My name is Barry Donohue and Satori is the name of this band. The quintet is a contemporary jazz outfit of up-and-coming improvising musicians from Ireland, France, Finland, South Africa and the USA.
Satori first met in 2011 at the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) meeting in Sau Paulo, Brazil. The IASJ meeting is a gathering of one student and faculty representative from each of its member colleges from around the world. The event takes place annually and is lead by renowned saxophonist David Liebman. It involves a week of wonderful opportunities for young musicians and teachers alike to network and share knowledge with a full schedule of masterclasses, concerts and band rehearsals. Each student is allocated a band to rehearse with daily, and at the end of the week the students play a concert of their own compositions. Each of the members of Satori was a student representative for their respective colleges for the IASJ meeting in 2011, and were selected to form a band together.
Barry Donohue of Newpark Music Centre - upright/electric bass
Darren English of University of Cape Town - trumpet
Kasperi Sarikoski of Sibelius Academy/CNSMDP - trombone
Christian Li of Berklee College of Music - piano
Ariel Tessier of CNSMDP - drums
The members of Satori all play a vibrant role in their home jazz scenes and are successful and accomplished in their own right. Collectively they have performed with several internationally renowned artists, such as Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Greg Osby, Chris Cheek, Eddie Gomez, and Nils Wogram.
Almost four years after the birth of Satori, I plan to record my debut album at Gabriel Recording in Lucerne Switzerland. In December 2014, while spending a semester studying in Paris, I had the idea to reunite Satori to play on the recording. I was sitting with Ariel (Satori) in my 9 meter squared ‘apartment’ drinking horrible coffee and listening to Keith Jarrett when the idea came to me. Ariel showed such enthusiasm that I immediately began contacting the other members of the band to see if they were available and willing to travel so far to record. Everyone involved in Satori is ready and very excited to record this album.
Unfortunately, all the enthusiasm in the world is not enough to make it happen so we need help from you: our wonderful friends, families and audiences that have come to listen to and follow our music thus far. Your support will directly pay for the costs of making this album, including travel costs, accommodation, and post production: mixing, mastering, design and the manufacturing of the CD and vinyl.
It’s important to note that without Fund it we will not be able to make this album and we believe that this opportunity is unlikely to come about again. However, with an album comes momentum and opportunities, so with your help we believe we will be able to continue to work together as a group in future.