Artis Sīmanis is the founder of the Riga Saxophone Quartet (1992) as well as the initiator and Artistic Director of the International Saxophone Music Festival Saxophonia.
Recognized for their excellent musical skills and virtuoso performances, Axoum Duo is one of the most diverse groups representing a number of different styles in today`s music. Through their own musical language they perform a repertoire mostly consisting of compositions and arrangements written by Gabriel Collet, specifically for the duo. In addition to their concert activities, the duo writes soundtracks for documentaries and works with different musicians, singers, dancers and painters. Fully committed to contemporary music, they have made many first performances of new pieces, some of which have been dedicated to them.
Since 2004 he resides in Istanbul and is an active acoustic bass player in the Istanbul Jazz scene. He has collaborated with many prominent figures of the scene.
After his classical percussion studies Bart (born 2 June 1961, Anderlecht, Belgium) studied marimba with Robert Van Sice and followed master classes with Keiko Abe, Gordon Stout, Steven Schick ...
Bernhard Röthlisberger is principal clarinet and bass clarinet player in Berner Symphonieorchester (Bern, Switzerland) and teacher at Zurich, Bern and Lucerne Conservatoires.