music ranging from Indian classical to modern day jazz and hip-hop. Garry moved to Boston in 2013 to study at Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Music Production and Engineering. Sharing the stage with award-winning artists such as A.R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Jacob Collier and Bernard Purdy has graced him. After graduating Cum Laude from Berklee, Garry has worked his way to becoming an in-demand recording engineer and performer, working with globally renowned artists from U.S. and across the world such as Berklee’s world renowned Indian Ensemble, Trandcention, among many other groups and artists.        He is currently an engineer at Shangri La Studios in LA, house engineer at Woodshed Recording, and is the head engineer and co-producer behind  Free to Be,  Louis Apollon's debut album. 

Kaushlesh "Garry" Purohit

     Kaushlesh Purohit is a hand percussionist and audio engineer from India. Growing up in Jodhpur, Kaushlesh, also known as Garry, was exposed to a wide variety of music ranging from Indian classical to modern day jazz and hip-hop. Garry moved to Boston in 2013 to study at Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Music Production and Engineering. Sharing the stage with award-winning artists such as A.R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Jacob Collier and Bernard Purdy has graced him. After graduating Cum Laude from Berklee, Garry has worked his way to becoming an in-demand recording engineer and performer, working with globally renowned artists from U.S. and across the world such as Berklee’s world renowned Indian Ensemble, Trandcention, among many other groups and artists.

      He is currently an engineer at Shangri La Studios in LA, house engineer at Woodshed Recording, and is the head engineer and co-producer behind Free to Be, Louis Apollon's debut album. 

  Achal Murthy         Achal's journey through the many facets of the bass guitar started in 2008. That same year he started attending the Jazz department of the Luxembourg national Conservatory, under the guidance of Gast Walzing, David Laborier, Guy Cabet, Jacques Pirotton. Upon finishing his electric bass studies with Romain Heck, Achal took up the upright bass, commencing his studies with Marc Demuth at the Conservatory of Echternach. Mainly focusing on Jazz, Achal developed a keen interest in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from progressive hard rock, traditional folk and classical music.         So far this melody voyage has culminated in him studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Originally concentrating on Jazz Composition and Perofmrance, Achal has lately discovered his love for Music Therapy which he is continuing to explore and develop. Murthy is actively performing with the internationally renowned Indian ensemble and has recorded over 4 videos with them that have crossed 10 million views. His motivation is straight-forward; his family, friends and a strong urge to bring about change in this world.

Achal Murthy

      Achal's journey through the many facets of the bass guitar started in 2008. That same year he started attending the Jazz department of the Luxembourg national Conservatory, under the guidance of Gast Walzing, David Laborier, Guy Cabet, Jacques Pirotton. Upon finishing his electric bass studies with Romain Heck, Achal took up the upright bass, commencing his studies with Marc Demuth at the Conservatory of Echternach. Mainly focusing on Jazz, Achal developed a keen interest in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from progressive hard rock, traditional folk and classical music.

       So far this melody voyage has culminated in him studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Originally concentrating on Jazz Composition and Perofmrance, Achal has lately discovered his love for Music Therapy which he is continuing to explore and develop. Murthy is actively performing with the internationally renowned Indian ensemble and has recorded over 4 videos with them that have crossed 10 million views. His motivation is straight-forward; his family, friends and a strong urge to bring about change in this world.